Puppy Recommendations Summary
We recommend 3 Puppy vaccinations to protect against viral diseases that can be highly contagious and potentially fatal.
- 1st vaccination 6-8 weeks of age
- 2nd vaccination 10-12 weeks of age
- 3rd vaccination 14-16 weeks of age
Your cat will then require a booster every year thereafter.
You puppy is not fully protected until the end of the vaccination course, so it is important to finish the course before letting your puppy go outside.
It is important for the health of your puppy that he/she be wormed regularly throughout their lives. It should also be noted that some intestinal worms are transmissible to you and your children. We recommend that puppies be wormed
- Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, then
- Every month until 6 months of age, then
- Every 3 months for life!
If you are having trouble giving your puppy a tablet, spot-on treatments are also available.
Heartworm is a serious disease that can be fatal unless treated aggressively. Worms are transmitted by mosquitoes and invade the heart and heart vessels causing heart failure. All dogs should be treated to prevent heartworm infection before it occurs.
Treatment can consist of either monthly heartworm control (usually via a tablet or spot on), or injection. At AMS we recommend the injection as it lasts longer, often works out cheaper, and is easier to remember to do than monthly treatment. The heartworm injection can be given at 12weeks of age, and is then repeated at 6 months of age, and then with the first booster vaccination. It is then given annually with the annual vaccination booster long term. Adult dogs can start this at any stage and the injection is given once per year.
FLEA & TICK CONTROL:
Fleas breed fast so a good quality flea control should be started as soon as possible in your puppy. Remember to treat all other pets in the household as well as the house itself!
Ticks live in bushland areas and can be very dangerous for the health of your pet. If you live in or take your pet to a high risk area for ticks, it is important for them to be on tick prevention. Checking them daily for ticks is also very important.
Feeding your puppy a good quality dry food is important for their growth and development into a healthy dog. The easiest way to do this is to use a high quality and balanced puppy food. Making sure your dog has a nice healthy smile is also important. You can help with your dogs dental hygiene but giving them something to chew on like raw bones and dental chews. Tooth brushes and toothpaste are also available.
We recommend having your pet desexed at 6 months of age. If you do not wish to breed with your pet there are many healthy benefits to be gained from having your dog desexed.
In female dogs desexing will:
- - prevent unwanted pregnancies
- - reduce the risk of breast cancer if done before the first heat ie 6 months of age
- - eliminate the risk of uterine infections.
In male dogs desexing will:
- - reduce the risk of prostatic disease and testicular cancer
- - can reduce aggression
- - can reduce the desire to roam and hence reduce the risk of losing your pet or it becoming injured or in fights.
Microchipping is an effective way of ensuring that your dog can be identified should they go missing. A new puppy should have been microhipped before it has been sold. If not we can do this for you.
You are also required to lifetime register your puppy from six months of age with the local council. This is a once off registration fee which is cheaper once they have been desexed, so remember to take the desexing certificate with you. It is also important to note that the microchip is only as useful as the details it has been registered with. Please don’t forget to notify the council and us at the hospital if you move.
Owning a pet can be expensive especially when accidents happen or in the unfortunate event that your pet gets sick. Pet insurance is a great way to ensure that your pet can get the very best treatment possible. Remember to read the product disclosure information and choose the ploicy that is best suited for you and your puppy.
Puppy training & socialisation is a very important part of puppy development. Classes offer a fun & positive environment and cover all the essentials for good behaviour, temperament and basic obedience skills