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  • Canine Care Guide

  • Recommended vaccinations
    Vaccines for canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.

    Nutrition
    All foods must meet certain requirements set out by governing bodies before they are allowed to be sold, however the quality of ingredients is not controlled and can be hugely different. Products sold in grocery and discount stores are cheaper to make because the ingredients are lesser quality, may contain fillers which your pet can’t absorb, and may not be intestionally available to your pet. Higher quality foods are more likely to be better quality, less or no fillers and will be much more absorbable by your pets digestive tract. The more digestible the food, the healthier your pet.

    Exercise
    Before starting any new exercise program with your dog, have a chat with your veterinarian. You’ll want to make sure your dog is healthy enough to safely increase his physical activity. This is especially true for mature dogs, but even young dogs should get a go-ahead from a vet.

    Daily Checks
    You should check your dog each day for any signs of illness. These might include the following:

    Sickness or diarrhoea
    Significant weight change (in either direction) over a short period
    Loss of appetite
    Drinking much more or less than normal
    Lack of energy/sleeping more than usual
    Unusual swellings
    Skin conditions
    Limping
    Coughing
    Unusual bleeding
    Signs of pain, such as sensitivity to touch
    Runny eyes or nose
    Changes in behaviour

    If you are worried about the health of your dog, contact us today.