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What you need to know now that your puppy/dog has had its initial vaccination course.
What diseases does vaccination protect against?
Your puppy is now protected against- Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus & Leptospirosis.
Keep your puppy away from other dogs for 1 week and in this week get them used to wearing a collar.
Your puppy can also be vaccinated against Kennel cough. A rabies vaccination is also available for animals travelling abroad. Please note that vaccines are not 100% preventative of these diseases. However, it is vital to have booster injections to reduce the risks and keep your dogs immunity strong. You should receive a reminder through the post.
It is very important to get dogs castrated and bitches spayed unless you intend to breed from them. Allowing your bitch to have puppies is not necessary and can be dangerous for them and also expensive and time consuming for you.
Neutering can take place from 6 months of age.
For more information and our policies on neutering please read on here >>
Benefits of castration
Less likely to roam and fight
Helps eliminate territorial behaviour
Helps prevent prostate problems
Prevents testicular cancer
Helps prevent hernias
Reduces inappropriate urination
Benefits of Spaying
Prevents unwanted pregnancy
Decreases the incidence of breast cancer
Eliminates the possibility of developing a life threatening infection of the womb (pyometra)
Stops the heat cycle and unwanted changes in mood associated with it
Reputable flea and worm treatment on a regular basis is very important for the rest of your puppies life.
Regular checks by your vet are important to diagnose problems early before you may even notice them. A routine health check is done every time your dog comes for a vaccination.
Try to get your puppy used to having his teeth brushed. Dental disease is a very common and painful problem for dogs. Please do not use human tooth paste!
Make sure your puppy is on suitable puppy food. If you need advised on feeding your dog at any point in their life speak to your vet.
Many dogs are overweight so it is important you only feed your dog what he/she requires for his/her kind of lifestyle. A fit active dog will need to eat more that a dog that goes out for 10 minutes a day.
Many dogs become picky about what they eat. Your dog should be fed twice a day as an adult. They should be offered their food and what they have left after twenty minutes should be removed and they don’t get anything until their next meal time.
For more information on routine treatment for your puppy/dog or for ay other advice on caring for your pet, give your local Island Veterinary practice a call or use our enquiry form.