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A new puppy

Congratulations with the purchase of your new puppy! You will be very busy taking care of the new one in your family. To make it a little easier for you, we have some information about the most important things you need to know so we can help you give your puppy the best start!

Vaccinations

Puppy vaccines are de base for enough resistance throughout the rest of their life. Yearly vaccines are necessary to maintain your puppy’s resistance.

  • 6 weeks: Canine Distemper and Parvo
  • 9 weeks: Parvo, Leptospirosis and Kennel Cough
  • 12 weeks: Cocktail vaccine
  • 6 months: Cocktail vaccine and Kennel Cough

In our practice we offer the possibility of titer testing. For more information read our article about Titer testing.

Additional vaccinations

  • When you go abroad: Rabies vaccination (at least 3 weeks before departure and from the age of 12 weeks)

Socialization

This is the process by which puppies learn to interact with all kinds of animals and people. So also children of all ages, cats, dogs of all breeds, sizes and colors. It ensures pleasant, safe interaction with others, but also a puppy that is stable in life. The period of the first 3 1/2 to 12 weeks is sometimes referred to as the (first) socialization phase. This period is of great importance for the puppy and actually lasts only a short time. By making good use of this period, fear, aggression and prey-catching behavior can be reduced. Making good use of it means introducing yourself in a nice, calm and measured way. We often hear that puppies are kept indoors until after the vaccination at 12 weeks. This is neither wise nor necessary. Puppies are protected by herd immunity, so when enough dogs are vaccinated, as in the Netherlands, infectious diseases will be rare. In addition, many puppies (about 30%) are only protected after vaccination at 6 months of age. This has to do with maternal antibodies that are sometimes present in the puppy for a long time and ensure that the vaccination does not work. For more information about a good start with your puppy read this document.

Deworming

All puppies have worms, also yours. The main reason we deworm is for human health!

  • 6-8-10 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months of age and after this, every 3 months.

When your dog eats frozen meat deworm every month.

Flea control

Being flea free in the first year of life reduces the risk of flea allergies when they’re older. The advice is to give a monthly treatment, even in winter, because Amsterdam is a real flea paradise!

  • Every month a pipette in the neck or a (tasty) tablet

For all preventive care and discount, you can get our health care plan. Talk to us for more information!

Chip

Make sure your puppy will be back with you soon if he goes missing! A chip is required for dogs in the Netherlands and also necessary to travel.

  • Possible at any age

Sterilization/castration

Sterilization at a young age can prevent problems like uterus infection or mammary gland tumors. When it's time, we will talk you through the pros and cons.

  • Between 6 and 9 months old, or 3 months after the first heat

Castration of male dogs is only recommended if the dog shows strong unwanted manly behaviour.

Insurance

No more concerns about high costs at the veterinarian clinic. The younger your puppy is when you start the insurance, the cheaper the monthly fee.

Puppy checks

You can come by every month with your puppy for a free appointment with one of our assistants. We will weigh your puppy and put him on the treatment table, we check the ears and teeth and give cookies! This helps them to get used to the environment of the clinic and make it a happy place!

Food

For food that’s tasty, gives a beautiful fur and nice healthy stool, we recommend Hill’s puppy food. If you prefer to feed fresh meat without preservatives, we recommend Raw veterinary diets All life balance. This is a fresh meat diet without pathogenic bacteria.

We wish you a lot of fun with your new puppy. Do you have any questions? Our doors and phonelines are always open for you!

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