1. Premium quality dog food and treats for the right breed and size

  2. Food and water bowls – ceramic and metal bowls clean up better

  3. Safe toys – make sure there’s no lead paint or breakable parts

  4. Dog brush and comb

  5. Dog shampoo

  6. Pooper scooper and biodegradable poop bags

  7. Collar with license and ID tag

  8. Leash

  9. Dog nail clippers

  10. Carrier or crate

  11. Dog bed

  12. Dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste

  13. Outdoor dog house

  14. Make sure you have shaded areas outdoors



When you get your dog, take it to a veterinarian for a preventive care exam


Your dog should see a veterinarian at least once a year and when you think it might be sick

Ask your veterinarian for a dog food recommendation of what you should be feeding given your dog’s lifestyle and life stage

Ask your veterinarian for a regular heartworm preventive medication

Ask your veterinarian to microchip your dog so that your dog has a better chance of making back home if it gets lost

If your dog seems to be acting strangely, call your veterinarian right away

Never give your dog medicine unless it’s recommended by a veterinarian. Keep all poisons, like rat poison, away from your pet. If you think your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian.

To prevent health problems, females should be spayed and males should be neutered 6 months of age – dogs that are spayed/neutered don’t run away or fight as much


What to feed your puppy or dog

Adult dogs should eat premium-quality dry food. If you want, you can mix the dry food with water, low-salt broth or canned food

Dogs can eat fruits and vegetables – but never more than 10% of their daily diet. See below for a list of foods that shouldn’t be given to dogs.

Puppies need a high-quality puppy food

Avoid “people food” for all dogs and puppies

Dogs and puppies need clean, fresh water available at all times


When to feed

Puppies 8 to 12 weeks old: 3 meals a day

Puppies 3 to 6 months old: 2 meals a day

Puppies 6 months to 1 year: 2 meals a day

Dogs, 1 year or older: 2 meals a day


Large dogs: may need 3 meals a day


House plants

T-shirts or knotted socks. If accidentally chewed apart and ingested, they can become “foreign bodies”, causing your pet to become very ill.




Grapes and raisins

Mouldy or spoiled food

Onions, garlic or chives

Poultry bones

Salty foods or salt

Tomato leaves or stems

Unripe fruit

Yeast dough




Different dogs need different amounts of exercise. Some dogs need a lot. Some dogs get hurt if they exercise too much. Ask your veterinarian what’s best for your pet.

When walking your pet, be careful of ice or snow, or hot pavement

A trained dog is a happy dog! Contact your local humane society or veterinarian to find a training class, which is a good way to exercise and socialize your dog, while also providing mental stimulation!

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