Getting a new puppy is an extremely exciting time however it can also be overwhelming. It is difficult to remember all the little things we need to do to keep our new family member in good health. We will go through some of the main things to remember.
Here’s a bit of new puppy advice……
Vaccinations protect your puppy against many infectious diseases that can be fatal. These diseases include
- Kennel cough.
Puppy vaccinations start at 8 weeks of age and are repeated at 10 weeks of age. Boosters are then done yearly to keep your dog up to date.
(Vaccinations against rabies is necessary when traveling abroad)
2. Anti-parasitic Treatment
Dogs of any age can be prone to picking up different types of parasites. From worms to fleas it is important that we treat them correctly to rid them of these unpleasant mini monsters.
Worms can make your puppy very sick. Most of the time you may not know your dog has worms. Signs such as a bloated tummy, diarrhoea, and vomiting may be seen. Certain worms can also affect humans giving us another reason to stay on top of them! Up until 3 months of age they need to be wormed every 2 weeks. They then need to be wormed regularly throughout their life (every 3-5months). You can pick up worming tablets at reception.
- Fleas are a nuisance to your pet. They make them very itchy but can also cause allergic reactions due to chemicals in the flea saliva. Treat your pet every month to prevent an infestation occurring. If you notice fleas on your pet it is essential to treat the household also as eggs can fall off your pets coat and become embedded in carpets, floorboards and your pets bedding. These eggs eventually hatch and can reinfect your dog.
- Other parasites include ticks and mites which can both be treated for also
Neutering your dog occurs at approximately 6 months of age. Considered a routine surgery neutering radically reduces the chances of ovarian cancer and mammary tumours in females and testicular cancer in males among others. It can also protect your animal against life-threatening reproductive infections. Along with preventing undesirable behaviour (including roaming for males) it also prevents unwanted pregnancy. Neutering is done under general anaesthetic and the majority of animals go home the same day.
Accidents and illnesses can happen so Insurance is necessary to ensure you are prepared financially. Always shop around for the best quote and cover. Different breeds of dogs, their age and any pre-existing illnesses can affect the price of your premium. At Ark Vetcare we take care of any claims that need to be made so you can focus on the well-being of your furry friend
To all our new puppies we offer a free puppy consult where you can ask the vet any questions or clear up any worries you may have. Along with a free puppy party and six month developmental check-up we will be with you the whole way through puppyhood and long after!