Puppy Health Protocol

Puppy Vaccination

Vaccination

Protects against canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, distemper virus and kennel cough (Bordatella Bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza)

  • 1st vaccination at 8 weeks of age
  • 2nd vaccination at 10 weeks of age
  • Optional recommended 3rd vaccination for kennel cough at 12 weeks age (charge of £15 applied)

Annual boosters – starting 1 year after the 2nd vaccination. We have a fantastic puppy pack offer currently running - this includes both vaccinations, 3 months flea and wormers, a microchip and more, all for just £70.

Until puppies have had both vaccines they can go into a private garden as long as you don’t have foxes or rats visiting. The faeces and urine of these animals can contain diseases which can be fatal.

One week after the second vaccine your puppy can go out and interact with other dogs. This is a perfect time to get them socialised with other dogs, people and whatever other interactions they can expect to have in the future such as car rides, etc.

Go Green! Please leave an email address and/or mobile telephone number for vaccination reminders

 

Flea Treatment / Worm Treatment

In general, puppies should have a broad spectrum wormer (panacur, drontal or milbemax) when 10 weeks old and then have monthly flea treatments. If you want to ensure that your puppy doesn’t pick up a flea infestation, which can take months to resolve, we recommend a combined worm and flea treatment (advocate) as a monthly spot on and a tapeworm tablet every 3 months.

There is also a new alternative product called nexgard spectra which is a tasty chew for fleas, ticks and worms if you prefer to avoid spot on products. Both of these products also prevent lungworm which can be life threatening.

We only stock the best products available and although they may appear more expensive, it is important to realise that they are quite cost-effective, once broken down to a cost per month and compared with other similar products. These products are often more effective and safer than over the counter products.

 

Spay/Castrate (Neutering)

We recommend to spay/castrate your pet around 6 months old. Neutering a male dog helps to curb aggression, makes them more family oriented and less likely to roam in search of female dogs. It also helps to reduce the risk of most prostate problems in the older male dog. Neutering a female dog is vital to prevent hormonal uterine infections (pyometra) which can be life threatening and require surgery. It also reduces the chances of getting uterine and mammary cancer if carried out early on in life. For this reason we always recommend spaying female dogs unless you intend to breed from them.

 

Microchipping

This is usually done by the breeder now as a legal requirement so most puppies come microchipped already. If they haven’t we would usually do this at either the first or second vaccine to ensure your puppy finds its way home if it becomes lost.

 

Insurance

Pet healthcare insurance is now commonplace. It can offer you protection against veterinary fees for illness or accident, cover for boarding kennel fees if you have to go into hospital, compensation if your pet is lost or stolen, accidental damage and third party liability. Fractured bones and long term illnesses can run into costs of thousands of pounds. When choosing a plan we advise a life cover policy. If your pet falls ill with an ongoing affliction a life cover policy will cover your pet for the whole term of affliction, rather than a year long policy.

Some insurance companies amongst others – Pet Plan, Direct Line, Argos, Tescos, Agria and others.

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