The following is a guide to feeding & general care of your puppy & is supplied to help you & puppy to adjust to your new life together.
WORMING YOUR PUPPY
Begin your pup on heartworm tablets at 12 weeks & he/she will need to stay on this permanently. Daily or monthly heartworm tablets can be purchased from your Vet clinic. You can discuss the best product for your pup with your veterinarian. The monthly chewable tablets are the easiest to administer & also cover most of the intestinal worms.
There is now available a Proheart injection which covers for heartworm for 12 months & is given in conjunction with the yearly vaccination but the pup must be 12 months old before receiving this heartworm injection.
Your pup will need to be wormed every 2 weeks until he/she is 3 months of age & then every month until he/she is 6 months of age & every 3 months thereafter.
Drontal is the superior product as some of the other worming medication is not effective against Hookworm which can threaten the life of your puppy. Drontal is obtained from your local vet & is dosed by weight. The vet clinic will not charge you for weighing your puppy. Worm your puppy as soon as he/she arrives home.
Your pup has been vaccinated at 6 - 8 weeks of age with a C3 injection as shown on the accompanying vaccination card. The next due date is also shown on the card.
Please speak to your Vet about upgrading the vaccine to a C5 or C7, especially if your pup will be spending any time in a Boarding facility within the next 12 months or frequenting parks where there is lots of dog traffic.
This is strongly recommended as it enables you to teach the pup basic commands & continues the socialisation of the puppy.
It is also great fun for you & your new pup.
The vet nurses are also a wealth of information when needed.
FEEDING YOUR PUPPY
It is important NOT to change your puppy’s diet too quickly! Your pup’s tummy needs time to adjust to any changes in order to prevent any upsets, eg. Diarrhoea, so introduce new things eg. different biscuits, gradually & only if you believe it is a better product eg. Hills, which is available from your Veterinary Clinic.
Your pup is used to eating:
One third to half a cup of a rice based Puppy biscuit eg. Proplan Small Puppy biscuits (purchased from Pet Stores) & raw minced chicken carcasses (available from Leonard’s Chicken Outlets or similar), making sure that there are no large pieces of bone, & mix with a little warm water.
Supercoat Puppy biscuits can be substituted & can be purchased from Coles or Woolworths.
Approximate ratio is ¾ biscuits to ¼ mince as most the needed nutrition comes from the dry food but carcasses are a good, natural source of Calcium.
N.B. Always FREEZE the minced chicken frame first to kill the bacteria that the chicken carries.
LUNCH same as above. Can add any of the following; cooked pasta/rice, natural yoghurt (acidophillus/bifuds), egg yoke, raw chopped vegetables eg. Carrot, parsley, celery, pumpkin etc. Cheese is also very well accepted but only give occasionally as a treat & in small amounts.
DINNER should be served as late in the evening as possible (before you go to bed) so that the pup does not have too long between meals.
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Never give your dog ‘cooked’ bones as these can compact in the bowel or splinter & perforate the intestinal lining & threaten the life of your dog.
As puppy gets older you can introduce raw chicken wings/necks & brisket bones but NEVER leave your pup unsupervised with these.
Amount of food will need to be increased as the puppy grows.
Always have a fresh supply of water available.
Puppy milk can be purchased from the supermarket but should only be used sparingly – perhaps a little once daily.
Serve all food at room temperature.
Reduce to 2 meals per day at around 12 weeks of age. By 6 months of age, one meal per day is sufficient.
The above is a guideline & may be adjusted according to pup’s activity level & appetite.
FLEA, INTESTINAL WORM & TICK CONTROL
Advantage Top Spot is recommended by our Kennel in the treatment of fleas
Drontal wormer is strongly recommended for intestinal worms
Advantix Top Spot can be administered for ticks & fleas.
CARING FOR THE SKIN & COAT OF YOUR
Our Kennels have not experienced this & feel that although it is primarily a genetic problem, a lot of the problem is brought about by owners over-bathing their dog in attempt to keep them looking white.
We advise that your pup should not be washed more than once a month & a gentle canine shampoo & conditioner are used. E.g. Aloveen (oatmeal based) from the Vet.
Never use human shampoos as they contain a different ph balance to dogs & therefore can be harmful.
In between the monthly washing, either white chalk powder or corn flour can be sprinkled into the coat & brushed through using a plastic brush. Metal brushes could scratch the puppies’ skin & set up problems.
It is advised that the dogs’ coat be clipped 2 times a year & stripped 2 times a year to encourage the undercoat growth. It is best to find a groomer who is experienced with Westie coats.
Please do not hesitate to contact us about anything to do with your puppy.