Puppy and Dog

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Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital
294 Lords Place
Orange
NSW 2800

Phone:
02 6360 3071

Vaccination

The diseases we vaccinate against to protect your puppy are Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis (C3 vaccine) and Canine Cough (Parainfluenza virus and Bordatella bronchiseptica). Each visit for vaccination includes a full health check to ensure your puppy or dog is in good health.

The advised vaccine protocol is:

1st Vaccine: 6-8weeks

2nd Vaccine 10-12weeks

3rd Vaccine 14-16weeks

Your pup should then receive a health check and booster vaccination one year later (15 months of age), and annually for the rest of their life.

Intestinal Worming

Worms can be easily treated and prevented with the use of a good quality 'all wormer'. It is important to give the correct dosage of worm medication, in order for it to be effective. You should weigh your pup before each worming.

Our recommendations for worming are:

0-3 months: worm every 2 weeks

3-6 months: worm every 4 weeks

6 months and older: worm every 3 months

Intestinal worms are very common parasites of dogs, especially puppies. Many puppies will have worms by the time they join your family, so it is very important to treat them. Intestinal worms that infect dogs include roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm (flea and hydatid). Signs that your puppy may be infected by any of these worms include diarrhoea, “pot belly” appearance, weight loss, vomiting, anaemia, fitting and occasionally death (from a very heavy worm burden).

Remember that dogs can infect one another, themselves, their environment and people. Young children are particularly at risk. Please pick up all their droppings and dispose of them correctly and worm your pup/ dog regularly.

 

Heartworm

Heartworm is a dangerous parasite that is transmitted via mosquitoes. Unlike intestinal worms, heartworm lives in the blood stream of infected dogs. Your dog is not protected against heartworm when given most allwormers.

Signs of heartworm disease include breathlessness, reduced ability to exercise, coughing, collapse and death. These signs are usually seen quite some time after infection. It is possible to treat dogs with heartworm disease, however this can be very risky, expensive and can cause unnecessary suffering. Prevention is always better than cure!

Preventing your puppy from contracting heartworm is simple. Prevention should be started at 10-12 weeks of age. Prevention schedules vary depending on the product used. The most common products are either a monthly spot on or tablet (Advocate, Heartguard, Revolution, Milbemax), or the annual Proheart SR-12 injection.

The recommended schedule for Proheart SR-12 is:

10-12 weeks (usually at the time of second vaccination)

6months (at around the time of desexing)

15 months and older: annual injections

 

Fleas and Ticks

Most dogs will become infected with fleas at some point in their life, not only do fleas cause irritation to the your dog, they may also cause dermatitis, infect your dog with flea tapeworm and can even bite you and your family!

The adult fleas on your dog are only a small proportion of the flea population in your environment- representing only 5%. This means that the other 95% (flea eggs, larvae and pupae) are living in your environment undetected. Therefore, to effectively control fleas it is important to treat all your pets all year round as well as the environment your pets live in.

The most effective methods of treating fleas on your pet are either a monthly spot on (Advantage, Advocate, Frontline, Revolution) or tablet (Comfortis, Sentinel). Treating your puppy for fleas using flea shampoos, powders or flea collars are not effective methods of flea control.

Ticks can be prevented using products such as Frontline and Advantix every 2 weeks.

 

Diet & Nutrition

A growing puppy needs to be fed a good quality puppy diet to ensure that they grow fit and healthy for the best start in life. It is essential that your pup's diet is complete and balanced, as this is means your puppy will be receiving the correct amount of dietary requirements they require and in the correct proportions.

We recommend a premium diet- they are complete and balanced, use high quality ingredients and have put years of research in to ensure they are of the highest nutritional quality.At Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital we recommend the Royal Canin, Hills or Eukanuba range of dog and cat foods. They have an extensive range of products so please chat to our friendly staff to determine which diet is best for your puppy.

When feeding your new puppy it is essential that you follow the feeding guide on the product packet, this is to make sure that your puppy is getting all of the dietary requirements it needs to grow healthy and strong.

Please ensure that your puppy has access to plenty of fresh water daily.

 

Microchipping

Microchipping is a procedure in which a silicon chip is inserted using a needle under the skin between the shoulder blades. This chip allows your pet to be easily identified and increases the chance that you can be reunited with your pet quickly if they become lost. Microchipping is only done once and your pet can then be registered for life with your local Council.

 

Desexing

Desexing (sometimes referred to as spey for females and castration for males) is usually performed at the age of 5-6 months and is recommended in all dogs unless they are stud/breeding animals.

Desexing will not change your dog’s personality but it may reduce the incidence of some hormonally driven behaviours such as spraying (territorial urination), mounting (hyper sexual behaviour), aggression towards other dogs, animals or people and roaming. Desexing female dogs avoids having unwanted litters of puppies.

Desexing can also have some health benefits for your dog. It reduces the likelihood of benign prostatic hyperplasia and testicular cancer in male dogs and mammary cancer (if speyed at less than 2 years of age), ovarian and uterine cancer in female dogs.

 

Health Insurance

There are a variety of pet health insurance companies, which cover you against unexpected health and medical problems, as well as personal liability for actions caused by your dog. Please enquire at reception for details of recommended companies.

 

Socialisation

The 6-16 week age period is very important for shaping the future behaviour of your puppy. During this time it is important that your puppy is exposed to many different positive experiences. However, this can be difficult as they need to be isolated until they have had all their vaccinations. It is safe to socialise you puppy with other fully vaccinated dogs. It is best to avoid walking in public places.

Puppy Pre-School allows puppies of similar age to socialise and gain some basic training techniques. It is a MUST for owners who want well-mannered dogs! Please contact the Hospital for details on the next Puppy Pre-School starting date.