Once you have made the decision to bring a new puppy into your family, it's time to start making plans for when they arrive. Use our puppy checklist to ensure you're prepared.

Whether you’ve had dogs before or whether your new addition is a completely new experience for you, we have all the information you need to make sure you both set off on the right foot.

Vaccinations

Some breeders or rescue centres may have already started your puppies vaccinations. Just like us, our pets have vaccines against common life threatening diseases to ensure they stay happy and healthy.

* Core vaccination against Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parvovirus & Leptovirus. 2-3 injections given four weeks apart.
* Kennel Cough – This is a highly contagious airborne infection that we recommending vaccinating against. Dogs are at higher risk in areas where lots of other dogs are around such as; puppy classes, doggy day care or meeting other dogs in the park.
* Booster vaccinations combined with a full health check are required every 12 months.

Insurance

We recommend insuring your pet. Pet insurance is there to cover the cost of unexpected treatment that may be needed if your dog has an accident or becomes ill. We insure our homes and cars, pet insurance is just the same but for our furry friends instead.

Neutering

This is something you may want to discuss with one of our vets, the recommendations can be tailored to your pets needs based on the most up to date research.
* Can usually be performed from 6 months of age.
* Female dogs can be neutered either before or after their first season, and removes the risk of pyometra (a potentially fatal uterine infection) and, depending on when performed, can reduce the risk of mammary tumours.
* The timing of neutering for male dogs depends on breed and individual situations so have a chat with one of our vets for a tailored advice.

Microchipping

Your dog should already be microchipped when they come to you as this is now a legal requirement.

* Provides permanent identification for your puppy. It is quick and simple to perform without the need for anaesthesia.
* Much higher chance of being reunited if your pet is ever lost.

Parasites - Flea and de-worming treatment

* Ask your vet for a prescription strength comprehensive flea, mite and de-worming product. This includes cover against roundworms (the most common worm in puppies) and lungworm.
* We will tailor a flea and worm prevention/treatment protocol for your pet based on your personal situation and lifestyle
* We offer free flea & worm appointments with our nurses, these appointments are a great training opportunity for your puppy. Often the first few visits to the vets involves an injection so they may decide they don’t particularly like coming to the vets. It’s amazing how quickly they change their mind when they visit the lovely nurse every month and get lots of treats.

Food

* Good quality nutrition is essential for proper growth and development of your puppy. A high quality complete food is the easiest way of ensuring optimum nutrition.
* The Spinney Vets preferred diet is Hills Vet Essentials Science Plan – speak to your vet for advice on the best nutrition and diet for your dog as all breeds and individuals may have specific requirements.

Pet Health Club

Our Pet Health Club allows you to spread the cost of your pets preventative healthcare, as well as giving you access to preferential rates and discounts. Ask us for more information when you visit or call your local branch.

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Veterinary Hospital Northampton

Veterinary Hospital
491 Kettering Rd
Northampton NN3 6QW

Opening Times:
Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 20.00
Saturday: 08.00 - 18.00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.00 - 12.00

Emergencies Only
08.00 - 10.00 & 12.00 - 17.00

Outside of these times you will be directed to our dedicated out of hours emergency service provider, Vets Now.

Telephone: 01604 648221

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Telephone: 01604 648221

OUR LOCATIONS

Veterinary Hospital Northampton

Veterinary Hospital
491 Kettering Rd
Northampton NN3 6QW

Opening Times:
Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 20.00
Saturday: 08.00 - 18.00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10.00 - 12.00

Emergencies Only
08.00 - 10.00 & 12.00 - 17.00

Outside of these times you will be directed to our dedicated out of hours emergency service provider, Vets Now.

Telephone: 01604 648221

OUT OF HOURS COVER
Telephone: 01604 648221

Veterinary Surgery Northampton

Veterinary Surgery
Tudor Court
Wootton Hope Drive
Wootton Fields
Northampton NN4 6FF

Opening Times:
Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri
09.00 - 18.30
Wed: 09.00 - 20.00
Sat: 09.00 - 12.00 noon

Telephone: 01604 700366

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Telephone: 01604 648221