Puppy adolescence and neutering
Behavioural changes to expect during puppy adolescence, plus the pros and cons of spaying and castration.
There’s a lot to think about when welcoming the newest family member, especially one with fur, four legs and a tail! We want to help you give your pup the best start in life by keeping them safe from any potential dog dangers in your home and keeping them away from harm while out and about.
Puppies explore the world around them using their noses and mouths, meaning that they might decide to eat something they shouldn’t. Depending on what they’ve decided to devour, this can cause real problems and even a visit to the vet.
Here are some everyday things you’ll need to keep away from your dog:
Here are some healthy human foods you can give your puppy instead:
Always speak with a vet if you think your puppy has eaten something it shouldn’t have.
It’s not just food that finds its way into a pup’s mouth, they will chew on almost anything to soothe their teething gums. Puppy-proofing your home can help keep your pup and your favourite possessions safe.
Just like babies, our canine companions can be vaccinated to help keep certain diseases at bay. These diseases are often fatal in unvaccinated pets, but ensuring your puppy gets its jabs while they’re young will help protect them in those crucial early months and on into adulthood.
A highly infectious and potentially fatal virus in dogs. Attacking cells in a dog’s intestines, the virus stops them from being able to absorb vital nutrients resulting in severe weakness and dehydration.
A deadly disease that is spread through the air or from direct contact with infected dogs and things they have touched. This virus attacks the dog’s nervous system as well as other parts of the body.
A serious bacterial disease that damages vital organs such as the liver and kidneys and can be passed to humans.
A highly contagious virus that can cause kennel cough in dogs.
Spread through contact with bodily fluids such as urine, stools and saliva, this disease affects a dog’s liver and other major organs.
While not included in a dog’s core vaccinations, there are other separate vaccines available to protect your puppy from:
If you have a garden that is safe, secure, clean, and free from unvaccinated dogs then use this as their introduction to the great outdoors.
The time frame for your puppy to be safe when going outside will vary depending on what vaccines your puppy has been given and at what ages. There is often a couple of weeks to wait after vaccination before your pup is safe to explore in muddy areas like farmland or meet other dogs. It is best to ask your vet what the time frame is for your puppy at the time of vaccination. You can take your puppy out for their first walk once their full vaccination course is completed as advised by your vet and they’re protected against the core diseases listed above.
You can still socialise your puppy while keeping them safe from these viruses. There are plenty of special puppy classes being run by vets or held at community or garden centres that allow young dogs to socialise with minimal risk of disease. Make sure to do your research and check that the class is being run by a professional such as a vet, vet nurse, or behaviourist. Play can get quite boisterous and overwhelming in puppy classes and interactions need to be carefully controlled by a professional to ensure your pup grows to be happy and comfortable around other dogs.
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