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VETS AND VACCINATIONS

Doggy visits

A dog’s vital signs

Temperature 37 to 40°C Pulse rate 70 per minute for a large dog, 140 for a small Respiration 10 to 30 breaths per minute at rest

Your puppy will need to visit the vet regularly to receive several vaccines that are commonly called ‘core vaccines’. These are given to every puppy and form the core of his protection from dread disease. They are •

Distemper

Parvovirus

Hepatitis

Rabies

Parainfluenza

Possibly leptospirosis

Your puppy should have received at least one of these inoculations before you got him, and further shots are given every month or so until the puppy is four or five months old. What to expect when You should plan to take your dog to the vet at these ages:

Deworming – ideally this should be done at least twice

8 weeks

a year

Veterinary examination and first vaccination

Eight years and beyond

Deworming (should already have been dewormed at least

Annual examination and booster

a couple of times by the breeder)

Deworming programme continues

Parasite control programme (to be continued on an

Parasite control programme continues

ongoing basis)

Older pet examination

Begin socialisation

Consider discussing diet for senior pets

House training Feeding programme 12 weeks Veterinary examination and second vaccination Deworming 16 weeks Veterinary examination and third vaccination, including rabies Deworming Five to six months Spaying or neutering One year Annual examination and booster vaccination Deworming Two years and up to seven years Annual examination and booster

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