Your new Puppy: Congratulations on your new arrival!
Congratulations on your new arrival! At Clondalkin Animal Clinic we always want to ensure your puppy grows up to be healthy and happy.
We will assess:
- Mouth: gums, teeth and tongue will be checked for abnormalities. Puppies will get their milk teeth at 6 weeks of age, by 4 months they will start to fall out and their adult teeth will be present at 6-7 months.
- Eyes: to ensure no abnormalities such as growths or infections.
- Ears: should be clean and pink with no signs of inflammation.
- Heart and lungs: Heart rate and rhythm are checked for murmurs. Lungs are checked for signs of respiratory disease.
- Abdomen: your puppy’s tummy is palpated to ensure the intestines and other abdominal organs feel normal.
- Coat: Both the skin and coat are checked for external parasites, inflammation or dry skin.
Keeping an eye on your puppy’s teeth is very important as 85% of pets have teeth dental disease by the age of 3. Feeding good quality dry food will help along with regular tooth brushing with special puppy toothpaste. Some tartar build up will be inevitable as a puppy develops into an adult. Plaque Off is a powder that can be sprinkled into the food to reduce tartar buildup. Heavy tartar will have to be scaled off with a dental machine.
Here at Clondalkin Animal Clinic, we recommend vaccinating at 8 weeks of age and then again 2-4 weeks later. Once your puppy has been fully vaccinated, it’s advisable to wait 1 week before they are brought for a walk. In addition to these two vaccines, we recommend vaccinating against Kennel cough (infectious bronchitis). This nasty cough can be picked up from meeting other dogs anywhere not just in a boarding environment.
We recommend worming your puppy regularly. They should be wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then once a month until 6 months and then every 3 months for the rest of their life. If our vet thinks there is a worm infestation they may provide a different treatment.
Flea & Ticks Treatment
These are wingless insects that suck on your puppy’s blood. They have powerful back legs enabling them to jump from pet to pet or from the environment onto your pet. Often brown specks on the skin are indicators of fleas along with constant scratching. They transmit tapeworm and if left untreated can cause anemia in young puppies. Fleas can be killed with a spot-on treatment that goes directly onto the back of the neck or all-over body flea spray. In a case of severe infestation, the house should be treated to kill eggs and larvae.
This involves placing a small chip via an injection under your puppy’s skin. It has a unique number that we will enter on to fido.ie along with details. So in the event your puppy gets lost, a simple scan on the neck means we can reunite you. It’s a simple procedure and it is inexpensive.
This helps cover the cost of veterinary bills when your pet becomes ill or injured but not routine care such as neutering or vaccinations. We recommend Allianz who offers 6 weeks of free pet cover.
We recommend getting your puppy neutered at 6 months of age for small and medium breeds and 9 months for large breeds this is so their skeleton can finish growing first. If your female puppy comes into heat, we advise waiting until 3 months afterward when the hormones have settled down.
This is key to ensure your puppy grows up healthy. Up to four months of age your puppy should be fed 3-4 times a day. At four months and older your puppy should be fed twice a day. We recommend Hills brand as it’s a complete diet with good quality ingredients.