Here is a quick guide to help your care for your new pet. If you have any concerns about the health of your puppy please call us.
We can help you choose a puppy that will suit your particular lifestyle. When you are looking to purchase a dog, remember that long-haired breeds need more time and attention to keep their coats from matting. It is advisable to obtain new pets from a registered breeder, on personal recommendation or from a recognised charity or re-homing organisation. We do not recommend buying puppies from pet shops or markets.
St Helens Vets can also help you with all aspects of caring for your new puppy. Contact us to arrange a puppy health check or for a Puppy and Kitten Veterinary Nurse Clinic. We can’t wait to meet your new puppy!
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 five to ten minutes at a given meal. Puppies are usually fed three times daily when between six and twelve weeks old, two times daily when twelve weeks to six months old, and may be fed one or two times daily when older than six months. For certain large breeds of dogs, we may recommend that several smaller meals be fed rather than one large meal.
When you purchase a new puppy always book an appointment with us here at St Helens Vets for a health check. A series of vaccinations are usually scheduled two weeks apart. The first vaccination can be given as early as eight weeks with a second vaccination two weeks later. After the second vaccination, you will need to wait a further seven days before taking your puppy out for walks, to ensure that he or she is fully covered. After this, a booster vaccination is required every year.
Not every type of vaccination needs to be given every year, and we can advise on this.
Call St Helens Vets to book for our Puppy & Kitten Clinic.
A roundworm infection in young animals can cause a noticeable swollen stomach, little overall weight gain and stunted growth. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhoea, bad breath, a poor, dull coat and coughing.
Call St Helens Vets to make an appointment for us to check the health of your puppy.
The correct diet can help keep teeth clean too and St Helens Vets can advise you on this too.
Grooming also gives you an opportunity to check for parasites such as fleas and worms. At St Helens Vets we’ll show you how to do this and can arrange an appointment with our professional dog groomer.