On this page we will run through some of the basic foundations to keep your puppy/dog happy and healthy.
To get you started we have created a handout for our new puppies, however this includes all the foundation information to help your dog throughout their life. From vaccination programs, worming schedules, flea treatments and feeding.
To review this handout click the link below to download. Upon your puppies first visit to the clinic the team will have a great little puppy fun bag to give to you which will also include this handout! Harradine & Associates Puppy Fun Pack
Your dogs Vaccination journey is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your pet stays healthy. Your veterinarian will discuss your pets risk factors and tailor their vaccination program to suit their needs. We also offer Titre Testing, which is a laboratory test that measures the level of antibodies in your pets blood. This test can give you an indication as to whether your pet may require a vaccination or not.
For puppies, we recommend vaccinating against Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 16 weeks of age, which is the protocol recommended by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. If your dog may be at risk from canine cough this is also done at the second and third vaccination.
Adult dogs are given a booster 1 year after their final puppy vaccination. We can use a long acting vaccination which means your dog only requires a vaccination every three years. If your dog has a kennel cough vaccination, they still require kennel cough boosters annually as the protection given by the vaccination is not as long lasting as for the Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis vaccination.
We do recommend an annual health check and physical examination in between boosters. As our pets age so much faster then humans do so it is important to make sure they are fit, healthy and well.
Below are links to some of the common components you need to help keep your pet healthy: