Puppy Information

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Browns Plains Veterinary Surgery
Shop 5/ 3276 Mt Lindesay Highway
Browns Plains
QLD 4118

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Phone:
07 3800 0369

Park Ridge Animal Hospital
3626 Mt Lindesay Highway
Park Ridge
QLD 4125

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Phone:
07 3800 1378
Fax:
07 3800 7249

CARING FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY 

 

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Owning a dog is a very rewarding experience offering you much love, friendship and happiness. But in return it carries responsibilities involving the daily care and attention your new pet’s needs. This information provides you with information about caring for your new puppy.

The vets and nurses at Park Ridge Animal Hospital are here to help you keep your dog healthy and happy in the years ahead, so please contact us if you have any questions.

VACCINATIONS 

Vaccinations are available against common infectious diseases of dogs including PARVOVIRUS, DISTEMPER, HEPATITIS, PARAINFLUENZA and BORDETELLA. A series of vaccinations is necessary to establish a highlevel of immunity in your pup so it will be protected for at least 12 months.

  • Parvovirus: a virus that affects the gastro-intestinal cells. It is particularly apparent in warmer weatherand can be fatal if not treated quickly.
  • Distemper: a virus that affects the nervous system and the gastro-intestinal tract.
  • Hepatitis: a virus that can cause liver infections.
  • Parainfluenza: a viral respiratory infection.
  • Bordatella: a bacterial respiratory infection.

Our recommended vaccination protocol is:

  • 6 – 8 weeks of age – Puppy 3 (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis)
  • 12 – 14 weeks of age – Puppy 5 (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and bordatella)16 – 18 weeks of age – Puppy 5 (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and bordatella)and then an ANNUAL VACCINATION AND HEALTH CHECK.
  • 16 – 18 weeks of age – Puppy 5 (parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and bordatella)

All three puppy vaccinations are essential to ensuring adequate protection against these disease. Park Ridge, Browns Plains and surrounding suburbs are a high risk parvovirus area and we see animals that have had only 1 or 2 vaccination die from parvovirus.

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INTESTINAL WORMS 

Intestinal worms (ROUNDWORM, WHIPWORM, HOOKWORM and TAPEWORM) are common in puppies, as they can become infected with worms before they are born or via their mother’s milk. Worm infestations can lead to ill-thrift, diarrhoea, vomiting and if severe, death.

Worming is especially important if children or immunocompromised people are in contact with your dogs as some worms can cause disease in people.

As roundworms can be transferred to people, puppies should be wormed every two weeks from two to twelve weeks of age.

Make sure you pick up your puppy’s droppings as they love to eat their own poo, leading to reinfestation with worms.

Our recommended worming protocol is:

  • 0 – 12 weeks of age – worm FORTNIGHTLY with an INTESTINAL ALLWORMER
  • 3 – 6 months of age – worm MONTHLY with an INTESTINAL ALLWORMER
  • Adult dogs – worm EVERY 3 MONTHS with an INTESTINAL ALLWORMER

It is important to understand that intestinal allwormer tablets DO NOT prevent heartworm.

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HEARTWORM DISEASE 

Heartworm disease is a common problem in dogs in Queensland and is potentially fatal. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes so all dogs are at risk. Heartworm is easily prevented with monthly tablets or an injection once a year. Prevention must be given for your dog’s entire life. The most popular prevention we use is the yearly injection.

Our recommended heartworm prevention protocol is:

  • Puppies – heartworm prevention injection – repeat in 6 months.
  • Adult Dogs – heartworm prevention injection – repeat every 12 months.
  • MONTHLY medication is a popular form of heartworm prevention and is a lot safer than the old style daily tablets. Monthly preventives come in easy to use beef chews, flavoured tablets or easy to use top spot applications.

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FLEA CONTROL 

Flea control is essential ALL YEAR in Queensland. Adult fleas can lay up to 2000 eggs so 1 flea can cause big problems.

There are many flea products available so please ask our trained staff if you have any questions.

Our recommended flea control protocol is:

Year round use of Advantage or Frontline Plus.

There are many other flea control products available such as shampoos, tablets, rinses and collars. We recommend different products for different animals based on their individual needs and medical history.

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PARALYSIS TICKS 

Paralysis ticks kill dogs and cats. Any dog that is in or near bushland or areas where wildlife is present are at risk of picking up ticks. Ticks may be seen all year but are most prevalent from August to February.

The areas where we most commonly see tick paralysis cases include Regents Park, Hillcrest, Crestmead, Boronia Heights and Greenbank.

Our recommended paralysis tick prevention protocol is:

ADVANTIX, FRON TLINE PLUS and KILTIX COLLARS greatly reduce the chance of your dog developing tick

paralysis. Please ask our staff about which tick prevention will best suit your pet.

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DESEXING 

We recommend that all pets be desexed. The procedure can be performed from 12 weeks of age, but we prefer to do it at 6 months of age when your pet is more mature.

There are many unwanted puppies already and we believe that part of being a responsible pet owner is having your pet desexed.

At Park Ridge Animal Hospital we perform desexing procedures everyday during the week but not on weekends. Your pet is admitted to the hospital at 8am and goes home between 4pm and 7pm. It is important to try and keep them quiet until the sutures are removed ten days after the surgery. We offer a free three-day post op check to ensure your pet is healing well. The total fee includes the pre-operative examination, pre and post-operative pain relief, a three-day post-op check, suture removal, TLC and paw holding!

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MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION 

Microchipping is a simple procedure whereby a small rice grain sized microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a unique number that can be detected by a scanner and is linked to a national database. This provides identification in cases where your pet is lost or stolen.

The council pound, humane societies and most veterinary practices have scanners. A free phone number is available to allow the owner to be traced through the registry.

As of July 1 2009, it is compulsory for dogs and cats to be microchipped by the age of 12 weeks.

As well as this, Park Ridge Animal Hospital has its own pet identification system. Please ask a staff member for information about this free and easy service that we offer our clients.

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TRAINING YOUR NEW PUP 

Your pup is never too young to begin training. Puppy preschool is a great way for you and your new puppy to get off to a great start together.

Early socialisation between the ages of 8 to 18 weeks of age is vital to the healthy development of your pup. Puppy pre school is a way to achieve this in a safe and informative manner.

Please see the attached flyer about our puppy preschool classes. Bookings are essential.

Canine College classes are available for older dogs (20 + weeks of age). This is a great way to learn more about your pet and understand how it thinks. Please check with our staff for course availability.

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PET INSURANCE 

Insurance is available for your pet! Pet insurance is a great way to ensure you can provide the best care to your pet if it becomes sick or injured. We can provide you with information so you can decide which policy best suits you.

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FEEDING YOUR PUP 

What to feed?

There are many foods available for your pet. It is best to feed a premium puppy food such as Hills Science Diet, Eukanuba or Royal Canin. Benefits of these foods over other dog foods include:

  • Superior palatability
  • Designed for your dog’s life stage ie: foods designed for young growing dogs, food for working dogs and diets for older less active pets.
  • Highly concentrated so you can feed your pet less.
  • Highly digestible so they produce LESS faeces and smell
  • No artificial colours

When changing your pup’s food it is best to do it gradually (over 3-4 days) to limit any stomach upsets.

How much?

It is always best to follow the feeding guideline for the product. Some pups will eat very quickly while others will graze slowly over the day, so it is very difficult to give a general recommendation.

How often?

Rather than feeding your pup one large meal, it is best to feed 3-4 smaller meals throughout the day. Once they are older than 4 months, two meals per day is sufficient. As an adult dog, two meals per day is better than one.

Bones

Dogs should never be given cooked bones.

Cooked bones are brittle and can splinter. This can cause stomach upsets, constipation and obstructions.

Raw bones are important to keep your dog’s teeth and gums clean and healthy. Large raw bones, chicken necks and rawhide chews such as pigs ears are all good for your new pet.

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