Looking after your new puppy

Congratulations on your new puppy. VetEnt has a few important health tips for raising a puppy.

Vaccinations

At VetEnt we follow the World Small Animal Veterinary Association guidelines. All dogs can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age.

We vaccinate against:
• Canine Distemper Virus (distemper)
• Infectious Canine Hepatitis (hepatitis)
• Canine Adenovirus (respiratory disease)
• Canine Parainfluenza Virus (respiratory disease)
• Canine Parvovirus (parvo)
• Leptospirosis (lepto)
• Bordetella Bronchiseptica (kennel cough)

A typical new puppy vaccination program will require vaccines at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, followed by a booster vaccine at one year of age and then depending on the vaccines used, VetEnt’s booster vaccines are every 1 to 3 years.

Click for more information about dog vaccinations.  

Microchipping

Microchipping is a legal requirement for any pet dog first registered. This is a means of permanent identification, it is a safe and effective way of identification of your pet, if your pet is lost, it will be returned to you and if it is stolen it is a proof of ownership.

Food

As dogs are omnivores they require protein and carbohydrates for good growth and a healthy lifestyle. Premium dog foods, such as those found in your veterinary clinic, have been formulated and tested to provide the correct nutrients for your puppy to grow up strong and healthy. Different breeds of dogs require different nutrients. A Great Dane’s needs are different to those of a Bichon.

Our staff will help you pick the best puppy food. Water should be available at all times.

Worming

Prior to 6 months of age and throughout the rest of your dog’s life, worming should be every 3 months with a good quality wormer from your vet.

Worming must be part of a regular health program. Not only do these parasites affect your pet, they also have the potential to infect humans with children being most susceptible. It is therefore important you get the right product to do a thorough job. VetEnt staff can help you select the right product,that works.

For more information on wormer for dogs, click here.


Flea and Mite Treatment

Treatments can be applied to the back of the neck or as a spray. Not all products are the same, please ask your vet which is the best preparation for your puppy and do not use cat products on dogs.

More information on flea and mite treatment is available here.


Crate Training

This is one of the most effective ways of training your puppy. Ask one of the VetEnt team for more information.


Grooming

At a young age, puppies should be introduced to nail trimming, grooming and shampooing. Most dogs require two types of brushes for appropriate grooming, one to remove the undercoat and another for the top coat.

Puppies have very sensitive skin, only a good quality puppy shampoo should be used.

     
     
     
       

    Water

    We have found that the incidence of urinary crystals has increased as small dog breeds have become more popular.

    Drinking water from a water fountain encourages drinking and can lower the incidence of crystals.

    Neutering

    Neutering can be performed from 6 months of age. In males neutering can stop behavioural issues and prostate problems. In females, unwanted puppies, bleeding every 6 months, and pyometra (pus in the uterus) which can be fatal.
     

    Essential Items

    • Collar/harness and lead
    • Annual council registration
    • Microchipping and registration
    • Vaccinations
    • Food
    • Water
    • Parasite control
       

    Nice to Have Items

    • Toys, cuddlies, chewers and chasers
    • Treats
    • Teeth cleaning tools (click here for information dental care)
    • Water fountains for small breeds
    • Bed
    • Coat for winter
    • Toilet bags for walks
       

    Proactive Animal Care for Pets

    Animal care is not just about building a great relationship with your local vet; animal care is about understanding your pet’s health.

    At VetEnt, our animal care team recognise that you want highly knowledgeable and skilled veterinarians, who will also take the time to ensure you understand what is happening with your pet at every step. We’re always there to help you reach a decision that is right for you..

    Care is about treatment as much as it is about prevention. At VetEnt, our aim is to keep your pet in optimal health by being proactive through offering immunisation programs, dental work, neutering, flea treatments worming products, and appropriate nutrition. If your pet requires veterinary attention, you can rest assured that you’ll find an animal care team of experienced vets and passionate vet nurses, equipped with the latest technology. Your local VetEnt animal care team pride themselves on being committed to providing a service that will ensure your pet lives an enjoyable and healthy life.

    Regular visits will help our veterinary health care team provide for your pets best interests.

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