Essential Puppy Guide
Courtesy of petinsurance.com.au, here is our free guide to looking after your Puppy.
Vaccinate against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Bordetella & Parainfluenza. Begin at 6 – 8 weeks (C3), repeat at 12 weeks (C5) and 16 weeks (C5) and have an annual booster (C5) for life.
Use an intestinal wormer at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age, repeat monthly until 6 months and every 3 months thereafter.
Begin a heartworm treatment at 6-8 weeks of age and continue every month.
Treat your puppy monthly with an effective product. Remember to always treat the environment. Eggs remain on bedding, couches, carpets etc.
Desex your puppy at 6 months of age. In females, there are huge health benefits, it greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumours, womb infections and false pregnancies. In males, it reduces the risk of prostate and testicular problems and the likelihood of roaming.
Encourage chewing at an early age i.e. dental chews, large raw bones and hard dry food. Also, try brushing your puppy’s teeth regularly.
Fed a complete and balanced commercial puppy food 3-4 time daily until 6 months and 1 - 2 times daily from 6 months. An equivalent adult diet can be introduced at 9 - 12 months of age.
Repetition is the key. As soon as your puppy wakes and after it eats take your puppy outside. Reward them if they go to the toilet outside. If they soil inside, say NO and take them outside straight away.
Develop a routine with your puppy and ensure they meet a variety of people from a young age. Once your puppy is vaccinated, they can meet new dogs. Puppy preschool is one of the best ways to socialise your puppy.
Grooming and washing
Groom regularly to avoid matting and bathe using a shampoo recommended for puppies.