Puppy Care

 

Congratulations on your new addition!

Read below to get some more info on what to do next...

You may also be interested in our Puppy Parties held on Wednesday afternoons at our Widcombe surgery  - call Kristina at AJs if you are interested - and check out the photos on our Facebook page !

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Vaccinations

Puppies need to be vaccinated to provide protection against potentially fatal infections such as parvovirus and leptospirosis. The first injection in the course is given from 6 weeks of age and a second three to four weeks later. Your puppy should be kept away from other dogs and stay indoors for 7 days after the first injection to ensure maximum protection. 

To keep up the level of protection provided by vaccination, adult dogs require annual boosters. 

If your dog is going to be kept in kennels or in large dog households at any time,we recommend the Kennel Cough vaccine in addition to above . This can be combined with the initial course and is given as a squirt up the nose on a yearly basis

 

Feeding

When you first take a puppy home, feed it on the same food it has been used to. A sudden change of diet combined with the stress of adapting to a new home can cause stomach upsets and diarrhoea. Once settled in to your home , we recommend feeding a complete biscuit diet such as Purina ProPlan ( free samples available with your Puppy Club) This diet has been developed by Veterinarians to keep your puppy in top shape and minimise problems and visits to us ! We believe you pay for what you get . 

Puppies have small stomachs and have to be fed little and often. It can be very difficult to put together a home made diet which provides all the nutrients required by growing dogs - it is a great deal easier to feed a good quality diet and spend the time playing with your puppy instead!

Puppies have different nutritional needs to the fully grown dog. Different breeds and sizes will also have different needs requirements. It is therefore important to choose the right diet for the right breed of puppy. All good diets have a feeding guide on the side ,make sure you read and follow the feeding instructions carefully and call us if you need advice.

 

Worming

It is important to protect your puppy from worms, of which there are three main types: roundworms, tapeworms and lungworm. We recommend monthly worming with Milprazon, which is effective against all of these types. Your first dose is included in your Puppy Club Package.

 

Fleas

Fun Fact!!! Fleas can jump 200 times their own height !

They are also the culprit for the majority of allergies and skin problems we see in dogs at the practice .

Flea dirt can usually be seen as small brown specks particularly around the neck and base of the tail. When placed on damp cotton wool 'flea dirt' slowly dissolves producing bloody streaks.

For effective control, adult fleas on the puppy must be killed and re infestation from the environment prevented. Traditional flea preparations - sprays, shampoos and collars - can contain substances that are potentially toxic to puppies and may not be very effective. We recommend Simparica, given as a tasty tablet every month. (In very small puppies, other products may be recommended, please discuss this with your vet.)

Other animals in the house will also have to be treated. If you have seen fleas or having been bitten by them yourself, then you should take further steps to eliminate infestation . Your puppies bedding should be washed or replaced. You should also treat your carpet and soft furnishings with a safe veterinary grade flea spray such as Acclaim.

 

Neutering

There are many health benefits to neutering both male and female dogs, particularly to avoid serious conditions such as pyometra and prostate problems, which can be seen in un-neutered dogs

Usually, female dogs should be neutered before their first season, however there will be occasions when we advise to spay after the first season.  Breeding of bitches can be quite complicated and should not be entered into without dedication and proper research . All male dogs can also be castrated from 6 months of age, although we recommend delaying this in larger and giant breeds.

We offer a free health check at 6 months as part of the Puppy Club Package . We can talk to you about neutering your dog and anything else you would like to ask us at this time.

 

Microchipping

By law, all puppies should be microchipped by 8 weeks of age. A microchip is an implant which is injected under the skin between the shoulder blades. If your puppy is lost, a rescue centre or veterinary practice will can them to see if they have a microchip. If your pet is microchipped, a unique number will be detected by the scanner and this number can be found on one of two UK databases. These databases will have your details on them so that you can be called immediately and reunited with your pet.

 

Insurance

At Ashman Jones, we will never base treatment options offered on the insurance status of your pet. However,  we firmly believe you should have some form of insurance to cover for times of emergency.  Please refer to our separate info page on Insurance to help you along .

We do not recommend any particular insurance however we are able to provide 4 weeks free insurance through PetPlan which should allow you time to do some research .

 

Teething

If you haven't experienced your puppy's sharp teeth yet ...you soon will ! Puppies between 3-6 months will be teething . This means their adult teeth will be coming though and they will want to chew on everything as a result . This often means biting hands and other valuable items ! To help prevent this ensure you have plenty of safe chews for your puppy to chew on .