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Puppy Update!

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The puppies are now 5 weeks old and continuing to grow extremely fast! Their eyes are now fully open, and they are walking around and exploring their surroundings. They have received their first worming doses, and in the last 1-2 weeks had begun attempting to eat some of Isla’s own food – a clear sign they were ready to start the weaning process!

Puppies are generally weaned from around 4 weeks of age, starting with soft mashed foods and progressing to puppy kibble. The process is generally completed by 7-8 weeks of age.

The puppies are also now in what is known as the ‘socialisation period’ of their lives, a time from around 3 weeks of age to 12-14 weeks of age. During these weeks, it is important puppies are gently exposed to a variety of new sights and sounds so as to help with their development!

Worming & The Dangers of Lungworm

Puppies should be wormed regularly until 12 weeks of age. After that, we recommend worming your dog once a month to ensure protection against the often fatal lungworm.

Lungworm is a dangerous parasite that can be picked up by your pet from eating slugs or snails, or from the slime trails they leave behind. There are often no obvious signs of infection until it is too late.

To find out more about lungworm and worming your pet, visit here, or don’t hesitate to contact us by email at pets@southdublinvets.ie, or by phone on (01) 455 5362 (Terenure branch) or (01) 296 5876 (Dundrum branch).