Getting a new puppy or kitten is a very exciting time but if you’re new to pet ownership, it can also be quite daunting. Our staff are happy to talk you through what is required for your new arrival and these are the things we are likely to cover:
Vaccinations are vital to prevent against deadly diseases. Puppies and kittens will usually begin their vaccination course at around 8 weeks of age. The course consists of 3 vaccination visits and ensures they are fully covered against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis. We also use the most up to date leptospirosis vaccination available, which covers for the four most commonly seen strains. Vaccination is also available against kennel cough.
Microchipping must be done by the time a puppy is 8 weeks old, and for kittens, it will soon become law to have them microchipped by 5 months of age. It is vital that as the owner, you ensure that the details linked to the microchip are accurate, such as your phone number and address.
Flea and worming prevention
We can offer a comprehensive flea and worming protocol to prevent your pet becoming infected with these nasty parasites. Treatment is available as a spot-on for young puppies, then a tablet when they are older. For cats, treatment is often a combination of a spot-on and tablet, which we are happy to administer for you. Fleas and worms can cause serious illness in young animals so it is vital to keep up to date with routine prevention.
Whether your insure your pet or not is a very personal choice, but at Folly Gardens Vets, we are able to offer you 4 weeks of free Pet Plan insurance for new puppies and kittens. Just speak to one of our team for more information.
Folly Care Club
Our Folly Care Club is a hugely popular healthcare plan which can not only save you money over the year, but will ensure your pet receives comprehensive, regular veterinary and nursing care with health checks every three months, reminders for flea and worming treatment, included annual vaccinations, discounted services and treatments and much more! You can sign up online, over the phone or in person – just ask us for more information.
Behaviour & Training
It is important to start training your puppy and kitten from an early age for toilet habits, good behaviour and general socialisation. This will help your youngster grow up to be calmer in a variety of situations. Our nurses can advise on general training recommendations and we also have puppy parties where our Behaviour Therapy Nurse can guide you further with best ways to support your youngster in their development and acceptance of new and exciting experiences.
Our Registered Veterinary Nurse Zoe Hockley runs our puppy socialisation program. Often referred to as ‘puppy parties’ these sessions offer invaluable social time for puppies, as well as advice on behaviour and all aspects of health care and basic training.