Looking for a new dog
Dogs make fantastic pets, and if you’re looking to get a new puppy or dog – there are a few things to consider in terms of choosing the right pet for you and your lifestyle.
Depending on the breed of dog you choose, their lifespan can be up to around 14 -15 years, so it’s important to remember that having a dog requires a long-term commitment including being a responsible pet owner and providing food, activities and veterinary health care.
When considering different breeds of dog, do your research to find out what breed may best suit your lifestyle – as some dogs require significantly more exercise or grooming than others, and you’ll also want to consider what breed may suit your household, space available and any other existing pets.
Taking on a puppy will often involve a lot more work than adopting an adult dog. Puppies require socialisation and training, along with considering health care such as parasite prevention, vaccinations and desexing. Pet insurance is highly recommended for new puppies.
Adult dogs will often still require some training as they become accustomed to their new home. They’ll require health care including parasite prevention, vaccinations and management of any health conditions.
If you’re looking for a new dog, then consider visiting local dog shelters, and research dogs that may be available through reputable breed associations and kennel clubs. It can also be very worthwhile to speak with our veterinarians and veterinary nurses for advice on choosing a pet.
When choosing a puppy or dog, it can be beneficial to find out as much information as possible about their parents, and assess the dog’s temperament and any medical conditions for that particular breed.
When looking at a puppy or dog, check their face and coat – keeping an eye out for any rashes, discharge, lumps or evidence of fleas or diarrhoea. Once you have a new puppy or dog, it’s important to book them in with one of our veterinarians for a full health check.
New pets will require parasite prevention, vaccinations, the correct food for their age and breed, and puppies will require socialisation and puppy pre-school.
Speak to one of our friendly team at Sydney Animal Hospitals for advice about dog breeds, and what type of dog may suit your individual circumstances.