View Full Version : What do I need for a puppy?

Maisie's Mom
3rd September 2006, 04:40 AM
I just posted the other topic, "I'm meeting my new little girl tomorrow" and some questions for all you experts out there. h*lp

What are some of the basics that I need to buy that are most practical and will be most comforting to Maisie. If you have specific brands of items as well as websites to purchase them, please do share.

Harness vs. collar? Everyone raves about the Puppie. Is that just for walks and the collar for inside. What about the name tag for safety reasons?
Fall sweater or coat

Thanks again!


3rd September 2006, 04:47 AM
hi lisa. i have listed a website link below that tells some information on what you need for your puppy. some of the items listed are not necessary butyou mite as well look at them. im not really sure about the harness vs collar thing. identification tags are always a good idea and microchipping as well.. anyway good luck


3rd September 2006, 11:17 AM
There's a post in the LIbrary with some items:


I also recommend having a read through breeder Laura Lang's cavalier care manual which should provide just about everything you need to know including what to have in the house for the new puppy.


Bruce H
3rd September 2006, 11:20 AM
Congrats on your new puppy!

There have been some good discussions in the past on what to have on hand for a new dog; I'm sure others who can find those discussions will come along with some help.

At any rate, I think everyone knows I am a big believer in microchipping (like Nisha mentioned) in addition to ID tags. The first thing I would do is get an appointment with your vet for a checkup, even if she has already been checked by the breeders vet; some breeders require that. Then, if she's not already microchipped, get that done while she is getting the checkup. And be sure to tell the vet to use a little topical anesthetic; that's a BIG needle :yikes

Enjoy Maisie, this is the the best breed there is (in my VERY biased opinion :lol: ) and you are in for the time of your life!

3rd September 2006, 11:52 AM
yea most breeders should microchip their pups beforehand however if not like bruce said it is an excellent idea to get your pup microchipped for safety reasons etc.

3rd September 2006, 12:30 PM

You're not biased at all - well OK, maybe a teensy bit :lol: :lol: :lol: This IS the very best breed ever :lol:

OK then for a new puppy.....

When I got Maxx we had him microchipped (as Bruce says, with a topical anaesthetic) and we also put a puppy collar and tag on him - Cavaliers are wonderful escape artists!

My dog tags just state our surname, phone number and the words I AM IDENTICHIPPED. This is so that if either of them get out and are picked up by a neighbour then they can call us but also to let anyone else know that the dogs are chipped and we can be found by scanning them. This can work in two ways - reunites us with our dog via vets, police, dog warden etc & also seeks to put off dog thieves by warning them that the dog will be identified by a chip!

For walks I bought a puppy harness, very, very soft material and you altered it as the puppy grew - lasted him until he was about a year :D

Oh yeah, and a lead is useful too :lol:

Next up, a plastic bed with a soft duvet and some vet bedding (a change of bedding is useful too, in case of accidents or when the first is in the wash) & some puppy proof toys.

You'll also want a food and a water dish, I personally prefer glass, pottery or ceramic as they can go in the dishwasher :)

Good luck with your new little bundle :flwr: :l*v: :flwr:

Maisie's Mom
3rd September 2006, 02:42 PM
I love reading your suggestions---thank you again! Where is the microchip placed in the puppy's body? Is it really painful? :( How long does the pain last?

Also, everyone seems to like to Puppia. What size would be good?

Thanks again,

3rd September 2006, 02:46 PM
It's placed up near the shoulderblades; it is about the size of a grain of rice, and it is there permanently and they can't feel it. A good time to have it done is when you have your dog neutered as they can do it easily without the dog being aware. That's when I chipped all of mine.

Maisie's Mom
3rd September 2006, 03:01 PM
I like the idea of waiting until she is being neutered. Also, smart to put "identichipped" on the name tag.

3rd September 2006, 05:02 PM
Oh yes, when you take her to have her chipped then please make sure to ask the vet to put it near her shoulderblades - some apparently put it right near the neck and with all the problems Cavaliers have with SM, the idea just doesn't sit right.

BTW, it was my Vet who told me about this! He always puts in the shoulderblade about 2 inches away from the spine. Still easily detected by a scanner :)