Your puppy's health

& First aid tips
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Your Puppy’s Health!

Once your puppy settles in with you, we suggest that you make an appointment with your vet of choice for a check-up. Use this initial vet appointment to discuss any concerns or issues you might have, to check your puppy’s weight, overall health and its vaccination


Your puppy has had his first round of vaccinations at 6 weeks. Your puppy will need a second vaccination at 10 weeks that will cover him for twelve months. Please ensure you take your vaccination certificate (which is in this puppy pack) to the vets when
you take your puppy so that the correct vaccinations are given. After the 12 month injection your dog should be revaccinated every three years.


I very rarely use a flea treatment on my dogs, but if I need to I use a topical treatment such as Frontline, Advantage or Revolution and although the pack states that it needs to be reapplied every month, I find that I have only ever applied it occasionally in the warmer months. I attribute this to a healthy diet rather than them not coming in contact with fleas as my dogs attend shows, trials and training regularly, so they do come in contact with fleas, but they never become a problem. Flea collars, sprays, baths and flea-bombs are generally ineffective and employ harsh chemicals that are irritating and even toxic to dogs so I don’t recommend them.

Intestinal Worms

Your puppy has been wormed every two weeks with Drontal Allwormer or equivalent. You should continue worming your puppy every two weeks until it is 12 weeks old (Worming tablets are provided with your puppy to be given when they are 10 and 12 weeks old) and then every month until he is 6 months old. After that it is recommended that you worm your dog every three months. I worm my dogs the start of every season which makes it easy to keep track of when they were wormed. Picking up your dog’s dropping and keeping him/her free of fleas (which carry tapeworms) will also reduce worms. Ask your vet when your puppy goes for his 10 week vaccination what products suit your needs.


As the name implies – these worms do not live in the dog’s digestive system they live in the heart. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes; they travel through the dog’s bloodstream to lodge in the heart where they can do enormous damage and can be life-threatening if untreated. Heartworm is a problem in Western Australia due to our warm climate and high mosquito population.Prevention is much safer and less expensive for your dog than treatment and it is simple to do. I give my dogs the once monthly heartworm
tablets – Heartgard Plus or equivalent. Your puppy has been started on heartworm prevention and a tablet is provided with the puppy, which should be given when the puppy is 12 weeks old and then monthly using a monthly tablet for the rest of her life. Ask your vet when your puppy goes for his 10 week vaccination what products suit your needs.

Neutering & Spaying

If you want to desex your dog I recommend that you wait until his growth plates have closed which is around 15 months in a large breed dog. Here is a good article on the Long term health effects of early neutering – GRCWA.

Common pet emergencies

You should always seek veterinary help if you suspect your pet has any of the above conditions. Make sure you keep your vet and emergency service’s contact information easily accessible.


Chemicals, foods, alergic reactions


Seizures, severe limp, unconciousness


Bites bleeding impacts


Heat stroke, heat stress


Chocking, severe vomiting, refusal to eat or drink


Eye injury, struggling to go to the toilet, blood in faeces

Pet first aid tips


  • The most important thing to do is protect your pet from self-injury.
  • DO NOT place your fingers or any object in your pet’s mouth.
  • Clear the area around your pet to help prevent injury during the seizure.
  • Do NOT attempt to restrain your pet, but you can place a hand on their body.
  • When the seizure has stopped, contact your veterinarian for further instructions.
  • If the seizure does not stop within 3 to 5 minutes or if your pet comes out of the seizure and goes into another one within an hour, transport the dog immediately to the vet.

Wound care

  • Place pressure with gauze or a clean cloth to stop bleeding.
  • If there is debris, flush the wound with saline or clean water.
  • For deep wounds, or severe bleeding, keep pressure on the wound until you can get your dog to a vet.


  • If you suspect poisoning, seek help immediately.
  • If you cannot get to the vet immediately, please call your emergency vet for further instructions.
  • Australia’s poison hotline (13 11 26) is mainly for humans, however in some cases they can give advice for pets.


  • If choking, hold the upper jaw open with one hand, and look for a foreign object.
  • Unless you can clearly see and grasp the obstruction, do not put your fingers into your dog’s mouth or throat.
  • Lift smaller dog’s legs into the air so gravity can help dislodge the obstruction.
  • If you can’t remove the foreign object, using the heel of your hand, deliver 4-5 sharp blows on the dog between the shoulder blades.

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