First visit to the vet

Your puppy's first visit to the vet can be very early, and some vets say that the earlier your puppy is seen, the better. In the first few months of a puppy's life, it is most important to make sure that puppies are free of parasites such as worms or fleas, which are the most common cause of health problems. So first, at the right age, the vet will give the puppy deworming medication, and if the puppy has parasites, the dosage sometimes has to be repeated. This is a necessary procedure before the puppy can be vaccinated. Even puppies bought from kennels often have parasites, so parasite prophylaxis is mandatory for all puppies.

Diarrhoea and vomiting and other gastrointestinal disorders often occur in young puppies, as their digestive system is still very sensitive, reacting sensitively to some hard-to-digest foods. Digestive problems can disappear quickly when puppies are treated for parasites - worms irritate the digestive tract, secrete poisons, and the puppy vomits, vomits, has diarrhoea, and is exhausted.

Choosing measures to prevent ticks and fleas

Owners have questions about how to treat their puppy for ticks and fleas, and whether the same products are suitable as for adult dogs. In this case, extreme caution should be exercised when administering tick and flea treatments, and in particular the instructions of the veterinarian, as many of the treatments are poisonous to small puppies due to the high concentration of active ingredients, and too high a dose of these drugs can be fatal to a puppy. Always consult your vet about safe parasite remedies and the vet will prescribe a safe dosage.

Puppy's diet and the most common problems in the first week after leaving the kennel

The puppy is under stress. Diarrhoea is the most common health problem once the puppy is rehomed. The digestive system is the most sensitive to stress and changes in food. Puppies are separated from their mother, their litter, smells change - each puppy's body reacts individually. A week is enough time to get used to the stress, especially if the puppy feels love, attention and warmth.

It is important to check with the breeder what the puppy has been fed, and if you are going to change the type of food, it is better to do so gradually, introducing new foods into the puppy's diet. The puppy's diet should consist mainly of proteins to help the young body develop and grow. Dairy products, which often cause diarrhoea and vomiting, are not advisable.

Based on scientific literature and consultation with veterinary surgeons
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