CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW PUPPY!
We know how many questions you have when a new bundle of fur enters your lives, so we want to make life as easy as possible for you. Hopefully this information will help to lay out what you need to do, and when, for your puppy during the first year. We have also included information on parasite control options.
Don’t forget we offer FREE Puppy Consultations
to go through all this information with you in person. Call us as soon as you pick up your new puppy and we can make an appointment for you free Puppy Health Check and first year plan. Just call 9339 7000 to make your appointment.
At East Fremantle Vet we use the most advanced and effective vaccines available. This allows us to vaccinate against some diseases every three years only, once your new puppy has had its first annual vaccination.
Our puppy vaccination schedule is as follows:
- 6-8 weeks of age : C3 – Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis.
- 10-12 weeks of age: C5 -Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Intranasal Bordetella.
- 16 weeks of age: C3 – Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis.
- Yearly for life : C5/C2 – Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Bordetella.
Heartworm is spread between infected animals by mosquitoes. Left untreated, heartworm can be fatal. Heartworm prevention should start with your puppy’s first visit to the vet. There are lots of products on the market, you just have to decide which is easiest for you and your dog.
- MONTHLY– Can be a tablet, chew or spot on treatment that must be given at the same time each month. These products may also treat some intestinal worms but be sure to check by reading the label or asking your vet.
- YEARLY– An injection administered by your vet once a year. This will provide 12 months of protection against Heartworm. We normally try to coincide this with your annual vaccination for your convenience. It can be given to dogs from 12 weeks of age.
Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm
are parasites that can infect your pet. Some of these worms can also infect people so it’s important to treat your pet regularly, especially if you have children. An “allwormer” tablet is required for this.
Be sure to weigh your puppy before worming, as dosage is based on body-weight.
Treatment should be as follows:
- Every two weeks until 12 weeks of age.
- Then every month until six months old.
- Then every three months for life.
Fleas are parasites that may not be life threatening but are certainly a great source of irritation for your pet and, potentially, your family. The easiest and most effective treatment is a monthly tablet called Nexgard, which we have found to be very effective. There are a number of other products on the market, all with slightly different pros and cons which we would be happy to advise you on.
Puppies should be fed at least three meals a day until they are 12 weeks old. After that, two meals a day are sufficient. We have a large range of high-quality dry foods which can be supplemented with fresh food or raw bones. Raw chicken wings and bones help to maintain clean, healthy teeth. If possible, regular brushing is also recommended.
We recommend that all animals be desexed if you are not intending to breed them. This helps to prevent health problems later in life. Usually desexing is done around six months of age. Desexing female dogs before their first season reduces by 90% their risk of developing mammary cancer later in life.
This is a great way to socialise your puppy with other dogs and people, and learn some basic training commands. Pre-school is for dogs aged between 8 and 16 weeks. We run a FREE puppy school for our clients. Click here to find more information on our Puppy Classes
With the rising costs of veterinary medicine it may be a good idea to consider pet insurance. There are many companies that provide this service. When comparing companies things to consider include:
- Does the policy guarantee lifetime renewal? (Some cheaper policies may stop cover once your pet reaches a certain age or decrease the level of cover as your pet ages.)
- Does the policy refresh the amount claimable annually?
- Does the policy place new exclusions or restrictions on cover at the time of renewal?
- Does the policy cover for hereditary and congenital conditions, or are there breed-specific exclusions?
- Does the policy have a limit per claim or per condition per year?
- Does the policy cap conditions if they are chronic?
Please ask us to explain the benefits of this insurance cover to you at your next visit, or click on the icon.
What is a Microchip ?
A microchip is a permanent form of identification in the form of a tiny chip (about the size of a grain of rice). We inject the microchip under your pet’s skin – just like a vaccination. This chip has an identification number that is linked to all your contact details on a national registry. This number is as unique as a fingerprint and is the latest technology available for lifetime identification of your pet.
Why Microchip Your Pet ?
Your pet can be identified anywhere in Australia, any time of the day or night, seven days a week. Your pet should still have a collar and name tag, but these are sometimes lost or become unreadable. A microchip is there for life and the details are easily updated if you change address. The one-off cost is small in comparison to the heartache of losing your family pet.