So you have just picked up the new addition to your family! Why don’t you book a free vet check at one of our branches, where the vet can give your new puppy a health check and go through all the relevant information with you.

Vaccinations

It is important to vaccinate your puppy to give them immunity against some of the major infections to keep them healthy. Puppies are protected during the first few weeks of life by the antibodies passed to them via their mother’s milk. However, this immunity fades at which point vaccination can take over in providing protection.

1st vaccination at 8 weeks of age

2nd vaccination 2 weeks later (puppy can go out a week after this vaccine but avoid farm land and water) It is important to begin their socialisation as soon as possible

3rd vaccination 2 weeks later (4 weeks after first vaccination)

Then yearly boosters

This vaccination course will cover you puppy against Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Canine Parainfluenza virus and Leptospirosis (4 strains).

Worming and Flea treatment

There are a number of different products available to protect your puppy against fleas and worms.

We recommend worming your puppy every two weeks until they are 12 weeks of age. This can be done with panacur paste or a small worming tablet. Unless you have other dogs or cats your puppy will be at low risk from fleas at this age, so we normally only treat them if fleas are seen or your puppy is scratching a lot.

Once your puppy is vaccinated they will be ready to start venturing out into the world! It is important to now start a regular flea and worm regime. West Sussex and Surrey are a hotspot area for Lungworm. Your puppy/ dog can get this from eating slugs and snails or from slime trails. So we recommend using a spot on treatment every month called Advocate. It prevents lungworm along with fleas, lice, mites and roundworms. It does not cover for ticks or tapeworm- so a worming tablet is needed every 6 months.

If your puppy or dog is getting a lot of ticks please contact us to discuss other products.

Microchipping

As of April 2016 it will be the law for all dogs to be microchipped.  Puppies are required to be microchipped and registered by 8 weeks of age. It is important that owners also keep all their contact details for the microchip up to date.

VIP plan

Our practice membership scheme provides pet owners with the support they need to help their pets stay fit and healthy (ask reception for a full information leaflet). A simple monthly payment covers the following:

Two complete health check consultations

Routine Annual booster vaccinations
Worming treatments (sufficient for 12 months)
Flea treatments (sufficient for 12 months)
Treatment planning
Dietary advice
Extended payment scheme
Optional accidental injury cover
Free weight clinic

Additional benefits:
10% discount on the normal fees for neutering
20% discount on the normal costs of other services
20% off prescription drugs purchased through the surgery
10% off the normal cost of premium branded and prescription diets
. . . and lots more – all for a small monthly payment.

Neutering

Neutering stops unwanted behaviours and unwanted pregnancies. It is a routine surgical procedure and they recover very quickly. Spaying female dogs can reduce the risks of mammary tumours and prevent ovarian/ uterine tumours and pyometras (life threatening womb infections). Castrating male dogs will prevent testicular disease and tumours and reduce the risk of prostate disease and tumours.

We advise:

  • Small breed female dogs can be spayed before their first season
  • Large breed female dogs can be spayed 2-3 months after their first season
  • Small breed male dogs can be castrated at 6 months of age
  • Large breed males dogs can be castrated at 12-18 months of age

Diet

A good balanced diet is very important for your puppy and also when they become an adult dog. Here is some information to help you pick a suitable diet:

  • Check list for good diets:
    • They like the food
    • Good solid motions passed
    • Coat is shiny and skin healthy
    • No flatulence!
    • Able to maintain weight
  • Some puppies will prefer wet food and some dry. It’s not important at this age whether they have wet or dry food. Once they get all their adult teeth (usually by 1 year) dry food has been showed to improve dental hygiene.
  • Puppies must be fed a puppy diet to ensure that get the right levels of minerals and vitamins etc for growth. Most diets will have a guideline for feeding amounts on the back of the packet, but these can vary with individual animals. Checking your puppy and dog’s body condition score and weight will tell you if you are feeding the right amounts- ask your vet or vet nurse to show you how to check this
  • Your puppy should be having 3- 4 meals a day. This can be slowly weaned down so by 6 months they should ideally be on 2 meals a day.

Why don’t you pop down for a free 6 month health check as well!

Training

Some information advice for basic puppy training is included in this pack

Please contact our Gomshall Surgery on 01483 205066 for information about our puppy parties!