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Guide to Owning a New Puppy

Getting a new puppy in your household? There's a few key things that you need to know to keep them healthy and safe. Dr Anthony Bennett and James Carroll share their expert advice! 

There's some things that you need to know when you first get your little bundle of fluff and joy to help keep them healthy.

The first thing is vaccination. Common things you vaccinate your puppy for are parvo distemper, hepatitis, and kennel cough.

Another important thing to prevent is heartworm. Heartworm prevention can be done in a number of different ways, best to speak to your vet about what they recommend, but generally the once a year heartworm injection is the way to go.

Fleas and ticks are a problem in puppies as well so, it's best you speak to your vet about the prevalent parasites in your area and the best way of controlling them.

Worming is another important issue that we need to stay on top of. When they're little, they need worming every two weeks, and then that calms down as they get older and usually goes into once every three months as an adult.

You need to realise that a puppy, whilst it's a beloved member of the family, it's not a human and they need to eat their own food, so they shouldn't be eating food off the table, they need to eat the good quality commercial puppy food.

Desexing is another important factor. It's typically done at about six months of age and it's important to manage and prevent some diseases from occurring later in life.

Once you've got all that underway, it's important to get your puppy out socialising and having experiences in public. This is after the second vaccination, however, but you need to get your puppy out there meeting other dogs and people and having some experiences.

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