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Responsible pet ownership

Things to consider:

Behaviour and training

Mistakes in your puppy’s education may lead to long-term behavioural problems.

Feeding

Adapting the feeding program as your puppy grows helps to prevent developmental growth problems, particularly important in large breed dogs.

Dentition

As your puppy ages the deciduous teeth (milk teeth) will fall out. Any remaining milk teeth need to be removed to prevent long-term damage to the permanent teeth.

Puberty

Generally, between 6 and 12 months your puppy will go through puberty. Desexing of both dogs and bitches at an early age may reduce their chance of having certain types of cancers later in life (i.e. mammary, testicular). Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of desexing with your veterinarian.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations generally start around 6 to 8 weeks of age. An initial puppy course needs to be completed (usually by around 16 weeks of age) and then booster vaccinations need to be given for ongoing protection.

You can download the FREE FRONTLINE PET CHECK app to create a complete profile of your pet, including its vaccination schedule.

Micro-chipping

Micro-chipping is generally done at an early age, your pup may already be micro-chipped when you acquire them (remember to update changes such as new owner details and changes of address as soon as possible).

Ask your veterinarian for further details regarding micro-chipping at your puppy’s first check-up.

External parasites

Control fleas and ticks with FRONTLINE PLUS or FRONTLINE SPRAY.

Internal parasites – worming

Regular treatment to prevent heartworm disease with HEARTGARD30 PLUS and intestinal worm infections using PARAGARD.