Dog Health Advice

  • Keeping your dog up to date with their vaccinations is vital to provide immunisation and protection against many life-threatening diseases, for which there may be no cure.
    Vaccinations are also essential if you wish to place your pet in a kennel as they will not accept them unless you have an up to date vaccination certificate.
    We generally start puppy vaccinations at 8 weeks old to provide them with immunity against life threatening disease such as Parvovirus, Distemper Virus, Hepatitis Virus and Leptospirosis.
    Puppies will receive a first vaccination usually at 8 weeks old then a second injection two weeks later. Your puppy can go out and enjoy walks and meeting other dogs or start puppy training classes one week after their second vaccination.
    All dogs should have an annual booster to keep them fully protected. It is very important to ensure that you keep these timescales otherwise you may need to restart a full course.
  • Fleas are quite common in pets and we advise regular treatments to prevent fleas. Flea infestations can lead to serious problems such as skin disease and anaemia. Fleas also play an important part in the transmission of tapeworms, which is another reason to maintain good flea and worm control.
    Ticks are most prevalent during Spring to Autumn in Scotland. They are important to protect against as they can pass on serious diseases to your dog such as Lymes Disease.
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    Regular worming treatment is very important in puppies. We recommend worming puppies once a month until they are 6 months old and then once every three months after that for life.
    Worming is not only important for your dog it is also important for people as children, in particular, can become infected with dog roundworms, which in serious cases can result in blindness.
    We recommend using products that are effective against eggs, larvae and adult round worms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms.
    We have two prescription products that are effective against Lungworm, if given monthly.
    We consider Pet Insurance to be an Essential part of routine pet care these days to ensure that you and your pet are safeguarded against facing large vet bills in financially tough times.
    Dog owners are encouraged to have their dog identichipped. An identification disc on a collar makes it easy to see where a lost dog has come from but a collar can also be easily removed, particularly from a stolen dog.
    Losing your dog is very distressing and without reliable identification, it is very difficult to reunite a lost dog with its owner.
    Did you know? You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog is loose in public without a collar and tag! Microchipping is a simple way of permanent identification for your dog.
    BITCHES: Spaying within the first two years of life greatly reduces the risk of your dog getting mammary cancers. If you want to breed from your dog then wait until later but spaying also prevents a potentially fatal uterine infection called pyometra as well as ovarian and uterine cancers.
    Another advantage of spaying a dog is it stops seasons which carry the risk of misalliance or bitches running off in search of mates.
    Generally we spay bitches in-between seasons after they are 6 months old but we will can spay a bitch before their first season as long as they are mature enough and are not about to come into season.
    DOGS: Castration is another routine procedure and there are medical and behavioural reasons to castrate a dog.
    Most owners tend to get dogs castrated for behavioural reasons as it does tend to calm them down and if performed within the first three years will tend to stop territory marking behaviour.
    Medical reasons to castrate a dog are to prevent prostatic problems which are common in dogs over 7 years of age.