We recommend after getting a puppy, you bring him or her in for a check over and we can discuss vaccinations and worming and you can ask us any quiestions that you have regarding your puppy.
Puppies need 2 puppy vaccinations before they are protected and allowed to go out into areas where unvaccainted dogs roam.
Your puppy will be vaccinated against distemper (a virus which can lead to brain signs and death), hepatitis (a virus which can lead to liver failure), parvovirus ( a virus that can make dogs very ill with diarrhoea and vomiting and which can lead to death), parainfluenza (one of the flu viruses) and leptospirosis ( a disease spread by rats which can lead to kidney failure and death.)
We will let you know when your puppy needs to come back for his or her next vaccination when we give the first dose as the timing of the second vaccine vary according to the age of the puppy.
Although puppies are not likely to be eating raw meat and picking up worms in this way, puppies can get worms from their mothers through the milk and the placenta. Puppies therefore need to be well wormed.
After the wormers that they get at the breeders, we recommend worming every month up until 6 months old. Then your dog should be wormed every 3-6months depending on how much raw meat your dog is eating (even when out for a walk) or whether there are any young children in the house. Wormers are available as tablets or liquid and is determined by weight.
Microchipping is a permanent way of identifying your puppy. Although a microchip will not bring your pet back if lost, if your dog is taken into any vets, police station or animal shelter, your dog's chip can be scanned and your dog can be re-united with you. Please ask us for more information about microchipping your puppy.
If you do not intend to breed with your puppy, we may recommend getting him/her neutered. If oyur puppy is a female, we would recommend getting her neutered (speyed) as there are definite health advantages. These include eliminating the chance of a womb infection, no false preganancies and, depending on timing of neutering, can reduce the chance of mammary tumours. If your dog is male, we may recommend neutering depending on whether his behaviour indicates that this would be in his best interest. Please contact us if you have any questions about neutering your pet.