Dog Training Videos – Puppy Training – You And Your Puppy – First Vet Visit
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Carolyn: It’s one thing to make sure that our puppies are well behaved and well-trained. But there’s other things we’ve got to think about as well, especially veterinary matters. So I’ve come here to Dogs Trust head office to see veterinary director Chris Laurence to get the very best advice.
Hello, Chris. It’s great to be here at Dogs Trust.
Chris: Oh, welcome. Nice to see you here.
Carolyn: So what’s the first thing that people need to think about when they bring their puppy home for the very first time?
Chris: Well, the two things really. First thing is that the puppies need to be able to get used to the vet. The vet surgeries smelled and they quite frightening places for puppies. So taking a puppy in when they’re not going to have something done, with nothing hurried anyway is a good first start.
Carolyn: So I guess that’s a really important part of the puppy socialization.
Chris: Absolutely, and even if you just take the puppy in a nurse just looks at them, they play with the receptionist. That’s all part of that. So that’s first thing. Then the second thing is for the vet to actually have a look at the puppy and make sure that there’s nothing obvious wrong with them, listening to hearts, looking the eyes, and ears and so on and just to make sure that they’re healthy and fit. And to look at the paperwork that came with the puppy because don’t forget the bits of paper about hereditary disease that you should have got from the breeder.
Carolyn: Now how about vaccinating puppies? What diseases should we be vaccinating our dogs against?
Chris: Well, they’re what we call core vaccines, and that’s basically just temper, hepatitis, canine parvovirus, and wrap bone joint disc. They’re all fatal diseases and it’s really important to vaccinate against them.
Carolyn: What age should we be vaccinating the puppies?
Chris: Well, they’re getting immunity from their mothers that would effectively stop a vaccine working before a certain age. That’s normally about eight weeks. So we will give a first does then, second dose a couple weeks later and sometimes with some dogs a third dose later after that as well.
Carolyn: Now there are other things to think about as well. What about parasites?
Chris: Well, the most important thing with puppies are worms, because puppies actually are born with worms. So they have to be wormed regularly as puppies and you normally start about two weeks and then do them every four night until they’re several months old. So part of the information you should get from the person you bought the puppy from is what worms they’ve already had. The vet needs to see that and then they can go on from there.
Carolyn: Is it difficult to worm puppies and is there any specific product that we should be using?
Chris: It’s generally very easy to do, because most of the worms these days are palatable. So very often you just mix it with food. The important thing is, is to go to vet for the wormers, because the wormers you’ll get from the vet will be much more effective and that’s particularly important with young puppies.
Carolyn: Well, that’s worms dealt with. But there’s other parasites as well, aren’t there?
Chris: Oh, fleas are the most common other parasites, and don’t forget the fleas will quite happily live on humans as well as on dog. So it’s quite important for us as well. They’re very easy to treat these days. The most simple drugs are what we call spot-ons and this little tiny tubing stuff that you just put on the back of the puppy’s neck. And that would kill all the fleas and the very best ones will kill the worms as well.
Carolyn: So these products are going to be safe to use on really young puppies say the minute you bring them home?
Chris: The best products perfectly safe. But of course it’s up to your vet to advise you what is safe and what isn’t. But of course if the bitch has been properly treated, then your puppy should come flea free.
Carolyn: Now I did want to ask you about neutering, should we be neutering our dogs? And if so what age should we be thinking about neutering our puppies?
Chris: Dogs Trust does that to puppies at four months of age. So that they are physically big enough, but we get them before they’re sexually mature. It’s really important to neuter particularly bitches cause bitches get memory tumors very commonly. And you prevent it completely if you neuter them before the first season. They also quite commonly get infections in the uterus later in life, and of course you prevent that as well.
Carolyn: What about male dogs in that case? Is there any point in neutering those?
Chris: Just as important because old dogs like old men get prostate problems, and there are some tumors that are hormone-dependent as well. So it’s just as important for a dog.
Carolyn: After listening to everything that you’ve said today, it seems obvious that one of the most important things is just to find a really good vet.
Chris: Yes, it’s really important. The best thing to do is to ask other people in the area who have animals, because they will have used local vets and know what they like. And particularly ask what they do out of normal working hours, because some practices you might have to drive a long way with a sick pet which is not good. If you can’t find somebody locally then look at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ website which is rcvs.org.uk, they’ve got a find a vet service on that, that’s got the details of all the vets in practice in the country.
Carolyn: Thank you so much for that, Chris. You’ve given a lot of really invaluable advice for anyone who’s just about to get their puppy.
Chris: No problem. I hope it is helpful.
Carolyn: So there we are, the very best veteran advice from Dogs Trust, now we can make sure that not only our puppies are happy, but they’re healthy as well.
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