HEALTHCARE AND YOUR PUPPY
More than 85% of dogs over four years old will experience some form of gum disease which can lead to irreversible damage to the teeth and other organs in the body. Prevention is possible with a well-balanced diet including specifically formulated dental bones every week, regular dental check-ups at least yearly and teeth brushing.
As well as reducing the number of unwanted puppies, neutering prevents pets from roaming, fighting or causing a nuisance to neighbours. In females, it significantly reduces the risk of uterine infections and mammary cancer and in males, cancer of the prostate gland. Consult your vet for advice about this.
FLEA & TICK CONTROL
All pets will be exposed to fleas at some stage so rather than letting an infestation develop, it is better to use a regular prevention treatment. There is a range of very safe and easy to use SPOT-ON-drops which are applied monthly and can be used on your pups at any age. We prefer to use Frontline.
Puppies should be wormed every two weeks until twelve weeks of age and then every month until six months of age, then every three months routinely. It would be best if you wormed your pet, regardless of whether worms visible in the droppings or not. Many worms are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Speak to your vet about this.
Regular brushing is important – daily brushing is best particularly with long-haired dogs. Shampoo only when necessary, using a good quality dog shampoo, never a human shampoo. Leave-In conditioners can help with control of knots.
Healthy ears are clean and dry. Signs of ear problems include shaking the head, scratching at the ears, odour or discharge from the ears, and holding the head on one side. Never use cotton buds or other small items for ears, a large piece of cotton wool is best. A vet should check persistent ear problems.
Always check for faeces stuck to the fur on their rear end. Trim the hair away from this area carefully. If you are not happy doing much of this grooming yourself, please take your puppy/dog to a professional groomer and ask them to attend to this area.
OTHER IMPORTANT ADVICE
NEVER give un-prescribed medications to your dog without checking with a vet first. Even aspirin and paracetamol can be dangerous if given incorrectly, especially if your pet is on medication or has a medical condition.
YOUR PUPPY/DOG ISN’T QUITE RIGHT?
If your puppy appears listless, lethargic, off their food, appear uncertain on their feet, or if you have any concerns about your puppy’s well-being, please consult a vet urgently. Suspect something they have eaten and look around for possible suspect items, take this to the vet with you.
If you are on medication yourself it is easy to drop a pill on the floor, and you can be sure whilst you are searching for it, they will see it and be straight in there. Keep medication well away from your puppy.