So you’ve just adopted your puppy. There is a lot for both of you to learn in those first few weeks and a few basic things you need to do to make sure your puppy stays healthy and to protect your family from catching any nasties from your puppy.
Probably the most important first step when you adopt a puppy is to visit your vet within the first 48 hours to get a check up. Many vets offer a complimentary puppy check for newly adopted puppies. This gives you the opportunity to meet the vet and get on the right track to make sure your puppy is healthy. This is also a really good chance to bring in all the bits and pieces that the breeder gave you so your vet can evaluate when things like vaccination and worming treatments are due.
Is My Puppy Too Young for Worms?
Puppies when they are little need more frequent worming than when they are adults. They are more likely to pick up things from the ground and eat them and they also don’t have much built-in resistance to parasites. The safest worming treatment for puppies from 2 weeks of ages is Interceptor.
When Should I Start Flea Control in my Puppy?
Fleas are very efficient breeders and extremely annoying to both people and puppies. One single flea can lay 50 eggs a day, so if you bring your puppy home and it is not up to date with flea control you could have a pretty bad infestation very quickly. And those little blood-suckers can really cause some problems in a tiny little puppy. A great option for puppies over 2kg in weight and over 8 weeks of age is NexGard.
What Combination Should I Use for Ticks, Fleas and Worms?
There are lots of different things you can use to prevent parasites. You always need to use at least two different things at home.
We recommend two main combinations of worming, tick and flea control:
Option 1 – NexGard and Interceptor monthly (both flavoured chews).
Option 2 – Bravecto and Milbemax every quarter with the yearly heartworm injection.