Periodontal disease is a serious but sometimes overlooked health issue; indeed, more than 87% of dogs over 3 years of age have some form of this progressive, degenerative disease. Dogs are very good at hiding dental pain from us, but believe us, it is sore!
The best time to start dental care for your puppy is now! Getting them in a routine is much better and easier than having to start after they already have sore mouths. We also advise using Healthymouth water additive, which has been shown to reduce plaque build up in dogs by an average of 74.3%. At the regular weight checks up until 6-8 months old, our vets and nurses will show you how to introduce teeth brushing and other dental care products.
Flea and Worming treatments
We advise using wormer and flea treatments once monthly until 6 months old. Due to the rapid development and growth all puppies experience at this age, we need regular weight and health checks with the nurse to ensure correct dosing.
The monthly treatment we advise is Prinovox; it provides good, reliable protection against fleas and some worms and is also one of the few products licensed to prophylactically treat lungworm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) when used routinely. Lungworm can cause serious health problems and prevention is always better than cure, especially as we now know it is spreading and has been reported in central Scotland. We advise treating against tapeworm once every 3 months – this is important for your puppys as well as your own protection.
It is important to chose the treatment from your vet who will be able to recommend the most appropriate medications for you situation. Also these treatments have been clinically proven to be safer and more effective than ‘over the counter’ versions bought at pet shops and supermarkets.
All puppys get roundworms from their mothers. They cross the placenta before birth and then from their mother’s milk. Heavy worm burdens can cause serious disease in young animals, including intussusceptions and also pose a human health risk for example visceral larval migrans/ toxocariasis. Dogs can continue to become re-infected throughout life from the environment and from re-activation of dormant larvae within their own bodies, and so ongoing regular worming is a life-long requirement.
When your puppy is old enough, you may want to think about getting them neutered (spay or castration). Age of neutering is from 6 months of age depending upon the size of your dog. For large breeds, we advise waiting until they are fully grown before neutering. There are many benefits to neutering; please discuss with one of our team if you have any questions.