Dog Puppy Care


This collection of Dog Puppy Care articles has been curated for you by Riverbark Veterinary Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at 910-436-4801.

7 Puppy Potty Training Tips to Save Your Sanity…and Your Home

You’ve brought your much-anticipated new puppy home and are delighted with this adorable little creature who just wants to play, cuddle, love you, and let you revel in that heavenly puppy breath. However, within the first hour, you’re reminded of the daunting task of potty training after they leave their first “present” on your carpet.


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Pregnant Dog Care Tips

When it comes to pet pregnancy, we believe Bob Barker said it best: “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.” HOWEVER, if your dog IS pregnant, we also believe you should provide the very best care to her possible, from the moment you know she’s pregnant up until the big birth day, as well as post-pregnancy.


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Dog Bite Prevention: 3 Things You Should Know

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million dog bites occur in the U.S every single year. The majority of dog bite victims are children. In addition, children are most often bitten during everyday interaction with dogs that they know. As responsible pet owners, and to those who are parents to small children, it is important to take every preventative measure possible to avoid anyone from being harmed.


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How to Socialize Your Puppy for a Happy and Confident Dog

Happy and well-adjusted puppies are friendly and playful. However, puppies who haven't been well-socialized may become fearful and exhibit aggressiveness as a form of self-defense. If you've ever met a dog who's scared of the everyone and everything, you know that is not a pleasant experience for anyone, and in fact, behavior problems are one of the biggest reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters.


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Puppy Guidelines for New Puppy Parents

Congratulations on your new puppy! Exuberant puppies are so fun.

24 hours in and you’re recognizing your new responsibilities. Gulp! Whether your new puppy is a long discussed favorite breed or an adopted mix, a little prep will make this transition easier so you have more fun.


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