Dog pet care & advice
Worming your dog regularly will not only benefit them, but also you and the other people around them.
Regular worming is especially recommended when children are around. There are diseases that can be spread from intestinal worms carried by dogs, to humans – children being most susceptible. Particularly if they play outside in soil and place their fingers in their mouths. This can lead to blindness in extreme cases.
This protection against worms is easy to achieve by giving a small tablet to your dog at least every 3 months. There are also combined ‘spot on’ preparations which can be given monthly in one easy application to prevent fleas, worms and mites. These also have the added benefit of preventing lungworm, a new disease causing quite a problem in younger dogs which is caught from slugs and snails.
Your vet will be happy to discuss the most appropriate method for you and your dog.
‘Prevention is better than cure’ – with fleas, this can be very true!!
Dogs can pick up fleas from a number of different sources and in many different environments. They can be a big irritation for all if brought into the home, breeding at a rapid rate.
In just 21 days 1 flea can have multiplied to 1000!!
Some dogs are allergic to fleas and react very badly to only a few bites causing hair loss and severe skin reactions.
Regular flea treatment (especially if living with cats that go outside) will help prevent infestations in the home. There are a number of different treatments available that can be administered in a few different ways but generally ‘spot-on’ preparations are the most effective and easy to use. These are generally given monthly.
Your vet will discuss the most suitable method and course of treatment to suit you and your dog.
If you are not planning on breeding from your pet, neutering at a relatively young age can be beneficial both behaviourally and for physical health later in life.
Castration for male dogs
Speying for female (bitch)
We generally recommend:
Castration from 6 months of age.
Speying approximately 3 months after her first season. However, we can spey females before their first season, but generally avoid doing this in certain breeds.
Your vet will be happy to explain in more detail and make recommendations for your individual pet.
If your dog was ever to slip their collar, find a way out of your garden, be stolen or simply get lost on a walk – microchipping can help bring you back together. The microchip is easily inserted under the skin on the scruff of the neck, just like an injection. It is approximately the size of a large grain of rice and lasts for life.
Each chip has a unique number to which yours and your pets’ details will be associated. These details are then stored on a national database.
If your dog was found and taken to a veterinary practice, an animal charity centre or the dog warden etc they would all be able to read your pets chip, locate your details and happily reunite you both!
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