Caring for your new puppy

1-Vaccination                                                               Pup1

Vaccination protects your puppy against highly contagious diseases. This includes: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and bordetella.
Remember that protection is not complete until a full course is given.

Vaccination protocol
-6 -8 weeks of age (C3)
-10-12 weeks of age (C5)
-12-14 weeks of age (C5)

2-Intestinal worming                                                     Pup2

Puppies often carry intestinal worms, many of which are contagious to adults or children. Worming for roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm with a high quality wormer is essential.

Worming protocol
-2-12 weeks of age: every 2 weeks
-3-6 months of age: every month
-6-months and over: every 3 months for the rest of its life.
We recommend an intestinal all-wormer such as Milbemax or Popantel

3-Heartworm prevention                                      Pup3

Heartworm disease is spread to dogs by mosquitoes. All dogs are at risk, whether they live outside or inside. The disease is usually fatal but can be prevented. Treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is available but risky and expensive. We recommend Proheart SR-12 injection. It is very efficient and convenient.
-First injection given at 3 months of age.
-Second injection given at 6 months of age, usually at desexing.
-Then yearly injection at the time of health check and vaccination.
Other products such as monthly chews, tablets or spot-on are available so do not hesitate to ask our team if you have any questions.

4-Fleas                                                                         Pup4

Fleas are the most common cause of skin problems in dogs. To avoid a difficult and frustrating flea infestation in your home use monthly Comfortis tablets. They are safe, easy to use and offer a GREAT protection against fleas.

5-Ticks                                                                        Pup5

Paralysis ticks kill hundred of dogs and cats each year. They are particularly active in our area and are commonly found in bushland, riverfront, acreage and long grass.
No product is 100% effective against ticks. We recommend keeping your dog away from risk areas and searching him/her daily for the presence of unwanted ticks. We also recommend keeping your dog’s hair short during tick season.
Tick collars, spot-on treatments and tablets are available. Please do not hesitate to ask our team which product is suitable for your dog.


Desexing can usually be performed from 4-6 months of age. It reduces the risk of unwanted litters, overpopulation and euthanasia of homeless animals. It also reduces the risks of unwanted behaviour such as territorial aggression and urinary marking. It also has health benefits and reduces the risks of reproductive tract disorders such as mammary cancer, testicular tumours, prostate disease and pyometra.

7-Microchipping                                                                Pup6

A microchip provides a permanent form of identification that unlike collars cannot be removed or stolen. Your pet can be microchipped with a simple and quick injection of an implant the size of a grain of rice. It will enable us to reunite you and your pet in no time in case of emergengy. Microchipping can be done at any time and any age but is often performed at the time of desexing while your pet is under anaesthesia.

8- Puppy Preschool                                                         Pup7

We highly recommend all new puppies to start puppy preschool as early as 8 weeks of age. The main purpose of puppy preschool is to socialise your pet with other dogs and people. It also gives you the opportunity to learn about health care, products and grooming. You and your dog will also be taught the basic principles of training. It will allow your puppy to get familiar and comfortable with the veterinary clinic ….. a place that can be quite frightening for many pets! Puppy preschool is the first step to a healthy relationship with your new puppy!

9-Pet Insurance                                                     Pup8

Your new dog is now part of your family. In case of accident, illness or emergency, can you afford to give him/her the best treatment possible? Veterinary science has made huge progress in recent years. State of the art treatments and technologies are now available to save your pet. But it all comes at a cost. Save your family the heartache of having to choose between costs or euthanasia. There are pet insurances available for everyone’s budget. For more information please ask your veterinarian.

10-Free 6 months old check up

King Street Veterinary Hospital invites you and your puppy to a FREE 6 months old check with one of our qualified nurses to discuss any health or behaviour issue. It is the perfect time to catch up!

All the staff of King Street Veterinary Hospital would like to welcome you and your new puppy into our family!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!