Vaccinations -Your puppy will need two initial injections, normally the first one at 8 weeks then a second at 10 weeks. Your puppy will then need annual boosters to ensure continuous immunity. At each booster appointment and first vaccination, your vet will also give your pet a thorough examination and health check. Vaccination covers many diseases including parvo virus (your vet can explain these in more detail if requested).
Worming – Your puppy should be wormed by the breeder before you collect him/her. Puppies and adult dogs should be regularly wormed throughout their lives to treat for roundworms and tapeworms. There are various products on the market available. These products will be discussed with you when we first meet your new puppy!
Fleas – Puppies and adult dogs should be treated for prevention of fleas throughout their lives. This is much more effective than trying to eradicate an infestation once it has occurred.
Lungworm – Lungworm infection is carried by slugs and snails and can be caught by a dog just by eating grass or playing with a toy that has been left outside. It is a potentially fatal disease but can be protected against with regular preventative treatment.
Microchips – By law all dogs should be microchipped. This should be done before the puppy leaves the breeder. A microchip is a small implant the size of a grain of rice. It is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. It contains a unique code which is registered on a national data base, meaning if your pet strays they can be reunited with you as soon as possible. It is a legal requirement that the details held on the database are kept up to date with the owners details.All veterinary practices, police stations and council pounds will have a scanner to check if the animal is microchipped.
Nutrition – Your puppy must be fed on a high quality, puppy diet. These diets are designed to meet the nutritional needs of a puppy, which are different to the adult dog. They contain higher levels of protein, vitamins and minerals and will ensure your puppy has a healthy development.
Insurance – Unfortunately, puppies can require expensive treatments at some time during their life. Insurance will safe guard you and your pet by allowing your dog to have the best possible treatment, without having sleepless nights over the cost. When looking for a suitable insurance company you should consider whether they will offer you life time cover. Some companies will offer introductory deals but remember a cheaper policy doesn’t necessarily mean a good quality of cover.
Neutering – By the time you have sorted all of the above; it will probably be time to neuter your puppy! We normally neuter from six months although this can vary depending on the dog. This has many benefits including –
- Can reduce aggression towards other dogs
- Removes the risk of some cancers
- Prevent prostate problems
- Prevent false pregnancies or uterine infections
- Prevention of breeding and inconvenience of seasons
- Reduces urine marking
- Lowers risk of straying to mate.
We offer laparascopic ovariectomy (Keyhole Spay) for bitches.