Welcome to the Sun and Sand Goldens Family: Essential Puppy Care Guide
We're overjoyed to welcome you and your new Golden Retriever puppy into the Sun and Sand Goldens family! To ensure a seamless adjustment for both you and your new furry companion, here's a comprehensive guide covering feeding, litter box training, deworming, spay/neuter advice, heartworm prevention, and natural options for flea control and deworming.
Feeding Your Puppy: Proper nutrition is vital for your puppy's health and growth. At Sun and Sand Goldens, we suggest the following feeding routine:
Feed your puppy three times a day for balanced nutrition and energy.
We recommend a mix of Pedigree Puppy wet and dry food for a nutritious, varied diet.
Initially, serve a spoonful of wet food and one cup of dry food per meal.
Adjust portions as your puppy grows, following vet advice or food package guidelines.
Always ensure your puppy has access to fresh water.
Litter Box Training: A litter box trained puppy can ease their transition into your home:
Designate a specific, accessible area for the litter box.
Take your puppy to the litter box after meals, drinks, or naps.
Use positive reinforcement when they use the box correctly.
Maintain a consistent routine and clean the litter box regularly.
Deworming: Your puppy has been dewormed at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks. Continuing this routine is crucial:
Deworming prevents harmful parasites and maintains your puppy's health.
Regular deworming is important for family and other pets' health.
Consult your vet for an ongoing deworming schedule.
Spaying/Neutering: We advocate spaying/neutering around 6 months of age for various benefits:
Helps control the pet population and prevents unwanted litters.
Can reduce health risks and improve behavior.
Discuss the best timing with your veterinarian.
Heartworm Prevention: Heartworm is a serious risk for dogs. Start a prevention regimen as recommended by your vet.
Natural Flea Prevention and Deworming: While we use diatomaceous earth and organic pumpkin puree, consult your vet for recommended products.
Registering Your Puppy: Registration ensures your puppy's safety and well-being:
Establishes legal ownership and helps in reunification if lost.
Provides access to health records.
Register through breed registries or kennel clubs online.
Microchipping: A microchip offers permanent identification for your puppy:
Helps in reuniting lost puppies with their owners.
Ensure your contact details linked to the microchip are up-to-date.
Update information by contacting the microchip provider.
We're here to support you in every step of your journey with your new Golden Retriever. For any assistance with registration or microchip updates, feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for choosing Sun and Sand Goldens. We wish you and your puppy a lifetime of joy and companionship!