Caring for Your Puppy
Nutrition - Science Plans
It is very beneficial for a puppy to be fed a balanced prescription science plan food from the start to enable the puppy to get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals it requires for the development of healthy and strong bones and teeth, and to have a healthy skin and glossy coat. There are various brands at our practice, ranging from Ultra Dog, Olympic Purina, Hills, Royal Canin, and Eukanuba. The foods come in a wide range to suit the various needs of your dog/puppy. The food ranges suitable for mini, small, medium and large breeds are marketed by different companies. There are also various prescription diets available for different ages, as well as for dogs with certain health problems, example being, k/d for kidney, l/d for liver, s/d for urinary, j/d for joints, These are only a few examples of the Hills Range.
Microchip your Dog/Puppy
It is advisable to have a microchip embedded under the skin above the neck of your dog to enable it to be identified if it goes missing. Many puppies/dogs get lost and cannot be returned to their loving homes as they do not have any form of identification on them. Please ensure that your dog/puppy has an identity tag attached to its collar. Animals with identity have a greater chance of being returned to their owners should they get lost.
There are many various and deadly diseases that a dog/puppy can contract, so it is of utmost importance that your puppy is inoculated at 6-8 weeks, then at 3 months together with the rabies inoculation and then booster inoculations at one month to six weeks later. Thereafter it is advisable to give all inoculations once a year. We find it appropriate to keep to the same brand of vaccines, IE not to keep changing the protein based origin of the vaccine.
Important Warning Signs.
These are the warning signs that something may be wrong with your dog/puppy:-
Change in normal behavior.
Reluctance to eat their normal food.
Sudden gain or loss of weight.
Inability to urinate or defaecate normally.
Change in colour of mucous membranes – they should always be a healthy pink colour.
Caring for your Dog/Puppy.
When purchasing or adopting a dog/puppy, it is advisable to take your pet to a Veterinarian for a check up and advice as soon as possible.
1. Fresh clean water must be readily available at all times.
2. Correct and balanced nutrition is essential, especially for good health, longevity and the development of strong teeth and bones.
3. Cleanliness as well as grooming and exercise is of utmost importance for your dog/puppy.
4. It is best to discipline and teach your dog/puppy obedience from an early age.
5. Equally important is to give correct love and companionship.