Originally Posted by some81
Recently we got a new addition to our family a small 1-month-old Labrador Retriever.
There are no pets stores around our area (Queens, NYC) and we have struggle where do we need to buy our little guy stuffs from.
Can you please share where do you buy food from and please be more specific what kind of food do we need to buy?
How often do we need to bring it to the vet?
Do we need to get health insurance for him?
Thanks a lot for you help
The puppy is too young to be away from its mother. It's so important for puppies to get what they need from their mother for at least 6 weeks, but preferably 8 weeks. If there is no option for it to be with its mother you need to check with a vet NOW and get advice for how to care for this puppy.
It's already been said, but I'll say it again, do not take the puppy anywhere that other puppies have been, or put him on the ground where other puppies have been until he is FULLY vaccinated. Which will be another 2 months or so. Puppies can easily catch Parvo and other diseases. Parvo can be deadly. It's not something to take risks with. Read up on it so you know the risks. Don't let your puppy around other dogs until he is cleared by a vet.
If he is going to be over 50 pounds then you need to feed him LARGE BREED PUPPY FOOD. Make sure it's specifically made for large breeds.
Read up on this too. https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-...ed-puppy-food/
I buy my food from Chewy usually.
Health insurance is a huge benefit if something happens, and eventually something will happen. I believe it's better to be safe now than sorry later. I have Healthy Paws insurance and it saved me over $15,000 in the first year of my puppy's life.
A puppy should see a vet when you first get him. And then after that go by what your vet recommends. Usually yearly visits. Also, don't forget that dogs need dental cleanings yearly. A dog's life can be extended by a year to 5 years (depending on the size of the dog) just from regular dental visits.
Read up on how to be the best dog parent you can be. Make it a goal. It's so important to not let them down!
Best of luck!!