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When you bring your adorable Newfoundland puppy home for the first time, you want to take care of them as best as possible. You get them good food, exercise them daily, and provide them with plenty of love. However, Newfies, just like all other breeds, have unique care requirements. To provide your Newfie with the best life possible, here are on some tips on how to care for their health.

Check their ears

Newfoundlands are notorious for ear infections. One way to prevent these infections is to check and clean their ears weekly. Doing so will help you spot and clean out any debris which could cause an infection further down the line.

Avoid grain-free diets

Some dog owners are trying out “grain-free diets” for their dogs. However, this can be detrimental to their health. Grain is an essential part of a dog’s diet, and they need it just as much as they need meat. For Newfoundland puppies, we recommend a chicken-based diet with grains and veggies mixed in. As they age, you can start incorporating other meats such as beef and salmon.

Groom your Newfie regularly

Newfie’s have long, luxurious coats. These coats will need regular care to keep them looking beautiful. We recommend that you brush your Newfie daily to keep their coat in good order. This can also be a great bonding experience with your dog! Then, consider getting them professionally groomed during the spring so that their coats are more manageable in the hot, summer months ahead.

Keep an eye on their hips and joints

Newfies are prone to hip dysplasia later in life. This can be avoided so long as you take proper care for their hips and joints during their early years. Don’t let them jump from high ledges such as off a deck, a pick-up truck bed, or your bed. Newfie’s bones are soft until they are 2 years of age, so avoiding any trauma during these years is crucial.

Are you looking to adopt a Newfoundland puppy of your own? Then contact Horner Newfoundlands today to find your new best friend.