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Published on June 17th, 2013 | by Debbie Martin


Looking for a New Puppy – Tips on Finding the Right One for You

There are a good number of reasons why someone will want to add a new puppy to their family. However, the main one is more than likely companionship. Dogs make perfect fluffy friends and their loyalty towards you is something that no other animal could probably come close to. But, when you’re on the lookout for a young dog, it is important that you make sure it’s fit and healthy or you could end-up looking for research on dogs and arthritis.


When You First Visit Them

There are a number of ways you can obtain puppies these days. You can contact a local breeder if you’re interested in a specific breed or you can do what a lot of people prefer to do and go to a rescue centre.

There are some obvious signs to look out for when you first visit a group of dogs that need a home. The phrase “bright eyed and bushy tailed” has a ring of truth to it when you’re looking to add a new member to your family. If you notice that any of the puppies have runny noses or their eyes are not free of mucus this could be a sign that all is not well on the inside.

Coats are another sign. Any healthy young pup will have a thick coating of fur that definitely doesn’t have any bald patches! If they do then you’re more than likely looking at some sort of skin condition.


The Less Obvious Signs

There are less obvious signs to look out for which can easily be missed when you’re excited at the prospect of getting a new puppy. Dogs suffering with arthritis for instance are not uncommon and although you may think this is a problem that only happens later in life, it can happen in youngsters as well.

When you’re watching your chosen puppy moving around, take note of how well he can do this. If he shows any signs of awkward movement or cannot run around like the rest of the litter, you may want to ask a few more questions of the person that’s looking after them.


If You Take on a Dog with Health Problems

Of course, our hearts go out to little animals that are not quite so fortunate in the health stakes and dogs with arthritis can live pretty normal lives. You just have to be prepared to treat them with a little more care and attention than you would normally.

It’s wise to take out pet insurance prior to getting your puppy as the vet will become one of his best friends throughout life. You should also make sure your home is as user friendly as possible for your dog. Nice soft places to sit are important because this helps cushion painful joints.

It’s also a good idea to look into little accessories like coats that will keep him warm when he goes for walks (dogs with arthritis should still be exercised, albeit gently). All in all, think about the little extras your new pet will need and he will lead a fulfilling life with you.

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.

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