Preventive Care and Nutrition
A local veterinarian who is familiar with what diseases are prevalent in your area is in the best position to recommend the preventive care that your dog needs to stay healthy. Bring any records that you might have concerning your dog’s previous health care with you to your dog’s first visit. Together, you and your vet can discuss what your dog’s lifestyle will be like and determine the ideal schedule for vaccination, deworming, flea and tick prevention, tooth brushing, nail trimming, heartworm prevention, microchipping, spay/neuter, etc.
Good nutrition and exercise are also vital to maintaining your new dog’s health. Talk to your veterinarian about what diet, feeding schedule and activity level would serve your dog best.