Puppy Information Sheet
To help protect your puppy against potentially life-threatening viruses/diseases, two injections are given 2-4 weeks apart from 7 weeks of age, finishing the course after 10 weeks of age.
Your new puppy has a very small-capacity tummy and so therefore needs small meals, little and often.
- We recommend 3 meals a day until your puppy is at least 4 months old.
- We recommend 2 meals a day until after 6 months of age.
- It is advisable to feed your dog a good-quality brand of food according to its life stage: puppy, junior, adult or senior.
Paying attention to the recommended guidelines for the specific food will help ensure correct nutrition support is given. There are special types of food for different sized dogs and some companies also produce breed-specific diets. Please ask at reception for details.
- We advise using a veterinary worming treatment every two weeks until 3 months of age.
- Every four weeks until 6 months of age.
- Adult dogs require treatment at least 3-4 times a year – farm dogs or those walked on sheep pasture may require more frequent treatment.
Puppies and adult dogs can carry roundworms and tapeworms and unless they are heavily infected you may not notice any signs that they are harbouring them. Worms can be hazardous to children, the elderly and people in an immune compromised state and therefore, for the health of you and your dog, we recommend that your puppy is treated against worms at regular intervals. Fleas also play a part in the life cycle of the tapeworm and therefore regular use of a vet-recommended flea treatment will assist worm control.
- We recommend using a veterinary flea treatment every 4-8 weeks – as advised according to specific treatment used.
- We recommend treating all animals in the household and the house itself - carpets, bedding, etc. for flea control to be successful.
Fleas are picked up from outdoors and brought into the house on your pet’s coat. Some animals (including humans!) can be very sensitive and as little as a single bite from a flea may cause a great deal of itching and discomfort. Using a flea comb is an easy way of identifying if your pet is carrying fleas and therefore if they require treatment.
We recommend neutering dogs to help prevent behavioural and health issues, such as dominance and roaming and potentially life-threatening infections and tumours.
- Male dogs can be castrated from 6 months of age.
- Female dogs (bitches) can be spayed either from 6 months of age or 3 months after their first season.
Inserting a microchip is an inexpensive way of helping ensure that your pet is relocated with you should it get lost, stolen or be involved in an accident. The law requires that all dogs wear a collar even if they are microchipped.
- Regular grooming and examination of your puppy ensure a strong bond between you and your puppy and enables you to check eyes, ears, feet, etc. are problem free.
- It is a good idea to get your puppy used to having its teeth brushed from an early age. Using your finger or a soft toothbrush along with water or pet toothpaste (not human!) may be used to help prevent dental disease. If you notice your dog has bad breath please get them checked by a veterinary surgeon.
- We advise that your puppy is given a 6 month health check by a veterinary surgeon.
As we cannot predict when a pet falls ill or becomes injured, we recommend that owners take out insurance tocover unexpected veterinary expenses – ask a receptionist or collect a leaflet from reception. Please note: insurance will not cover routine flea and worm treatment or neutering.
If you are considering ever travelling abroad with your dog please ask reception for our Pet Travel Scheme advice sheet on current regulations.
- Socialising your puppy before 18 weeks of age with people and animals, including vaccinated dogs, is very important - if this period falls into the period before your puppy has full coverage from its vaccination course please ensure that socialisation only occurs in non-public places, such as enclosed gardens.
- Once fully vaccinated we highly recommend you start your puppy in training classes to help further socialisation and life skills.