Puppies: Essential Info
Introducing a new puppy into your home is a very exciting time, full of surprises and changes. We hope you will entrust the Park Veterinary Practice with the care of your puppy. You can arrange free consultations with a veterinary nurse if you have any queries regarding nutrition, socialisation, as well as all other aspects of general health. Our Puppy Package also offers excellent value, providing all the essentials you need for the first 6 months of your puppy's life.
First, here is a list of the issues you need to consider to keep your new puppy happy and healthy:
- First vaccination : At 8 weeks
- Second vaccination : 2-6 weeks after first vaccination, but no earlier than 10 weeks; ideally wait until 12 weeks.
Your puppy can go outside 7 days after his/her second vaccination.
- Worming : Your should worm your puppy every 2 weeks until he/she is 12 weeks old, then monthly until 6 months old. Thereafter worming should be carried out at least every 3 months for the rest of your dog’s life.
- Microchipping : This can be done at any time, but it is usually performed at the second vaccination or when your puppy is neutered. Our microchips contain a temperature sensor that allows us to read the body temperature through the scanner. That means no more thermometers up the bottom!
- Flea treatment : This should be administered just before your puppy starts going outside, or earlier if fleas are found on him/her. Flea infestations can cause anaemia, and fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet and to people. You have several options for applying flea treatment:
1. Using spot-on – every month on the skin on the back of the neck
2. Using a tablet – every month in food
- Neutering (castration or spay) : We recommend neutering at 6 months. We advise spaying before the first season. If your bitch does have a season, then we can spay her 3 months after this or any other season. Please keep records as to when your bitch has seasons (i.e. the day she starts showing).
- Puppy socialisation and training classes: It is very important that your puppy learns to interact with other dogs and humans at an early age, as well as being obedient. Ask our nurses for help - they run free puppy clinics in the afternoons. You can also take a look at this excellent video.
- Nutrition : We recommend a dry, complete “super clinical” diet. Your puppy should be fed 4 times daily until 12 weeks of age, then gradually weaned to two meals daily. Each dog in the household needs his/her own feeding bowl.
- Handling : The more you handle your puppy the more he/she will be amenable to you and to any possible treatment (e.g. looking into eyes, ears, mouth, regular grooming, etc…).
- Dentistry : Tooth brushing is very effective to keep his/her teeth clean (ask our nurses all about this!)
- Insurance : We strongly recommend pet insurance to all our clients.
- FAQ: Here's a list of some of the other most commonly asked questions about puppies and dogs.
Below is a checklist so you can keep abreast of what your puppy needs and when:
- First vaccination : 8 weeks
- Second vaccination : 10-14 weeks
- Worming :start at8 weeks
- Microchipping : Often done at second vaccination or neutering
- Flea treatment :Before puppy goes outside
- Neutering: 6 months