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Your new puppy


General health check and vaccinations
It is always recommended that a veterinary surgeon carries out a general health check on your new puppy within a couple of days of its arrival. This can coincide with the first vaccination.

Puppies require a vaccination course, which can start from 8 weeks of age. Your puppy will need two vaccinations, two weeks apart.  We advise that your new puppy is not allowed out until two weeks after the second vaccination.  However your puppy is allowed to go in your own garden for toilet training, and can mix with other fully vaccinated friends and family dogs within their gardens.  If you are thinking of attending a puppy party to get your dog familiarised with other dogs, this can be done after the first vaccination provided that all other puppies are vaccinated to this level.

The puppy vaccination course includes vaccinations against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.  Your puppy will require a further vaccination for kennel cough if you are likely to put it into kennels or are planning on showing your dog.  Annual vaccinations are subsequently required to keep up your dog’s immunity.

Your puppy should have been wormed – provided with protection against roundworms - several times before you first collect him/her. You will need to find out when it was last done and then continue with a good worming plan.  We advise that the puppy is wormed every two weeks until it is 3 months old and then every month until 6 months old.  After that, routine worming should be every 3 months.  This general worming will be against both roundworms and tapeworms.  Please contact the surgery for advice on the best worming treatment available. We have easy-to-use scales at the surgery so we can obtain details of your dog’s weight for the worming.

The incidence of lungworm has, in recent years, increased as the British climate has warmed.  This worm is transmitted via eating snails, or eating grass where snails have left a trail.  If your dog eats snails or grass, or plays with toys that have been left out in the garden, treatment to combat this worm is also recommended. 

Please ask for advice on the best treatment to cover all worms and / or click on the logo below for more information about lungworm.

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Most treatments available for protection against fleas are carried out monthly from 6-8 weeks of age.  Products are available for use from 2 days of age, if necessary. Some flea treatments are also effective against worms, which avoids the need to separately treat for worms. Please contact the surgery to discuss the most suitable products for your pet.

To help break the flea cycle, it is important to remember that your house should also be treated.


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