Local Leaders | Braidwood Veterinary Surgery: Puppies aren't just fun and games

A new puppy can be a lot of work, and while it is usually a fun and exciting time, there are some key things that you must do to ensure your puppy gets the best start to its first few months of life.

Puppies need to be treated against intestinal worms at two, four, six, eight, 10 and 12 weeks of age, and then monthly until six months of age, followed by every three months for life. Some worm tablets provide prevention against heartworm, so will need to be given monthly. Intestinal worms can kill a puppy very quickly, and can also cause severe illness in humans.

Katie Lyons

Katie Lyons

Microchipping is a legal requirement which should occur prior to any puppy being sold, rehomed or turning 12 weeks of age. This applies to all dogs, including working dogs and farm dogs.

After microchipping, the next step is to register your pup with the local council prior to six months of age. The cost of council registration is less if your dog is desexed.

Vaccination prevents the occurrence of parvo virus, hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica, which can all cause severe illness or death.

Vaccinations need to be given between the ages of six to eight weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 14-16 weeks of age, and then annually.

At around six months of age we recommend desexing your puppy to prevent unwanted litters, preventing cancer or reducing undesired behaviours.

And finally, don’t forget a collar and tag with a phone number so you can to be reunited with your pup if required.