Puppies


NEW PUPPIES
We are happy to welcome your new puppy to our Veterinary Centre. We hope he/she is settling in well and becoming part of your family.

1. Vaccines.
We recommend vaccines from 8 weeks of age (unless there are other dogs in the house when it can be done from 6 weeks). The course consists of 2 injections given 2-4 weeks apart. The second injection must be given when the puppy is 10 weeks of age or over. Ideally puppies should not be in contact with other dogs or allowed on the ground in public places where other dogs may have been until 10 days after their second vaccination, although you can let them into your garden if no other dogs have been there.
Puppies are vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

Dog’s vaccines are required to have a Booster annually; this also means a chance for your puppy to have a complete health check at least once per year.

2. Worming

Worming is commonly started from a very young age. We recommend worming monthly till your pup is 6 months old, then every 3 months routinely thereafter unless there are younger children in the house or who visit when ideally you should continue monthly.

3. Microchipping

We offer microchipping to pets of any age. This involves an injection of a rice grain sized microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades, Normally this costs just over £20 but there is a 25% discount if it is done at the time of vaccination or any type of anaesthetic. Should your dog get lost and be taken to the police/sspca or local vet scanning allows him/her to be traced back to you and returned safely.

4. Neutering (Bitches)

We advise all bitches not intended for breeding be speyed. The earliest this would normally be done is 6 months old before your pet comes into season, however it can be done later around 2 months from the end of any season.

Benefits

No chance of unplanned mating.

No seasons and drop in urge to wander for mating.

No false pregnancies.

Remove risk of Pyometra. (Very common & life threatening uterine infection)

Reduction in chance of mammary (breast) cancer.

Risks

Major surgery, however done routinely which reduces the risk.

Small risk of urinary incontinence (but this can occur in unspeyed dogs too)

Reduction in metabolic rate, can be more prone to weight gain, diet should be adjusted accordingly & to each individual dog

Post op complications eg. Infection, wound breakdown (but these are uncommon)

5. Neutering (Dogs)

Male dogs can be castrated from 6 months of age

Benefits

Reduction in urge to roam

Less chance of hormonal related aggression

No chance of testicular cancer

Less chance of prostatic disease.

Less urge to mount

Risks

Anaesthetic risk

Reduction in metabolic rate, can be more prone to weight gain, diet should be adjusted accordingly & to each individual dog

Post op complications eg. Infection, wound breakdown (but these are uncommon)

6. Insurance

We strongly recommend you consider pet insurance to give you peace of mind & protect you against unforeseen costly veterinary bills. Look around for a policy that suits you

  1. Lifelong policies cover you for long term disease/illness eg. Diabetes, Heart disease, chronic skin disease.
  2. Year long policies are good for short term accident and illness but will not be able to be extended

Any further questions that you may have regarding any of the above or anything else including flea prevention and treatment, feeding, behavior etc please speak to one of our nurses or make an appointment to see one of the vets