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Your New Puppy

Important tips to keep your puppy happy and healthy

So you've brought your new puppy home! It is a wonderful time for all the family but also a huge responsibility. It's a long term commitment and your local Island Vets practice have all the advice and support you need.

Their health needs:

  • Make an appointment with your local vets for a check-up as soon as possible.
  • Consider a Veterinary Care Plan which will cover you for regular and unexpected medical expenses.
  • If your puppy has had vaccinations ask for the vaccination record or certificate and if they haven’t contact your local vet.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a very important part of your puppy's early life:

  • Both male and female dogs should ideally be neutered at less than a year old, your local vet can give you advice on when will be the best time.
  • Regular grooming is essential as is tooth brushing, if started early enough they can be fun for both you and your puppy.

What Vaccinations does my puppy need?

  • Puppies require a vaccination against potentially fatal diseases. This consists of two vaccinations done 2-4 weeks apart from the age of 8 weeks.
  • Do not let your puppy come in to contact with other dogs until a week after their second vaccination. Carry your puppy when visiting the vet.
  • Your puppy can also get a kennel cough vaccine to help protect against kennel cough (some kennels require this).
  • Your puppy will then need a booster vaccination every year.

Worming

The most effective type of wormer can be bought from your vet and will kill all types of worms. Some of these worms can be harmful to people so it is very important to worm them regularly throughout their lives.

When should I worm?

Puppies – every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age to 12 weeks of age (dependant on product used, please speak to your vet).

Young dogs – every month until they are 6 months old

Adult dogs – every three months.

It is important to know your dog’s weight for accurate dosing and it is free to come down to the surgery and weigh your dog.

Fleas

Fleas are commonly found on both dogs and cats. It is important to use flea prevention all year. The only effective way of preventing fleas is to use a product that actually kills fleas. These can only be purchased from your vet. Flea shampoos, collars etc can not offer very effective protection.

There are different types of products and some last for 1 month and others for 2 months. Check with your vet how often you will need to apply the product you purchase. It is very important that all animals in the house are treated on a regular basis. If fleas are found on the animal then the house must be treated as well as 95% of the fleas will be in the house not on the animals.

Healthcare Plan

We would like to introduce you to our Pet Health Club.

The aim is simple, to provide your pets with almost all veterinary care and treatments. It does not matter how many times your pet needs to attend our surgery, all consultations, operations and treatments are completely covered by a fixed annual fee.

Boosters, wormers also are all included within the plan.

Their environment:

  • Prepare your home before they arrive; make sure you have food and water bowls, grooming equipment and plenty of toys.
  • Introduce them to the area you want them to go to the toilet in and praise them when they use it.
  • Make sure you have plenty of things for them to chew; rawhide chews, nylon bones and hard biscuits will make sure they don’t chew the things you don’t want them to get their teeth around.
  • Expose your puppy to as many new experiences and people as you can but make sure they feel safe and are supervised around children.

Their diet:

  • Feed them the diet they are used to, introduce new food gradually and use food suitable for your puppies size and breed.
  • Always make sure that fresh water is available, never give them milk.

Their security:

  • Microchipping you puppy is advisable and can be carried out by your local vet.
  • A collar and tag are essential and required by law.

Practice information

Island Veterinary Centre

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    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun
    Closed

Emergency Details

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01785258411
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Find us here:

132 Lichfield Road Stafford Staffordshire ST17 4LE
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01785258411

Stone Veterinary Centre

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    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Closed

Emergency Details

Please call:

01785818186
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Abbey Street Stone Staffordshire ST15 8PA
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01785818186

Bloxwich Veterinary Centre

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    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Tue
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Wed
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Thu
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Fri
    8:30am - 6:30pm
  • Sat
    09:00 am - 10:30am
  • Sun
    Closed

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Please call:

01922 405200
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Find us here:

18 Wallington Heath Bloxwich Walsall WS3 3NP
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01922 405200