So you’ve just purchased the bowls, the bed, the kennel, the training pads…

But now you’re stuck?

What will you feed her? When should he be vaccinated? How often does she need to be wormed? And why is he chewing everything???

Look no further than Dr Spots Puppy Care Checklist!


  • 1st- 6-8 weeks of age
  • 2nd- 10-12 weeks of age
  • 3rd- 14-16 weeks of age
  • Then an annual health check and vaccination is recommended for the life of your pup.

Each vaccination is accompanied by a complete puppy check over. If you have any concerns or questions feel free to ask during your appointment.


Worm your puppy with an intestinal all-wormer every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age. Then every month until 6 months of age then every 3 months for life (products available include Drontal and Guardian)


Puppies should start a heartworm preventative by 12 weeks of age.


Fleas can be a tricky year-round problem. Ask our friendly staff for advice on what is appropriate for your puppy.


Puppies need the best start in life to grow into strong, healthy companions. For the best start offer your puppy a complete and balanced puppy diet in either dry or canned form. Dry kibble formulations are perfect to maintain healthy teeth compared to canned food. Puppies should be kept on a Puppy Diet until 12 months of age. Then they can be maintained on an adult formula.


Between the age of 8-16 weeks is the best window of opportunity to socialise your pup. This period is crucial in creating a friendly pup, over a shy or aggressive pup. Talk to one of our nurses about how to socialise your pup safely. Or read more on puppy preschool.


Need helpful hints on how to train your puppy the basic commands of sit, stay & come? Need help nipping problem puppy behaviour in the bud? Attending puppy pre-school is a hands-on experience that will send you home with a wealth of knowledge & techniques. Another helpful source of information & visual aids is YouTube, in particular episodes uploaded on Howdini Puppy channel with advice & visual techniques from trained veterinary personnel.