We recommend that all dogs throughout their lives receive vaccinations to keep them healthy and active. Dogs can be vaccinated against a number of potentially fatal diseases.
These are distemper, viral hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, leptospirosis and kennel cough. Vaccination can commence in puppies from as early as 8 weeks of age. For full immunity they require 2 vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart and annual vaccine boosters thereafter. As part of the annual booster your dog is given a free health check. A vaccination certificate will be given to you as a record and also this will be needed if your dog ever has to board in kennels. Annual booster reminders will be sent to you by text or post so that you do not miss it.
If for whatever reason you do miss the annual booster deadline, we offer a vaccine amnesty. This means your dog will receive the primary vaccination course for the price of a booster.
Fleas are common external parasites of dogs and are present all year round. They cause problems in dogs such as flea allergic dermatitis, rashes and sores. A significant part of the flea live cycle occurs in the environment of the dog such as carpets in your home so it is very important to control fleas. A single flea can lay 50 eggs a day so it is easy to see how their numbers can get out of control quickly. Prevention of fleas is far better than battling an infestation. On this photo you can see flea eggs in the belly of this flea about to be laid.
It is recommended that veterinary prescription flea control preparations are used regularly to control fleas. These products are very safe for your dog and highly affective at stopping fleas. Many products are available including spot on type preparations or tasty tablets. These same preparations can also be used to control other parasites such as, ticks, mange mites and lice and round worms.
Please ask us about this and we can recommend the best prevention for your dog. We also have regular offers and free products and our Pet Health Club so we can give you the best products at the best prices.
It is important to regularly worm your dog for the health of your dog and also for your own health as some worms can be transmitted from dogs to people.
There are several types of worms that need to be treated. These are round worms (photo below), tapeworms and lung worms. Adult dogs should be wormed at least 4 times a year. Working dogs, hunting dogs, multi-dog households or dogs that eat raw meat have higher exposure to worms so should be wormed every 1-2 months. Puppies should be wormed every 4-6 weeks until they are 6 months of age then change to the adult worming interval.
There are many different worming preparations available ranging from chewy palatable tablets and spot on type preparations all treating different worms for different intervals. Our vets and nurses are here to advise which is the most appropriate for your pet. We have regular offers on free products and our Pet Health Club to give you the best treatment.
Dogs can be castrated as early as 6 months of age. Castrating dogs can prevent unwanted behaviours that can be caused by testosterone such as escaping and wandering and destructive and aggressive behaviours due to frustration. It has significant health benefit as it prevents testicular cancer, significantly reduces the incidence of prostate disease prevents perineal hernias and anal cancer. This photo is of an anal cancer called anal adenoma. This condition is preventable by castration.
Bitches can be spayed before their first season or 3 months after it. Spaying involves removal of the ovaries and the uterus. If dogs are spayed at this time it significantly reduces the risk of them getting mammary cancer as they get older. If they are not spayed, as they get older and have more and more seasons their risk of mammary cancer increases massively. Mammary cancer is a challenge to treat and can be life threatening and involves multiple surgeries to manage it. Preventing it is far better.
Spaying also eliminates the risk of pyometra which is a serious infection of the uterus which is life threatening if not treated promptly. Spaying also stops false pregnancies, unwanted pregnancies and the mess and disruption of seasons.
The disadvantage of spaying is that your dog may have a tendency to gain more weight but this can be controlled by careful feeding and exercise. Occasionally some spayed dogs can develop urinary incontinence where they leak a little urine on their beds. If this happens it can be easily managed by medication.
The schemes aim to reduce the incidence of hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs, which lead to osteoarthritis. Both have a strong hereditary component and although environmental factors can also have an influence it is advisable to breed from unaffected dogs. Each hip is scored out of 53 to give a total maximum score of 106 and breeders should aim for a score below the Breed Median. Elbows are scored from 0-3 and a score of 0 is preferable for breeding.
At Chaseview Veterinary Clinic we aim to take high quality radiographs in the correct position to achieve the best possible scores. Owners often travel long distances so we normally take the radiographs while they wait so that the dogs can be taken straight home afterwards.
Some breeds of dog can suffer severe tail damage when they are worked. In England it is legal to dock puppies tails in the first 5 days of life if they are of a specified breed and likely to be used for working purposes. It is no longer legal to dock puppies’ tails for cosmetic purposes and docked animals cannot be entered in dog shows where the public are present except to demonstrate their working ability.
Law enforcement - Activities of Her Majesty’s armed forces; emergency rescue. Lawful pest control.The lawful shooting of animals.
Specified Types of Dog
Hunt point retrieve breeds of any type or combination of types. Spaniels of any type or combination of types. Terriers of any type or combination of types.
Owners should telephone Chaseview Veterinary Clinic when the puppies are born to arrange docking as not all vets at the practice perform this procedure.
Puppies should be presented with their dam to show that they are an appropriate breed.
We will need evidence that they are likely to be used for lawful working purposes. This could be a current shotgun certificate or a letter from a landowner, gamekeeper or shoot manager to state that the dam is regularly used for lawful shooting or pest control.
A certificate will be issued for each puppy to show that it has been legally docked. These puppies must be microchipped before they are 12 weeks old and the certificate presented to the veterinary surgeon that inserts the microchip.
We recommend that hind dew claws are removed at the time of tail docking. Front dew claws can be left unless they are likely to cause a problem.