New Pet

Getting a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time, but it's essential to consider several points to ensure their health and well-being in the long term:

  • Vaccination:
    • Vaccination is crucial to protect your pet from potentially fatal but preventable diseases. Vaccination courses can begin from 6 weeks of age for puppies and 9 weeks for kittens.
    • Completing vaccinations before 12 weeks of age is ideal, as this is a critical period for socialisation and getting used to new experiences.
  • Worms:
    • Young animals may carry roundworms acquired from their mother or the environment. Roundworms can cause diarrhoea, poor growth, and may affect humans.
    • Regular worming treatment from your vet, cleaning up pet waste promptly, and practicing good hygiene can help prevent the spread of roundworms.
  • Fleas:
    • Fleas can cause skin irritation and, in severe cases, anaemia. They can also bite humans and infest the home.
    • Your vet can recommend suitable flea prevention treatments for your pet to keep them and your home flea-free.
  • Microchipping:
    • Microchipping provides a safe and permanent way to identify your pet. It's a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age and as of June 2024 cats by 20 weeks of age.
    • Microchipping ensures that if your pet becomes lost, they can be quickly scanned, and you can be reunited with them.

Taking these steps early on can help set your new puppy or kitten on the path to a healthy and happy life. If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your new pet, don't hesitate to contact us for guidance and advice.

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