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new puppyIdeally puppies should be left with their mother and siblings until they are 7 weeks old.During this important time their mother and siblings will teach them social skills and tolerance. Moving away from it’s mother and siblings is a bit change in the puppy’s life. When the time comes to collect your puppy there are some things you can do which will make the transition easier, both for you and the puppy.

Food

By 4-5 weeks the litter of puppies will be weaned on to a completely balanced puppy kibble (Hills/Royal Canin/Red Mills). Ask the breeder to give you a small amount of this so that there is continuity and this will help avoid a digestive upset. If you do need to change the puppy on to a new food do this very slowly, ideally over about 5 days gradually increasing the percentage of new kibble. Use the feeding guide on the back of the bag and divide the daily amount over 3 meals throughout the day. Fresh water should always be available to the new puppy.

Beds/Crates and Toilets

Crate training is one of the quickest and most effective ways to house-train a dog. Since most dogs instinctively avoid eliminating in their sleeping and eating areas, dogs that use their crate as a bed or “den” will seldom eliminate inside unless they have been left in the crate for too long. Crate training can also help teach the dog to develop control over its elimination.

As soon as your dog is released from its crate, you should take it to the garden so that it can toilet. You must ensure that the crate is large enough for your particular dog, you must ensure that your dog gets sufficient food, water, play, exercise and attention before it is confined, and you must return before the dog needs to urinate or defecate. The two most important benefits are the safety it affords your pet, and the damage that is prevented. The crate also provides a place of security; a comfortable retreat, where your dog can relax, sleep, or chew on a favourite toy. It is therefore essential that the crate is never used as a place of punishment.

Do all puppies have worms?

Intestinal parasites are common in puppies. Puppies can become infected with parasites before they are born or later through their mother’s milk. Some of these worms are also transmissible to humans. We would recommend that you worm your new puppy every 2 weeks until he/she is 12 wks old and then every month until he/she is 6mths old. Adult dogs/over 6mths should be routinely wormed every 3mths. Worming products include Milbemax, Drontal and Parazole.

Flea control

Fleas are small dark brown insects which can sometimes be found in the coat of dogs and puppies. They don’t live on the animal and sometimes only the dark specks can be found in the coat which is flea dirt (faeces). There are many spot –on treatments available such as Practic and Stronghold . Treatments should be repeated every 6-8wks.

When should my puppy be vaccinated?

There are many diseases that are fatal to dogs. Fortunately, we have the ability to prevent many of these by the use of very effective vaccines. In order to be effective, these vaccines must be given as a series of 2-3 injections. Ideally, they are given at between approximately 7 and 12 weeks of age and cover Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis etc. In areas/animals of high risk your veterinary surgeon may advise a further injection at approximately 16 weeks of age. It is also worth considering vaccination against kennel cough. This vaccination can be carried out at the same time as the other injections and is not an injection but involves drops inserted into the nose. If your puppy has already had a vaccine done with the breeder please show your vet the vaccination certificate so that it can be decided when the next shot is due (there must be at least a 2 week interval between shots).

First visit to the vets

When your pup comes to the vets for his/her first vaccination the vet will carry out a complete head to toe examination. The vet will use a stethoscope to listen to the heart/chest, a thermometer will be used to check the temperature. This is to ensure the puppy is healthy and fit to be vaccinated. The vets will then give the puppy a small injection into the scruff of the neck. The puppy can also be treated for fleas and worms if appropriate at this time (*Please note puppies should not be out in public until a week after the 2nd injection). At Allpets we also offer a free puppy pack which includes a free sample of puppy food, an Allpets calendar, 6wks free insurance cover with Allianz and a puppy party invitation.

How much?

The cost of the first and second vaccination is €72.00 (includes both visits), puppy wormer €3.04 each, flea treatment €7-10, microchip €25.00 (*which is a legal requirement from 2016), kennel cough €25.00 (if given with other vaccines) and pet insurance. We would strongly encourage you to consider having your new pup insured so that you are in a position to give it the best possible veterinary care should there be an accident/illness. There are a number of companies offering pet insurance in Ireland, more information on our pet insurance page.

Dog Boarding Kennels

Bellewstown Kennels
Phone: (0)41 981 1985
Website
Julianstown kennels
Phone: 041-9811930
Website
Sheephouse Boarding Kennels, Cattery & Grooming
Tel: 086 3399910
Website
Beabeg Boarding
Beamore, Drogheda,
Tel: 087 239 3407
Facebook
Cardrath Boarding & Training Kennels
Cardrath, Collon, Co. Louth
Phone: 041-9826171
Facebook
Paws4thought
Dunleer, Co. Louth
Phone: 041 6862783
Website
Belview Kennels
Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
Phone: 041-9822395
Facebook

Dog Walkers

Cùan Pet Care
Claire, Mornington
Phone: 087-6189157 Email: Cuanpetcare@gmail.com
Facebook
Who’s Fur Walkies
Barbara, Laytown
Phone: 086-3897752 Email: whosfurwalkies@gmail.com
Facebook
Meath Coast Dog Photography & Dog walking
Michele Rossini, Bettystown
Phone: 087-2978643
Website
David Christie Walks all size dogs/minds in own home daily. Boards large dogs
17 Castlewood, Dublin Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Phone: 087 2175365
Dog Walking Group
Facebook

Catteries

Allpets Veterinary Hospital Cattery
Allpets Cattery
041 9810000
Sheephouse Boarding Kennels, Cattery & Grooming
Tel: 086 3399910
Feline Friends Cattery
Duleek, Co. Meath
Phone: 086-3508621
Belview Kennels
Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
Phone: 041-9822395
Facebook
Millmount Cattery
Sheila Hughes
Tel: 086-8551591

Behaviourists

Problem Paws
Joanne Byrne
Tel: 087 6731785
Website
Help My Pet
Anneliese Durant
Phone: 087 643 7591
Dogs Behaving Badly
Maureen Byrne, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
Phone: 086-8200010
Website

Groomers

Sheephouse Boarding Kennels, Cattery & Grooming
Tel: 0863399910
Facebook
Just Pawfect
Samantha Gibson 9 The View , Millmount Abbey, Dublin Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Tel: 086-1027052
Facebook
K9 Duleek
Diane De Bruyn Downstown, Duleek, Co. Meath
Tel: 087 91 40 217
Website
Belview Kennels
Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
Phone: 041-9822395
Facebook
The Grooming Den
Ashfield, Drogheda. Co. Louth
Tel: 087-3847733
Facebook

Hydrotherapy

Sharpwells
Canine Hydrotherapy Centre Coldwinters Co. Dublin Ireland
Tel. +353 86 3255273
Website

Animal Rescue Groups

Drogheda Animal Rescue
Phone: 041-9832418
Facebook
Louth SPCA
Dundalk, Co. Louth
Phone: 042 9335045
Website
Mollies Animal Rescue
Duleek, Co. Meath
Phone: 086-3587640
Facebook
Last Hope Animal Charity
Navan, Co. Meath
Phone: 0857172024
Website
Dogs In Distress
Ratoath, Co. Meath
Adopt a dog – 087 9576354
Fostering – 086 3696413
Website

Pet Crematorium

Pets Farewell Pet and Horse Crematorium
6 Grovehill Road Moira Co. Armagh BT67 0PW
Tel:0044(0) 28 92612109
Website

Pet Bereavement Advisory Service

Solace
Phone: 01 4428010

If you have found a stray dog you have a number of duties and obligations.

The first thing to do is check for any form of id:

  • Check for an id tag or a number on the collar (may be on the inside).
  • Bring the dog to your local Vet, Rescue Centre or Dog Pound to be scanned for a microchip.
  • If no microchip is detected and, you cannot keep the dog in your own home
  • Enquire if a local Rescue Shelter or Pound can take in the dog.

If the Shelter or Pound is closed:

  • bring the dog to the local Gardai who can contact the Emergency Dog Warden.

If you decide to keep the dog in your own home until the owner is found:

  • You are legally obliged to inform the local Dog Warden and the Gardai, giving a description of the animal, the address where it was found and the address where it is currently being kept. (Note: This is a legal requirement as you could potentially be accused of theft by failing to do so!)
  • Advertise in the lost and found sections of newspapers and social media.
  • Place a notice/poster in local Vets, Garda Station, Animal Shelters and around the area where the dog was found.

Once you have decided to hold on to a stray dog, you can keep it for 28 days without a license. (During this period you are not allowed to re-home the dog and it must remain in your care). After 28 days, the dog must be licensed and you may re-home it under the condition that you keep a record of the person to whom it was re-homed. The rightful owner has 1 year and 1 day to reclaim their dog. After this period the dog is no longer the legal property of that person.

List of Helpful Contacts

Louth County Council Dog Pound

Address: Dromiskin, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Tel: 042 9324140
Email: vets@louthcoco.ie

Meath County Council Dog Pound

Address: Greenpark Kennels, The Riggins, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.
Tel: 087 0676766
Email: didfostering@gmail.com

An Gardai Siochana – Drogheda

Tel: 041 9874240
Email: drogheda.districtoffice@garda.ie

Drogheda Animal Rescue

Address: P.O. Box 159, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Tel: 041 9832418
Email: info@dar.ie / cats@dar.ie

Mollies Animal Rescue

Address: c/o Marion Coleman, Duleek, Co. Meath.
Tel: 086 3587640

Dogs in Distress

Tel: 086 3696413 (Kathy)

An Gardai Siochana – Dundalk

Tel: 042 9388400

D.S.P.C.A., Mount Venus Road

Address: Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.
Tel: 01 4935502/4935504
Email: info@dspca.ie

Dogs Aid Sanctuary

Address: Dublin 11.
Tel: 01 8347134
Website: www.dogsaid.ie

Last Hope Animal Charity

Address: P.O. Box 56, Navan, Co. Meath.
Tel: 085 7172024
Email: admin@lasthope.ie

An Gardai Siochana – Navan

Tel: 046 9036300

At Allpets we highly recommend you have pet insurance as it gives you the peace of mind that no matter what diagnostics/treatments/surgery we recommend for your pet that you will not have to be concerned with costs when it comes to the optimal treatment for the health and welfare of the pet.

Pet Insurance is ideally taken out as soon as you get your pet so that there are no pre existing exclusions on the policy.Then the same insurance company is kept for life so that any illness’/injuries that occur should in general not be excluded in subsequent years. It is the responsibility of the owner however to find out re any excesses, exclusions or deductions on their individual policy.

Insurance Companies

Allianz

Telephone: 01 448 4848
Email: info@allianzdirect.ie

Petinsurance.ie

Telephone: 0818 484 484
Email: info@blueinsurance.ie