"I don’t know anything about puppies. Can you give me 5 things I need to know before I get one?"

If you get a puppy, you’re making a commitment to a sweet, loving creature. You want to do this right. Here are some things to consider

If you get a puppy, you’re making a commitment to a sweet, loving creature. You want to do this right. Here are some things to consider…

Price

The ASPCA quotes the average annual price of owning a small dog is $420, a medium dog $620 and a large dog $780. Be sure that this is well within your budget.

Spay and Neutering

Getting your pup spayed or neutered extends their lives while improving their quality of life, so do it!

Toxic Household Plants

Make sure you research common household plants that can prove toxic when ingested by your pup.

Vaccinations Are Important

Make sure your little guy has all of his shots. Vaccines vary from state to state, so check with your vet to make sure your pup has the right ones. (Click here to learn when and how often to visit your veterinarian.)

Avocado, Chocolate, Grapes, Garlic, and Onions

All of these foods are harmful to your pup, so keep them out of reach.

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