Congratulations on your new puppy!

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time. A puppy will bring lots of fun and joy, but also requires commitment and effort.

We are always happy to answer any queries regarding puppy care.

MICROCHIPPING
By Law, ALL puppies MUST be micro-chipped and registered to the legal keeper (usually the breeder) by the age of eight weeks old.
The new keeper (owner) MUST then update the database so the puppy is registered under their details.
Microchips reunite thousands of pets with their owners every year.
Make sure that your puppy has been microchipped and that you change the registration details as soon as possible.

PET INSURANCE
With advances in veterinary medicine and surgery, veterinary care costs can mount up.
We advise pets are insured by a reputable pet insurance company.
Your puppy will receive 4 weeks free pet insurance after a health check.

NEUTERING
Neutering your dog is advisable for many reasons; behavioural, sexual and health being the main ones.
We prefer to assess each individual dog, its breed, its development, its nature and its lifestyle before neutering.
The blanket “neuter at 6 months old” is not appropriate for every individual dog.
There is no evidence definitely supporting the best age to neuter.
There is also no truth that a bitch should have a litter before being neutered.

PARASITE CONTROL
Regular flea and tick prevention (we are seeing ticks more and more in very early Spring and late Autumn).
Many products sold in supermarkets and pet shops are not fully effective and some are extremely dangerous to cats.
Equally, most “natural” remedies are ineffective.
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.

FEEDING
Feeding a good quality food appropriate for your individual puppy is very important for development and growth – we are happy to advise.
Different breeds experience different growth rates and may develop health issues that may be influenced by feeding.
Please be aware that there is a lot of misinformation regarding feeding dogs, and many fads and “fashionable” trends.

Vaccinations

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 greatly decreased their incidence.
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.
From time to time, there are 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).
Side-effects due to vaccination are very rare.
Your puppy may be a bit quiet for 24 hours after receiving a vaccine.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you are concerned.
All puppies receive a full health-check at vaccination - this is a good time to ask any questions about your puppy’s care.

Our “Lifetime of Caring” Healthcare Plan can help you spread the cost of routine preventative care. Please ask for further information.

For further information on puppy care:

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/caring-your-puppy
https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/puppies-dogs/puppy-socialisation
https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/puppies-dogs/reward-based-training

Please remember that we are ALWAYS happy to advise on any aspect of your puppy’s care.
As your puppy grows and becomes an adult, we will continue to advise and assist you with any queries.

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