Dogs – Parasite Control

Dogs – Parasite Control

Fleas
Fleas can cause skin disease, bite humans and also carry tapeworms. Look out for black specks along your pet’s spine, or when you comb her or him, wipe the comb on a damp tissue – if the dirt on the tissue starts to bleed out, this means that this is flea dirt (as opposed to mud), and she/he has fleas.
As with majority of health care, prevention is better than cure, so it is important to regularly use flea treatments. There are … Read More »

Dogs – Neutering

Dogs – Neutering

Bitches
In females the neutering procedure is known as ‘spaying’ and is important as it prevents uterine disease and reduces the risk of mammary cancer, as well as preventing unwanted litters. It is a common concern that bitches need to have a litter of puppies or a season before they can be spayed, but neither of these provide any health benefits at all and will only add to the problem of rescue centres being overrun with unwanted puppies. Neutering is also likely to … Read More »

Puppies – A rough guide to owning a puppy

Puppies – A rough guide to owning a puppy

This information has been designed to give you a rough guide of what’s required when owning a puppy.
Unless you are concerned about your new puppy we would recommend letting him/her settle in their new home for at least 5 – 7 days before bringing them in for their primary vaccinations and or health check. This gives them time to adjust to their new surroundings and lifestyle before subjecting them to another new and slightly daunting experience of coming to the … Read More »

Dog Vaccinations

Dog Vaccinations

Dogs are routinely vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis (adenovirus), parvovirus, parainfluenza, and  leptospirosis. Many of these diseases are potentially fatal.
We currently recommend giving the first vaccine at 6 to 8 weeks of age and the second dose 4 weeks later. Your puppy is fully protected a week after this and that is the time that they can start to go outside. The first vaccination can be given to puppies older than 8 weeks of age if you are not able to … Read More »