for you and your puppy .....
| Worming | Registration | Housing | Diet | House Training
| Feeding | Grooming | Fleas | Puppy School
The following is for information purposes only - please consult
with your vet in regard to the health and well being of your
are a vital part of your dog's health program, it is essential
they are kept up to date. They are the single most important
preventative measure that your can take, they also ensure
regular, annual health checkups for your dog.
worms - Your puppy will have been wormed at 2,4,6 and
8 weeks with "Drontal Worming Suspension (for puppies)".
They will need to be done again as 12 weeks and then every
3 months for the rest of their lives. A great way to remember
is to worm your puppy at the beginning of every season (summer,
autumn, winter and spring). It is recommended that you also
worm any other animals that you have and any family members
that live in the home.
- You must also protect your puppy against heartworm. Heartworm
is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause death to dogs who
are not protected. To
prevent heartworm you should start your puppy on one of the
heartworm preventions available, it must continue for the
rest of the pup's life. You can either use daily or monthly
tablets, or a yearly injection.
- It is compulsory to register your puppy with your local
council. With some councils it is compulsory after 6 months
of age. Your puppy is microchipped and all documentation is
given to you. The microchip is inserted in the fatty tissue
at the back of the neck.
- Your puppy has been sleeping inside the first 6 weeks of
its life however, be aware that the puppy has done so with
their brothers and sisters. Your puppy should be introduced
to its sleeping area as soon as you are home. If you decide
on a kennel outside, make sure it is warm, dry and draught
free. Washable rugs, cushions and blankets should be used
for extra comfort and warmth and bedding should be cleaned
regularly. Be aware that the puppy will cry for the first
- All dogs love bones however NEVER give your dog
any cooked bones, they compact in their bowel and may cause
death. Raw bones (e.g brisket and chicken wings) are a great
way to maintain mouth/dental hygiene and may be given to your
puppy several times per week. Never give chocolate to your
dog as it is toxic and builds up in the system resulting in
illness and even death. Cows milk is another food which should
not be given as dogs are lactose intolerant. If you must give
them a treat, goats milk or junket will substitute nicely.
Dogs should have a ready supply of clean, fresh water, particularly
when dry foods are used. Containers must be kept clean and
placed in the shade. In hot weather water may need to be replenished
several times a day. If you wish to change your puppy's food
over to another brand this will need to be done gradually
by decreasing "Advanced" and slowly introducing
other dried food. By changing over too quickly, your pet may
experience stomach upsets and bowel troubles.
Training - When
you are toilet training your puppy it is advisable that you
put them outside as soon as they have woken up from sleep,
have eaten or whenever they start circling and getting ready
to squat. Praise is a must - remember house training a pet
is like toilet training children - it takes time.
Your Puppy - As
your puppy is in a strange environment it may be a little
finicky about food for a few days. Your
puppy will need to be fed twice a day (morning and night)
until the age of 12-16 weeks. Dry food should be softened
with water. Do not feed your puppy canned food on its own
as it contains high levels of fat and may result in diarrhoea.
Please follow the guidelines on dry dog food packaging regarding
how much your puppy should be eating. Between
12-16 weeks gradually increase the amount of breakfast and
increase the evening meal accordingly. By 16 weeks one meal
per day should be sufficient.
- Your puppy should be washed with a mild detergent. We recommend
a Eucalyptus Wool Wash - it does not irritate the skin and
also helps kill fleas. It is strongly recommended by vets
that you wash your dog no more than every 2 weeks as excessive
washing removes essential oils from the skin and coat. If
your dog becomes a little smelly between time, brush some
bi-carb soda through the coat. In the cleaning session, make
sure that you check and clean the dog's ears. This may be
done with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool. If you see dark
residue or the dog scratches its ears continually, seek advice
from your vet as the dog may have ear mites. It is best to
introduce grooming of your pet early in life in order to make
it a pleasant experience for you and your dog.
- We recommend a combination of "Program" (tablet)
or "Frontline" (liquid). These treatments only sterilise
fleas that are already on the dog - they DO NOT kill them
or any flea eggs. In other words, the fleas are alive but
are unable to breed. "Capstar" by Excelpet (tablet)
kills fleas within 1/2 hour.
School - It is very impimportant to train your puppy,
not only at home but also by attending Puppy Pre-School. Start
at home by teaching your puppy the basic command of "come",
"sit" and "stay". Attending Puppy Pre-School
can be of great value in advancing your dog's skills.
Information - Contact
us if you would like to know more about looking after your