DOG INFO

 

Dogs are one of our most popular domestic pets. Most people acquire a dog out of choice, so if you make this decision you should think carefully before going ahead. A dog needs lots of love and care, including regular worming, vaccinations and dental care; you will also need to keep an eye out for ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new puppy or dog hasn't been neutered you will also need to make arrangements for your pet to be neutered with your vet.

In the unlikely event that your dog goes missing it is going to be very difficult for anyone to know who it belongs to, unless your dog carries some form of permanent identification. It is wise to get your dog microchipped, this will avoid heartache in the long run, should your dog go missing or is stolen.

Dogs love human company and, unlike cats, love constant human contact. Don't forget that dogs need somewhere warm to sleep, a constant supply of water, feeding daily, toys to play with and regular exercise. It can cost up to £40 a month to care for a dog, including food, veterinary care and pet insurance; there will be other costs, including buying toys and kennel charges when you go on holiday.

Dogs can live up to 10 years old and longer, over this time your dog will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. Being able to provide all of this will ensure you and your dog make the most of your time together.

If you are not already a Chantry Vets client we would love to welcome You and Your Pet to one of our surgeries, please CLICK HERE to register your pet online.

 

 

VETERINARY ADVICE FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY

 
VACCINATION
Your puppy will be vaccinated against: Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Leptospira. The first injection is normally given at 8 weeks of age and the second injection at 10 weeks. Your puppy will not be fully immunised until two weeks after its second injection, and should not be taken for a walk or mix with other dogs until this time. If you are planning on taking your puppy to training classes, or if your puppy will be mixing with a lot of other dogs, then we suggest vaccinating against Kennel Cough. This vaccine can be given at any time. CLICK HERE to see our Puppy Vaccination Package.
 
WORMING
You will have been prescribed Milbemax worming treatment for your puppy. You should worm your puppy monthly until it is six months old, and then worm four times a year. Worming reminders are available on reception for you to fill in or you can register online here. If you sign up, you will receive a reminder either by text message or email informing you when the next lot of wormers is due so you can ensure that your puppy is always up to date with worming treatment. We recommend that you bring your puppy in for regular weight checks, so that we can ensure that the correct worming dose is being given.
 
FEEDING
Always feed your puppy a good quality diet. At the Chantry Vets we recommend feeding ´Hills Vet Essentials Puppy Food'.
 
MICROCHIPPING
Microchipping is a simple, permanent way of identifying your pet. This can be done at any time.
 
NEUTERING
If you are not planning on using your puppy for breeding, then we recommend neutering at six months of age.

 

FLEA TREATMENT

You will need to treat your puppy for fleas all year round. At the Chantry Vets we Recommend using 'Effipro Spot On Treatment'.  We also recommend 'Comfortis palatable tablets for dogs' for clients who prefer an alternative to a spot on product and 'Advocate Spot On Treatment' for clients who prefer an all in one flea and wormer spot on.
 
INSURANCE
We recommend that you have insurance for your puppy. If your puppy is under a year old, then we can offer you a “no obligation” 4 Weeks FREE Insurance with PETPLAN (CLICK HERE).
 
TRAINING
Training your puppy basic commands is an important part of responsible pet ownership. Basic commands such as sit, down and stay are essential to aid in controlling your dog when outdoors and in unfamiliar situations. Regular training classes are recommended in conjunction with positive reinforcement methods such as Clicker Training.  For our information leaflet on Clicker Training CLICK HERE.
 

 

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