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How to take the best care of a new puppy

The vaccines that protect against the common major life-threatening infectious diseases are vitally important for your puppy. If your puppy has been vaccinated already the vaccine card will have the date that the next vaccine is due. If not yet vaccinated, give the puppy a week to settle into your home then book a visit with us. At every visit we will examine your puppy and make sure it is in good health before vaccinating. The date that the next vaccine is due will be written into our vaccine card. We will normally vaccinate a puppy 2 or 3 times, with a month between each visit.

Puppies must not go out or come into contact with unvaccinated dogs until 10 days after their final vaccination. After a puppy has had its primary vaccination course, annual “booster vaccinations” must be given, to maintain protection. For more info see:

Puppy vaccination
Adult dog vaccinations
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Rabies vaccination

Rabies There is no rabies in Hong Kong but there is a legal requirement for your dog to have a rabies vaccine (and a Microchip) by the time it is five months old. We give the rabies vaccine and apply for the dog license on your behalf. This vaccine is repeated once every three years.

The Kennel Cough Vaccinationprotects against respiratory tract infections. Only one dose is needed and it can be given as young as six weeks on its own, or at the same time as the other vaccines. This vaccine is given into the nostrils – no needles! It is repeated every year.


Worms. Each puppy should be treated for intestinal worms once a month with a complete wormer for round and tape worms. Many puppies are infected with roundworms from their mother's milk. For puppies in close contact with children, this is especially important. We will advise you on the best choice of wormer. Read about worm infections in dogs and cats

Flea and Ticks. Fleas and ticks are common in Hong Kong in both urban and rural areas. Both cause direct skin irritation, both transmit serious diseases to pets and both can affect humans. Every dog in Hong Kong should be on monthly preventative flea and tick ‘spot on’ treatments. This can start as early as six weeks. Special anti-tick collars are also available for dogs at high risk of tick infestation. Please feel free to ask us for advice. Read about flea problems and control

Heartworm. Heartworm is an unpleasant disease that is endemic in Hong Kong. Mosquitoes transmit the worms when they bite a dog. The juvenile worms develop in the blood vessels of the lung and in the heart causing serious disease. Read bout heartworm infection in dogs

We strongly recommend routine heartworm prevention for all dogs. Prevention is easy, using monthly tablets, monthly ‘spot–on’ preparations or yearly injections. The tablets and spot–on must be in use by the time the puppy is five months old; the injection is given at six months old. Read about preventing heartworm


All dogs should be exercised every day, ideally two walks of at least twenty minutes. Not only is it good for your dog’s health (and yours!), it helps to avoid a lot of common behavioural problems like excessive barking, aggression to strangers and chewing of furniture. However it is important that your dog is vaccinated completely before you bring it to places where other dogs commonly go. You must also ensure good parasite control and remember to clean up after your dog!

Behaviour and Training

Everyone knows that dogs are a human’s best friend. This is especially true if they are well behaved! Dogs are pack animals, are instinctively obedient and love to please you. Badly behaved dogs are not cute or funny and make it difficult to get dog–friendly legislation passed in Hong Kong. Be a responsible pet owner and train your dog properly. We can help!

Ill health

If at any time you are concerned about your puppy’s health please call us on 2330 7566. You can talk to our trained nurses who will advise you and can arrange an appointment to see the vet. Signs to look out for include... Poor appetite, sleepiness, diarrhoea, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, discharge from eyes or nose, patchy hair loss, scratching ears or skin and weight loss, in fact anything you do not think is normal!


We know from experience that there are many other things you may want to know about caring for your new puppy. We are here to help you and are only too pleased to answer your questions. We care for what matters, your puppy’s well being. Call us!

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