Good quality food is vital to your puppy’s health. We’ll recommend the best diet, as well as the frequency of meals to suit different life stages.
Dogs need to be wormed every two weeks until s/he’s 12 weeks old, then monthly until six months of age. From then it’s a simple tablet or topical treatment every three months
This procedure is usually performed between 4 and 6 months of age – older for some larger breeds. It prevents pregnancy and can reduce wandering, anti-social behaviours and the incidence of many medical conditions.
If your pet goes missing, a microchip is the best way to identify them, and get them safely returned to you. It can be done at any age, but new animals older than 12 weeks must be chipped before they can be registered with your local council. Remember to update your details with the registry if you move or change phone numbers.
Unfortunately you can’t add Spot to your Medicare card or health care fund, but you can take out pet insurance to help minimise unexpected costs associated with treating illness or injury.
Up until 16 weeks of age, puppies are developing and they are learning the social skills which will help shape their personalities and behaviours. You do not have to wait for your puppy to finish their vaccines, puppies can start puppy preschool after their 1st vaccine (usually 8 weeks). Puppy preschool is a great way to switch on your puppy’s brain, interact with other pups and for you to learn some basic training skills and commands.
We highly recommend the classes run by Underdog Training and plan to be able to offer these in our clinic in the very near future. Watch this space.
If you’d like to find out more about our Puppy and Kitten Health Checkups, please contact our clinic on 03 9370 1900 or get in touch.