Recommended Puppy Supplies
These are my suggestions based on years of research and personal experience.
Each of these products are recommended for specific reasons pertaining to your dog’s health and longevity. If you choose not to use them, please do thorough research and make sure you are picking high quality food, treats and supplements for your dog! Be aware of product recalls and educate yourself on canine nutrition. Prevention is key to slowing age related issues, immune problems and stopping illness or death from poor quality control or unsafe products. For that reason, and from personal experience, I recommend you use the products for the life of your pet.
When you pay a deposit and pick out your puppy, you should start ordering supplies. Below is my list of recommendations…
Daily food and supplement-
Daily food: pawTree Real Chicken and Oatmeal Recipe
Your puppy is eating pawTree Real Chicken and Oatmeal kibble. I chose this food because of the quality of the ingredients like real meat, fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, and Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids for a healthy skin & coat. I also like what it doesn’t have in it- animal byproducts, corn, wheat, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a nutrient dense food so you can feed less than other brands which equates to less poop to clean up. My dogs love the taste and I love how great they look on it. I do not have samples of this to give you so you need to order it several weeks before your puppy comes home!
Money saving tips for PawTree orders:
Use the code Intro4u to receive a discount.
Buy the XL bag of food (which is actually three small bags) and set it to autoship every 3 months so you never run out of food. You may need to adjust frequency of autoship dates as your puppy grows.
Add 3 toys or treats to each autoship to receive free shipping. You can edit your autoship each cycle to try different products.
Daily supplement: NuVet K-9 wafers
Daily supplement- NuVet K-9 wafersYour puppy is getting a NuVet Plus K-9 wafer daily to support its immature immune system (very important during puppy vaccination time) and help boost it during times of stress such as going to a new home. My adult dogs also benefit from it because it contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which promote a longer lifespan by fighting the effects of free radicals. It is highly recommended that you give your puppy a daily treat of half a wafer, switching to a whole wafer daily around 6 months. I like giving my dogs a “treat” that also has health benefits!
Use order code 79172 when placing your NuVet order.
Money saving tips for NuVet orders:
Save 15% by selecting the “auto ship” option at checkout.
Instead of a whole daily wafer, break the wafers in quarters for young puppies and in half for puppies under 6 months.
While these are not mandatory, I highly recommend the following treats and supplements…
Healthy treats- pawTreats
Treats are important for bonding with your dog and for use as a training aid. Most treats available at the grocery store are unhealthy and made with cheap ingredients. PawTreats are actually good for your pet and I like the variety of flavors available. I usually buy the Freeze Dried Beef, Sweet Potatoes, Peas & Carrots or the Freeze Dried Beef Liver and then try one of the other flavors for variety. They are easy to break into smaller pieces for puppy training. Plus my dogs go nuts for them! Trust me, they know who gives treats and that’s who they love the most!
Other edible treats I use are SmartBones rawhide free bones made with real chicken and Greenies Dental Treats for fresh breath. Both are available at most pet stores and I will also give you a sample of each when you take home your puppy.
Food topper- pawPairings Superfood Seasoning
Omega 3 supplement- Wild Salmon Oil or Salmon Drops
PawTree Wild Alaskan Salmon & Pollock Oil (comes in a pump bottle) or Salmon Oil Drops (a soft chew) are high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are used to prevent excessive shedding, dry skin, dull coat, itching, irritated skin, hot spots and seasonal allergies in both dogs and cats. I use the pawTree brand because the source and the manner in which the fish is processed makes a difference in the quality of the oil and in how effective it is for your pet. Plus, for the quality of the product it is very reasonably priced when compared to other products of the same effectiveness. It’s up to you whether a daily soft chew or the oil which is pumped into the food is more convenient. Both are readily consumed by my dogs.
Probiotic Supplement- Gastro Pro Plus
PawTree Gastro Pro Plus contains prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and digestive herbs that are great for helping your dog or puppy not have diarrhea from stressful situations. This is helpful when taking a new puppy home, traveling with your dog, boarding your dog or any situation that causes stress. I also give this supplement to any dog that takes antibiotics to restore good intestinal flora. It comes in capsule form so you can easily open it and sprinkle it on the daily food.
Joint Supplement- NuJoint Plus Supplement
NuJoint is a supplement to support bone and joints in canines of all ages. It contains MSM (shown to reduce the rigidity of cells in the soft tissues of the body thus reducing pressure), Glucosamine (helps animals synthesize new cartilage and therefore alleviates discomfort from wear and injuries), Chondroitin (attracts and holds fluid within cartilage tissue helping to lubricate joints and increase mobility) and Vitamin C (supports immune function, promotes cartilage growth and tissue repair).
I give this as a treatment to all dogs over 5 and as a preventative any younger dog who participates in more strenuous athletic activities such as agility, hunting, running with their owner or any other activity which involves impact to the joints. It is also very useful after injuries.
Toys are a necessity for dogs for many reasons. They aid in teething, can provide comfort, occupy bored dogs and help maintain dental health. Choose safe toys- no rawhide because they can choke on it. Also, be aware that some toys are better for puppies and others for adults. Puppies love plush toys but if they are an aggressive chewer as an adult they may not be able to have them. You will know your puppy has outgrown a toy if he or she can tear it up easily.
Lots ‘O Textures Bone
Small Chillax to the Max Bone
8” Plushees Turtle
4” Lil Squeeze puffer fish
Grooming and Sanitation
PawTree Deodorizing Mist
PawTree Urine Eliminator
If you live in the city or plan on going to the dog park you will need poop bags to clean up after your pet. I like the pawTree poop bags and dispenser because the bags are thicker than most and you don’t “feel” the waste as much or worry about them breaking. The dispenser has a clip so you can attach it to a leash or bag making them easy to find when you need them.
I also recommend pee pads for potty training and lining carriers or crates. Disposable pads are convenient and some even have an attractant to help your dog know where to go potty. If you don’t mind washing, reusable pads are earth friendly and can’t be torn up by playful puppies. I use pee pads for all my puppies so they are already started on pad training when you take them home.