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So you’ve decided to get a puppy…….

The Arc Veterinary Centre

Fantastic! Dogs enrich people’s lives. They are a constant source of fun. They offer companionship and encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle. They are honest and loving and they trust you implicitly. They do all these things and what they ask in return is simple affection and care.

Choosing the right one

Dogs are all individuals and how they behave as adults are in large part down to their early life experiences. There are, however, breed characteristics which should inform your choice.

We’re happy to advise about which breeds may best suit your home.

Please do also consider re-homing a dog. Local charities like All Dogs Matter have plenty of lovely dogs looking for forever homes.

At The Breeder

The breeder should be able to give you lots of helpful advice about rearing your puppy and the best ones should be interested and conscientious.

Things your breeder should do:

  • Allow you to visit the pup with their mum.
  • Have wormed the pups with a licensed product from 2 weeks of age.
  • Provide environmental enrichment and lots of human contact so that puppies are not fearful of new people or stimuli as they mature.
  • Have tested for hereditary diseases if appropriate.
  • Provide a good quality puppy diet.

At Home

You’ve collected your new puppy, brought them home and given them a good bit of rough and tumble but now what?

Your puppy needs to be:

  • Safe. Puppy-proof your house by covering up or removing things your puppy can chew through. Make sure your garden is escape proof. Provide your puppy with their own bed
  • Warm and Well Fed: You will probably want to change your puppy’s diet to whichever one you feel is most appropriate, but changing food straight away may lead to diarrhea. At your first health check we’ll talk to you about different diets and how an appropriate diet can help prevent common problems.
  • Loved: Puppies need a calm loving environment. This includes play but also time to relax and sleep. You should try to introduce them to new people and sensations but not overwhelm them.
  • Trained: Puppies soak up information at this age, good training and socialisation are really important. We can advise you on local classes/trainers and we run a puppy crèche here at the practice. You can make a start on house training your puppy before vaccinations. There’s a link to some tips on our website www.arcvet.co.uk.
  • Protected: Your puppy will not be immune to infectious diseases until fully vaccinated.  Prevent them from going on the ground in public places until you’ve been to see the vet.

At The Vet

We want your puppy to be as pleased to see us as we are to see them! This is easily achieved with gentle handling, a calm, relaxed environment and a nice biscuit!

Ideally it’s good to get a trip to the vet’s under their belt before vaccinations. This means we can give them lots of fuss and biscuits and hopefully make the vet’s seem like not such a scary place to visit.

If all is well they will receive their first vaccination at 8 weeks of age and return 2-4 weeks after for a second and a month later for an (optional) third.

Visit us at www.arcvet.co.uk or pop in for more details.

Puppies can be quite a handful but will reward your efforts a hundred times over, so good luck!

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About Richard Harper (25 Articles)
We put your pet's health at the heart of everything we do and take great pride in providing expert, compassionate care to all our patients.