Caring for Your Puppy
Puppies are adorable and raising a new pup can be hard work, but we have a wide range of puppy essentials to help them grow strong and healthy. From puppy medication such as flea treatments and wormers to puppy food, treats, and toys, you can find all your puppy stuff here.
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Getting a new puppy is exciting, having a cute little ball of fur as the new addition to the family. But like any pet, a new puppy can be a lot of hard work. Because puppies are young, they need more attention on their healthcare and nutrition to help their development, and our range of products and puppy supplies can help. For training and playtime, we have a great selection of puppy stuff such as treats and toys to help your new family member and you bond and become the best of friends.
Puppy Flea Treatments
Although fleas aren’t generally a problem for young puppies, they can pick fleas up from outside, when they're old enough to go for walks, or from a home that is already infected. Flea treatments for puppies can protect your new pup from these unwanted critters and treat them if they become infected.
For younger pups, we have a range of this puppy essential to keep your pup safe, from flea combs, collars, and sprays. For puppies aged over 12 weeks of age, your pup can use most of the adult dog flea treatments, which include a range of dog flea tablets and spot-ons. However, these treatments often have a minimum weight too, so make sure your pup is heavy enough before using these.
Some of the puppy flea treatments are prescription only, so you'll need a prescription from your vet first. Although preventing them is best, if your puppy has fleas, they could get a tapeworm infection if they swallow infected fleas. If this is the case, you should also treat your pup with a wormer.
A puppy can get a roundworm infection in the womb or through their mother’s milk if their mother is infected. And although tapeworms can’t be passed down, your pup can get a tape-worm infection from fleas.
So, to prevent your pup from getting worms, they should be treated with puppy wormers from 2 weeks of age, and every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old. After that, your pup can be wormed every 3 months with an adult dog wormer, so long as they also meet the minimum weight.
Puppies grow up fast, and need the right nutrients to keep them healthy and strong as they grow. We stock a wide range of puppy food that contains all the right minerals that your pup needs to support their growing bones and immune systems.
From wet puppy food and dry puppy food, there is a wide range of choices to feed your puppy. All come in delicious flavours and are filled with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids. For newborn pups we also have puppy milk for those that need help getting their food. Puppy milk is also great for large litters, or for runts so every pup can grow up strong and healthy.
Caring for your new pup also means making sure they are trained. Training your puppy can take a while but can be easier if you train with some delicious and nutritious puppy treats. Our range of treats will have your pup become the ‘top dog’ and make perfect snacks and special treats.
All that work, now it’s time to play! Puppies love a good play and playing with puppy toys isn’t just good fun for your pup and you, but it makes good stimulation. Puppy toys can help to enhance your pup’s learning, keeping their brain active and develop new skills. As well as a great bonding moment between you and your new pup – puppy toys also teach them what is okay to play with and chew on (because you don’t want your shoes to become the new toy!).
We have a wide range of puppy essentials and supplies for you to choose from, but If you need any help contact our team who will be happy to help!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Should You Worm Your Puppy?
Puppies should be wormed every two weeks until they are twelve weeks old, and then monthly until they are six months old. Once your puppy is six months old, they can start on an adult worming routine, which may be monthly or every three months, depending on the chosen wormer. Always make sure the worming treatment you are using is suitable for puppies, and if you’re not sure, speak with your vet for recommendations.
What Age Should You Get A Puppy?
The absolute youngest a puppy should be before you take them home is 8 weeks. This is to ensure that your puppy has been properly weaned and has received all the benefits of their mother’s milk. However, many breeders will only let puppies leave between 12-14 weeks old. This ensures proper weaning and also allows proper socialisation between the new puppy and their littermates.
When Can Puppies Eat Solid Food?
A puppy can transition to adult dog food as soon as they become an adult and have reached their appropriate adult weight. This can vary between breeds, with larger breeds needing more time to grow into their full size. Generally, this transition can begin anywhere between 8-12 months of age, but rememeber to speak with your vet before making any major changes to your pet’s diet.
How Many Hours a Day Should You Be with Your Puppy?
Bringing home a new puppy is a commitment, and you should be prepared to spend at least two to three hours per day with them to allow for proper socialisation, bonding and to start crucial training such as crate and house training. This can easily be broken into smaller, 15 minute chunks if necessary.
Puppies should not be left at home on their own for longer than four hours, and even once fully grown, dogs should not be left for more than 6-8 hours without proper exercise or the chance to relieve themselves.
How Long Does a Puppy Stay a Puppy?
Breed plays a big role in how long a puppy is considered a puppy, with smaller breeds maturing much faster (as early as 9 months) than larger dogs (some as late as 15 months).