Puppies – you can’t say that word without smiling. But where do you get one from? The world has become very confusing, concedes American Animal Hospital Association President Dr. Nancy Soares.
See your veterinary clinic as a veterinary nurse can offer Pre-Pet Counseling. Maybe a puppy isn’t right for you family, and a cat or Guinea pig is a better plan, maybe the nurse can steer you to a shelter or rescue she knows may specialize in Boxers, if that’s what you want. It’s worth the small investment.
Here’s where NEVER to get a puppy: Dr. Soares says, “The one place you want to stay away from are pet stores.” Those dogs are likely from puppy mills.
Most important – VISIT THE FACILITY! If you’re not allowed, that’s a HUGE red flag….and Dr. Soares offers tips about what to look FOR.
Dr, Soares also talks about the enormous importance of socialization.