Home preparation – Puppies

Sleeping Arrangements

You will need to set up a new environment at home that enables your puppy to feel safe and secure.

Start your puppy off on the right track encouraging him or her to sleep away from you at night. Decide if your puppy is going to live indoors or outdoors early on. Remember puppies are not very good at keeping themselves warm so it needs to be in a sheltered area.

Create a “puppy domain” where your puppy can go to eat, drink and sleep comfortably. This is an area you want your puppy to feel safe so ensure there are no loud noises (such as the washing machine) that may frighten your puppy. Click here for the ideal puppy bed.


A good quality diet is imperative for a healthy puppy. Premium quality diets ensure your pup receives everything necessary for a growing body. Find out what your puppy is used to being fed before you get your puppy home and slowly introduce a new diet over 5-7 days to prevent tummy upsets.

Your puppy will need to be fed a puppy food until the age of one year.

Food and Water Bowls

Choose bowls that are easy to keep clean and sturdy enough to prevent your pup from tipping them over. Plastic, stainless steel, porcelain and ceramic bowls are available. Have an extra one available in case your pup does manage to knock it over or for hot days. Consider a portable water bowl for travelling or long walks.

Vet Check

If you already have your pup home, it is a good idea to get your puppy checked over by a vet at this age. It is never too early for a visit to the vet. Your vet will ensure there are no problems with your puppy such as a hernia that may need to be surgically repaired. The vet can also detect heart murmurs at this age and make sure your puppy is a healthy weight.

Puppies need to commence vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age. Your puppy should be given at least a C3 vaccination that prevents against Parvovirus, Canine Distemper and Infectious Canine Hepatitis.


Fleas are a common cause of skin disease in dogs. Their bite can cause intense itching and skin damage. Controlling fleas is vital if you want a healthy shiny coat and an itchy free puppy.

The key to keeping fleas under control is to use an effective flea control product and use it regularly. Most products involve a monthly spot on treatment. Flea collars and flea shampoos are not recommended as the chemicals are not very effective and can be harmful to you and your pet.

Good flea products actually break the life cycle of the flea. Start preventing against fleas now. Ask your vet about the best prevention for your puppy.

Tick Prevention

Are there ticks living in your area or do you plan to take your pet on holiday where there may be ticks? The paralysis tick is common along the east coast of Australia especially New South Wales and Queensland.

Once the tick attaches at a suitable site it begins to engorge with blood and will inject a potent toxin that causes muscle paralysis. It can potentially cause death if the muscles that help your pet breathe are paralysed. Talk to your veterinarian about the best prevention for your pet.

Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms can make a young puppy very sick and these can be transferred from the mother via her milk. Puppies need intestinal worming every 2 weeks up until they are 12 weeks old and then monthly until 6 months. Choose a good quality intestinal all wormer approved by your veterinarian.

Pet Insurance

There are many different health insurance policies available for your pet ranging from policies that cover general health check-ups to policies that cover more serious conditions. Pet insurance will help with unexpected costs and assist providing your pet with the best care when needed. Now is the time to consider pet insurance.