Preparing to Adopt a Puppy

Preparing to Adopt a Puppy


So you're doing it, huh?  Good for you!  Get ready for lots of joy and unconditional love.  Now, are you ready with the essentials?  Here are some things you'll want to have on hand when you bring your new puppy home:

  • Proper Food
  • Bowls for Food and Water
  • Collar
  • Harness
  • Leash
  • Pet Bed
  • Pet Crate
  • Dog Potty Pads
  • Pet or Baby Gate
  • Chew Toys

You'll also want to make sure you've found a veterinarian that you believe you can trust.  Check with other pet parents to get recommendations, or search online and read customer reviews.  Most states have veterinarian directories.  The American Veterinary Medical Association provides some helpful information on finding a veterinarian.  Establishing a good relationship with a reputable vet will prove to be invaluable throughout the life of your pet.

There will likely be other things that you'll want to add to the list of must-haves, but this will get you started.  Now go forth and get your furbaby!


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