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    just wanted to know which revolution to get? we're getting a mini dashound, he's 8 weeks old, so do i get the one for puppies and kittens which is puppies and kittens up to 2.5kg or the one for dogs 2.6kg to 5kg? can we wait to take him to the vet til the new year? or does he need to see a vet as soon as possible? only cuz a lot of days over the xmas they're only open for emergency things. Also, at what age do we need to desex him? man, i've never had a puppy before lol, i dont know what to do, its almost like having a baby!!

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    Why not ring your Vet on Monday and ask. Certain products work better in different areas. Your Vet will know which product works best where you live.

    If your breeder is local she/he can also advise you.

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    Shannon Lush on Tony Delroy's night life program (abc.net.au) recommended using "mint tea" on puppies and their bedding to discourage fleas. Use one cup of strong mint tea to 8 litres (a bucket) of water, and then spray on dog and bedding.

    I'm not completely sure about the quantities. Sometimes she's very precise and other times she's vague. I also don't know how well it works.

    If puppy has not had all its vaccination booster shots - unlikely before 3 months old - you should not be taking it out for walks in public places where there are nasties like Parvo virus and the puppy can still catch up til 2 weeks after the 3rd (and last booster) shot.

    These are questions you need to ask your vet, and if vet runs "puppy pre-school" - will be answered there for you. At my puppy preschool we were given various wormers and flea treatments to try. I think Frosty was around 3 months then. My vet also ran puppy pre-school over christmas - new year period, which was good for me because it was the only time we both had the right night available.

    My female puppy was desexed by Animal Welfare League at 8 weeks old but some breeders and vets prefer to wait until puppy is 6 months old - though you risk pregnancy in a bitch at that age - so might be advisable to get "the pill" for the puppy at the risk time until desexing takes place.

    The breeder (I hope nice registered breeder who cares about their puppies and not a pet shop) should also be able to answer the questions.

    If you are buying from a petshop, chances are you are supporting the puppy mill industry (think battery chooks but dogs in tiny cages instead of chooks).
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...ers-truth.html

    I use frontline plus on my dog, she got her first dose at around 3 months of age and has been fine. Some dogs can be allergic though and all the hair falls out and they get nasty burn-blisters where you put the stuff on, so be careful the first time around and check for adverse reactions. There are different doses available depending on puppy size and age. I think if I were you, I would get my first dose of which ever you choose from your vet, that way if there is a bad reaction, you can take it back to the vet and they will help fix it for you.

    Buying flea treatments off the net, may or may not get you a genuine product. China is notorious for flogging stuff that is not what it says on the label, and you can't be sure that is not what the internet site is selling you especially if it is overseas based and you have no protection from Australian consumer laws. You may have some protection from your credit card company.

    PS if dog stays home, and doesn't mix with other potentially flea ridden dogs/cats, it will be unlikely to get fleas.
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    thanks for all that info! i haven't gotten the puppy yet but the breeder (yes a breeder! lol.. but i didnt know that about pet shops, no pet shops sold dashounds anyways) is providing all the paper, vet papers and everything. Just trying to get prepared thats why im asking so many questions. I will be taking it to puppy pre-school. So maybe I should just ring up and find out, i dont know if they do it over xmas or not, i think its like a separate person running it or something, so they might do it. i'll see what the vet says about desexing, luckily its a male, the only thing i dont like is that they pee everywhere, we had a guy living with us with an adult un-desexed dog and it just pissed everywhere in the patio, it was annoying. I'll get the first dose of flea stuff from the vet, then just get it off ebay like i do with revolution for my older dog. I get it off ebay but it's from Australia and it works great, just cheaper. oh, so i can't take him out for walks, but he'll be fine in the backyard? our neighbours do have dogs so don't know if that makes a difference, it's only one neighbours dog that sometimes comes up to the fence and barks but its a timber fence between them. also, is revolution all i need to be giving my dogs? i just want to get everything right and be a good dog owner. i know i already have a dog but my parents did most of the raising.

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    Hi Organicsab

    Before You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily

    you might want to read the various bits of the digital training book.

    I felt a bit like you when I got Frosty this time last year. Puppy pre-school helps immensely. And AWL had a detailed booklet on all the things you need to do.

    Possibly the most important thing is getting the vaccinations all done - there should be an initial shot done while the puppy is still with the breeder and then you will probably be responsible for getting the two follow up booster shots. And then every year - another booster shot for C5 - which is vaccination against 5 nasty dog diseases. And don't let your puppy mix with dogs that haven't had the vaccination (ie take it to public places) until at least two weeks after the last of the three puppy shots.

    Then there is heart worm treatment. I'm not sure if Revolution covers stuff like worms or not. I get an annual heart worm shot, and a 3 monthly heart worm chew - drontil at the moment. Which one you get depends again on puppy weight and age, and I got my first doses from the vet. You can get a monthly heart worm and other worms chew instead if you prefer. I'm not sure which is cheaper, the heart worm injection was $80 for initial shot (but this was free with puppy school) and another $80 for the booster shot one month later. This is not the same lot of shots as for C5 - it's separate. The monthly chew wormer might be cheaper and easier, I haven't worked it out yet.

    And then you have to decide about obedience training. I go to one that is run by a dog club - and it's $50 for the whole year and as many of the weekly sessions as you can get yourself to (depending on good weather).

    And you may also need to decide about food. I started feeding Advance puppy food, and my dog had the runs - a lot. I switched up to Nutro Natural Choice and the runny poo problem went away. Both Advance and Nutro are made in Australia. They're both very expensive compared to some other brands. I also feed a home made casserole.
    I read a lot of this website to learn how to choose which dry dog food.
    The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?

    And there are loads of websites about making your own dog food or feeding raw dog food. For me - tinned dog food is an emergency last resort, and I get the feeling my dog would rather starve until I get some proper dog food.

    Spend a bit of time here and at dogstar daily and other websites that make sense to you and find out all you can about dog health, dog training, dog nutrition. Bottom line - you can spend infinite amounts of time and money trying to get it all exactly right, what you really need to do is find out what works for you and the puppy, listen to your breeder and vet, and don't be afraid to go with what's cheap and convenient if you need to.

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