Your new puppy may have already had it’s first vaccination, often given around 6-8 weeks, so the next puppy vaccination and health check will be due at 12 weeks of age. In the mean-time, why not book your FREE PUPPY VISIT with one of our experienced veterinary nurses.
During this visit our vet nurses will discuss with you the treatment plan for the up coming months, which has been designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life.
The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, flea and tick control, intestinal worming and heartworm prevention, toilet training, and behaviour.
Plus, this first visit is what we consider a ‘social visit’! Introducing your puppy to the veterinary environment for the first time in a fun and positive manner is a great way to get them used to coming in for visits!
Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new pet is protected against Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus and Canine Tracheobronchitis (Canine Cough). You can learn more about these diseases and vaccination schedule here.
In addition, your puppy will need to be treated for intestinal parasites, which are common in young puppies. These parasites, intestinal worms, can cause coughing, weight loss, and a potbellied appearance (although they may not cause any symptoms). It is important for puppies to be treated for intestinal worms, not only to help rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Most of the common canine intestinal worms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your puppy is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe.
Flea and ticks are also a common occurrence in our pets environment. Fleas can cause health issues such as anemia, diahorrea, and can cause complications with your puppy absorping nutrients from their food. Ticks can be deadly to such young pets, so ensuring your puppy is protected from day dot is hugely important.
Your puppy will also need to start on heartworm prevention, a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by parasitic worms that are transmitted to your dog as larvae by mosquitoes. These worms are found in the arteries of the lungs or heart. More information can be found on our Heartworm Disease & our Dogs page.
During your puppy’s check we will also discuss Puppy Class! Run by our vet nurse and qualified dog trainer, Tara Thomas, puppies will meet new friends and puppy owners will learn new skills to teach when at home, on walks, around at a friends place or just general living with your newest furry friend. Attending puppy class at our veterinary hospital means your puppy will associate visits to us as a fun, positive and social place, rather than being a place visited when they are sick or feeling unwell.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy! Schedule your appointment today.