What are the Dangers For New Puppies? Let’s Get Safer!
New puppy owners beware, purchasing a new puppy is a thrilling experience for everyone involved, but at the same time, it’s a giant responsibility. You want the young puppy to grow up into a healthy adult, preferably with a friendly Cavapoo near me personality to match. However, the most fragile time in a dog’s life is early on, within the first six months to be exact. Until that age, the puppy will need to be provided with special care from you, their new owner, to help guarantee they reach adulthood safely. And guess what? I want to help you out, so listen up… please. I asked nicely!
To help a puppy reach the age of 6 months without any problems, let’s take an essential in-depth look at a few of the dangers that may threaten a new puppy’s life, how we can prevent those dangers from occurring, and how we can shape a puppy’s personality to be one oozing with affection.
The danger: Temperature – Well, I’ll tell you the dangers. There are many to consider, but I’ll highlight the important ones. The first danger is a simple one but can be easily overlooked. It’s the temperature of your house. Think about that for a second, what temperature does your house usually hover around during the winter? How about the summer? What about in general? It is common for households to range anywhere from 65-85F (18-29 C), and anything below 72F is slightly too cold for newer puppies and poses a threat to their safety.
Sure, 72F might feel comfortable to you, and is perfectly acceptable for full grown adult dogs, but puppies are fragile and cannot be exposed to low temperatures for long periods of time. Houses cool down late at night, so think about this: when you are fast asleep, you use blankets to keep warm. A puppy, however, only has his fur and that’s not adequate enough to keep him warm. So while you’re all cozy laying in that soft bed, the poor puppy may be suffering from the cold and a chilling death might not be far off for them.
Prevention: A trusty heating pad will solve all of these troubles, and keep the puppy nice and warm at night. All you need to do is acquire one somehow, I suggest by buying it! Once you get a heating pad, it is imperative to check the temperature. Ideally, the temperature should stay warm and consistent, but nothing overbearing. Some heating pads may get too hot, though, which is why you want to check before using it.
If the pad is reaching uncomfortable temperatures, a method you can use to help make it more comfy is by wrapping it in a towel. The towel will absorb a fair amount of heat, plus adding some additional softness to the hard surface. Perfect for the puppy to lay down on, the puppy will be pleased with your efforts.
Worth noting, when inserting the heating pad into the puppy’s playpen, arrange it in such a way that the pad does not cover the entire surface area of the pen. Otherwise, the puppy will be stuck on a heated surface with no choice to step off, and that is mighty uncomfortable. It’d be like getting stuck on a hot sidewalk with no shoes, yikes! When you are finished, the puppy will be protected from the cold, allowing you to sleep better at night knowing they are safe and sound.
The danger: Other Unfriendly Pets – Do you have any other pets besides the new puppy roaming around? If the answer is yes, then consider their personalities. How friendly are they, and will they accept a new animal with open arms? You know the attitude of your pets more than I do, but in order to keep your new puppy safe we need to think and weigh all the possible outcomes.
Remember, animals can be friendly towards humans, but towards other animals it can be an entirely different story. Young puppies are very playful, and will probably attempt to provoke your other pets to get them to play. Whether your pets view those good-intentioned gestures as a friendly invitation for fun or an act of war, who knows? Only you do!