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!
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.
- When you go abroad: Rabies vaccination (at least 3 weeks before departure and from the age of 12 weeks)
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 colours. 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) socialisation 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 behaviour 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.
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 then at least every 3 months unless your dog eats fresh meat or eats things off the street then every month.
Flea and tick control
Being Flea-free in the first year of life reduces the risk of flea allergy later in life. Amsterdam is a real flea paradise, so flea removal every month is very important all year round, even in winter! Ticks are active when the temperature rises above 7 degrees and good tick control is therefore also necessary in the Netherlands all year round
- A pipette in the neck or a (chew) tablet every month that you prefer.
What we normally recommend is Nexgard Spectra. This is a tasty chewable tablet for dogs that kills fleas and ticks and deworms at the same time. However, we have various resources in stock and we can always give appropriate advice.
For all preventive care and attractive discounts, you can take out the VetPlan® Puppy or VetPlan® PuppyPlus subscription with us, feel free to ask for more information!
We recommend Hill's puppy kibble for tasty food, a healthy coat and nice firm stools. We fully support Hills nutrition. It is a scientific food. This means that the company does a lot of research into what the right food is for a healthy dog, but also for different diseases. It always has a balanced stable composition and is equipped with the latest nutraceuticals. These are scientifically proven ingredients that have a positive effect on health. If you prefer to feed fresh meat without preservatives, we recommend Raw veterinary diets All life balance. This is a fresh meat food without pathogenic bacteria. In our practice we work with the Feedwise feeding program that has been developed by the European recognised animal nutrition specialist (ECVCN) Esther Plantinga. With this program we can see if your puppy is growing too fast or too slow. With Feedwise we can take a closer look at any diet. Also the food that we do not sell ourselves, but which you feel good about or which your animal simply finds very tasty. Even a homecooked meal.
We advise to do a puppy check every 2 to 3 weeks up to the age of 3 months and every month from 3 months to a year. Think of it as a consultation bureau. We look at the growth, changing / coming through of the teeth, the coat, the ears and the behaviour and you have the opportunity to ask questions about all kinds of things in the care of your puppy. These checks take 10 minutes and are performed by experienced vetnurses. A check will only cost you 17.50 and can save you a lot of trouble. For example, a too rapid growth can cause joint problems that you only see when your dog is a few years old. Our VetPlan® PuppyPlus subscription includes 12 checks and you get a 10% discount on everything in our practice.
A chip and registration is required for dogs in the Netherlands and also necessary to travel. If your dog is imported it also needs a European pasport.
Sterilisation at a young age can prevent problems like uterus infection or mammary gland tumors when they are older. 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.
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. The different pet insurances you can find here: https://www.verzekerjehuisdier.nl
We wish you a lot of fun with your new puppy. Do you have any questions? Our doors and phone lines are always open for you!