Your New Puppy
The staff at Eric Broad & Associates would like to welcome you and your puppy to the surgery.
This article contains information which we hope you will find helpful. If you have further questions please feel free to ask a member of staff. We are happy for you to discuss your puppy with one of our nurses or ask the vet who sees you for your puppy’s vaccination. Our reception staff will always be happy to point you in the right direction.
We are pleased to give your puppy a full health check before its first vaccination. It is a good idea to allow your puppy to settle in at home for a few days first to allow you time to see if there are any specific concerns you would like to discuss. We will do our best to answer your questions.
Ideally you should keep your new puppy on the food it has been used to for a week or so. After this time you can gradually introduce the food you intend to keep feeding. It is not a good idea to keep altering the diet as this can cause digestive problems and diarrhoea. We can advise on the correct amount to feed. Please remember that clean water should be available at all times. We do not recommend milk as part of your puppy’s diet as it can cause digestive upsets.
Vaccination is essential to protect your puppy against several of the most serious infectious diseases. Your puppy will not be allowed into kennels or to travel abroad unless it is fully vaccinated. Two injections at least two weeks apart are required with an annual booster thereafter. The first injection can be given from 8 weeks old but the puppy should not be allowed to mix with other dogs or go where other dogs have been until 10 days after the second injection. Healthy, fully vaccinated dogs belonging to friends and family are very low risk and it is acceptable to socialise with them.
All puppies get worms from their mothers. Puppies should be wormed regularly, we will be happy to discuss the worming options with you.
We will be happy to discuss the various flea treatments available with you. Regular use of flea treatments will ensure that your pet and home do not become infested with fleas. Treatments are safe, effective and easy to use and some can also protect your puppy from ticks.
Having your new puppy “chipped” is advisable. It gives lifelong identification if your puppy is lost. The procedure is as simple as having an injection and all details are logged on a central database so they can be accessed from anywhere in the Australia.
It is a really good idea to attend puppy training classes so that you can become a responsible dog owner with a well behaved dog. It is also an excellent way to socialise your puppy. We can give you details of local groups in your area.
Pet Health Insurance
Pet insurance takes the worry out of covering the cost of high quality veterinary care. There are now many different insurers offering a range of cover. We have information leaflets from several insurers at the surgery. Please remember to read the small print carefully.
REMEMBER, YOUR PUPPY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SICK TO COME AND SEE US. WE ARE HERE TO HELP IN ANY WAY WE CAN AT ALL STAGES OF YOUR PET’S LIFE.