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Caring for your Puppy

Caring for your Puppy


We vaccinate dogs against the following disease: Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Bordatella. All of these diseases have debilitating effects on dogs and in severe cases can cause death. Vaccinations are the best protection we can offer your pet against these diseases. Our vaccination protocol is as follows:

6-8 weeks of age
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus

12-14 weeks of age
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Kennel cough (intranasal)

16-18 weeks of age
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Kennel cough

After these three vaccinations your pet requires annual vaccinations.


We recommend that you get your puppy de-sexed at 6 months of age, and the benefits of the procedure include preventing unwanted pregnancies, vaginal, uterine and mammary infections, undesirable hormonal problems, and greatly reduces the risk of mammary, testicular, and prostatic cancers. Please call and speak to our friendly staff that will be able to discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

Dogs are very similar to humans in that they require a well-balanced diet. This can be easily achieved by feeding Vet-recommended dry food. At Southside Animal Hospital we stock a range of premium food (Royal Canin) and can recommend and tailor a diet for your pet.

Intestinal worms are a common problem seen in young pups as they can be transferred from their mothers or they can be obtained from the environment. We offer preventative care for the following worms: Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm. Our worming protocol is listed below:
Every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every 3 months for life.

Heartworm is one of the biggest threats to the health of your animal. It is spread by a mosquito biting an infected dog and then biting your pup and passing on the disease. We strongly recommend using preventative measures in the form of chewable tablets, topical applicators or an injection.

Your prevention programme should start at 12 weeks of age. At Southside Animal Hospital we offer a convenient injection that will protect your dog for 12 months.

Fleas & Ticks

Flea prevention is recommended all year round. Fleas can be found on the dog, in their bedding and their immediate environment (carpet, grass, etc). Flea preventatives come as either topical applicators such as Frontline, or oral chewable tablets, such as Comfortis.

Ticks can cause death, and are a very real threat here in the shire. They tend to be found mostly in coastal suburbs, particularly when the weather is warmer. Tick prevention is usually applied fortnightly and topical applicators such as Frontline are recommended. We also stock a range of tick collars and topical sprays.

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It is our mission to provide the absolute best pet care and veterinary service to our customers and their furry family members.