May 2018: Vet's Advice
Buying a puppy
Raising a puppy is one of the most rewarding and challenging things you can do. Dogs enrich our lives in many ways, by making us smile and keeping us fit. However, if you are thinking about getting a new addition for your family, there are a few things to bear in mind. It is extremely important that you get your puppy from a reputable breeder or rescue centre. Many puppies face harrowing journeys from overseas having been removed from their mother far too early. If puppies survive the journey they may be at risk of developing life threatening issues.
To ensure that your puppy is fit and healthy, it is important to ask the breeder or seller the following questions:
• Can I see the puppy with BOTH parents?
• When was the puppy wormed, what product was used and when will they be due for their next dose?
• Has the puppy been vaccinated yet? When will it be due for its next vaccination?
•Is the puppy microchipped? It is now a legal requirement for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped by the age of eight weeks, unless they have a certificate signed by a vet.
Once you’ve got your new puppy home, it is important to get them checked over by your vet as soon as possible in order to identify any potential problems early on.