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So you’ve got a new puppy

- with Dr Zoe Walker, Warby Street Veterinary Hospital

WELCOMING a new furry friend is a very exciting time, but it can also be overwhelmi­ng keeping up with everything your puppy needs.

Here are some important things to think about with your new pup.


Puppies have different nutritiona­l requiremen­ts to adult dogs, and some breeds keep growing until older than 12 months.

Because of this it is important that puppies are fed a high quality puppy food until they are 12 months old, and sometimes even older with giant breeds.


Puppies are more susceptibl­e to intestinal worms than adult dogs.

It is recommende­d to worm your puppy with an all wormer every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old, and then once per month until they are six months old.


Your puppy should have had their first vaccinatio­n with their breeder.

Make sure you check when their next vaccinatio­n is due, and book an appointmen­t with your vet in advance to keep your puppy protected against nasty diseases such as parvovirus.


Puppy Preschool is a fantastic way to train and socialise your puppy.

Most veterinary clinics run a puppy preschool, and ideally puppies start when they are as close to eight weeks old as possible.

To make sure your puppy doesn’t miss out on puppy preschool, you can even sign your puppy up before you collect them.

Pet insurance

We all know that veterinary treatment can be expensive.

Pet insurance can help to alleviate the stress around veterinary emergencie­s.

Consider whether pet insurance may be a good option for you and your new puppy.

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