There are many diseases present in the outside world which can infect your puppy. Here at Robson Vets we recommend every puppy receives routine vaccinations to try and prevent these significant diseases. The initial vaccination course can be started from eight weeks of age and consists of two injections given under the skin two weeks apart. They will be fully protected a week after their second injection when you can then enjoy taking them out and about for walks and socialisation!
These vaccinations will protect against Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus and Leptospirosis, which will cause severe and sometimes fatal diseases. Your puppy will then require annual boosters throughout their life to ensure this important protection is maintained.
Kennel Cough Vaccination
This is a highly contagious disease caused by multiple viruses and the bacteria Bordetella Bronchisepta. It is spread through contact with other dogs including kennel stays, training classes and even outdoors in the local park. Two to three days after infection you dog may show a hacking cough, vomiting, fever and profuse nasal discharge. This can become a serious pneumonia especially in very young or older animals. This nasty disease is preventable with a nasal vaccination which your puppy can receive from their second vaccination onwards, protecting them for one full year.
Worms are commonly found in young animals following maternal transfer during their development. This is the reason breeding females need regular worming treatments throughout their pregnancy. Your breeder should inform you when your puppy was last wormed and what product they used. The vet can then assess your puppies individual worming requirements during your consultations.
Microchipping is a permanent method of identifying your new puppy. This is very important and allows every vet to identify your puppy should they become lost or stolen. It is also the first stage in a pet passport allowing your puppy to travel abroad on holiday with you! Both our vets and our nurses would be happy to perform this procedure for you at all of our surgeries.
It is essential (and much fun!) to get your new puppy used to the world outside your home to prevent behavioural problems later on in life. The most important time for this is up to fourteen weeks of age. During this time period you should regularly touch every part of your puppy especially their head and feet. This ensures they are happy to be checked over and that you quickly catch any problems that occur.
Puppies can go outside on the ground in your garden only and should meet as many healthy older dogs that are fully vaccinated as possible within these boundaries. Puppy parties and training classes are another good way to socialise your new addition!
Unless you are going to breed from your puppy we would recommend that you consider neutering. For male puppies this will prevent testicular tumours and significantly reduce the risk of prostate disease later in life. Here at Robson Vets we recommend neutering males between six to twelve months of age ideally once they have reached puberty and settled afterwards.
The benefits of neutering female puppies include the prevention of unwanted litters, no messy discharge or increased male dog interest, a significantly reduced risk of mammary tumours (when neutered early) and the prevention of fatal womb infections called pyometras. Females can be neutered prior to their first season at six months old or after their first season, and our vets can discuss the pros and cons of both options during your puppy appointments.
There are an increasing number of companies providing comprehensive pet insurance. With the advancement in treatment options for more and more diseases and conditions we would recommend insuring your puppy with a life long policy.
Free Nurse Clinics!
Our nurses conduct free puppy clinic appointments at our main hospital in Laurencekirk. These consist of three one to one appointments starting two weeks after your puppy's second vaccination. These are very important in the socialisation of your puppy in and around our practice as we aim to ensure they enjoy all their future trips here as much as possible!
They each involve a nurse clinical examination. This ensures your dog becomes used to every part of our veterinary consultations later on in life. They will also cover topics including toilet training and socialisation, dental hygiene and grooming and neutering and microchipping.