Like us, our pets also require immunisations (known as vaccinations in the veterinary world) against preventable diseases. We vaccinate dogs against Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper and Canine Cough. Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Distemper all have the potential to be lethal if contracted.
Here at the Old Reynella Veterinary Clinic, we adhere to the following vaccination protocol:
- 1st Vaccination at 6-8 weeks (C3 – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus)
- 2nd Vaccination at 10-12 weeks (C3 + KC – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Canine Cough)
- 3rd Vaccination at 14-16 weeks (C3 – Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus)
Your puppy can be taken out and socialized 7 days post the 10 week vaccine.
Your dog will require yearly boosters, to maintain enough immunity to protect them for life. Failure to have your adult dog’s vaccination boosters could result in their becoming infected with one of these life-threatening diseases. We will send you a reminder when this is due. If you require any more information, please contact our friendly team for more details.
There are various benefits to desexing your pet. These include:
- Preventing unwanted litters
- Behavioural benefits such as reduced marking/spraying, fighting, wandering, if desexing occurs before 6 months of age or the onset of the behaviour
- Females: reducing womb infections (known as pyometra) and mammary tumours
- Males: reduced prostate disease, testicular cancer and perianal tumours
- Females undergo a ‘ovariohysterectomy’. This is an abdominal surgery that removes the uterus and the ovaries.
- Males undergo a ‘castration’, in which both testicles are removed.
- Desexing is a procedure recommended for all dogs not intended for breeding.
New laws for dog and cat owners come in to effect as of 1 July 2018. The laws and rules include desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018, mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats, new rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats and the introduction of a statewide database, called Dogs and Cats Online. Click here for a link to the Good Dog SA for more information.
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification placed under the skin between your puppy’s shoulder blades. It can never be lost or removed, increasing the chance of them being returned to you should they ever be lost or stolen. Microchipping can be done anytime in a consultation and we will register the number with the national database before you leave. As mentioned above, microchips become a council requirement as of 1 July 2018. If you have any further queries, please contact the clinic.
Parasite control is a life long responsibility for all pet owners, and can cause serious health issues if ignored. Intestinal worms can be passed between dogs and humans; heartworm is lethal, and passed by mosquitoes thereby putting any dog at risk; Fleas can cause nasty skin problems, and even death in unwell or young dogs.
Puppies require treatment against gastrointestinal worms at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age. From 12 weeks they should be wormed once a month until 6 months of age, then every 3 months for life, depending on the parasite preventative you choose.
We will be able to advise you on what product suits you, your pet and your budget. For more information on parasites and the options available, please check out the parasite prevention options here.
A high quality diet is important, particularly in growing puppies. We as veterinarians, use and recommend super premium diets (such as Hill’s Science Diet and Royal Canin) for your pets as they are made from the highest quality ingredients.
Dry food formulas are the most effective way to provide the very best for your new puppy. These diets are specialized, fully balanced and made from premium grade ingredients, and are available in veterinarians and pet shops only. They are highly concentrated meaning less mess to pick up for you, and are not packed with artificial colours, flavours and fillers.
If you are unsure as to what you should be feeding your new addition, please contact our friendly team for details.
Pet insurance >is becoming more popular and is more readily available than ever. As with human medicine, new advances in veterinary medicine are becoming available. Unfortunately cost is often a limiting factor, and may mean life or death for many patients. Having your pet insured will give you the peace of mind to be able to offer your furry friend the very best level of care, and have most, if not all of your costs reimbursed. Most major insurance companies offer pet insurance in some form, we recommend you do your research and speak to their customer service officers for more information.
Bathing can be done from six weeks of age, but preferably no more then once or twice a month with a high quality medication free dog shampoo. Please never use human shampoo (even baby shampoo), soap or laundry and cleaning liquids as they are the wrong pH balance and will affect your puppies sensitive skin.
Flea shampoos should be avoided as they can be highly toxic and are ineffective for flea control anyway.
As your puppy gets older, bathing should become less frequent and no more then once a month. If you are concerned about their hygiene, we stock a number of fragrant leave in conditioners especially for dogs. There are also dry shampoos now available on the market.
Puppy playschool classes provide your new baby with the best start to training and socialisation that you can give them. Here at Old Reynella, we offer a 4-week course run on Thursday evenings, covering all you need to know about how to cope with problem behaviours and introducing basic training. For more information click here or to book your place, please phone the clinic.
If you decide that puppy playschool does not suit your needs, please look into other training programs to help with basic manners and obedience. We recommend you look for training facilities that teach using positive reinforcement techniques. Some Southern obedience clubs include Holdfast Dog Centre, Superdogs (O’Halloran Hill) and School for Dogs Aldinga Bay.
Have you got all the equipment you need for your puppies arrival? Check out the equipment checklist here. Print it out and use it as a shopping list!