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New Puppy

Congratulations on this new addition to your family!

Following is a brief summary of important points to help ensure a happy and healthy start to your dog’s life.
Feeding: From 6 weeks feed three times per day until 12 weeks, then two meals per day. Feed good quality puppy food for at least the first 12 months. Large breeds should be fed large breed puppy food for 18 months to avoid bone growth deformities. Raw bones (no fat) can help clean teeth. Never feed cooked bones.

Vaccinations

A puppy requires a minimum of two initial vaccinations at 6 and 12 weeks, then a yearly booster to maintain immunity. A puppy is not fully protected until 2 weeks after the last vaccination. We routinely vaccinate against Parvovirus, Infectious hepatitis, Distemper and Parainfluenza (kennel cough).  Please enquire about further vaccines available eg. Bronchishield for kennel stays.

Worming and Heartworm

Dogs can become infected with both intestinal worms and heartworm. Puppies can be born with hookworm infestations and heartworm is spread by mosquitos. Worm with Drontal for intestinal worms every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old. To avoid the need for future heartworm tests it is important to start heartworm prevention by 12 weeks. We recommend monthly Milbemax tablets to guard against heartworm and intestinal worms until the dog is 6 months old when Proheart SR12 injection can be given and 3 monthly worming tablets can be used. It is important to keep up to date with heartworm prevention to prevent infection and avoid the need for a heartworm test. If you are unsure please ask! This is one of many possible protocols for preventing worms in your dog.

Flea control:

Year round flea control is recommended in Warwick. Frontline, Advantage and Advocate top-spots kill fleas for a month and are safer and more effective than flea collars, powders and shampoos. 

Paralysis tick

Paralysis ticks are rare in Warwick however if you are visiting Killarney, the Range or the coast you should use tick prevention i.e. Avantix or Frontline top spots and a tick collar. If you suspect tick paralysis (drunken gait, hoarse bark) call the vet immediately. Warwick Vet Clinic has a vet on call for emergencies 24 hours per day.

Identification, Microchipping and Registration

Microchip identification involves inserting a rice grain size microchip under the skin as a permanent form of identification. It is a legal requirement of pet ownership in NSW but not Queensland. We strongly recommend microchip identification to prevent accidental euthanasia of owned animals. This is most easily done at the time of desexing (when a discount applies). Dogs within Warwick township must be registered with Southern Downs Regional Council, a substantial discount applies for de-sexed animals.

Desexing

Recommended at 6 months, desexing eliminates unwanted pregnancies, reduces territorial aggression and wandering thus decreasing the likelihood of getting run over.  It also reduces the risk of some serious diseases.

Training

Warwick Dog Obedience club runs puppy training classes regularly ph: 4661-2415

Pet health Insurance

Many companies offer pet health insurance at very reasonable premiums. This can be helpful if veterinary bills due to unforeseeable accidents or illness would be beyond your means or if you would like the option of referral to veterinary specialists where procedures may cost several thousand dollars. Examples of claims processed by pet health insurance companies are listed below (Source: The Veterinarian, August 2005).

Motor vehicle accident $12,027.85
Nasal Aspergillosis $8304.01
Gastroenteritis $7317.90

We are also able to offer finance for medical expenses through GE Money CareCredit (subject to approval).