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Dogs aren’t as invincible as you’d like to think. They, too, could get sick from bad food, injuries, and pathogenic organisms. This is especially true for puppies since their senses, immunity, and other physical attributes haven’t fully developed yet.
“Parvo” is just among the many diseases that couldn’t have reached our dogs had they been subjected to vaccines and routine check-ups. In other words, raising a puppy isn’t just about providing food and shelter. It’s a life decision that requires time and total commitment.
Hence, before you pick up your pup, get to know these routine dog vet visits to keep your furry buddy healthy and strong.
Puppies lick and sometimes eat everything they bump on. Unfortunately, some things have soil and faeces with fleas and intestinal worms (e.g. tapeworm, hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms). Sometimes they’re even born with these parasites if their mother’s milk is also infected.
Once left untreated, your pup will experience poor growth, appetite loss, pot-belly, and diarrhoea. Hookworms and whipworms also latch on your puppy’s intestines and suck its blood, sometimes causing a life-threatening case of anemia.
Family members may even be infected while engaging with the new puppy.
Therefore, deworming must commence as soon as possible—when your pup is 2 weeks old already. Then, the deworming process must continue based on the following schedule:
The University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital (UVTHS) recommends Milbemax Allwormer to eliminate all intestinal worms. To be sure, consult with a veterinarian.
Vaccination protects your puppy from life-threatening infectious diseases. Specifically, vaccines contain agents similar to disease-causing microorganisms. Hence, introducing vaccines to your puppy’s body allows its immune system to recognise and attack the foreign agent once the body reencounters it in the future.
Since vaccines work better when injected into a healthy host, subjecting a sick pet to vaccination would be less effective. Remember, vaccination isn’t a cure. It’s prevention.
Moreover, vaccines don’t instantly work. Booster vaccinations every 2-4 weeks are necessary for your puppy to gain immunity.
There are two types of vaccines: Core and Non-Core. According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), core vaccines are those which every pet must receive to protect them from life-threatening diseases. On the other hand, non-core vaccines are required based on the animal’s geographical location and environment.
The following, which are collectively known as the ‘Duramune C3 vaccine’, are core vaccines:
Moreover, non-core vaccines in Sydney are grouped as follows:
UVTHS recommends the vaccination schedule below:
For best results, follow your veterinarian's recommendation.
If you’re not planning to breed your dog, desexing is the answer. It’s a surgery involving the removal of a dog’s reproductive organ.
Apart from preventing unplanned puppies, it also reduces the risk of mammary cancer and uterus infections in female dogs and prevents prostate diseases and testicular cancer in male dogs. Moreover, it also significantly lessens a dog’s aggressive behaviour and tendency to roam around for mating.
Dogs are usually desexed when they’re 5-6 months old. But, recently, veterinarians recommend desexing as early as 8-16 weeks or before the dogs reach puberty.
Although your pet seems healthy and well, a routine wellness examination at least once a year is necessary to detect underlying illnesses. It’s also an opportunity to inquire about your pet’s nutrition and behaviour.
Since puppies are more vulnerable to diseases and their environment, it’s ideal for them to receive at least three examinations in their first year.
When they’re around 1-6 years old, they’ll undergo the following health screenings:
Additional health screenings are necessary once they’re over 7 years old.
Owning a dog is a serious responsibility. If you think you aren’t ready yet to dedicate time and resources for walks, plays, dogs accessories, and vet visits, perhaps it isn’t the right time to take this wonderful creature under your wing.