Having a regular feeding schedule for puppies will ensure they do not become fussier later in life. In the beginning you can feed puppies 3-4 times per day. How much a pup should be fed depends on the food you are feeding. All foods have a feeding guide on the packet. You will need to know how much your puppy weighs to feed accordingly. You will need to monitor this over time and increase as needed.
It is helpful to know what your puppy’s breeder or rescue group was feeding initially so you can continue feeding this to begin with, if you wish to swap foods, you can transition slowly over time so you don’t upset your puppies stomach.
A good quality puppy commercial diet if sufficient for most puppies. You can also supplement with fresh meat and bones as well, but bones should always be supervised.
Puppy milk is not required after weaning which is around 6-8 weeks. Fresh water should always be available.
As your puppy ages, you can reduce feeding down to 1-2 times per day depending on your preference.
Puppies should have a course of three vaccinations. The first C3 vaccination should have been given by the breeder or rescue group. This is done around 6-8 weeks of age.
Puppies should be not sold or adopted out until after 8 weeks – this is important, as mothers provide socialisation for puppies before 8 weeks, and adopting before this time means they miss these crucial behaviour cues.
Puppies then receive a booster vaccination around 10-12 weeks of age, and this is their first C5 vaccination. Puppies can socialise one week after this vaccination is given. 98% of puppies will seroconvert antibodies after this time, and the 2% that don’t is mostly due to breed.
Many puppy owners have a fear they cannot put their puppies down on the ground or take them anywhere outside their backyard. Due to high vaccination rates in the inner west, we rarely see parvovirus in this area.
We do recommend that puppies avoid high risk areas like dog parks etc but lead walking around the neighbourhood and socialising with known vaccinated dogs is perfectly fine.
Socialising before 16 weeks is absolutely critical to having a relaxed and sociable dog. Puppies should meet a range of dogs in ages breeds etc.
Their third vaccination is given around 14-16 weeks,and is a follow up vaccination to catch the 2% who did not seroconvert after their second vaccination. After this time, a booster vaccination is given one year later.
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