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13 Cotham Rd
VIC 3101

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03 9853 7125

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1 Victoria Rd
Hawthorn East
VIC 3123

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Puppy Information


Congratulations on the arrival of your new puppy!  Having a new pet is an exciting and fun time, however there are a number of important factors to consider to ensure your puppy remains healthy and gets off to the best start in life.



Puppies need vaccinations to protect against a number of potentially fatal diseases.

We will discuss the specific needs for your pet.  In most cases  vaccinations are given at 6-8 weeks and we are able to use an early finish program with a booster at 10-12 weeks of age. These are important to protect against Parvo virus, Distemper, Infectious hepatitis and Canine cough. Your puppy is not fully protected until 10-14 days after the final vaccination. Boosters are required at the annual health check up to ensure ongoing protection.



Puppies need to be wormed every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old, then monthly until six months of age. Dogs should then be wormed every three months for life. This is usually done with a tablet (eg. Drontal, Milbemax)



Heartworm is a parasite spread by mosquitoes. Heartworm prevention is very important and should be started by 12 weeks of age. This can be done by injection (given at 12 weeks, 6 months and then annually), monthly tablets (e.g. Panoramis, Nextgard Spectra, Sentinel), or by monthly spot on liquids (e.g. Revolution, Advocate). Please ensure your puppy gets protection from heartworm as starting heartworm prevention may require a blood test if they are overdue.



Fleas are a common problem and we recommend routine treatment to prevent infestation. Monthly spot on liquids (e.g. Revolution, Advantage, Advocate) or new generation tablets (e.g. Bravecto) provide the best protection and are a lot more effective and safer than older style products such as flea collars (except Seresto), washes or powders.



This is the best way of identifying your pet and can help reunite you and your pet if they go missing. Microchipping is a one off procedure and can be done at any age. By law, new animals must be microchipped before registration at the local council at 12 weeks of age.


This is usually performed between 4-6 months of age but may be different for certain breeds. If you are not planning to breed, we recommend desexing as it stops unwanted pregnancies, and reduces wandering, undesirable behaviours and reduces the incidence of many medical conditions. In giant or larger breed dogs we will often recommend later desexing.



A good quality puppy food (eg Hills, Royal Canin, Advance, Eukanuba) that is complete and balanced is vital to your pet’s development. Puppies should be fed 3 to 4 meals a day until 12 weeks of age then 2 to 3 meals a day until 6 months. Adult dogs over a year of age can be fed one to two meals daily. 



Pet health insurance is a valuable way to minimise unexpected costs associated with treating illnesses or accidents.  There is no Medicare for dogs and as treatment options and standards of care have improved, unfortunately costs have also risen.  Insurance can help ensure your pet can have access to the best possible medical or surgical treatment if needed.


Puppy Preschool       

The most important time for puppies to learn social skills is up until 16 weeks of age.  Puppy preschool is a safe, fun, and informative way for your puppy to interact with other pups and for you and your family to learn basic training skills. Underdog Training (, Ph: 0402 112 105) run classes at our clinic on Wednesday evenings. 

If you have any other questions or concerns about your new puppy, please do not hesitate to call the clinic on 98820007 (for Hawthorn East Vet) or 98537125 (for Kew Vet)