Whether you have a new puppy or just consider yourself a puppy enthusiast (and who isn’t enthusiastic about puppies?), we invite you to celebrate everything puppy in honor of National Puppy Day on March 23rd. At Olive Branch Pet Hospital, we celebrate puppies every day, but we’re bringing you some fun facts about puppies in honor of their own holiday.
You might think of puppies as having crazy amounts of energy, but they actually sleep quite a lot. Although their waking hours are quite exuberant, puppies, on average, sleep between 15 and 20 hours each day.
Puppies are born both blind and deaf. They don’t open their eyes or start to hear until they’re about two weeks old, and their teeth won’t come until they’re about four weeks old. Plus, this is just the first set of teeth that they’ll shed by about six months to make room for their permanent teeth to come in.
While it’s not an exact science, you can generally determine how big a puppy will be when it’s fully grown based on the size of its paws. Big dogs need big paws to support themselves, so a puppy with large, clumsy paws will likely grow up to be a pretty sizeable dog.
Puppies are born with a baby coat of fur that’s only a single layer thick and is softer than their adult coat. They shed this fur at about six months when their grown-up fur starts growing in.
Puppies’ brains actually respond to sing-songy baby talk more than regular voices. So, go ahead and be all cutsie-wootsie with your new puppy. It’ll help them bond with you faster.
If you’ve recently adopted a new puppy or are thinking about bringing home a new puppy, then we encourage you to consider establishing your new furry family member’s veterinary care at Olive Branch Pet Hospital in Pensacola. We provide our patients with comprehensive veterinary care, and we are pleased to offer our clients a variety of wellness plans (including one especially for puppies) designed to fit their budgets while getting their pets all the wellness and preventative care they need to live happy and healthy lives.
To learn more about our services or to schedule a new pet appointment for your puppy, we welcome you to contact our office today.