So you have a new puppy…

Caring For Your New Puppy

Vaccination

Vaccination is the only protection against serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Our vaccines protect against several diseases including Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza Virus, Coronavirus and Leptospirosis. Bordatella (Kennel Cough) vaccine is also given if your circumstances require it.

We recommend 1st Vaccination at 6-8 weeks, 2nd Vaccination at 12-14 weeks, with annual boosters to maintain immunity. Full immunity is not achieved in puppies until one week after the second vaccination.

Worming

The most common worms that affect dogs in Australia are roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm & whipworm. Worms are a common cause of illness in pets, causing loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, anaemia and even death.

Puppies need to be wormed with an allwormer tablet at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months of age and then every 3 months for life. We recommend Drontal or Milbemax.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a life threatening parasitic infection spread by the bite of a mosquito. We recommend several options for heart worm prevention.

Proheart SR12 is a long lasting injection that is given at 3 months, 6 months and 15months of age followed by annual treatments.

Comfortis Plus is a monthly chewable tablet that prevents heartworm and treats intestinal worms (excluding tapeworm) and fleas.

Revolution is a monthly spot on treatment with the same coverage as Comfortis Plus.

Droncit is a tapewormer only tablet, used if your dog is on Comfortis Plus or Revolution to control the other intestinal worms. Most tapeworm infections actually begin from your dog eating fleas (YUCK!) as fleas are the intermediate host of the tapeworm. If good flea control is maintained your dog shouldn’t get tapeworms. There is a less common tapeworm which infects dogs eating small animals like frogs and lizards, which is easily treated.

Microchipping

All puppies are required by QLD law to be microchipped between 8 and 12 weeks of age. It is a permanent form of identification for your pet.  It is separate from council registration.

Flea Control

Fleas are a problem all year round here. The odd flea seen on your animal is only the tip of the iceberg for the flea population in the surrounding environment.

We recommend several flea treatments.

Revolution is an excellent ‘spot on’ product also covering heartworm and some intestinal worms.

Monthly Tablets

  • Simparica for fleas and ticks
  • Comfortis for fleas only
  • Comfortis Plus for fleas, heartworm and intestinal worms (excluding tapeworm)
  • Activyl a monthly spot-on for fleas only

Bravecto is a tablet offering 3 months protection from fleas and 4 months protection from paralysis ticks with a single treatment.

Desexing

Male and female puppies should be desexed at the age of 5 to 6 months. This is at a time when your pet is approaching sexual maturity and when females begin to come on heat.

Desexing reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies and prevents roaming, fighting, aggression and other nuisance behaviours.

In females, desexing prevents uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer.

In males, desexing reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prevents testicular cancer and prostate enlargement. In male puppies, castration assists in preventing territory marking and leg lifting.

Diet

Young puppies should be fed 2 to 3 times per day until they are 6 months old, then twice daily until they are fully grown.  Adult dogs only need to be fed once per day.

We recommend a good quality dry food as the base of the diet. E.g. Hills Puppy food, with the addition of wet food or meats, vegetables if desired, not more than once every 3 days as a treat.

Raw bones fed weekly will help maintain healthy teeth for the life of your pet.

 

Pet Insurance

As there is no “medicare” available for pets, pet insurance is becoming increasingly popular.  The choice seems endless.  Individual packages vary in the type of treatment covered.  You need to consider the differences between policies such as claim excess amount, proportion of treatment costs covered, annual claim limit, age restrictions, pre-existing illness exclusions and policy costs.

Links for a small sample of the pet insurance options available are:

Pet med

http://www.petmed.net.au/

RSPCA Pet Insurance

https://www.rspcapetinsurance.org.au/

RACQ Pet Insurance

https://www.racq.com.au/membership/what-you-get/discounts/Pet-Insurance