Adding a new member to the family can be quite exciting. However, a new pet comes with a lot of responsibility. The first step to bringing your puppy or dog into your home is to understand how to care for them and offer them the best start in life. Giving your puppy the right start to life builds a foundation for a happy and healthy new member of your family. Some key steps in any new pet are;
As you may already know, vaccinations are an essential part of the process when getting a puppy. Sometimes you will receive a puppy that has already had certain vaccinations. This will vary according to where you got your puppy from. If you have been told that your puppy has received their vaccinations, it is important that you ask for a vaccination card distributed by a veterinarian for verification that vaccinations were administered. If they have not received any, it is the first step you should take when bringing a puppy home.
Vaccinating your puppy should be a priority and here is why:
The mother provides her puppies with antibodies through her milk. As the puppies get older and begin to wean, their immunity will not be as strong. The antibodies may have a neutralising effect if mixed with vaccinations. Thus, it is of high importance that your puppy not only receives vaccinations, but also that they are administered at the correct time. Contact our clinic and find out what is the perfect vaccination schedule to keep your puppy healthy.
There are a few diseases that are harmful and potentially lethal to your puppy if they are not protected through vaccination. These include parvovirus, hepatitis, canine cough and distemper.
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Pet insurance is definitely something you need to consider. Surgeries and 24-hour care tend to be quite expensive and sometimes becomes over a thousand dollars per day. No new pet owner enjoys carrying the burden of possible health costs and that’s why a reliable insurance is so essential. The rate you pay for insurance will depend on particulars, however if you have any questions or are in need of recommendations, you can contact our clinic.
Worms are extremely common in younger dogs. There is a possibility that they can eventually pose a threat to the well-being of your puppy. Worms can become quite large which can be fatal if not treated.
You can deworm your pet at the same time as vaccinations to keep them protected. It is also important that you maintain a clean environment for them to live in, which should be clear of any faeces that may be contaminated. If you need more information about worm treatment and avoiding infestation, you can contact us for advice.