We advise getting your puppy checked within a few days of picking it up from the breeder. At Kingdom Veterinary Clinic we offer free new pet checks. If your puppy is old enough this can be combined with their primary vaccination course.
We advise all puppies are vaccinated from 7 weeks of age to give them maximum protection against fatal diseases. The vaccination course consists of 2 injections, one given when your puppy is 7 weeks and the other given either 2 or 3 weeks later (usually at 10 weeks). One week after the second vaccination your puppy will have full protection and can venture outside however we would not advise letting your puppy out unsupervised until he or she has been neutered at 6 months. The basic vaccination course protects against;
• Canine Distemper (D)
• Canine Hepatitis (H)
• Canine Parvovirus (P)
• Parainfluenza (Pi)
• Leptospirosis (L)
Your puppy should be fed a commercially available puppy food. These are specifically designed to meet the nutritional requirements of a growing dog. Cow’s milk is not advised for puppies or adult dog as it contains lactose which can be hard for some dogs to digest. This will often result in diarrhoea which is dangerous in young puppies as they can dehydrate quickly. If you wish to give your puppy milk there are lactose free or reduced milks available. Please ask our vets or nurses if you would like more information about this.
Puppies should be wormed monthly until they are 6 months of age and every three months thereafter. There are many types of worms which can effect dogs and we recommend a veterinary prescribed multi-wormer so that you can be sure your puppy has the most effective treatment. This is also important as worms can be harmful to humans, particularly children, as well as causing illness in your puppy. Most wormers are dispensed based on the weight of your puppy so it is important that we have an accurate and up-to-date weight for your pup. We can check this when your puppy is in for their vaccinations. Worming can be done by tablets, liquid, paste or granules which can be mixed into their food.
The best treatment for fleas is prevention. Year round monthly flea treatments with a good quality veterinary prescribed flea treatment should ensure that your puppy remains flea free. Not all flea products are safe for use in young animals. The products we use are simple spot-on products which, if used monthly, will prevent flea infestation in both your dog and your home. There is also a flea spray which can be used on puppies from 2 days old. Many of the treatments we use are also effective against ticks, mites and even roundworms. Please ask us for a treatment to suit your pet’s needs.
A microchip is a small chip which is placed under the loose skin at the back of the puppy’s neck. It has a unique barcode associated with it which is registered to the owner’s details. This can be done with the second vaccination. It is the easiest way to protect your puppy against accidental loss and to ensure it’s safe return should it go wandering. The lastest chips also include a small thermometer which allows the vet to take the puppy’s temperature without the need for a rectal thermometer. Please ask if your would like more information.
As it is not uncommon for pets to become ill or have accidents we would recommend insurance for all pets to cover unexpected costs. This means you can concentrate fully on your pets recovery instead of worrying about the costs. Insurance is an individual agreement between the pet owner and whichever company they choose. There are many companies which provide pet insurance and their policies vary. It is important to take out a policy which meets your requirements. For more information about choosing an insurance company click here.
Adolescent Health Check
After your puppy has had their primary vaccination course we would then normally see them when they reach 6 months for their free adolescent health check. This gives us a chance to discuss feeding, check your pets weight, check they have lost all their deciduous (baby) teeth and discuss neutering.
If your pet is not going to be used for breeding we advise all pets are neutered at approximately 6 months of age.