“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”
TAKING MY PUPPY HOME
“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”
Aren't New Puppies Wonderful?
Now that you have selected your new family member with your lifestyle and living situation in mind, as well as having considerations to its personality, temperament, size, and coat, what do you do next. If you have not done so we do recommend us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET), as we can provide you with a wealth of information should we be consulted before you have acquired a puppy (or a pet of any kind). It is important to note that some breeds have traits that may be objectionable in certain circumstances, such as hyperexcitability or a tendency to bark. Dogs that were originally bred for specific purposes tend to retain these characteristics and may require additional training and patience.
Your next step is to prepare your house for your puppy's arrival. A special place should be designated for it to eat, sleep, and eliminate. Obtain any necessary accessories (eg, collar, leash, ID tag, crate, and dishes) before you bring your puppy home. You will need to puppy-proof your home just as you would child-proof your home to avoid accidents. Harmful cleansers, plants, electrical cords, and breakable objects should be kept out of reach. Open windows should be screened.
A crate is a combined sleeping area, housebreaker, and preventer of bad habits. Select a crate that is large enough to house the dog when fully grown, and insert a divider to make it smaller for housebreaking. The reduced area should be small enough so that the puppy can't eliminate in one end and sit orsleep in the other. To make the crate a friendly place, appropriate toys can be placed within it and the puppy can be fed inside of it. Puppies should only be left in their crates for short periods initially, so that they learn that they will not be confined in them permanently.
Young puppies should be taken out immediately upon waking and just before retiring, as well as multiple times during the day. Most puppies cannot "hold it" for long periods so it will be necessary to take the puppy out almost every hour at first (especially after periods of play, naps, and mealtimes), and then gradually increase the amount of time between visits to the "bathroom." Take the puppy to the same area each time and praise it immediately and enthusiastically when it eliminates. Do not play with, or talk to, the puppy until after it has eliminated. If the puppy doesn't eliminate outside, its urine and feces are being saved for deposit inside your house!
Feed a high quality diet designed for puppies. While a wide variety of diets and formulations are available, we do recommend the Hills range of pet foods. The amount fed will vary with the type of food and the individual dog, but in general, should only be as much as the puppy can consume in 5 to 10 minutes at a given meal. Puppies are usually fed 3 to 4 times daily when between 6 and 12 weeks old. We do recommend twice daily feeding thereafter. We also advocate several smaller meals be fed rather than 1 large meal, even when your dog is an adult, because an association has been suggested between the consumption of large meals and a serious medical condition called gastric dilatation/volvulus or "bloat". It is not the quantity or the number of times a pet is fed, but rather the quality and the caloric intake to meet the pet’s energy requirements.
You will want to have your new puppy examined by us to ensure that it has no major health problems and is started on a program of preventive care. Your puppy's health care plan includes a series of vaccinations against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, bordetella, coronavirus and leptospirosis. Vaccinations are usually given at 3 week intervals from 6 weeks of age. Puppies should be checked for intestinal parasites (usually 2 stool samples 3 weeks apart), fleas, and heartworm disease (depending on age), and appropriate treatment or preventatives administered.
Regular brushing, bathing, and nail care are essential. Protect your puppy's eyes and ears when bathing, and don't allow the puppy to become chilled after bathing. Our groomer may recommend that you do not bathe your puppy when it is younger than 10 to 12 weeks unless absolutely necessary (especially if your puppy is one of the smaller breeds).
Obedience Training and Socialization is a must for every good family dog, regardless of size or breed! Puppies may start classes when they are as young as 8 weeks old. Check with us for class recommendations.
If you don't plan to breed, desex your puppy. Letting children see the miracle of birth is NOT a good reason to breed your dog. Spaying your female dog can help to prevent cancers of the reproductive tract, including breast cancer, and will decrease the incidence of reproductive infections. Neutering your male dog will prevent testicular cancer and can decrease the incidence of prostate problems. The incidence of certain behavioral problems has also been shown to be reduced when dogs are spayed or neutered. The decision to spay or neuter your puppy is one of the best decisions you can make for its well-being. We can discuss with you its benefits and the best time to schedule the procedure.
As you can appreciate the problems are many and will need to be identified. It is therefore recommended that your pet is seen by us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.
We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.
You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.
Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-
If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au
Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.
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