Owning a new puppy is an exciting time! There are few things medically to consider when you bring your new pup home.
Parvovirus, distemper and canine infectious hepatitis are the three most important and potentially fatal diseases to vaccinate your puppy against. This can be carried out be getting your animal vaccinated with a C3 vaccination at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 16 weeks of age. Canine kennel cough vaccination is required for any animals entering boarding kennels, and is highly recommended for animals that are going to be in a multidog household grooming parlours etc. If you require this vaccination then ask for a C5.
After the initial puppy vaccinations animals can be vaccinated at 3-yearly intervals for parvovirus, canine distemper and hepatitis, however they still require annual kennel cough vaccinations and check-ups.
To book your dog in for vaccination or a check-up contact Quirindi Veterinary Clinic.
Heartworm is a disease spread via mosquitoes that can cause heart and respiratory problems and death in dogs. The prevalence of the disease in this area is unknown. There are a number of ways to prevent against heartworm including monthly oral tablets and spot-on treatments. There is also a long-acting vaccination that is available. It is recommended at 6 months of age and then annually with the animals’ other vaccinations. If your dog has not been on heartworm preventions and you would like them vaccinated after 6 months of age, then they require a quick blood test to make sure they are heartworm negative.
Puppies should be wormed for intestinal worms regularly. Worming should occur every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, then monthly until 6 months and then 3 monthly after this. There are a number of spot on products that control hook and roundworms but they do not control tapeworms, so for this reason make sure your animal is being protected by a product that controls tapeworm as well, such as Drontal.
Puppies should be fed a balanced diet. Good quality commercial puppy biscuits and canned food are the most practical option. If your animal is a large breed dog, you can also get large breed puppy diets that are better for these animals. If you are going to feed your dog bones make sure they are NOT cooked, and that they are large enough that the animal will not swallow them whole.
It is important to keep flea infestations at bay. There are many products on the shelf for controlling fleas. Flea washes, powder and collars are not as effective as spot-ons as they have no residual effect. Good options include Advantage, Revolution or the tablet Comfortis. Age restrictions do apply to some of these drugs, so always make sure to double check at what age each product can be used from.
If you are not planning to breed from your new puppy, then desexing at 5-6 months of age is recommended. In males, it can help with territorial or aggressive behaviours and wandering. It can also help to minimise the risk of prostatic disease when the animal becomes older. In females not only will desexing make sure you do not get unwanted pregnancies but it can also remove the risk of mammary gland tumours in older animals.
To book your dog in for desexing contact Quirindi Veterinary Clinic.
Microchipping is mandatory for all animals. Dogs should be microchipped by 3 months of age and then registered by 6 months. It is cheaper to register a desexed animal and registration is for life.
To book your puppy in for microchipping contact Quirindi Veterinary Clinic.