While feelings of excitement can overtake you when you know you’re bringing an English bulldog puppy home, you must ensure that you and your home are prepared for the new puppy. There are certain items that the English bulldog requires, as well as the right bedding and climate for the puppy to be comfortable. The following is vital information for getting you and your home prepared to bring the guy or gal home.
Bringing the Puppy Home
First and foremost, an English bulldog is like a baby and thus needs good nourishing food, plenty of sleep and rest, and a lot of love and cuddling. Because you’re taking the puppy away from its mother and possibly siblings, or an environment in which he/she was comfortable, it can be traumatic. That’s why you should ask the previous owner or the place from which you found your puppy about its regular routine and try to follow them for at least the first couple of weeks. At the same time, slowly create a new routine slowly by allowing a specific area for puppy’s bed, feeding him/her in the same place at each meal, and introduce the pup to your way of doing things. Taking the puppy to the veterinarian is an absolute must to ensure he/she gets its checkup, and any shots the puppy may require.
Getting the Right Items
Here are some items you’ll need to obtain before and/or when the puppy arrives:
A good brush – One with flexible rubber bristles and that is compact enough to comfortably fit in your hand is fine. Just about any brush is fine for an English bulldog puppy.
Puppy pen – A pen serves multiple purposes such as for potty training a puppy, keeping it confined to a small area, and keeping it out of a particular area.
Wire crate – Because the circulation of air through these crates is better than the hard plastic types, English Bulldogs do better in them, which makes it easier to house train them.
Nail clippers – English Bulldog puppies’ nails need to be clipped approximately every two weeks.
Collar and leash – As a puppy, a lightweight leash with a six inch or shorter “tail” is fine. The collar should easily slip over the puppy’s head.
Food and water dish – This goes without saying, but they should be stainless steel and have straight sides with a flat bottom.
Medicine Chest for English Bulldogs
English Bulldogs, especially puppies, require a lot of care when it comes to their health. As such, there are certain items that should be kept in a medicine chest specifically for your pup.
Cotton balls – These keep the ears dry during bathing, helps clean them, and is used to apply medication.
Cotton swabs – Apply medication and clean the ears.
Kaopectate – In case the pup gets mild diarrhea.
Antacid – For mild upset stomach.
Real lemon – The juice from the lemon can help clear phlegm from the puppy’s throat, preventing him/her from choking.
Vaseline – Use for various purposes such as on the thermometer when taking his/her temperature, areas needed for soothing or waterproofing, in the eye wrinkles, and on his/her nose.
Rectal thermometer – This is for taking the pup’s temperature when he/she is sick.
Neosporin ointment – Used for mild skin afflictions.
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