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P.O. Box 70
Bathurst NSW 2795

Phone: (02) 6337 1262
Mob : (02) 0413 045 172
Email: info@puppiesplus.com.au


Information for you and your puppy .....

Immunisation | 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 puppy

Immunisation - Vaccinations 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.

Worming - Intestinal 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.

Heartworm - 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.

Registration - 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.

Housing - 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 few nights.

Diet - 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.

House 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.

Feeding 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.

Grooming - 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.

Fleas - 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.

Puppy 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.

Further Information - Contact us if you would like to know more about looking after your puppy.

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