Your New Puppy
Bringing a new puppy into your home is an exciting time. As a new pet owner, you will want to keep them safe and protected from illness. That protection starts with your puppy’s vaccination. At Toukley Veterinary Clinic, we do vaccinations a little differently:
There is a lot to know, so your first puppy visit is a double appointment (at no extra cost). We can get to know you and your puppy, and you won’t feel rushed.
Our complimentary puppy show bag to take home contains all the information you need, including some goodies!
We simplify parasite prevention. With so many products available, we have found there is some confusion amongst pet owners. We have looked at all the preventatives and come up with suitable options providing easy, convenient and peace of mind protection against all parasites.
Useful training tips. Toilet training is one of the first things you want your puppy to master. We have that covered too.
Puppy Protection at a Glance
Vaccinations – be sure to check your puppies’ records to see when their next vaccination is due. Puppies need a course of 3 vaccinations 4 weeks apart, starting at 6-8 wks of age. Adult dogs needs vaccinating every year to maintain protection throughout life. We recommend a C5 vaccination which protects your pet against all of the nasty contagious diseases (parvovirus and ‘dog flu’).
Intestinal Worming – puppies should be wormed fortnightly until 12 wks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age. Thereafter, adult dogs need worming every 3 months.
Heartworm – transmitted between dogs via mosquitoes. Global warming has caused a spike in heartworm cases in recent years, with dangerous consequences. – there are lots of heartworm preventatives available, but be careful – a lot of “allwormer” products don’t prevent heartworm AND monthly products (tablets, spot-on) must be given on-time every month. A more reliable and convenient way to protect heartworm is with an injection given at 12 weeks of age, then every year at the same time as your pets’ vaccination.
Fleas and ticks – present on the Central Coast all-year round. In fact, we see more tick paralysis cases in winter and spring, than in summer! Fleas are annoying, but ticks can be deadly. Thankfully, new products are available that are very safe and effective. The best preventative is a chewable treat given every 3 months, conveniently timed with the intestinal allwormer. Remember that all pets in the household must be treated.
To make an appointment, please phone (02) 43971157, or for more information on puppy care, please click here.