Puppy Care

Welcome to the newest member of your family!

We believe that your puppy’s first year is much more than vaccination and parasite control. Every pup is an individual with their own challenges, and we can support you in moulding his development into your ideal family pet.

Sadly, mis-behaviour is the commonest cause of rehoming or euthanising young dogs and problems that develop during puppyhood may affect the shared joy of your companion throughout its life.

You and your pet can benefit from the experience of our clinic nurse team who have been helping puppy parents for the last 20 years. They can offer the latest in puppy development and advise you on useful products, equipment and cool gear. They will support you throughout the journey from cute bundle of fluff to well-adjusted adult.

1. First Vet Check

Puppy Party Graduate

We recommend that you bring your new friend to us as soon as possible, preferably on your way home! The vet will give your new puppy a full health check, answer any questions you have, and plan your vaccination and preventative health care.

If all is well, we can immediately issue 4 weeks free Pet Plan insurance. Young pups are prone to illness and accidents and is wise to have cover in place as soon as possible.

2. First Nurse Clinic: “Perfect Puppy”

Puppy Nurse Check

Bring your new pup in to meet our experienced nurse and find out the latest advice on puppy (mis)behaviour, socialisation, house training, play-biting and all the other challenges that you, as a new puppy owner, are facing.

Advances in the understanding of dog psychology have revolutionised our approach to puppy training. She will also discuss the best choices for nutrition, preventative healthcare and safe play.

3. First Vaccination 8 weeks

This is given at 8 weeks or over, and the vet will give your pup a full health check, and make sure that your preventative health programme is on track.

4. Puppy Parties from 8 weeks

Puppy Parties for fun and socialisation

Most pups do not have the opportunity to play with other young dogs. The nurses will guide safe play and appropriate behaviour when meeting other dogs.

The course of four parties is ideal preparation for training classes. Your pup will also learn that our reception area is a great place to be, which will result in stress-free visits throughout their life.

Visit our blog to see our Puppy Party Graduates each month!

5. Final Vaccination 12 weeks

Another vet check and opportunity to ensure all is going well.

(If you prefer, part of your pup’s vaccination can be completed at 10 weeks, allowing you to take him out earlier.)

6. Weigh & Worm 16 weeks

Puppy Weigh & Worm

Your puppy is growing quickly so we recommend monthly weight checks to ensure they’re developing as expected and help with correct dosing.

7. Adolescent Health Check 5 months

Puppy adolescent health check

You now have a ‘teenager’! Your little ball of fluff is now developing a mind of his own, so come in, share your experiences and discuss training, behaviour and neutering.

The clinic nurse will give your pup a full health check and assess his condition, weight, skin, teeth & ears.

8. Development Check 9 months

Your companion is nearly grown up. Our clinic nurse will assess his physical condition and ensure that he is where we would expect him to be for his breed or type. We would hope that he is maturing into a well-behaved and confident companion, but there may be some aspects of his behaviour we can help with.

9. Birthday Check! 1 year

Puppy Birthday 1 year health check

Congratulations on your puppy’s healthy and well-adjusted first year: You now have an adult dog!

British Veterinary Association: How to choose a veterinary practice
Macqueens Healthy Pets Club: preventative healthcare
British Veterinary Association: the benefits of pet insurance

Petite Paw Prints

Petite Paw Prints

We understand how quickly your furry friends grow and how important it is to have a beautiful keepsake that captures those special moments.

Choose from a wide range of pendants, charms, keyrings and cufflinks in 99.9% pure polished silver with the option of 24ct gold detailing. Each piece is individually commissioned, handmade and unique, creating the perfect gift for every occasion.

Petite Paw Prints are a Calne-based jewellery design company who specialise in creating bespoke keepsakes for pet owners.