Before taking your sweet puppy home there are a few things we highly recommend you do. Below are ways you can ensure your home is ready for your new puppy.
Step 1 Clean
Disinfect your floors with bleach. Why? Bleach is the only cleaning product that kills parvo. Parvo can be deadly and carried on our shoes. We highly recommend leaving your shoes at the door until your puppy is completely vaccinated at 16 weeks.
Step 2 Puppy Area Set-Up
Setting up a puppy play pen or exercise pen in your living or dining room will keep your puppy safe in his/her own area. This will also make potty training much easier when that time comes. We don’t recommend allowing your puppy to go outside to potty until he/she is vaccinated with all shots. The reason is parvo lives on surfaces and in the ground for many years.
Step 3 Puppy Checklist
Take a look at our puppy checklist. On this this you will find essential puppy care and necessities for your puppy.
Step 4 Schedule Vet Appointment
Next, scheduling a vet appointment for your puppy after pick up. We have recommendations for vets if you need one. During your puppies vet check, make sure the vet does a fecal exam and schedules the next 3 puppy shots for you. Puppy shots are spaced out at 3 weeks for each shot. Your puppy will need to be dewormed again at the next puppy shot as well. Puppies need to be dewormed every 2 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. At 6 months old they need to be dewormed every 1-2 months and at 1 year every 3 months.
Step 5 Wash All Puppy Toys & Bedding
After purchasing new toys and bedding for your puppy, make sure you wash everything before your pup comes home, especially if you purchased anything from a pet store where things are more likely to be returned. These are all extra precautions against parvo but we like to take them to ensure your puppy will be safe and protected.
Step 6 Put Away All Poisonous Houseplants
There are certain houseplants that are considered poisonous to dogs, please be sure to check and make sure none you have in your home are poisonous.