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Preparing for a
kitten or puppy

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Bringing home a new pet is an exciting time but it is important that your home is fully prepared and that you ask all the relevant information from the breeder or previous owners so that you are ready to take care of them.

Puppies and kittens should be fully weaned before leaving their mother, at around 8-10 weeks. Leaving the litter can be very unsettling, to help the transition you can do the following:

  • Bring home a blanket with their mothers smell on

  • Making them a quiet and cosy bed

  • Using pheromone sprays and diffusers

  • Keeping their food consistent as before 

What to ask​

It is important to have as much information as possible before you bring your pet home.

  • The microchip details

  • Vaccination details (date and type of vaccine)

  • Current diet

  • Flea and worming status (date and type of product used)

  • If there are any known health issues

Bringing them home for the first time

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Vaccinations and microchips

Dog Vaccinations

Puppies can have their 1st vaccination from 6 weeks of age, and their second vaccination at 10 weeks, as long as it has been at least 2-4weeks since their 1st vaccination. At Spring Corner we use Nobivac DHPPi and Lepto 2. Nobivac DHPPi provides immunisation of dogs against canine distemper, hepatitis, canine parvovirus and canine parainfluenza and is given with Nobivac leptospirosis (Lepto 2).

The 1st vaccine comes with a health check from the vet and costs £30 and the 2nd vaccine is £24. 

Cat vaccinations

Kittens can be vaccinated from 8- weeks old, and they can have their 2nd vaccination from 12 weeks old, 3-4 weeks after their 1st injection. The vaccination we use is Nobivac Tricat Trio, which provides immunisation against feline calicivirus (FCV) and feline herpes virus type 1 (FHV) and to prevent clinical signs, virus excretion and leucopenia caused by feline panleucopenia virus (FPLV).

The 1st vaccine comes with a health check with the vet and each injection is £22.50. 


As of 2016 it is now a legal requirement that all dogs must be microchipped by 8 weeks of age. Microchipping helps to reunite any lost pets with their family and with the increasing number of pet theft microchipping is vital. 

To have your pet microchipped with us costs £16. 

To change any details on your pets microchip you will need to contact the chip company. You can find the contact details on your microchipping paperwork. If you are unsure of your pets microchip number you can pop into the practice so we can scan your pet and get you the contact details.

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