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CARING FOR A NEW PUPPY

 

HEALTH PROGRAMMES

VACCINATIONS

DOGS

4-6 weeks: Parvovirus for puppies where exposure to parvo is likely.  Deworm.

 

6-8 weeks: Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus & leptospirosis. Deworm.

 

12 weeks: Distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus & leptospirosis. First rabies and Deworm.

 

16 weeks: Booster vaccination of all of the above and Deworm.

 

Annual boosters are recommended. Annual health checks are essential as is deworming 3-4 times per year. 

Your pets are given a routine examination at the time of their annual boosters. This is very important if one considers that our pets age at five to seven times faster than we do. So for a pet a yearly check up is like a check up every seven years. Can you tell if your dog or cat has a sub clinical problem? The time also provides all pet owners with an excellent opportunity to get advice on anything they may have noticed or want checked. It also provides us with an opportunity to update you on any scientific progress and to inform you on new products.

 

FLEAS

Fleas are an unfortunate fact of life and are a year round problem in our climate. Thus you should employ a year round strategy. It is best to treat both the pet and the environment. We are happy to advise you on the best products for your household.



WORMS

Puppies should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age with an “all-wormer” which covers roundworm and tapeworm. It is then repeated monthly until 6 months of age thence every 3 months.


We have also seen an increase in a worm called Spirocera that caused tumours in the dogs throat. Normal deworming does not work against Spirocerca.


We recommend all dogs start on Program Plus. This is a monthly tablet that sterilizers fleas and also contains a dewormer that has some effect against Siprocerca and roundworms.


You will still need to use another dewormer against tapeworms twice a year


Please let us know if you want any other information about this.


 

FEEDING

A balanced commercial puppy diet is recommended. It prevents imbalances caused by supplements and over/underfeeding by advising the correct amount of food for your pup’s weight.

 

PUPPY SOCIALISATION

A pup’s personality and habits can be moulded from a very early age. Start training straight away; use food rewards and praise. This includes toilet training. A pup will pick 1 – 2 favourite places in the yard so return there regularly (including prior to bed etc.) and reward the pup when it uses the area to go to the toilet.

Don’t be afraid to try “Sit”, “Come”, “Heel”, “Drop”, etc. Most importantly, the more people and animals (when safe) your pup meets as it grows, the more social, happy and outgoing he/she will be.


 

 

INSURANCE

It is very likely that your pet will receive medical attention in its lifetime. We strongly recommend that you commence an insurance policy while your puppy is still young and in good health.

 

STERILISATION

Your puppy can be spayed or castrated from 6 months of age. It prevents behavioural and health problems that often occur later in life.

 

MICROCHIPPING

Fortunately modern technology gives us the opportunity to electronically identify our pets. A small chip can be injected under the skin to provide a permanent form of identification.