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An essential break-down into ensuring your pup has the best start in life...!
“For breeds which are prone to specific illnesses or conditions, the lifelong cover can be the best option…”
It’s important to get insurance cover for your new puppy and there is an endless array of companies to choose from.
The most common forms of policies are either:
a. an annual policy which runs for 12 months and then expires
b. a lifelong policy which does exactly what it says on the tin – covers you for the duration of your dog’s life.
For those breeds which might be prone to specific illnesses or conditions or might need ongoing treatment, the lifelong cover can be the best option.
Before choosing an insurance policy, make sure you talk through all the options and any concerns you might have with the provider. This way they can ensure for the best policy for yours and your pets individual needs.
“…ensure that you check your breeder has microchipped your puppy before you take them home.”
It is a legal requirement for puppies to be microchipped by their first owner. This is to be recorded on a database which is compliant with current regulations.
The breeder is classed as your puppy’s first keeper, so ensure that you check that the breeder has microchipped your puppy before you take them home. Be sure they can also provide you with official documentation of this.
“The exact timing of the vaccination is dependent on the make of vaccination provided by your vet…”
Just like a new born baby, puppies are vulnerable to infections. When they are still feeding from their mother, they do get some temporary protection through their mother’s milk. However, once the puppy has been weaned it is important that they don’t mix with other dogs until they have had their second vaccination.
The first vaccination can take place any time between 6 – 8 weeks. Normally it is closer to eight weeks unless for specific reasons advised by your vet. This is then followed by another vaccination 2 – 4 weeks later. However, the exact timing of the vaccination is dependent on the make of vaccination provided by your vet.
When you pick up your puppy for the first time, you need to ensure that the breeder provides you with full details of their vaccinations. This is so you know exactly what they’ve had and what they need next.
As soon as you can, register your puppy with your local vets so that you can get an appointment booked. Your vet will also be able to help you with any health-related questions or concerns you might have. They will also be able to talk you through the annual booster that your puppy will need, as well as any other vaccinations potentially needed.
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