Vaccinating and desexing your puppy

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Vaccinating and Desexing Your Puppy


Puppies are vulnerable to illness as their immune system develops, so vaccination is a must. The recommended vaccination schedule for puppies starts at 6-8 weeks of age. There are then one or two booster vaccinations in subsequent weeks.

The vets at Best Friends recommend annual booster vaccinations to provide the best protection throughout the life of your dog.

After vaccination, don't be surprised if your puppy or dog seems a little worse for wear. Talk to us if problems persist.


Desexing female puppies (spaying)

Spaying is the surgical removal of the ovaries and uterus of the female puppy, making her sterile. Our vets recommend you desex your female puppy from 4 months of age.

Female dogs are spayed in order to prevent the side effects of heat cycles, pregnancy, false pregnancy, production of unwanted puppies and development of cancers of the female reproductive tract and mammary glands.


Desexing male puppies (Neutering)

Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles of the male dog, making him sterile. Other terms used are "fixing" and "altering". Our vets recommend desexing your puppy from 4 months of age (although it can be done at any age).

Male dogs are fixed to prevent cancer, prostate problems and behavioural problems.

If you would like to know more about vaccinating and desexing your puppy, please contact the team at Our Vet, on 1300 OUR VET.