This is a guide to what your puppy will require in the coming months and for the rest of your puppies life.
It is crucial that your puppy be protected against life threatening Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus. The first vaccination is at 6 – 8 weeks of age. A booster vaccination is required at 10 – 12 weeks of age which can include the Canine Cough vaccine. This is recommended if your puppy is going to socialise or board in kennels. Your puppy will then be protected from these diseases for 12 months. A reminder will be sent to you when you next vaccination is due.
Puppies should be wormed from 2 weeks of age against Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm. Puppies need to be wormed every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, then monthly until 6 months of age. Regular worming every 3 months is recommended thereafter.
All dogs are susceptible to Heartworm, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Puppies should receive a heartworm preventative from 12 weeks of age. This can be achieved by giving a monthly chew or a yearly injection.
It is very important to get your puppy desexed regardless of the sex of your pup. In males it reduces the urge to find a bitch in season and makes them less likely to stray. In females it prevents the ability to reproduce and she will not come into season. We recommend desexing your puppy at 5 – 6 months of age. The age can vary depending on breeds, so if you have any concerns please contact us to discuss.
It is important to protect your puppy from fleas to avoid not only irritation and dermatitis, but also prevent contamination of your house with flea eggs. There are a wide range of flea treatments available.
Tick Paralysis – Paralysis ticks are always present in the environment, however we do see an increase in cases in the warmer months. They can be fatal to dogs. Symptoms to watch for are loss of co-ordination, change in bark, coughing, vomiting. If you notice these symptoms seek veterinary advice immediately. There are many effective products to help prevent tick paralysis, and daily searching is recommended. Please ask our staff about protecting your pup from ticks.
There are many companies available that supply insurance for pets at a reasonable rate. They include Petplan, Bow Wow, Prosure etc. Brochures are available at our reception desk or ask one of our staff for more detail.