Getting a new pet is an exciting time and there will be a lot to think about! Once you have collected your new arrival, please make sure you register him/her with a vet and book an appointment for an initial health check to make sure there are no problems. As well as giving your pet a check over, there are other things that will be discussed by the vet for you to have a think about.
Vaccinations are very important, in the very early stages of life, puppies and kittens gain immunity from disease from their mother’s milk. This protection starts to fade when they are about 6 weeks of age and without vaccinations, they are left vulnerable to some potentially deadly diseases. This is why it is so important to have your pets vaccinated as soon as they are old enough. Regular booster vaccinations, combined with a health check, are the best ways to protect your pet, plus at the same we can keep identify any emerging health problems.
Regular worming is vital in the early weeks of your puppy or kittens life. Not only are they more likely to pick up worms than adults (because of their curious natures) but they are also vulnerable to their effects due to their immature immune systems. A good breeder will worm their litters regularly from birth and you should continue this monthly until they reach 6 month of age, this can then be decreased in frequency.
Microchipping is law for puppies who are 8 weeks of age or older, the breeder should be the first registered keeper of the puppy so it is the breeder’s responsibility to have the puppy microchipped before homing. If for any reason this isn’t done then we can administer a microchip at the first vaccination appointment; this is a quick and relatively painless procedure and is vital to ensure your pet is permanently identifiable. For cats we advise microchipping either at the vaccination appointment or at the time of neutering if they are being kept indoors until then, which ideally they would be.
At the first appointment with your vet, they will also advise you on other topics such as diets and feeding, dental care, flea and tick control and pet insurance. We always look forward to meeting your new arrivals!