New Puppy Information

Congratulations on your new addition to the family! This is one of the most important times in your puppy’s life. This sheet will provide you with some of the essential information you need but if you have any more questions then we are more than happy to help.


Vaccination

Puppies require a primary course of two injections, given 4 weeks apart. This protects them against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis. You can take your puppy out for walks a week after the second injection. We can also vaccinate for kennel cough, which despite its name can be transmitted via contact with any infected dog. Boosters are given annually to maintain immunity and give us a chance to give your dog a health check too!


Flea and Worm prevention

Prevention is always better than cure! There are many different parasites which can affect your furry friend, including fleas, ticks, lice, mange, tapeworm, roundworm and lungworm. Worming should be done monthly until 6 months of age, then every 3 months thereafter. Flea and tick prevention consists of either spot-on products monthly or a tablet which is given every 3 months.


Microchip

In April 2016 it became law for all dogs in the UK to have a microchip. It is the pet owner’s responsibility to ensure that their dog is microchipped and the details are kept up to date. The law requires that puppies be microchipped by 8 weeks of age. Microchips are only the size of a grain of rice and make it easy to reunite you with your pet should they get lost.


Feeding

Puppies should be fed a specially formulated puppy diet until they are 9 – 12 months old depending on the breed. Initially they should be fed 3 – 4 times daily. Please refer to the manufacturers instructions regarding the quantity to be fed, and feel free to ask us if you have any further questions.


Socialisation

Socialisation is one of the most important aspects of raising a puppy and the most critical time is within the first 4 months. You should introduce them to anything you want them to cope well with as an adult. This could include other dogs, children, cats, cars and loud noises. Puppy classes should be considered as part of your puppy’s training and development.


Neutering

If you are not planning on breeding from your dog then we recommend neutering. Benefits for females include prevention of unwanted pregnancies, reduced risk of mammary cancer and prevention of life threatening uterine infections. Benefits for male dogs include eliminating the risk of testicular cancer and reducing the risk of prostate problems. There could be behavioural benefits associated with neutering. We recommend speying females 3 months after their first season and castrating males from 6 months of age.


Insurance

Pet insurance will give you peace of mind should your puppy need veterinary care. Getting the right insurance can make a real difference when it comes to claiming. We recommend you get a “life cover” policy, which offers the most comprehensive protection. 


Four Crosses Veterinary Centre Ltd, Hafod Offa, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Powys. SY22 6RD

01691 830235

info@fourcrossesvets.co.uk

Company number 9671021. Registered in England and Wales. Registered office: Hafod Offa, Four Crosses, Llanymynech, Powys SY22 6RD