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I’m think of getting
A Puppy or a Dog
There are lots of ways and reasons to get a dog. They make amazing companions and going out on walks keeps everyone healthier. Liverpool is getting ever more dog friendly, and there are creches and dog walkers who can help look after your dog if you cant take them to work. The Merseyside Dogs Home does incredible work in the city rehoming dogs and we support them 100%
By far and away one of the best parts of our job is meeting, and cuddling puppies, but we know that lots of hard work goes on at home making sure that these bundles of joy get off to the right start. We are here to help every step of the way. We know quite a lot about the breeds that are popular in Liverpool, and want to help you make the right choice for you and your family, whilst avoiding breeders with only profit at heart.
We know that you want the very best for your new puppy so here at The Liverpool Vets we offer a complete cover care package for the first 4 months.
For £60, you puppy will get:
A baby checkover:
A full and thorough examination with both the vet nurse and the vet, endless cuddles no extra charge. We check everything but especially:
- First Vaccination after a thorough health check and assessment with both the vet and the nurse
- Second vaccination usually between 2-4 weeks after the first, and given after a second thorough health check and another opportunity to answer all your questions about behaviour, diet, feeding and training
- Complete flea and worm cover upto 4 months of age. Chosing the combination that’s right and safest for your pet
- 5 weeks free pet insurance
A first vaccination with a combination of vaccines that best suit your new pet’s life style. We will explain what vaccines are available and what they do. There is no extra charge for Feline Leukemia protection for cats or Kennel Cough protection for dogs. We use ‘fear free’ practice and distract your baby pet with treats and cuddles so they shouldn’t notice the tiny needle we use
A second vaccination will be administered 2- 4 weeks after the first, depending on your pets age and their unique circumstances. Occasionally, we might recommend a third vaccine at 16 weeks if you have a puppy you are keen to get out walking before they are 12 weeks of age.
Flea, worm and tick treatment until your pet is 4 months old. We will consider your pet’s lifestyle and risks, age and weight and advise the safest combination to offer the maximum protection. We will apply or give the medication if you prefer, and see you to check your baby’s weight each time before any new medication is prescribed.
We will always give you plenty of time to ask any questions you have too.
Oh, and did we mention extra cuddles??
SMALL PAWSPROTECTION PLAN
- A complete health check includes:
- Checking and discussing weight and feeding
- Checking for hernias and any congenital abnormalities
- A thorough examination of the heart
- A nose to tail check of every little bit
- An opportunity to ask all of your questions
A BIT OF
We know that having a new puppy is an incredibly exciting time, but it also has its challenges and we’re here to help you. Whether you’re a 1st time pup owner or an experienced dog owner, there’s always now information, products and treatments available, so we will help you pick what’s right for you and your new baby.
Your New Dog
Some great advice and factsheets are available to download from the wonderful Dogs Trust:
Getting A PUppy
Another great resource with some great advice and tips is the Kennel Club:
Toilet Training Tips
Just like potty training, this takes perseverance and rewards. Some dogs will catch on more quickly than others so be patient and never cross if there’s a mishap. Most pups will toilet within 20 minutes of eating or a nap, so take your pup out to a designated toilet area then and every 60-90 minutes, say a couple of words like ‘go to the loo’ and wait quietly for 3-4 minutes.
If nothing, then just quietly return to the house and try again next time, if they do, then once they’ve finished, big love. Be consistent, be regular and be encouraging, easier said than done when it’s a cold night and you’re standing in the garden, or coming down in the morning to an unpleasant surprise, but you will get there sooner than you think, should take 3-4 weeks.
Feeding Your Puppy
Puppies tummies are really small, like babies. New puppies may also be feeling stressed by their changed home, not sure where the food bowl is and loss of their sibling playmates so ‘forget’ to eat.
They may also be doing more exercise than they are used to because everyone is playing with them and their routine has changed. For all of these reasons, small frequent, easily digestible meals help combat low blood sugar and increased needs in those first days and weeks.
Excercising your puppy
Puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs. A good rule of thumb is a ratio of 5 minutes exercise per month of age (upto twice daily) until the puppy is fully grown ie 15 minutes ( up to twice daily) when 3 months old. Once they are 8 months old, they can start to go out for longer walks. Remember to never exercise your puppy after a meal.
Health Checking Your Puppy
We don’t expect you to be vets, but getting used to what is normal will help you recognise when things aren’t right. Making sure wees and poos are regular and normal, checking ears, teeth, paws, joints and coat will also get your puppy used to being examined at the vet and will make our job a little bit easier.
Training & Socialisation
Having a dog you can happily take out on walks and have fun with is the most important part of dog ownership. Teaching a dog how to interact sensibly with other dogs, to walk calmly on the lead and who can safely be let off the lead to run free and explore where its appropriate, and come back when called, are the greatest lessons of all if taught at the right time and will ensure a happy, healthy life for your dog.
The period from 8-16 weeks is absolutely crucial for this. We call it the socialisation period. Its vital that your puppy has as many positive structured opportunities to learn and to set boundaries in this time. We know that your puppy needs to complete their vaccination course too, and that this means they may be unable to go out for walks during much of this crucial time, but there are lots of things you can do, and we are here to help you make the most of these puppy days. We desperately want you and your dog to have their best possible life, and the socialisation period is key to this.
We love the www.puppyplan.com . Its worth reading through this fully as it sets out a plan and a guide to follow. We will work with you to complete it during your initial vaccination course, and are always here for tips and for support.
After vaccinations are complete, we recommend a training course:
Positive Puppy Training Classes on the Wirral www.behaviouralreferrrals.co.uk/puppy-training.html
With the British Veterinary Behaviour Association at Behaviour Referrals, this is a 6 week course for puppies from 12 weeks to 5 months.
www.thedogstrust.org.uk/dogschool for classes.
Puppies & Collars
Buy a soft collar for your puppy to get used to, and use treats or playing for distraction when you first put it on as it will feel funny.
Try www.reddingo.com who have a great selection, reasonable priced, machine washable and with a gentle smooth clip.
Many people prefer a harness these days, and we can help you choose and fit the right one for your dog. ( Red Dingo also sells harnesses)
The benefits and uses of a Halti can be discussed too