Our team of vets, nurses & receptionists are committed to ensure your puppy has the best start in life and are here to guide you through the first few important months of their life.
We recommend puppies are vaccinated from 6-8 weeks of age. The course consists of 2 vaccinations given either 2-4 weeks apart or when the puppy is 10 weeks of age.
Your puppy will then be vaccinated against:-
You will have a 20 minute consultation with one of our veterinary surgeons which will enable you to discuss any questions or problems you any be experiencing.
Yearly booster vaccinations will then be needed to maintain immunity. These appointments will include a full health check and give you the opportunity to speak to one of our veterinary surgeons about any problems that may have arisen over the past year.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease of the respiratory tract. Dogs of all ages can be affected and signs include a harsh dry cough.
Dogs are at risk whenever they gather together (at boarding kennels, parks, training classes, dog shows).
The cough can last for some weeks and during this time more serious complications can arise such as pneumonia. Vaccination against kennel cough can be done at the same time as your puppy's vaccinations and is given via a nasal spray.
Remember to always supervise your puppy during play time.
Microchipping is a way of identifying your puppy. It is similar to a vaccination injection but it deposits a chip about the size of a grain of rice in the scruff between the shoulder blades. The chip carries a number specific to your puppy. This number is then registered along with your details onto a national database so that if your puppy is found and scanned they will be able to contact you straight away.
As a caring pet owner, you’ll know that worms come with the territory, so worming your pet is important.
But why should you worm your pet regularly when they seem healthy?
Well, even without showing obvious symptoms, a pet without an appropriate worming treatment plan could be suffering from a worm infection.
Worms carried by cats and dogs can pose a health risk, not just to the pet in question, but to other animals, and to children and adults.
There are two worms in the UK carried by pets which can potentially cause problems in humans: Roundworms (toxocara species) and a type of tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus).
Our Milpro/Endogard Dog Wormers will treat both round and tapeworms
Worms can be anywhere, outside or inside, as tiny eggs that are just waiting to be picked up and eaten by your pet. Worms are hard for your pet to avoid and pets can acquire worm infections from any of the following sources:-
Your puppy will receive a complimentary wormer at his/her 1st or 2nd vaccination. We would recommend your puppy is wormed monthly until they are 6 months and then every 3 months thereafter (unless our vets advise otherwise).
You are more than welcome to come down to the surgery on a monthly basis to get your puppy weighed and then one of our nurses/receptionists will work out the correct worming dose for you.
We also send out free text message worming reminders.
leas are blood-sucking parasites that can make life miserable for pets and their owners.
They can cause:-
Your vet or nurse will give you a complimentary Prinovox spot on flea treatment for your new puppy.
You can prevent a flea infestation by the following these 3 easy steps:-
Step one: Use Prinovox (monthly) or Bravecto (every 3 months). This will kill any adult fleas that jump onto your pet
Step two: Make sure ALL cats & dogs in your househld are treated (they can all act as a host for a flea infestation)
Step three: Regularly vacuum carpets & furnishing and wash your pets bedding over 60 degrees (this will reduce the number of eggs, larvae and pupae in the environment). Also use a household insecticidal spray, (that kills eggs & larvae) This can be purchased at our reception (Indorex).
Unfortunatly, fleas are a very common problem and multiply in our homes very quickly. Prevention is definitely better than cure!
We strongly recommend your puppy is insured. Insurance gives more freedom to provide the best care and treatment for your pet if it ever becomes unwell (and third party cover). Insurance is a great way to ensure you can look after your pets should an emergency or ill health arise. When reviewing different insurance companies it is important to read through the small print, such as the length of cover provided per condition, the excess per condition and how often this needs to be paid and the total allowance per condition. There are many different insurance companies and different policies to choose from. The main key feature is to ensure you get 'life cover' (the policy will cover a condition for life and not just for a year).
As Stamford Veterinary Centre is an approved Petplan practice, we are able to offer you 4 weeks FREE, INSTANT insurance cover. So as soon as you leave the surgery after your initial health check/vacciation, your new puppy will be covered for 4 weeks absolutely free of charge.
Puppies have a lot to learn. The key period for training and socialisation is 7 weeks to 14 weeks, as they are more receptive to new people, objects and noises during this time. Whilst you shouldn’t take your puppy out until one week after the 2nd vaccination , it is important you introduce him/her to healthy vaccinated dogs in your own home environment.
Early Socialisation of puppies and early habituation are the two single most important factors in bringing up a balanced and well-behaved dog. It is vital that your puppy learns how to interact normally with adults, children, dogs and other pets (socialisation), as well as become used to everyday noises such as household appliances, cars, the countryside and city (habituation).
These ‘life experiences’ start from birth and last until about 14 weeks of age. Anything your puppy experiences during this time will become part of his/her life.
After that age, unfamiliar objects and experiences may cause a fear response (sometimes extremely fearful) and could ultimately lead to aggression. We encourage new puppy owners to introduce their new puppy to as many environment and lifestyle experiences as they can, as soon as possible.
Our classes are run by Julia Durrant, our qualified practice dog trainer and veterinary nurses Jessica and Gemma (who have a keen interest in puppy development). They will go through basic puppy training and any behavioural problems you may be experiencing in a safe and controlled environment.
If you would like to come to one of our puppy parties please reserve your place at reception. They are held once a month at Empingham Audit Hall.
As your puppy grows and developes into a young dog, our nurses will be there to help and advise you along the way.
We offer puppy development consultations every 4 weeks for you and your puppy to check in and discuss any issues you may be having.
They will discuss:
We advise you take advantage of these free consultations every 4 weeks until your puppy is 6 months of age. They come highly recommended and proven to be very popular and helpful.
Our wide range of services include:-
- We aim to provide a compassionate and caring service for all small animals, and we like to keep case continuity - so that one vet deals with any one problem.