What to know when there's a new pup in your family


    Rebecca Schwarze from Animal Care of Polaris stopped by Good Day Columbus to give tips on how to care for puppies, especially for first-time owners. (Good Day Columbus)

    It’s exciting to add a four-legged member to your family. But there are a few things to know to make sure your pup gets the best start.

    Dr. Rebecca Schwarze with Animal Care Center of Polaris stopped by Good day Columbus with Suzie, a 1-year-old terrier mix, to offer caregiving advice.

    First, be careful with your new pet and kids. You don’t want your child to put their hands in the dog’s mouth, ears or food. So, keep an eye on their interactions.

    “The dog is new to the family and trying to figure out their new setting and surroundings,” said Dr. Schwarze.

    Also, as important and fun as it is to socialize your new pet, you can’t forget to protect them first.

    “While we want to socialize, it’s important they have a complete series of vaccines so they’re protected and don’t pick up diseases from dog parks, puppy stores or interacting,” said Dr. Schwarze.

    That leads to the most important piece of advice for life with your new pet, which is to find a veterinarian.

    “Just like choosing a pediatrician for a young child, it’s important that it’s a right fit for your family,” said Dr. Schwarze.

    She advises checking office hours, and taking a tour of the facility, so you know a particular vet is right for you and your family.

    If you’re interested in hearing more from Dr. Schwarze, adopting Suzie or another animal with Help Save Pets, contact the Animal Care Center at Polaris or visit their website.

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