Dog Care

Owning a dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have. Dogs are very local and affection and make great companions to people of any age and families of any size.

 

One of the most common issues we see as veterinarians is people failing to match the breed of dog they have to their particular lifestyle and the responsibilities they have to both the dog and the wider community. At Delatite Veterinary Services we are more than happy to discuss the pros and cons of different breeds of dogs you may be considering and your lifestyle to help you choose the most suitable canine friend for your circumstances. We will provide advice on potential health issues, training/exercise requirements and important routine health care that are important for you to know about before you purchase or adopt a dog.

 

So you have found the perfect breed.....What next?!?

 

After purchasing your puppy or dog, there are several important aspects of their care, to consider:

  • Vet check in the first 48 hours of obtaining your puppy to make sure that they are not suffering any ailments that you may not have been told about.

  • We strongly recommend that you consider pet insurance for your new dog. Please see our information sheet on insurance for more about this topic.

  • Suitable bedding such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets need to be provided in a weatherproof kennel or indoors.

  • A secure yard/run that your dog will not be able to escape from. We do not recommend leaving your dog unsupervised when tethered.

  • Regardless of the breed you have chosen, your dog will need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid the development of behavioural and health problems. Dogs can develop behavioural issues if they feel neglected or excluded or if they are bored. It is also extremely important that dogs are socialised with both people and other dogs (from outside their litter) from an early age in order to learn appropriate interactive behaviours. Attending puppy school is perfect for this!

  • We  encourage a least a yearly health check. These visits are extremely important in picking up potentially life-threatening problems at an early stage and provide an opportunity to prevent them from reaching a life-threatening stage. Basic health care for your dog also includes routine vaccinations, flea and tick control and worming are also recommended. A visit to us is also a good opportunity to ask about nutrition, behaviour, and other issues you may have

  • Nutrition is an important part of your dogs care. A healthy and balanced diet is essential. This will provide protein to build the body; fats for skin and coat health; carbohydrates for energy; and minerals and vitamins for good bone development and healthy tissues.

  • It is essential to keep your dogs teeth clean. Head over to our Dental Disease page for more tips on how to care for your dog's teeth! Never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog.

  • Fresh water bowls must always be available for your dog. They should be kept clean, changed frequently and placed in the shade

  • Grooming and brushing is essential, particularly for long-haired breeds. This helps remove dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds, and tangles and it also assists to shorten the coat moult, which occurs every autumn and spring. Grass seeds very easily work their way into the skin of dogs. Dirty or smelly dogs should also be bathed. Please do not bath your dog too frequently as it will strip the natural oils from their cost and result in dry skin and an itchy dog.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff on (03) 5779 1754 during business hours to discuss any questions you may have or drop into the clinic for advice!

 

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