tips for a healthy, happy puppy!

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It is important that you keep your puppy healthy and comfortable while at home as well as when out and about.
A comfortable, clean bed
Safe car travel
Keep your dog safe from hazards and poisons, see
https://www.pdsa.org.uk/

diet
Dogs of different ages have different nutritional requirements which means you will need to feed your dog a different diet when it’s a puppy, adult or senior dog. For example, puppies need more calories since they’ve got so much growing to do. Puppies are usually ready to eat solid food when they’re about five weeks old. Speak to your vet about the best time to move your puppy on to an adult diet – this can vary with the breed.

behaviour
Training is a great way to keep your puppy active, both mentally and physically, more information at www.pdsa.org.uk/dogbehaviour. Playing with your puppy with appropriate toys will be mentally stimulating for your puppy, so it will be more likely to be happy. Take your puppy for walks once it is fully vaccinated. You can begin to increase the length of walks from six months of age. Socialisation is one of the most important things you can do for your puppy. Let them meet people and other animals gradually and experience lots of everyday sights and sounds, especially in the first few weeks of life.

health
Maintain your puppy’s health and seek vet advice if your pet becomes ill or is injured.

VACCINATIONS
The first vaccine can sometimes be given as young as six weeks of age, and the second is usually given two to four weeks later. Your vet will advise you how long you have to wait before your puppy can mix with other animals.
Your puppy should receive a primary vaccination course. Over time, your dog’s immune response fades, so the initial vaccination course should be followed by regular ‘booster’ vaccinations. They’re often given every year, depending on the vaccine.

PUPPY PARTIES
At Ash Tree Vets - a great opportunity for puppies to socialise in a safe environment, whilst owners can get a wealth of advice on caring for their puppy.

Enrol your new puppy in the Healthcare Club at Ash Tree Vets from just £9.75 per month.
www.ashtreevets.co.uk or call one of the friendly team with any questions on 01858 462839.