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We love to see you at the practice with your new pups - it truly is one of the perks of the job!
We love getting to know them with you and watching them grow. we always consider them to be part of the Charlesworth family - but we do also realise that being a puppy parent is a lot of hard work and a lifetime commitment and we want to support you all the way - the following is some advice we hope will help you on your journey.
Where do I find my new pup? Which type of dog is best for me?
If you are considering a puppy but are still unsure, please do get in touch - we would be happy to talk things through and advise you. Puppy farming is unfortunately a huge problem at the moment and causes so much suffering, so it would be very wise to do lots of research before you start looking - take a look at the the following link for lots of guidance on buying pets safely or please do check out rescue centres.
There is also a welfare initiative called The Puppy Contract that will help you and help protect animals from unscrupulous breeding - please do check it out here.
Bringing them home
When you have your gorgeous new pup do give us a call to register their details - our reception team will chat with you and let you know what to do. It’s important to let your little one settle in gently at home for a few days before a first vet visit, this will help reduce their stress levels. If your pup seems unwell at all then please do not hesitate to get in touch, as poorly pups can deteriorate very rapidly.
When you bring your pup to the practice it is a nice idea to also bring their familiar blanket and toy, maybe a few favourite treats to help them feel at home. Try to let them go to the toilet before the visit and don't feed them lots just before a journey, as they may get car sick. It’s also a good time for them to wear their little collar or harness and lead, as they will need to get used to these, but please do carry them and don't allow them onto the waiting room floor.
The following advice is a link to the Purina Puppy website, its packed with great info and will really help you with those tricky first days and all the days afterwards!
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The following are a few of our top tips for pup parents