Looking after your new puppy.
Your puppy should be fed high quality puppy dry food and given a raw bone once or twice a week. Always make sure your puppy has access to fresh water. In hot climates, two sources of water is a good idea. We do not reccommend feeding your puppy wet food in a can. This is expensive and causes unnecessary environmentally damage due to the energy and steel used in the manufacture of the tins.
Raw bones are a good idea. Never give them cooked bones as these can splinter and cause injury. Start with chicken wings and necks and when your puppy destroys them in less than half a hour, move up to knuckles, ribs and large marrow bones. Do not worry if they bury them or they sit around for a few days before they eat them. They like the extra taste of a mature bone! Other great treats are dried pigs ears, snouts, trotters, raw hide bones and chews.
Puppies do a lot of chewing as the baby teeth and adult teeth come through in the frst six months of life. They need good quality chew toys like hard rubber balls, bones and tug toys. NEVER give your puppy plastic bottles, shoes, human toys, clothes or furniture. ALWAYS reward and pat your puppy when they are doing the correct behaviour.
You will only see their teeth fall out if the are chewing at the time the tooth is dislodged. Most teeth are swallowed.
Puppies are vaccinated for Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Coronavirus at 8 and 12 weeks. At 16 weeks they get an extra parvovirus booster as this is the main disease in this part of South Australia.
Puppies should be wormed 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks with a gentle puppy worming syrup. The dose is worked out on the puppies weight. See the local veterinary nurse who will weigh your puppy, then advise you on how much and when to worm your puppy.
It is a good idea to get your puppy seen by a vet as soon as it arrives home. If it has a veterinary certificate, that will tell you when the next check and vaccination is due.
Two weeks after their final vaccination (16 weeks). It is a good idea to fit a collar as soon as your new pup comes home. See the vet nurse for help.
We reccommend that your dog is desexed and microchipped (If this hasn't already been done) at 6 months of age.
Start out the way you mean to continue.
Port Augusta. SA.