Taking care of your puppy’s health
In the first months of its life your puppy goes through an amazing transformation. By taking care of their health and helping them form healthy habits at this stage, you'll build the foundations for a healthy future together.
1. Learn to read your puppy’s body language so you can spot if they might be ill.
2. If you feel something isn’t right, or your puppy doesn’t seem their usual self, speak to your veterinarian.
3. Make sure your puppy gets the right nutrition from a specialized, well-balanced puppy diet.
3. Give your puppy plenty of opportunities to sleep and rest quietly during the day, as well as at night.
4. Dogs enjoy company, so spend time with your puppy and remember to interact and play with them, however ensure your puppy is used to being left alone right from the first day.
5. Always follow your veterinarian’s recommended vaccination and deworming schedule.
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How to make the most of your puppy’s first visit to the veterinarian
When your puppy feels at home, it’s time for them to see the veterinarian. There are important checks and treatments your veterinarian needs to carry out, such as vaccinations and deworming. These simple procedures will give your puppy the very best start to life.First veterinarian visit
Vaccinations and deworming
Should I neuter or spay my puppy?
Spaying or neutering your puppy means you won’t be able to breed from them as it stops the production of sperm or eggs. But it does offer a variety of health and behavioural benefits as well as preventing unwanted litters.
In male dogs, sterilization is called neutering and in female dogs it’s called spaying. Both involve your puppy being anaesthetized and having a small operation by a veterinarian.
When to have your puppy neutered or spayed
The usual time for neutering or spaying can be quite variant depending on the size of your dog. For females, this is usually between six and seven months, and for males it’s between seven and 10 months. Small dog breeds tend to reach puberty faster than larger breeds. It’s best to ask your veterinarian for advice on the best time for your puppy.
Changing your puppy’s diet after neutering or spaying
Common health issues for puppies
Knowing the common health issues your puppy might face, and the symptoms to look out for, can help you feel reassured and take better care of your puppy.Common health issues