A GUIDE TO PUPPIES
VACCINATIONS Puppies should be vaccinated at 6-8 weeks and again at 10 weeks. These vaccinations will protect your puppy from potentially fatal diseases – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis. The vaccine provides your puppy with antibodies to help fight the diseases. Yearly boosters throughout the life of your dog will be required to keep the level of antibodies at a protective level.
Should be done every month using Advocate Spot on or Milpro until your puppy is 6 months old. Please ask us for further advice.
Worms (roundworm and tapeworm) can be picked up by your puppy when sniffing and walking where other dogs have been. The dog will then clean itself and ingest worm eggs and larvae which remain alive for months and sometimes years after they have been passed. Worms are not always obvious unless the animal has a heavy worm burden so remember – just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean that they’re not there!
Males – Between 6 and 24 months. Prevents testicular cancer, prostate cancer and other associated illnesses and also helps reduce undesirable behaviour.
FEEDING Always feed a good quality brand of complete puppy food, well balanced with the correct nutrition your puppy needs. We recommend Hills Vet Essentials, as it provides advanced and complete nutrition for puppies and other life stages.
We recommend that you insure your puppy. Check the terms and conditions of your policy carefully to ensure the policy is adequate for your needs.
The first 16 weeks are a very important “formative period” in your puppy’s life. Try and devote as much time as possible in this period to developing the human-pet bond.
Do this by handling (including feet, ears, grooming and teeth brushing), play, training, and socialisation.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT ANY ASPECT OF YOUR PET’S HEALTH, PLEASE TELEPHONE US AND WE WILL TALK YOU THROUGH IT.