If You Worry About Caring For a Puppy, Talk To a Vet Tech And Learn To Do It Right!
Published on January 13, 2018 by Broadview University
Everyone loves a puppy, but caring for a puppy can be a lot of work. If you want to do it right, you’ll need to learn more about your dog, and your vet. Fortunately, a vet tech will have the answers you need. You can start by watching Jennifer Hatch, from Broadview University’s program in Veterinary Technology, who visited KUTV’s Fresh Living, with some important tips for new puppy owners. And she brought her friend Millie, a fourteen-month-old English Mastiff!
Every puppy is different. What works for one won’t always work for another. What’s best for a mastiff like Milli, who will grow up to weigh 140 pounds, won’t be what’s best for a terrier or a Golden Retriever. If you’re looking to learn more, a vet tech may be the best person to ask. Vet Techs assist veterinarians, and advise pet owners on the best preventative care for their furry companions. They’ve got the answers to your questions!
What you need to know about caring for a puppy
Each type of dog has its own health concerns, and you need to know what health problems your puppy could face as it grows older. For example, large breed puppies like Millie may grow too quickly, and are prone to over-eating. And you’ll need to be ready for that growth, because the toys and space you have for your puppy might not be big enough when it’s fully grown.
You’ll also want to plan for how much exercise your puppy will need in order to stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. It’s important to find a puppy whose activity needs fit well with the your own activity level! And it’s always important to make sure your puppies get their shots: three in the first year, and then several more throughout their lives. But to do that, you’ll need to find the right vet.
Picking a Vet you can trust
Taking good care of your puppy means taking it to the vet. But not just any vet will do. You’ll want to find out which veterinary clinics near you are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. It’s also important to know whether or not they use credentialed Vet Techs, since they play a big role in taking care of your furry little friend.
In fact, Vet Techs do a lot more work than you realize. They administer treatments to animals prescribed by Veterinarians, observe animals to help make a diagnosis, and take care of imaging like ultrasounds. They also know a lot about the kind of preventative care you can provide for your pets every day to help ensure they live a long life.
It only takes two years of schooling to become a Vet Tech, but they learn a lot, and they have an important job to do. If you like caring for puppies so much you might want to make a career out of it, then check out Broadview University accredited Program in Veterinary Technology right here in Utah!
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