Information for new puppy owners
Congratulations on getting your puppy! The first period can be quite intense. That is why we made you a short summary of what to do and think about. If you have any questions after reading this, please contact us. We're happy to help.
Puppies are vaccination according to a standardized vaccination protocol on 6, 9 and 12 weeks of age.
6 weeks: vaccination for Canine Distemper and Parvovirosis.
9 weeks: for Parvovirosis and Leptospirosis. The Kennel cough vaccination can be added during this consultation. This vaccination is especially advised in pappies that have a lot of contact with other dogs (puppy training, dog walking service).
12 weeks: for Parvovirosis, Canine Distemper, Adenovirosis and Leptospirosis. If indicated, the rabies vaccination can be given at 12 weeks as well. Are you planning on travelling with your dog? We have an entire page on our website dedicated to this subject, click here.
Individual variation on this scheme can be made if necessary.
The placement of an identifying microchip is mandatory in the Netherlands from the age of 7 weeks. The chip is registered to the owner. If your phone number or adress changes, please notify us, so we can bring your pet's chip registration up to date.
Puppies are dewormed on the ages of 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks. This mostly happends when your puppy is still with the breeder. From 8 weeks of age until 6 months of age monthly deworming is advised. Hereafter, quarterly deworming is advised in adult dogs. If you travel abroad with your dog, additional deworming is advised, click here.
Proper nutrition forms the basis of a healthy lifestyle. Puppy diet is balanced to fit the growth of your pup and takes into account a good Calcium/Phosphorus ratio to facilitate proper bone formation. It is for this reason that raw meat diets (too high in phosphorus, too deficient in Calcium) are not recommended.
Puppies eat multiple times a day. Up 'till 8 weeks, feeding four times daily is recommended. From 3 months of age this can be reduced to 3 times daily and from 5 months of ages to twice daily.
It is important that your dog always has access to fresh drinking water.
Depending on the breed, the juvinile teeth will be replaced by the adult teeth aroung 4 months of age. The bigger the dog, the longer this process takes. To reduce the formation of dental plaque, daily brushing of the teeth is recommended. This can be easily taught. Our veterinarians and veterinary nurses can help you with this.