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8 Points of Puppy Care

By admin | Dated May 8, 2014

    MCj04174340000[1]Congratulations on the new addition to your family, a bundle of joy and mischief! This handout will simplify what you need to do as a dog owner.

VACCINATION

Vaccinations are an important means of protecting your puppy against some of the potentially fatal diseases of dogs. We find the following schedule to be most effective:

  • 6-8 weeks Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus

  • 12-14 weeks Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Bordetella and Parainfluenza

  • 16-18 weeks Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Bordetella and Parainfluenza

Puppies should be isolated from dogs of unknown health status until after their final puppy vaccination. Yearly boosters are needed to continue this protection. A vaccination reminder will be sent to you when your dog is due for the next vaccine.

HEARTWORM

Heartworm is carried by mosquitoes and prevention should begin at 12 weeks of age (around the time of the 2nd puppy vaccination). We recommend MILBEMAX. It also protects against intestinal worms! Once your dog is 6 months old a popular alternative to this is the ANNUAL HEARTWORM INJECTION (Proheart-SR12). This is given at 6 months old (desexing time). Once the puppy is an adult, a heartworm injection can be given at the same time as the annual vaccination. For those who prefer a monthly product onto the skin we recommend ADVOCATE.

INTESTINAL WORMS

Worming is extremely important for hygiene as certain intestinal worms can be transmitted to humans and cause disease. Worms in high numbers can be fatal for puppies. Puppies should be wormed according to the following regime:

Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, monthly until 6 months, then every 3 months for life. (An easy way to remember this is with the change of season.) We recommend MILBEMAX.

DESEXING

We recommend desexing both male and female dogs at 6 months of age. It is considered responsible pet ownership, unless breeding your dog. It prevents undesirable problems such as unwanted pregnancies, urine marking, dog fights and lowers the risk of cancer and infections. It will not change your dog’s personality.

DIET

The puppy’s growth phase is up until 12 months of age. During this time, it is essential that a premium food be fed as the majority of the diet, for example, Hill’s Science Diet Puppy. The advantage of premium pet foods is that they provide all the nutrients for the puppy in the correct balance. In comparison, cheaper supermarket brands often have poor nutritional value. DO NOT FEED cooked bones, chocolate, onion, garlic, grapes, sultanas, raisins or macadamia nuts as these can be dangerous for dogs.

FLEAS AND TICKS

In this area, fleas are a problem all year round and ticks mostly in spring and summer.

TICKS  To help prevent tick paralysis we recommend:

  • Topical ADVANTIX every 2 weeks as directed

  • A KILTIX COLLAR can be used with ADVANTIX for added protection

  • A daily search of your dog during the tick season

FLEAS  Year round prevention is necessary. We recommend COMFORTIS, a monthly chewable. Other products are ADVANTAGE or ADVANTIX, topical products applied to the skin. It is important to treat all cats and dogs in the household. If your dog is found to have a flea infestation please call us for advice.

TRAINING

We hold PUPPY CLASSES at Gordon Vet Hospital run by a qualified dog trainer on      Sundays at 10:30am for 4 weeks. They are for puppies (8-16) weeks old and are an excellent way for your puppy to socialise and begin some basic training in a fun environment

HEALTH INSURANCE

To insure your dog against unexpected veterinary costs is very wise. We advise researching the policies available and considering PDS to meet individual requirements.

Please do not hesitate to call us on 9498 3000 if you need advice on your dog’s health or care. We are here to help you 7 days a week.

 

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