New Puppy or Kitten Checklist


Puppies should be vaccinated from at least 8 weeks of age with a second booster vaccine four weeks later.


  • The DHPPI & L4 vaccine covers the most common canine diseases; Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza virus and leptospirosis, a range of diseases which can be fatal in a young puppy. Following the second DHPPI & L4 vaccine, your puppy will be protected for one year and will require yearly booster vaccines.
  • Kennel Cough is another vaccine that can be given to protect your puppy from another bacterial species. Despite the name, any social dogs who interact with other dogs outside of their households can acquire and transmit this disease regardless of being in kennels. Once again, a yearly booster is required.


Kittens should be vaccinated from at least 8 weeks of age followed by a booster vaccine 3-4 weeks later. Following this course of vaccines, your kitten will need yearly vaccines. We vaccinate kittens to protect them against cat parvovirus, “cat flu” and feline leukaemia virus, all of which can cause fat a I disease.


Both puppies and kittens are born with a heavy roundworm burden, so it is essential to get on top of worming treatments from the start. Worming should be started at two weeks of age and be repeated every two weeks until 3 months of age. These treatments should then be continued monthly until they reach 6 months of age. Following these initial treatments, your pet will require worming every 1-3 months depending on the product you choose. Please talk to our Vets/Nurses an what product would suit you best.

Ectoparasite treatments

Fleas, ticks, lice and mites can all be treated and prevented with regular spot-ons or tablets depending on the product you choose. Puppies & kittens can be safely treated from 8 weeks of age. Like treating worms, we have products that provide 1 month or 3 months protection and come in either spot-on or tablet formulations.



Microchipping is now a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped. We frequently reunite owners with their lost pets simply by scanning for a microchip and contacting the owners based on the on line database containing owner’s information. Although it is not a legal requirement for cats to be microchipped, we feel it is as important given the nature of cats to wander far from home and occasionally get lost.



Neutering your pet has both mostly health but also social benefits. It eliminates the potential for ovarian/uterine/testicular/prostate and other cancers proven to be prevalent in males and females who have not been neutered. It also prevents infectious diseases associated with the reproductive organs such as pyometra. In cats the typical neutering age is from 4 months onwards for both males and females. In dogs, we tend to go by breed and how much growth and maturing your pet needs before they are a suitable candidate for the surgery.


✓ Smo/1 dogs 6/7 months of age
✓ Medium-sized dogs 10/12 months
Large dogs 14/16 months


Call us on 093 36501 for more information.

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