The day has finally arrived and you bring your new puppy or pooch home! Regardless of whether it came from a breeder, a store, a rescue, a shelter, or off the street, you may feel overwhelmed by the possible next steps to take when your dog arrives home. It is especially intimidating for new dog owners who have never had a dog before. Our veterinarians in Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, and the Ukrainian Village areas want to help you make the transition as easy as possible! Here are some tips to keep in mind after you pick up your puppy:
A Puppy’s First Car Ride
Did you know that puppies can get car sick? Even adult dogs can get carsick. Make sure you bring paper towels, newspaper, and other cleaning supplies with you, in the likely case an accident happens. Energetic puppy? It is also important to have someone else in the car who will be spending much playtime and care for the puppy since the bonding process will begin right away. An active, energized puppy should either be safely held or put into a crate to ensure it isn’t moving around during the car ride home. And watch those windows! A dog seeking freedom through the open window of a moving car won’t find that same freedom they were seeking.
When You Get Home With Your Puppy
Unless it’s an older dog simply happy to sleep in a quiet, safe home, your new puppy will likely have a lot of energy. Exercise is essential, but so is sleep. This is an important part of their health and wellbeing. Use positive reinforcement for potty training and know that they often need to go after waking up, after they eat, and after playtime.
Set Up an Appointment With Our Veterinarians
We want to begin building a relationship with your puppy or pooch as soon as you bring it home! Schedule an appointment with our vets to ensure your dog is properly taken care of: vaccines, fecal tests, dewormings, preventatives, supplements, and spaying or neutering.
Congratulations! We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family!
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.