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Help, my puppy has fleas!

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy scratching itself

Flea infestations can happen even in the most spotless home or on the healthiest, cleanest puppy. However, you can control this irritating aspect of owning a puppy. What are fleas? Fleas are tiny, parasitic wingless insects. They have tube-like mouths adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood from the animals, birds and humans they come in contact with. How likely is my puppy to be exposed to fleas? Very. Fleas are the most common parasite that we see in pets, especially the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), which also lives on dogs. This…

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How can I give my puppy medicine?

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy having its temperature taken with a thermometer

Getting your puppy to take their medicine can often be tricky, but here are some top tips for making it stress free for both you and your four-legged friend. Giving your puppy tablets with food Firstly, check with your vet to see whether the prescribed tablets can be given with food or if they need to be administered on an empty stomach. If they can be given with food, then often the best way to get your puppy to swallow tablets is to hide them in a small amount of…

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How do I keep my puppy’s ears healthy?

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy with one ear up and one ear down

Compared to your puppy you have a pretty poor sense of hearing. People don’t hear nearly as much, nor are we as good at judging where sounds are coming from. It’s important to keep these impressive ears in good health. Keeping an eye on the ears Your puppy’s ear is shaped to funnel sound and protect its inner parts from injury. However, the length of the ear canal also encourages the accumulation of wax, debris, mites and other foreign material that cannot easily be shaken out. So it’s important to…

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How do vaccinations help my puppy?

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments

Vaccinating your puppy will provide invaluable protection against several diseases he or she is likely to be exposed to. This five most serious dog diseases are: Canine distemper Virus – a virus with no known cure. Infectious Canine Hepatitis – which usually affects dogs less than two years old. Leptospirosis – a bacterial disease spread via infected urine or contaminated water. Canine Parvovirus – a highly contagious viral disease that’s especially severe in puppies. Canine Parainfluenza – one of the infectious agents that causes ‘kennel cough’. Annual vaccinations for the first four illnesses above are…

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How to give your puppy a regular health check

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy being held by its owner

It’s important to give your puppy regular health checks so they are used to being examined in case they do need veterinary attention. Becoming familiar with your puppy’s body will also help you know what is normal for them and may provide an early warning if anything is wrong. It takes just five minutes to give your puppy a health check. Your puppy’s regular checkup should include the following; Ears Your puppy’s outer ear should be clean with a pale pink lining and some wax. Signs of infection include an…

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Keep puppies safe and happy in summer heat

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy sitting on a garden bench

Summer is a great time to be out and about with your puppy and there is lots to see and do. However, the warm weather can cause sometimes cause discomfort so it’s important to know how to help your puppy enjoy sunny days safely: 1. Play water games Stay cool together with a squirty water bottle or a hose, you’ll both have fun and your puppy will drink extra water, helping to avoid dehydration. If it’s too hot to even to play and your puppy is really struggling to cool…

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Looking after your puppy’s teeth

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 27 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy having its teeth checked

It’s important to start good dental habits early to help maintain healthy teeth. Ideally, you should brush your puppy’s teeth every day, which will also help to prevent painful gum inflammation, tooth loss and infections later in life. Build positive associations The first step is getting your puppy used to having their mouth touched. Start gently by dipping your finger into something like gravy, chicken broth, or another liquid your dog may like to taste. Call your puppy with a tone of voice that means ‘treat’ and let them lick…

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Test — new article layout 2b

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 21 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy sitting on a garden bench

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Test — new article layout 2a

By Brian Faulkner - BSc (Hons), BVM&S, MBA, MSc(Psych), MRCVS | 19 November 2018 | 0 Comments
A puppy sitting on a garden bench

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Do you have any tips for brushing my puppy’s teeth?

By Nick Jones (MA) | 12 November 2018 | 0 Comments
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