Good, you should be: puppy health gets ruined all the time!
Sadly, most dog owners don't have a clue about puppy health nor adult dog health, they don't act right: They somehow get into the routine to pay their chosen allopathic veterinarian year in and year out for vaccinations, medication and "treatments" that they don't need but that actually harm the puppy!
Now, to understand and accept this point one may need to have the insight of genuine experts like you get from our Dog Expert Interviews with Reviews. But as said most dog owners don't act right: they prefer to regularly waste a LOT of money on what harms their puppy, instead of investing a few dollars to learn from the best.
Strange! They like to believe that their chosen ordinary vet "will do what is best for the dog".
- Your primary interest with a new puppy is to keep your puppy healthy, and so you visit "a veterinarian" (any veterinarian) in the hope of prevention and cure.
- The average ordinary veterinarian's primary interest is that you keep coming back.
- Regularly. Frequently.
- Ideally not just for $20 checkups, but with puppy health issues that "justify" the use of pricey equipment like x-ray, and pricey treatment like steroids, antibiotics, and vaccinations.
- Pricey in the long run, because all of these affect your dog for the rest of its life!
As already our primary interest is so diametrically different(!), how can we be so naive and just "see a veterinarian"?
So, do yourself and your new puppy and your bank account a BIG favor and study first some fundamentals before you send your new puppy to an average ordinary veterinarian.
Choosing the right veterinarian aside, puppy health also covers puppy food and exercise, heredity check, altering, treatment for worms and other parasites, one vaccination, and possibly one medication to cure.
But puppy health never comprises industrial kibble or tin "food", dog walks purely to relieve, buying from unscrupulous dog breeders, neglecting puppy care, vaccination "boosters", or medication to treat.
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I myself did study all the fundamentals before getting a puppy, and that's clearly reflected in My New Puppy Diary.
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Or did you merely want to solve your current puppy health problem?
In that case see here The 31 Most Common German Shepherd Ailments and Treatments AT A GLANCE. Most important to memorize are the Important Introductory Notes.
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