As well as feeding and exercising your dog, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to keep him healthy.
Registering with a vet
A few days after you bring your new pooch home, it’s a good idea to register with a local vet. A lot of vets offer a loyalty pet care program, which involves paying a certain amount a month which includes regular treatments. Our vet charges £12 per month. It works out cheaper than paying as you go. The plan includes a health check and annual vaccination, a six month health check, and a year’s supply of flea and worm control.
The flea prevention treatment called ‘Advocate’ involves squirting a tiny vial of liquid between their shoulder blades, right on to the skin. That way, your pup won’t be able to lick it. It’s easiest if two people can do it; one to hold the dog and separate the fur to reveal pink skin, and the other to squirt it on. Ed and I gave Elvis a dental chew, so he was happy to chew on that and barely noticed what we were doing. We left his collar and harness off for the rest of the day, to make sure it was absorbed properly.
The other vet treatment that chihuahuas need is parasite/ worming prevention. Elvis was given a quarter tablet of Droncit, which he takes once a month. I crumbled it up and mixed it with his food to make sure he ingested it all.
Clipping a puppy’s nails
Another thing you should do monthly is clip their nails. Again, it’s much easier with two people. I think I’d struggle if I had to do it myself! Ed held Elvis while standing in the bathroom, and I held each paw while I clipped his nails. Elvis didn’t love it, but he was very good, he didn’t squeal. There is a technique to cutting them. I referred to a guide on a dog muzzles pet store site that I found on Pinterest. I pinned it to my board, if you want to have a look.
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