You checked the classified adds, read everything you could find on pitbulls and found the perfect pitbull breeder with the perfect little pitbull puppies. Now what?
The first thing that you should do after you have picked out your new pitbull puppy and brought him home is call your local veterinarian and schedule an appointment. Taking your new puppy to your local veterinarian for a physical exam is extremely important in keeping your new puppy in perfect health. Your veterinarian will also be able to get your new puppies vaccinations started at this time. PitBull Puppies
Pitbull puppies like all puppies need vaccines every three to four weeks until they are 16 to 20 weeks old. Older puppies should have two sets of shots spaced three to four weeks apart for protection. It is also during this time that your pitbull puppy can be checked for worms and be treated accordingly.
It is generally thought that most puppies get worms from their mothers. It is very common for parasites like the roundworm to be transmitted through the mothers placenta, or through her milk while the puppy is feeding. Puppies can also ingest these different parasites from other various food sources. It is believed that almost all puppies are born with roundworms.
Another parasite that you should be worried about is heartworms. Heartworm prevention is very important and should be started before your pitbull puppy reaches six months of age. Heartworms is very easy to prevent all you have to do is give your puppy a once monthly pill that is prescribed by your veterinarian and that is it. This pill will in most cases also treat common gastrointestinal parasites as well. Another common parasite problem is fleas. Talk to you veterinarian about this as well, he will be able to help you find the best treatment for your puppy.
Ticks can also be a problem if your puppy is outside a lot. Always use veterinarian approved tick control products. This will guarantee that you are not using a product that might be dangerous to your puppies health. The control and prevention of ticks is very important. Ticks spread disease, so removing ticks as soon as you can will reduce the risk of you puppy getting sick.
These are just a few things to think about when you bring home your new pitbull puppy. A simple veterinary check up will be well worth your money and it will help keep your pitbull puppy healthy for years to come.