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    What do you need to know about buying a puppy?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceMonday 14 November 2011

    Buying any kind of pet, a dog or a cat, should always require some time to think about this decision, especially when considering buying a dog, it is a serious decision! Purchasing a canine companion requires much thought, consideration, discussion and research about the breeds available and their requirements. You might want a pet that is just right for you and your family. It's not something to take lightly or do too quickly. Remember that buying a puppy is a lifetime commitment. Read the article below on what you need to know about buying a puppy.

    First of all, consider what you want in a dog, you should think of both your lifestyle and your puppy needs. For example, it's impractical to go looking for a Great Dane if you live in an efficiency apartment. It won't be comfortable for none of you. Examine your dog's size, exercise requirements, friendliness, assertiveness and compatibility with people. These factors will all play a big role in narrowing down what type of dog you want. Do your research. Collect information about the breed you're looking to buy. You can check our dog breeds guides here. Talk to owners of that breed. Every dog breed was developed with a particular function in mind, so personalities and temperaments differ greatly from breed to breed. Get as much information as possible about the specific breed you're interested in to see if it's a good fit. You might try to search for your perfect puppy at a shelter where you can see and observe that it's well fed, lives in clean conditions and shows affection toward people. In this way you can help puppies that desperately need new home.

    Do a visual inspection before purchasing. When puppies are awake, they should be alert and energetic, not lethargic and unusually quiet. Beware of bloated stomachs (except after eating, of course), which may be a sign of worms. Also check for clear eyes and noses. It might be a sign of a viral or other infection if a puppy's eyes and nose run. Get the puppy's medical records in writing. Ensure that the puppy is up to date on its vaccinations and exams. Obtain records of all its medical care. This will help with subsequent visits to the vet.Once you purchase your puppy, have your vet check it out to ensure it's in good health. Also, talk to your veterinarian about what to feed the pup and what to watch out for with your particular breed. If you choose to purchase your puppy from an independent breeder, meet with the breeder beforehand. Check out the living conditions and the overall appearance and disposition of all the puppies living there. Ask to see the puppy's parents as well to check for overall health. Never sign anything until you've covered all your bases. If buying online check here on how to avoid scams.

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    Text source: ehow, image source: myhealthnewsdaily

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