How to Buy a Healthy Puppy

How to Buy a Healthy Puppy


so you’ve made the big decision to bring
a puppy into your family and you’re asking yourself how to buy a healthy
puppy well there are many pitfalls to avoid and to help make sure that your
puppy is as healthy and as happy as possible but where is the best place to
buy a puppy hi I’m dr. Alex Avery from ourpetshealth.com and if we’ve not
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also let me know in the comments down below what type of puppy you’re hoping
to get I’d love to find out so depending on what puppy you decide you want there
are a number of different options when it comes to finding out where the best
place to buy a puppy is and at the same time making sure that they are as
healthy as possible now broadly speaking these are professional or regular breeders
private homes rescue centers and pet shops the first big step is deciding
what dog breed is best for your family do you want a purebred dog or are you
happy with a mixed breed which may actually be healthier and cheaper in the
long run what size is best and will their temperament and character be a
good match for your family and your lifestyle are there any common
conditions that they might suffer from that you really should be prepared for
how much might these cost in treatment and how might they affect the quality of
life of your dog and their future so how do you buy a healthy puppy how do you
decide where the best place is and which puppy is right for you after all you
want them to be as healthy as possible and not come with a long list of hidden
conditions one of the first places to turn would be professional
recommendations this might be from your local veterinarian but it could also be
from a respected dog trainer or a groomer they may know of clients of theirs who are either breeders or whose pets is expecting a litter of puppies they will
clearly not be able to guarantee that you will be getting a perfectly healthy
puppy but if a dog is known to these people then it is unlikely that they
will fall into the must avoid and puppy mill category the worst
breeders generally wouldn’t take their dogs to the vet groomer or trainer
although obviously there are exceptions to every rule
now personal recommendations from friends would be the next option to
investigate if someone you know and trust got a healthy puppy themselves
from a breeder then you could reasonably expect the same the alternative is that
you might just find out who would be better to avoid buying a puppy from
completely so next if both of these options fail to turn up your perfect
healthy puppy then another option is to buy one from a registered breeder that is
also a member of the Kennel Club or a similar organization now these
organizations may run an assured or accredited breeding register and that
ensures that a minimum standard is met by the breeder when you are not able to
get a personal recommendation then this can give you some reassurance and a
little bit of peace of mind as to how that your potential puppy had been bred
and looked after any responsible breeder be their professional or just the owner
of a pregnant pet should also be more than happy to answer questions they
should positively encourage multiple visits when a puppy is too young to be
rehomed and you should be able to see the puppy with their mother in their
normal environment to know that it really is the mother you are seeing them
where they’re not just another random female dog you should see the puppy
suckling from her and you’ll also be able to tell by the level of interaction
between the puppies and the female dog when you visit also consider what
conditions the puppies are in are they clean do they smell bad are they thin do
they have big pot bellies are they actually scared or hesitant to interact
with you and they should be really quite keen to have new people to play with
these might all be signs that their can they’re being brought up in conditions
that are less than ideal a breeder really should also be picky about who
gets to buy their puppies many will have a waiting list and that could actually
be a really long waiting list and so they do not need to worry about whether
someone will actually buy their puppies or not and this means that they should
be asking you plenty of question even more than you’re asking them about your
lifestyle and circumstances just to make sure that their precious puppies end up
in the right home this is a sign they care and so they’re likely to have bred
puppies responsibly and looked after the puppies well one thing to
be aware of and this doesn’t just apply to a Kennel Club breeders is the fact
that some breeders will focus on obtaining the most extreme version of
the breed standard conformation for their breed this is seldom a good thing
with the result often being an increased risk of health issues later on in life
now nowhere is this more apparent than the current trend for breeding dogs with
more and more squash noises such as pugs and French bulldogs and their bodies
have really become so squashed they often suffer from breathing issues from
skin disease and even spinal problems now this is something to consider not
just when deciding what breed you want but also which breeder to use never buy
a puppy from an advert in the paper or internet ads without satisfying
yourself that the puppy’s conditions and operator for the same as you would
established from a breeder how do you know that you’re not supporting puppy
mills or puppy farms if you don’t see the conditions that the puppy is living
in from being raised in how do you know if you don’t talk to the owners and meet
the puppy’s mother in person also never just meet a breeder or own a half way on
the side of the road or in a service station this happens I’ve seen the
results and all too often unfortunately the puppy is in a poor condition and
it’s got some really serious health problems it’s so sad to see these
puppies but in rescuing them you’re actually supporting terrible breeders
who have no thought for the welfare of their dogs or puppies by giving them
money you’re positively encouraging this behavior so it’s for this reason too
that you should think again about buying a puppy from a pet shop the vast
majority of pet shop puppies come from unethical puppy mills they may come with
serious existing disease and their often poorly socialized it is only by refusing
to buy puppies from these puppy mills that they will ever shut down otherwise
it will keep making money and keep breeding puppies check out my other
video for my 10 reasons not to buy a pet shop puppy to learn more so my final
option to consider in how to buy a healthy puppy is to actually buy your
puppy from a shelter or rescue center now these dogs find themselves being
abandoned often due to a relationship break down a house move a new baby
arriving so abandoned through no fault of their own in the US six and a
half million animals into the shelter system every year with around
one-and-a-half million being euthanized in Australia two hundred thousand
animals are thought to be euthanized and in the UK the number is about twenty
thousand rescue animals that euthanized that’s a huge number of dogs and it’s a
global issue so while some may have to be euthanasia to medical or behavioral
reasons many simply victims of being unwanted and abandoned this huge number
means that rescue shelter dogs come in all shapes they come in all sizes and
all ages very often they’ll already have been vaccinated
they’ll have been microchipped and neutered so spayed or castrated they’ll probably
even be toilet trained and you can really be matched to a dog who is a
great fit for your family shelter dogs they go through vet checks and they’ll
often also have behavior and temperament testing just to make sure that there are
no surprises and that they are suitable for rehoming also if they’ve been looked
at by and looked after by a foster family and lived in a foster home as
well then you’ll also know what they’re like in a home situation away from the
shelter environment which is very different to home life you could ask
just as many questions and a shelter will be just as eager to find out all
about you after all the last thing they want is to see the dog back again
because things just didn’t work out you’ll truly be rescuing a dog and
giving it a second chance and a proper forever home and that will feel great so
when you’re looking to buy a healthy puppy you go into any decision with open eyes
and certainty having a dog is a life time commitment that may last close to
20 years in some cases it should not be done on impulse and a puppy should never
be given as a surprise gift research the right dog breed for your family
understand the time and energy that you’ll need to put
to them make sure that you have the time and a plan in the early days when
socialization is so important our dogs bring so much to our lives it’s only
right that we respect them as family members we deserve our full attention
and commitment so I hope this video helps answer how to buy a healthy puppy
and that you find your perfect new dog let me know below if you have any
questions and please come back and let me know what puppy you get I’ve really
loved here also remember to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out on future
videos all about helping you and your pet to live a healthier happier life and
until next time i’m dr. alex from our pets health because they’re family

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  1. Glad you brought up the issue with some breeders going for too extreme of certain traits. The German Shepherd here in the US is one example. : It seems some are starting to trend away from it a little bit which has meant slightly better hip health ratings, but I think they're still a long way from a more ideal structure although I don't know how much it'll all budge. I'm not really one to follow the German Shepherd show "community".

    I had heard something about the Kennel Club putting something in place to discourage breeders of English Bulldogs, for example, from breeding for an overly squashed face. If that's still the case (haven't kept up with its progress), then I think that's a good thing though I would hope those breeders would want to keep in mind the potential quality of life and health of their dogs when they are breeding for the "latest trend" of trait, anyway. I'm happy when I see breeds that don't really have this issue.

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