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NEW PUPPY

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Even if you’ve had a puppy, before, it’s a good idea to remind yourself of the basic healthcare that will keep your pet in tip-top condition. If you haven’t had a dog before, we can provide you with plenty of information on taking the best care of your new friend. Once you’ve settled your puppy into his new home, with a safe, warm bed to call his own, it’s time to plan his healthcare schedule. Maintaining regular annual health checks and keeping up to date with simple preventative measures of vaccinations and treatment for fleas and worms will ensure that your new puppy gets off to the best start for a long and happy life.

PuppyThe main areas to consider are:

  • Vaccination
  • Flea Control
  • Worming
  • Neutering
  • Training
  • Insurance
  • Microchipping
  • Diet

You’ll find more details on each of these topics on this website, and of course, we’re always here to help with any questions or advice. Please just ask at reception.

Twelve top tips for responsible dog owners
Owning a dog is both a joy and a responsibility, and by following just a few simple recommendations, you can keep him healthy and happy and you will thoroughly enjoy your years together:

1.   Train your dog to obey your commands and always have him under control.
2.   Exercise your dog every day; do not allow him to roam without you.
3.   Train your dog to defacate only in your garden. Carry a poop-scoop to clear up after him, should an accident happen when out for a walk.
4.   Groom regularly, including the awkward bits! And brush his teeth too (ideally, every day).
5.   Take him to the vet for an annual health examination.
6.   Booster vaccinations against the important infectious diseases must be given every year.
7.   Have her spayed, and him castrated, for their health’s sake.
8.   Use effective flea-control measures all year round.
9.   Feed the best quality food you can– a premium-quality dry biscuit diet is usually best.
10. De-worm at least every three months.
11. Get insurance to cover veterinary costs.
12. Have an identity microchip implanted.