Dogs & Puppies
Caring for your Dog
Dog food & Nutrition
The first year of your dog’s life is the most important time to get their feeding right. Good nutrition at this time can lead to a long healthy life minimising health issues as your dog ages. You should also get into the habit of avoiding feeding excessive treats or scraps, as obesity can lead to heart disease, arthritis and many other health problems.
Premium pet food is available from Anexa Vets. This is the very best food you can feed your puppy. Premium foods are manufactured based on the recommendations of science and research findings and contain exactly the right balance of nutrients for your puppy’s development. These foods can also be specific to the size and/or breed of your dog, to address its unique dietary needs.
It is important to control fleas on your puppy throughout its life. Start with a product that is safe for younger animals. Some products kill just fleas, but some do worms and ticks as well. Treatments can be administered topically or orally. Ask your vet which product is right for your dog or puppy.
If not treated for fleas, your dog is at risk of developing:
– Skin irritation from bites
– Flea allergy dermatitis
– Secondary infection from self-trauma after itching
There are benefits for you too:
– No flea bites at home
– The decrease of the flea population
Avoid imitation or inferior products, especially non-vet approved flea collars. They will only kill the fleas that come into contact with the collar, so your puppy can still be covered with fleas elsewhere.
Remember that only 5% of the flea population is actually on your dog. The rest are in the environment.
Your puppy will need worming every two weeks until it is 12 weeks old. Then every month until it is 6 months old, and after this, every 3-6 months for the rest of his life.
Senior Dog Care
Senior pets have very different requirements to that of younger animals. Generally, a pet over the age of 7 is considered to be a senior. Senior pet checks are recommended at least annually, in some cases more often may be best for your pet. Senior pets are more prone to developing diseases such as arthritis, dental disease and multiple organ diseases. Anexa Veterinarians are here to advise you and your aging pet.
Anxiety in dogs can show in a variety of ways, often we may misinterpret some of these signs as ‘naughty’ behaviour, when in fact our pets are stressed. Anexa staff are here to support you and your pet, and create a plan to manage your dog’s behaviour better.
Training & socialisation
This is extremely important for young puppies. There is a window of opportunity when your puppy is going to learn a lot from his/her experiences. This is until they are 18 weeks old. This is the easiest time to train your puppy and when you need to expose it to as many different situations as possible.
Attending a Puppy Preschool is an ideal way to learn how to train your puppy and socialise it with other puppies and owners.
It is important to groom your pet regularly in order to keep it looking healthy and prevent tangled hair. Tangled clumps allow a build up of dirt and provide a hiding place for fleas and lice as well as causing damage to the underlying skin. Anexa clinics stock a variety of brushes, shampoos, and conditioners to help keep your dog looking and feeling great. We also offer a professional grooming service at Morrinsville, Thames, Huntly and Te Kauwhata.
We all feel better after a good night’s sleep and often a good bed can help. Anexa Vets stock a range of pet beds – large and small, including the popular Osteo beds. If there is a particular pet bed you have in mind but we don’t have in clinic, we are happy to order it in for you.
Dog Toys, Leads, Collars and Accessories
Anexa Vet clinics stock a range of quality leads, collars, toys and accessories. Our knowledgable staff know that different dogs have different needs and can help pick out what will work for your pet, if you are a little unsure.
Your puppy will need a number of vaccinations, starting at 8 weeks, with the final vaccination when your puppy is at least 16 weeks old. Each vaccination is given 4 weeks apart, so in some cases a total of 3 vaccinations may be required. Your vet will advise the best vaccination schedule for your dog.
We recommend vaccinating against parvovirus, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, adenoviral respiratory disease, canine parainfluenza and leptospirosis. If your dog will be going into kennels or to dog parks you will also need to vaccinate for canine cough. This needs to be done at least 72 hours prior to kennelling.
It is best to avoid walking your puppy in dog parks and other public areas until at least 7 days after his last puppy vaccination.
If you are not intending to breed from your puppy in the future, we strongly recommend you get him or her desexed.
Spaying can reduce problems like mammary (breast) cancer and eliminate problems like pyometra (a life-threatening infection of the uterus) in female dogs. Obviously, it also avoids bitches coming into heat, and unwanted puppies. In males, neutering can reduce roaming and other unwanted behaviours. It also decreases the chances of prostate problems later in life.
Usually the desexing surgery is recommended at around 6 months of age. Your vet can advise you on the best time to desex your puppy.
It is compulsory for most dogs to be microchipped. This can done at your Vet Clinic, usually with your puppy’s last vaccination or at the time of desexing. You must register your dog with the council when they are 3 months old, you will need to show a certificate proving that your dog has been microchipped. It is also important that the council have your dog’s microchip number on file so that if your dog is found, it can be easily returned to you.
Working dogs on farms can be exempt from microchipping. Talk to your Vet about whether this is the case with your puppy. We strongly recommend microchipping for all dogs, especially valuable working dogs.
We also recommend that your dog is registered with the NZCAR to provide 24/7 access to the national online database.
By the age of 3, most dogs are living with some form of dental disease. Dental disease ranges from tartar on the teeth to severe tartar resulting in gum disease. Any form of dental disease is likely to be uncomfortable, progressing to painful, for your pet.
There are plenty of options for you to help with your pet’s oral health at home ranging from tooth brushing, chews, specific diets and water additives.
Our clinics offer dental services for scaling, polishing and tooth extraction when required for your pet.
Regular dental checks are recommended to avoid the development of severe dental disease.
General surgery encompasses a range of soft tissue surgery including desexing, lump removals and wound repair. From the more routine procedures to the tricky wounds our veterinarians and veterinary nurses are experienced and each patient is considered on an individual basis when it comes to any surgery.
You pet is in the best hands with the staff at Anexa Vets for any general surgery they require.
At Anexa, we offer veterinary care for your pets 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This also includes all public holidays. If you need us for an emergency outside of normal business hours you will be advised by our after-hours service on what to do and a veterinarian called to assist you. Some of our clinics work closely with Waikato After hours Veterinary Hospital to ensure your pet gets the best care.
When to call the Vet
If you have any concerns at all, please contact your vet. We will let you know whether your dog needs to be seen by a vet. The worst thing is seeing an animal too late for potentially life-saving treatment.
At Anexa Vets we have the advantage of being able to source expertise from a big pool of veterinarians. We have companion veterinarians who can perform a range of orthopaedic procedures at various clinics.
Complex orthopaedic procedures can demand a specialist approach and we can refer these cases if necessary.
New puppy? Congratulations!
Be sure to read our caring for your dog section above, and check out our tips and frequently asked questions below to give your puppy the best start.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have a checklist of the things my puppy will need?
Yes. We encourage you to call in and organise the following:
- Quality dog food
- Food and water bowls
- ID tag with contact details
- Adjustable collar and leash
- Dog toys and chews
- A dog bed and blanket
- Vaccination programme
- Teeth care information
- Flea and worming treatment
- Grooming supplies
- Desexing information
- Microchipping and council rego
What is the best way to get my puppy settled?
How do I introduce my puppy to our children and other pets?
How do I toilet-train my puppy?
Allocate an area outside for toileting, and take your pup to this area each time.
- Take your puppy outside to the toilet regularly to avoid accidents. Do this after eating, sleeping and playing. To begin with, also take your puppy out every 1-2 hours.
- Take to the same spot, and stand with them until they go. You may use a command, such as ‘be quick’ or ‘go toilet’; this can be helpful at later times.
- Once they have toileted, plenty of praise should be given.
What should I feed my new puppy?
How do I introduce new experiences?
Join Anexa Vet’s Pet Community
We’d love to stay in touch, for further Vet Advice, News, Promotions and Competitions – LIKE our Facebook page or sign up to our monthly email newsletter. Check out a sample of our previous cat and kitten articles below.
Keep up to date
Subscribe to our mailer
If you think tricks are just for dogs - think again! Vet Nurse Renee shares 5 easy tips to teach your cat to shake hands. First, you need your cat to sit. You can do this by getting their favourite treats and showing them, you have it. Get your cat focused on you....
Did you know the skin is the largest organ in the body? Skin takes all the wear and tear that nature dishes out, not only to us but to our beloved pets. With the change in seasons, a few issues can arise. Spring can bring on allergies for all of us (e.g. hay fever and...
Cats are independent creatures. So while they need our care and attention, they also highly value their own space. As many families are spending more time at home, helping your cat get enough quiet time has become more challenging. The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t just...