New Puppies:

It is recommended that a puppies 1st and 2nd vaccination are done using the same brand of vaccine. We stock the following brands;

  • Nobi Vac
  • Canigen
  • Vanguard


How old does my puppy have to be to have vaccines and how many does he/she have?

There are 2 puppy vaccines between the age of 8 and 12 weeks, then one vaccine each year. This is a combined vaccine against Distemper, Heptatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

There is also a Kennel cough vaccine for dogs going into kennels and some caravan parks are now asking for it.

Rabies vaccines and Leishmann Vaccines are only for dogs/cats going overseas.

Once the puppy vaccinations have been done, a yearly booster is then recommended to ensure immunity to diseases does not decrease putting your dog at risk. Most kennels/dog parties/walks and groomers do recommend to make sure your dog is up to date on vaccinations as not only is it putting a risk on your dog but others too. 

If your dog is going into kennels and you have not kept your dogs yearly vaccinations up to date, we will have to start a new course just like the puppy vaccines. We recommend that this is done as early as possible before going in to kennels. You will need 1 vaccine then another 3 weeks later with one week minimum before your dog goes on their doggy holiday.

We do send yearly reminders the month before the booster vaccine is due. If you think your booster vaccine is needing to be done and you haven't recieved anything from us please call us as computer errors do occur especially while we are currently trying to set up an electronic reminder system.


Compulsory Microchipping

 Microchips have been made compulsory for ALL dogs in the UK due to the law change since 6th April 2016. Owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they will face a fine of up to £500. 

The benefits :

  • Deterrent to dog theft

  • Allows for rapid return, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

  • Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty

  • Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures

  • Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly

We recommend watching the microchipping educational video in our videos section to explain how it all works. Here at Ralph Chambers & Associates we offer Microchipping at only £19.50, or £15 if done at the time of any surgery (for example speys/castrations).


How old does my dog have to be to get neutered? In the case of female does she have to have a season first?

This all depends on your female dogs being fully developed before the spaying operation as it stops her growing internally. If it's done too early, her urethra won't grow anymore, even though she continues to grow - and this can result in incontinence (bed wetting) or cystitis or bladder problems for life.

Generally - small dogs mature early and can be safely spayed at 6 months, giant breed mature later 1-1 1/2 years and are not spayed till after the first season around 18 months. This is one of the reasons for having a check-up before the Spey operation.

The age of neutering (spaying/castration) is controversial but I prefer to wait 6 months for dogs, cats and rabbit for the same reason.


Why does my dog have to wear a muzzle when he goes to the vet?

Full grown dogs that snap/bite/growl or have the potential to do so, often do in strange surroundings or then being handled by strangers. While muzzling may appear unpleasant it doesn't hurt them. The police and RSPCA or practices handling dogs of this nature commonly use muzzles.

I do have clients with a court order to muzzle their dogs whenever they go out, as a result of other people being bitten.

I think it is a lot less traumatic for the dog if he arrives with his own muzzle. One that he is used to wearing and fits him, rather than trying to use an ill-fitting muzzle in a busy consulting room.

If you need to use a muzzle you may be quite surprised with the change in temperament of the your pet, almost split personality.


My Dog has eaten chocolate, what do I do?

This is common around Christmas and Easter, make sure all chocolate is kept away from your pets at all times. Below is a link to a information-symptom sheet and a chocolate toxicity calculator, it is only a guide and if you are still concerned contact the vet immediately. Make sure you enter the correct unit for the weight of your dog (we use kg here), the type of chocolate eaten (eg milk, dark) and the amount of chocolate eaten. This is only a rough guide, as it still depends on the individuals sensitivity and health at the time. If you need to contact the vet make sure you bring in the wrapper of the chocolate eaten as this will have important information on it for your vet.

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