New Pet Factsheets

Information you need to know, when you get a new pet.

Rabbit Vaccinations

Rabbits are now the third most popular mammalian pet, after cats and dogs. As a result of their increasing popularity more research has been done on their health issues. There are three diseases which are seen frequently in rabbits, two of which are caused by viruses which can be vaccinated against:

Worming

Pets commonly harbour both Roundworms and Tapeworms. Your pet should be treated regularly, as these worms are a threat to you, your pet and especially your children. Therefore we place more emphasis on the human health aspect when dealing with this issue.

Thinking of a new dog

Getting a new dog is a very exciting time for any household and a lot of thought should go into make such a great decision. Years of enjoyment will follow with a new canine family member by getting the type of dog that suits you circumstances.

Socialising Your Puppy

Puppies go thorough a critical period of socialisation between eight and 16 weeks of age. During this period of time they mature very rapidly. If isolated from external stimuli and not exposed to the outside world, they can grow up to be fearful adult dogs.

Puppy Biting

Puppies bite. This is not a form of aggression, but a form of play and communication. It's important to train a puppy not to bite in play or to communicate, as this behavior can become unacceptable and even dangerous in an adult dog. This is a very important lesson for a puppy to learn.

New Puppy

The first step to take when you get a new pup is to allow a few days for it to adjust to its new surroundings and also for you to become acquainted with your new pup's health status. After a few days, you should bring your puppy to your nearest Veterinary Hospital to be checked by the Vet. At this stage you will be advised on all aspects of your puppy's welfare and health care.

New Kitten

The first step to take when you get a new kitten is to allow a few days for it to adjust to its new surroundings and also for you to become acquainted with your new kitten's health status. After a few days, you should bring your kitten to us here at Dunshaughlin Veterinary Hospital to be checked by the Vet.

Neutering/Spaying

Should you spay/neuter your pet?

Most dogs and cats should be spayed or neutered at an early age. Animal shelters are crowded with unwanted pets that, in many cases, are the result of accidental or poorly planned breeding. The majority of these unwanted pets are never adopted.

Loose Leash Training

It took me 10 years and a terribly wild dog to really "get it" about loose-lead walking, so hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and avoid a lot of hassles for yourself and the dog. Teaching dogs to walk on a loose leash at all times has almost been a dog-trainer's secret, because it's somewhat difficult to adequately teach in an obedience class situation.

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