The Pet Directory - Dog Articles - Puppy Care

By Dr. Ed Layt - Wishart Rd Veterinary Surgery
(07) 3343 6399 -
224 Wishart Rd - Wishart 4122 QLD
As published in The Pet Directory NSW & ACT Edition

The following notes should answer most of the questions you may have about the care and feeding of you new pup.

To protect against potentially fatal viruses and bacteria three (3) injections are needed at:
• 6 – 8 weeks of age with C3 to protect against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvo.
• 12 – 14 weeks of age with C5 which protects against Distemper, Hepatitis Parvo and Kennel Cough.
• 16 – 18 weeks of age with C5

Pups are not fully protected until they have had their third vaccination, so public places should be avoided until after the vaccination at 16 – 18 weeks of age.

Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. Heartworm disease can be fatal so prevention is essential and should be started once a pup has been weaned.

We recommend the following products which are dosed according to weight and given monthly.
• Interceptor Tablets
Protects against heartworm, roundworm, whipworm, and hook worm. With separate tapeworm tablets every 3 months, all major worm parasites are treated.
• Sentinel Tablets
Combination of Interceptor and Program. I.e. controls heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and prevents flea eggs from hatching. As with interceptor, separate tapeworm treatment is needed every 3 months.
• Heartgard Tables or Chews
Controls heartworm only. Use Drontal for intestinal worm control in combination.
• Advantage DUO
A monthly application of a liquid to the skin on top of the dog’s neck. Also kills fleas. This product is excellent for those owners who find it difficult to give tablets.

Roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Most pups have worms and can reinfect themselves from their faeces, so regular worming and disposal of droppings is important.

If your pup is on daily heartworm tablets or Heartgard you will need to use an all-wormer at these times:
• 2 – 12 weeks every 2 weeks
• 12 weeks – 6 months every month
• then every 3 months as an adult dog

If your pup is on Interceptor or Sentinel for heartworm prevention, a tapeworm treatment is required every 3 months. This can be done with specific tapewormers or all wormers can be used.

Female from 6 months of age and not when in season. Males from 6 months of age. This is a surgical procedure requiring a general anaesthetic and a full days stay in hospital. Bookings are best made a week or two beforehand. Do not feed your dog on the morning of the operation and ensure that your dog is clean and free of fleas.

At first your pup should be fed exactly as he was before you acquired him. This will ensure he has no tummy upsets due to a change in diet. Over time you may change the diet to suit you, remembering that all food changes should be made gradually and in small amounts.

If your pup develops diarrhoea and otherwise seems well, the best approach is to withhold food for 12 hours, only giving water during this time. Re-start feeding with lean fresh meat only for 24-48 hours. If diarrhoea persists or vomiting occurs, consult your veterinarian. Otherwise gradually reintroduce the normal diet. To ensure the pup receives a balanced diet, it is best that his daily food consists of at least 2/3 dry food. The other third of his diet may include canned food, meat, table scraps, vegetables or egg yolks, and a raw meaty bone once or twice a week (e.g. brisket bones, lamb shanks and beef necks)

With a good balanced diet such as suggested above milk and supplements are not required.

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