A hurricane of energy, a whirling dervish of fur, a chewer of unattended remote controls or a fast asleep bundle of fluff! Whatever you've just adopted here are some top tips to keep them healthy.
We recommend desexing around 5 - 6 months of age. Sometimes a little later for giant breed dogs. Desexing is super important to prevent wandering, aggressive behaviour and unwanted puppies. Desexing female dogs before their first heat massively reduces their chances of getting mammary cancer, a huge benefit. Female desexing also prevents dangerous uterine infection (pyometra) later in life. Male desexing greatly reduces the risk of prostate disease and perianal gland tumours. All our desexing operations use gold standerd anaesthesia, post op pain relief and IV fluid support.
Fleas, ticks and intestinal worms are the most common parasites affecting puppies in NZ and they effect almost every puppy! Luckily they are easily treated.
Let’s get down to business and make sure these little critters never make an appearance! Puppies need to be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks, then again at 16 weeks of age. After that worm every 3 months for life.
fleas are most unwelcome guests, best dispensed with immediately! They are the commonest cause for skin allergies and irritations. We offer the best products and the best advice. The product and dose is selected based on age and weight.
Flea and worm treatments come as topical (spot on) and oral products. Our staff are trained to help you decide on the best product for your needs.
Puppies require multiple vaccines, to cover the period between developing their own immunity, and Mum’s milk antibodies running out. Vaccines protect against a number of contagious diseases, for dogs these are; Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough. We recommend vaccines at 8-9 weeks, 12-13 weeks and 14-16 weeks of age. We can tailor vaccine regimes to the stage your puppies are at, so just call us and ask if you are unsure!
It’s important not to take your puppy to public areas before the vaccinations are completed.
Microchipping your puppy is a very sensible (and required) thing to do. Losing your pet is a heartbreaking experience. Having them microchipped is a super quick and easy way to permanently identify them. If your dog is handed into the clinic and has a microchip then we can have you on the phone in minutes!