I know, I know, you want to get your new pup on his/her feet as quickly as quickly as possible, so they can sniff, track and discover their new world. It’s exciting as a pet owner and one of the most rewarding things you can do for your dog.
But first, there are precautions that must be taken and adhered to in order to ensure full pet satisfaction and health.
Also, (unknowingly) I forgot to explain in my previous post about what exactly Arnie is. Well, he’s a Sproodle – Thought you’d heard them all? Think again.
Springerdoodles are more commonly known as Sproodles. They’re a cross between the English Springer Spaniel and the Poodle. Their coat is of a non-shedding type. And have all the lovely playful traits of the classic Springer combined with the more docile temperament of the Poodle.
Resulting in a beautiful dog.
Okay, so what to expect with a 12 week old puppy?
Blue-eyed and bushy-tailed, Arnie leapt from his over-sized bed ready to start the day. After the sproodle downed his gourmet breakfast of flaked Salmon and kibbles (Guilty Mummy breakfast for what was to come) it was only a matter of time before his very long anticipated appointment at the vets.
Arnie at this point was ‘full of beans’ shall we say? However, this was not reciprocated by his human ‘brother’, Jacob. Who was quite happily snoring away to the classical music he usually sleeps to.
Come 8 am, it was time to get ‘both’ boys up (Yes, I’m afraid Arnie’s ‘bean’ theory had soon been flattened and his ‘get up and go’ along with it).
Morning routine done, we were now heading to the vets for Arnie’s twelve-week check-up. We love our new family member, and as such we want him to live a long, healthy and happy life. So vaccinations are a must for achieving this.
After routine visits to your vets, you soon become familiar with who your designated vet is and the three-way relationship between you, your puppy and your vet is born.
Consistency is the key to most anything in life, and your veterinary visits are no exception. By going at the necessary times, your vet will become accustomed to you and your puppies needs. Trust me, you’ll soon find that space where you can feel comfortable enough to confide in them regarding anything, in order to deliver the best possible care for your puppy.
Holding onto your puppy whilst the vaccination is being administered is an incredibly hard thing to do – Really, I commend anyone who can do so without a few tears. However, it is the most warming and reassuring thing you can do for your puppy. It’s a loving cuddle to let him know that you are there and that everything is going to be alright at a time when he needs it most.
Well, of course, they are our fur-children, and you would do anything to take away their discomforts.
Vaccinations done and finally, we are homeward bound. Arnie looked as though the stuffing had been knocked out of him and appeared very lethargic on the drive back. The ‘nasty/mean’ part was over and he had everything now to look forward to; plenty of cuddles, love and finally with his vaccinations protecting him from any diseases (Including the newly discovered Parvovirus), walkies!
It’s a long haul to get to this point but also a rewarding one.
Look out neighbours, here comes Arnie!
See more of Arnie’s adventures here!