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Congratulations on your new Puppy!
Whether you have had a dog before or not, it is always an exciting time welcoming a new puppy into your home.
At Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic we recommend all puppies are vaccinated against
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis.
These diseases are still prevalent today although vaccination has decreased their incidence greatly.
Vaccines against these diseases are known as “Core Vaccines” and puppies can start
the vaccination course from 8 weeks old.
We recommend the second vaccination should take place at 12 weeks old, as at this
age, there is a greater chance the vaccine will work properly. Puppies generally can go
out for short walks a week or so after the second vaccine.
It is very important puppies experience normal every day situations and meet other people and animals at this age.
Parvovirus outbreaks still occur with depressing frequency, even in our area.
From time to time, and particularly in “black and tan” breeds (e.g. Rottweilers, Dobermann
Pinschers etc), we see outbreaks of Parvovirus in dogs that have been vaccinated due to
incomplete response to the earlier vaccines. Some figures suggest that one in twenty (5%) of
puppies do not respond to the first two vaccinations.
The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) and the VWG (Vaccine Working
Group) have recommended that puppies should receive a 3rd vaccination at 16 weeks old.
We have elected to offer this vaccine at a reduced rate.
Vaccines are also available against Infectious Tracheobronchitis (“Kennel Cough”) and should
be considered if your puppy will mix with lots of different dogs or spend time in kennels
(some kennels ask that all dogs are vaccinated for this).
Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic are pleased to offer FREE 4 WEEKS PET INSURANCE with PetPlan when your new puppy attends the clinic for their first health check. We register your pet online with PetPlan which ensures immediate cover.
As a responsible pet owner, Lomond Hills Veterinary Clinic advises that you consider the following for your new puppy:
- Pet Insurance
- Neutering (we will discuss this again at your puppy’s adolescent health check at 6
- Regular worming with a quality product – current guidelines recommend worming dogs
at least 3-4 times a year. Many supermarket and pet shop wormers are not fully
effective, particularly in puppies.
- Regular flea and tick prevention (we are seeing ticks more and more in very early Spring
and late Autumn). Again, many products sold in supermarkets and pet shops are not
fully effective and some are extremely dangerous to cats.
- Feeding a good quality food appropriate for your individual puppy – we are happy to
advise. Different breeds experience different growth rates and possible health issues
that may be influenced by feeding.
Our “Lifetime of Caring” Healthcare Plan can help you spread the cost of routine preventative care. Please ask for further information.
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Remember, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have!