Vaccinating your puppy is very important. It gives them immunity against the 5 top infectious canine diseases:
- canine Hepatitis
- Canine Parainfluenzavirus
Vaccines take place at 8 weeks of age and 10 weeks of age and then every year after that. It is very very important not to walk your puppy round pavements until fully immune.
There are lots of things you need to get your puppy used to while they are young >>BSAVA Puppy Guide
The annual booster vaccinations, especially the one at 15 months of age, are extremely important to boost immunity against the diseases. Every year we see cases of diseases that are perfectly preventable by an annual vaccination.
Annual vaccination costs : £34.00 and you may qualify for 10% discount if you are within your 12 months.
Vaccinations are important if your dog is doing lots of different stuff with lots of different dogs, for instance agility, showing or shooting. Also going into kennels is another time when your dog may be mixed with new dogs . Many kennels now ask for a specific Kennel Cough vaccination ( see later ).
You are what you eat - that's always true. But did you know that we sort out serious medical problems on a daily basis by just using good food and nutrition. Some medical conditions respond much better to food alteration than drugs.
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If you are not going to be breeding with your pet then we generally advise neutering them. This has many medical benefits including reducing the risk of breast cancer in bitches and prostate problems in male dogs as they get older.
Neutering both sexes is done at 6 months of age. We do a free 6 month check to ensure that your pet has developed properly. We can book their neutering operation at that time if you have a date in mind that is convenient for you.
All puppies get worms from their mums and as their new parent it's your job to get rid of them. All puppies require wormed every month until they are 6 months of age, and then 2-4 times a year after that.
All wormer doses depend on bodyweight so as your puppy grows it's a good idea to pop him/her in to the surgery to be weighed. That way the surgery doesn't become a scary place just for injections.
Also a number of children every year in the UK become ill and even blind due to ingestion of worm eggs from dogs. If you have children under 4 years in your house then read this article May 2012 Worms >