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So you've brought your new puppy home! It is a wonderful time for all the family but also a huge responsibility. It's a long term commitment and your local Island Vets practice have all the advice and support you need.
Their health needs:
Make an appointment with your local vets for a check-up as soon as possible.
Consider a Veterinary Care Plan which will cover you for regular and unexpected medical expenses.
If your puppy has had vaccinations ask for the vaccination record or certificate and if they haven’t contact your local vet.
Vaccinations are a very important part of your puppy's early life, more detailed information can be found here >>
Both male and female dogs should ideally be neutered at less than a year old, your local vet can give you advice on when will be the best time.
Regular grooming is essential as is tooth brushing, if started early enough they can be fun for both you and your puppy.
Prepare your home before they arrive; make sure you have food and water bowls, grooming equipment and plenty of toys.
Introduce them to the area you want them to go to the toilet in and praise them when they use it.
Make sure you have plenty of things for them to chew; rawhide chews, nylon bones and hard biscuits will make sure they don’t chew the things you don’t want them to get their teeth around.
Expose your puppy to as many new experiences and people as you can but make sure they feel safe and are supervised around children.
Feed them the diet they are used to, introduce new food gradually and use food suitable for your puppies size and breed.
Always make sure that fresh water is available, never give them milk.
A collar and tag are essential and required by law.
Microchipping you puppy is advisable and can be carried out by your local vet.