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PUPPY CARE SHEET  

 

 

 

Firstly, congratulations on acquiring a new member of your family! We hope that this will help you to find your way through what can be a confusing amount of information about your new pup.  

 

Vaccination

Keeping your new pup safe is of paramount importance. He/she is at risk from several diseases which can be vaccinated against. This starts from 8 weeks of age and continues with a second injection 2 weeks later. Thereafter boosters are once a year and we will send you a reminder through the post when this is due. Until a week after the second vaccination your puppy should be kept away from other dogs and dog walking areas, as infection can lurk where other dogs have urinated/defaecated.  Pups should only socialise with other dogs if they are up to date with their vaccinations.  

 

 

 

Microchipping

We strongly recommend that you microchip your puppy to ensure that should it become lost there is a good chance that it will be able to be traced back to you. The procedure is quick, lasts for the lifetime of your pet, and can be done at the same time as a vaccination.  Microchipping will become compulsory from April 2016 - click here for more information 

 

Worming

Puppies are naturally inquisitive and can pick up all sorts of parasites and often carry roundworm infections from their Mum. These can look like strings of spaghetti (sometimes seen in vomit!) but usually infection is not visible to the naked eye, and the eggs in the faeces are microscopic. Roundworms are passed from dog to dog and can cause health problems in humans, especially children, so it is essential to follow a thorough worming programme.  Tapeworms are another type of worm affecting pups, and our wormers eliminate both types. Worming is weight based so bring your pup for weighing each time, or pop them on the scales at home, to ensure the correct dosage.     

 

We recommend worming : 

every 2 weeks till 12 weeks old,

then every 4 weeks till 6 months old,

then 3 monthly throughout adult life thereafter. 

 

Worming may need to be done more frequently in some cases, and our staff will be able to advise you on what is best for your dog.  

 

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are likely to play a part in every dog’s life at some point no matter how clean your home is. They continue to flourish during the winter months due to the heating in our homes. We provide Veterinary-approved, highly effective flea treatments.  Fleas act as an intermediate host for tapeworms so often the two infestations go together.Ticks are small, blood-sucking insects that can transmit disease when they bite. They generally live in grass/woodland areas, and attach themselves to passing animals, stay attached and feed for several days. If you pull

 
them off, the head can remain in the skin and cause an infection.  

 

We recommend monthly treatments for both fleas and ticks, which is easily applied as a. All-in-one spot-on solution to the skin.  

 

Alternatively, we can now offer NEW collars, which are used for a whole season to control fleas and ticks. They act for 8 months and are activated by bodyheat so if you put one on in late summer, it can be taken off at the start of November, stored in its tin and then put back on your pet at the end of March and will still be active for the remainder of the 8 month period. 

 

Insurance

We also strongly recommend pet health insurance. This provides peace of mind and financial help if your dog should need diagnostic tests, ultrasound, surgery, referral to a specialist or long term treatment. As a practice we do not profit from the process in any way but encouraging our clients to take out insurance simply ensures that we never have to compromise any treatment on grounds of cost. Insurance does not cover routine preventative treatment eg vaccinations, worming, neutering.  There are many policies to choose from, but we can recommend PetPlan, and can provide you with 4 weeks’ FREE insurance with them when you come in.  

 

Pet Health Plans

Our Pet Health Plans provide an excellent way of budgeting monthly for your puppy’s routine healthcare (vaccinations, worming, flea & tick prevention, microchipping), and with further discounts on many other products and services, this really does work out MUCH cheaper for you.

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Neutering

Unless you are planning to breed from your dog we recommend that you have him/her neutered. This not only prevents unplanned or unwanted pups from being born but prevents and protects against various diseases including some cancers. It also reduces straying, aggression and other antisocial behaviour.   The best time to neuter male dogs is from six to eight months old. Females should ideally be spayed at five and a half to six months old before their first season. This helps to prevent mammary tumours developing in later life. However it is important that she is not coming into season or just finished a season at the time of her op and we will check for this on the morning of her op.  

 

Both bitches and dogs need to stay with us in the surgery for the day. We will provide them with pain relief by injection at the time, and they will also go home with more for the next day or two just to avoid unnecessary discomfort. We now use ‘hidden’ sub-cuticular skin stitches which means we do not have to physically remove the sutures. We do ask you to keep your pet on a short lead, for at least 10 days, to minimise the risk of any complications. They also need to wear a buster collar for a week, to stop excessive licking which could introduce infection into the wound. We provide a FREE check up 5-7 days after the operation, so that we can check that healing is going well.