Just like babies, puppies need constant care for their first few months of their life to monitor behaviour and keep them safe. Your puppy should make its first visit to the vet before it reaches 10 weeks old – the longer you wait, the more you put them at risk.
Puppy care involves a range of preventative treatments and checkups, all of which are included in our Puppy Wellness Package. To learn more about how your vet can care for your puppy, read the information below.
Vaccines are a vital part of your puppy’s care to help prevent serious disease. There are two classes of vaccine – core vaccines, which should be given to every puppy, and supplementary vaccines, which are only recommended for certain dogs and situations.
The three core vaccines offered at Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital are distemper (a viral disease affecting the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems); canine adenovirus type 2 (an infectious respiratory disease) and canine parvovirus type 2 (a virus infecting the intestines). The first vaccine for a new puppy will be recommended at around 8 weeks, with regular boosters for the first few months.
Many puppies are born with intestinal parasites inherited from their mother. Your dog should be wormed every few weeks for the first few months, and then every 3 months from then on. This treatment should be completed regardless of whether worm droppings are visible as sometimes the evidence of intestinal worms is too small to be seen. If left untreated, these parasites can cause anaemia and weight loss, so preventing their growth is vital.
Spaying or neutering your puppy provides health benefits for your pet and lifestyle benefits for you. It prevents pets from fighting or roaming and makes them more relaxed and affectionate, as well as eliminating the risk of certain cancers. The ideal time for a surgical spaying is between 4 and 6 months of age before your puppy reaches sexual maturity.
Your puppy’s first teeth will begin to erupt after just a few weeks, with the teething processing lasting a few months. Ensure your dog maintains great oral health with regular brushing and dental check-ups at your veterinary clinic. Preventing gum disease and tooth decay is simply a matter of monitoring your pet’s diet and keeping teeth strong by chewing on raw or dental bones on a weekly basis.
If you’d like to arrange vaccinations for your puppy or purchase a wellness package, call Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital now on 08 9524 6644 or visit our contact page for more ways to get in touch.