Essential Supplies for First Time Puppy Owners

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So, you're getting your first puppy? Congratulations! It's important to do a lot of research before bringing a new pup into the home. When you're a pet parent, you're responsible for the well-being of another living creature. You definitely want some idea of what you're getting yourself into! Reach out to us at Eastshore Vet, the best vet in Madison, CT, to speak to our veterinary service professionals about what you'll need to take care of your first puppy. For now, check out this list of supplies for first time puppy owners!


Make sure to get your pup a healthy brand of food, full of protein, carbs, and fats. You can use canned food, dry food, or a combination of both. Eventually you'll figure out which kind makes your pup's tummy the happiest.

Food and Water Bowls

Depending on the breed of your puppy, you may want to get wholesome diet / food bowls that are slightly raised off the ground. Your pup shouldn't have to lean to far down, but you also want them to be able to reach their food and water! Your pup may also grow quickly, so be prepared to get a new size/height after a few months.


A collar is important for many reasons: you need a place to put an ID tag, a place to connect the leash for short outings, and it's nice to complement your dog's coat with a colorful collar from your local pet store.

Pet ID

Print your dog an ID tag at your local pet store, an animal shelter, or anywhere else you prefer. Make sure to include your pup's name and your contact information so anyone who finds them will know how to get in touch with you.4-6 foot leash Your pup should be trained to walk on a 4-6 foot non-retractable leash. This will help them learn how to walk without pulling or lagging too much, plus they won't be able to wander off and chase squirrels!


Use a harness to walk your dog to prevent injuries to the neck and throat while your pup is still learning walking etiquette.


Your dog will thank you for this! Get a variety of treats to see what your pet likes the most. Small treats for training, chews like bully sticks to help with teething and promote dental health, and larger cookies for when you want to spoil your pup.

Canine toothbrush/toothpaste

Your dog needs healthy teeth just like you do! Purchase a toothbrush and toothpaste suitable for dogs at your local pet store or from your Madison vet service professional.

Dog shampoo

If you don't want to pay for a professional groomer, purchase some dog shampoo and prepare to get wet! Make sure the soap you purchase is friendly for dogs. Some ingredients in human soaps and shampoos can irritate your dog's skin.


Depending on your dog's fur/hair type, you'll want to purchase a brush or a comb to keep shedding down. Regularly grooming your dog will give their fur a healthy shine they'll thank you for!

Cleaning supplies for accidents

With a puppy, accidents are unavoidable. Purchase a cleaning spray to remove odor from fabrics and keep it in an easily accessible place.

Poop bags

Leaving dog poop on someone's lawn during a walk is a great way to spread disease  plus it's just plain rude! Bring a couple of poop bags along with you to clean up after your pup.


There are so many different kinds of toys to choose from, it can be overwhelming! Start off by purchasing a variety so you can learn what your dog likes. Try a rope toy, a ball, a chew toy, and some kind of puzzle.

Finances for veterinary expenses

The first year of puppy owning can be a little expensive. Young dogs are more prone to sickness than older dogs, and you want to make sure you have enough to give your dog the best care they need. Visit Eastshore Vet to give your pup the best veterinary care around!

At Eastshore Vet, we're here to guide you through the tumultuous but rewarding time of owning a new puppy. Visit us and find out why we're considered the best vet in Madison, CT! Schedule your appointment today!

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