All different types of dogs with different types of coats will need a different type and quantity of grooming, we recommend taking your new pet to a professional groomer.
Avoid bathing your new pet to often or you will strip their coat of all their natural oils making them more prone to dandruff, dryness and matting.
It is also important to buy a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for dogs, as human grade shampoo and conditioner may irritate your new pets skin causing adverse reactions including dryness, rashes and irritation.
If you walk your new pet often it is likely that you will not have to trim their nails often, but it is important to handle your new pets feet at regular intervals so that they are used to it anyway. To trim your new pets feet you will require nail trimmers specifically designed for dogs. It is important to associate trimming your animals nails with good things such as treats or praise so that it does not become a chore.
1. Pick up your animals paw and handle it for a small period of time.
2. Taking it slow and easy, gently place the nail clippers over the excess nail and trim. Be careful not to trim to much of their nail.
3. Repeat this process with each paw until complete.
Remember to praise and/ or treat your new pet after each paw or after the entire process is complete.
It is important to clean your pets ears often to avoid nasty infections and/or ear mites. We recommend doing this every time your animal is bathed (at 6-12 week intervals).
1. Hold your pet firmly, using a cotton tip gentle wipe the inside of each ear (you may need more than one cotton tip).
2. There are many curves and crevasses inside a dogs ear, insure you get inside all of the curves and crevasses.
Be sure that you do not place the cotton tip to far into your pets ear to avoid harm and/or injury.
Vet practices and groomers also provide this service, if you are not confident cleaning your pets ear it is important that you hire a professional.
Your pet has already received their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age. Your pet is due to be vaccinated again at 12 weeks of age, and then again at 16 weeks. You will also need to consult your veterinarian about a yearly or 3 yearly vaccination schedule for your pet. Please endeavor to follow the vaccination schedule strictly.
To avoid your new pet contracting contagious diseases from public places or other animals it is important that you do not socialize or walk your pet until their third vaccination at 12 weeks.
Your new pet must be registered with your local council/ shire at 12 weeks of age, please endevour to contact your local council/ shire and complete this process. Registrations must be done yearly.
We recommend treating your new pet for heart worm, there are many options in regards to the prevention of heart worm including tablets and injections, please see your chosen veterinary practitioner.
It is important that your preventativley treat your new pet to avoid infestations of fleas as they are very easily caught and very easily spread. There are many great options including tablets (oral) or liquids that are applied to the skin/coat of the animal. Please speak to your veterinarian about which option will best suit you.
Intestinal worms are very easily caught and spread so treating your new pet is important. There are many great options most of which will be administered in tablet form monthly. Please speak to your chosen veterinarian about which options suit you best.