Congratulations on your new puppy!

There will be a lot of information given to you over the next couple of months about puppy care in Coffs Harbour, and it can be overwhelming, so the first rule is – never to be afraid to ask and ask again if you’re unsure. The vet will give you a lot of information at the vaccination consultation, but remember, the nurses are a great resource on puppy care and behaviour and will be happy to talk you through anything you’re unsure about.

Puppy Care – Vaccinations

Your vet will recommend vaccination depending on the diseases prevalent in the area. For example, in the Coffs Harbour area, we recommend a “C3” (core vaccine protecting against parvovirus, hepatitis and distemper) or “C5” (C3 plus parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica, known as “kennel cough”).

At our clinics, we recommend three puppy “core” vaccinations. One at 6-8 weeks (check with the previous owner as this may have already been given, please provide the vet with details if you have them). The second and third vaccinations should be at about 12 and 16 weeks of age. If you would like your puppy vaccinated against kennel cough, which we do recommend, this is usually given as an intranasal dose with the third vaccination. Lastly, your puppy will require a booster in 12 months after these primary vaccinations.

Puppy Care – Microchipping

In NSW, it is the legal responsibility of the owner of any animal changing ownership for it to be microchipped. If your puppy has not been microchipped already, you must do so as soon as possible. This applies even if you don’t plan to register your puppy immediately in case of loss or theft. Also, any registered person can implant a microchip – all of our vets and some of our nurses are registered. The cost of microchipping does not include council registration – the microchip details will be passed on to the council by the registered person, and you will receive a notification to register your pet from the council.  Lastly, the registration fees in NSW are for your dog’s lifetime and are substantially cheaper for desexed dogs.  Contact Coffs Harbour City Council for the current fees.

Worming – intestinal worms and heartworm.

Intestinal worming should start at 2 weeks, so check with the previous owner when they last wormed your pet. We recommend intestinal worming every two weeks until 12 weeks, then every month until 6 months.

For the best puppy care, starting heartworm prevention by 12 weeks of age is essential. There are many options. The most reliable and convenient option is Proheart SR-12, given as an injection from 3 months of age. Other options include monthly tablets, some of which are available in combination with other chemicals to cover ticks, fleas and other worms. There are so many to choose from that it is best to discuss this with the vet in the vaccination consultation to decide the best choice for your puppy.

Fleas and ticks

Check your new puppy for fleas before taking it home if you can. Giving a fast-acting flea treatment early (such as Capstar or a flea rinse) can prevent flea infestations in your house.

Many tick and flea products are on the market, and your vet or nurse can advise you on which is best for your needs. Currently, the most reliable products are those that use chemicals in the isoxazoline group; this includes Bravecto, Credilio, Nexgard and Simparica.

Puppy Care – Desexing

We recommend that all pet dogs are desexed. Desexing should be performed between 4 and 6 months of age. These routine surgical procedures do not usually require an overnight stay in the hospital.

The cost of a desexing procedure at this age is heavily discounted to encourage all owners to protect their pets against unnecessary problems. In addition, registering your desexed dog with the council costs a lot less than an entire (non-desexed) dog, making the procedure a very affordable choice for everyone.

Desexing male dogs early can help prevent dominant behavioural problems and escape attempts and testicular tumours and prostate problems later in life.

In addition, desexing female dogs early prevents unwanted pregnancies and difficult births and lowers the risk of your dog trying to escape or running away and male dogs trying to get into your yard. Plus, desexing prevents health problems seen in entire females, such as pyometra (a life-threatening emergency condition) and reduces the occurrence of issues seen in entire or late-desexed females, such as mammary tumours and cancers.

Pet insurance

As part of your puppy care strategy, we recommend Pet Insurance. Unfortunately, the majority of pet owners overlook pet insurance. Consequently, many owners do not have the money readily available in an emergency (such as a dog attack, tick paralysis or hit by a car) or with a chronic disease (such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease) for treatment. Sadly, these owners may have to opt for sub-optimal care or, in some instances, euthanasia.

Although pet insurance plans may sound expensive initially, consider how much money your previous pet (or a friend’s pet) has cost in vet bills that a policy might have covered.

When choosing a pet insurance plan, consider whether the following things are essential to you:

LIFELONG COVER– some plans will only cover your pet to a certain age (e.g. nine years). Is your pet likely to live longer than this? If the answer is yes, it is a good idea to pick a plan that does not exclude pets once they reach a certain age.  Just like us, health problems are more likely in elderly pets.

BREED CONDITIONS/EXCLUSIONS – some plans will have exclusions based on your dog’s breed. This is because some dog breeds are genetically prone to specific problems. For example, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quite likely to develop heart disease, Golden Retrievers are predisposed to hip dysplasia, Staffordshire Bull Terriers are prone to skin disease, and Dachshunds are prone to spinal problems. So, this means that any problems that are excluded based on your dog’s breed are the problems they are more likely to develop, so a comprehensive plan without exclusions may be a better choice.

DISEASE/ILLNESS COVER – cheaper plans may only offer accidental injury cover. So, for example, if your dog is hit by a car or bitten by a snake, they may be covered, but if your dog develops diabetes, skin complaints, ear infections, or kidney disease, they probably won’t be. It is also essential to choose a plan that covers lifelong illness, as some plans will only cover the first six months or a year after diagnosis.

TICK PARALYSIS – believe it or not, some pet insurance policies may not cover tick paralysis or have relatively low limits. However, this exclusion could be in the small print, so always check that tick paralysis is covered. After all, in the Coffs Harbour area, this is probably the most likely issue for which you will need to claim.

LIMITS AND EXCESS – this is down to personal choice. The cost of your policy will often depend on how much excess you are willing to pay and how much cover you expect. Very high limits may only be necessary to cover referral to a specialist for expensive or complicated cases. Suppose you have a high limit on your policy. In that case, you may elect for some surgeries or issues to be tackled by a specialist rather than a first-opinion vet, so let your vet know if your pet is insured and ask whether a specialist opinion would be of benefit.

EXTRAS – again, this is a personal choice, but some plans offer money back on routine procedures such as desexing, vaccinations and heartworm treatments up to a certain amount per year. It’s up to you whether you think you would rather pay for these things separately.

Puppy preschool

Behavioural training and socialisation should start early, and puppy preschool classes are a great way to do this.

In puppy classes, your dog will learn to interact socially with other dogs, play with you without biting, and follow basic commands such as sit, drop, stay, and come. Once you learn HOW to teach your dog, any other commands you decide to teach them is up to you!

Puppy classes are a great opportunity to ask questions or raise any concerns about all aspects of owning a dog. Plus, it’s a great idea to bring your children too, so they can learn how to play with your dog. Furthermore, you may wish to follow this up with more behaviour or agility training, which is excellent exercise and fun for you and your dog.
Ask our nurses for more information about classes near you.

Contact Rose Avenue Vets today for a complete puppy care service.

Puppy Care

What people think

Pyke Thompson
Pyke Thompson
03:55 27 Feb 24
Peaceful location and great 👍
Kylie Rollans
Kylie Rollans
05:23 07 Dec 23
very helpful
HR Gordon
HR Gordon
13:15 13 Nov 23
Rose avenue vet has been the vet to my 5 dogs for 14 years. The service and professionalism is beyond reproach. I would not go anywhere else. Thank you for all the great care you've given my furry babies and thank you for the sensitivity and care you gave Lulu when we had to make the hard decision to let her go after 11 years.
Tommie Strydom
Tommie Strydom
09:50 13 Oct 23
I have been going to Rose Ave for over twenty years ago. Damon yesterday was incredibly helpful and understanding which I appreciated.
Carmel Daly
Carmel Daly
22:24 24 Aug 23
Andrew and his team have been looking after our dogs for over 20 years. The depth of knowledge at this practice is amazing and the love and care taken with our fur babies is exceptional. Thank you
Ann Nojin
Ann Nojin
05:03 18 Aug 23
I have nothing but high praise for the diligent team at Rose Avenue Veterinary Clinic, where the care factor ranks high on their priority list. The way the they show love for our fur baby allows us to feel confident, secure, and relieved when we have needed to leave him in their care. Thank you..🩷💚💜🐾
Diane McCarthy
Diane McCarthy
23:17 17 Aug 23
Very professional service with great knowledge and trustworthiness! Very experienced team that will always go the extra mile. Amazing team with a warm welcome. Gus is very lucky to have this team apart of his life :)
Jacob Gregg
Jacob Gregg
04:12 11 Aug 23
Rose Avenue never disappoints!The nurses and vets have always looked after our little boy Gus, no matter the issue. They are very experienced and we have never had any problems with their care.Thanks team 🙌🏽
M Riley
M Riley
03:28 11 Aug 23
We took our most beloved Boof here last week when life suddenly took a sudden turn for him and they were so amazing, with him and us.I really couldn’t thank you enough for the support you gave us. Thank you 🙏
Cass
Cass
11:49 31 Jul 23
Midday on a Saturday and they saw our female Chihuahua at a moment's notice and quickly put our minds at ease. Very happy with their service and cost was very reasonable for a Saturday
Andrew Marnoch
Andrew Marnoch
02:57 29 Jun 23
Rose ave Vets have looked after our family pets and most recently Looked after my dogs for for the last 3 years. Great reception staff and Vets❤️
Woodcraft Gallery
Woodcraft Gallery
07:15 13 Jun 23
Definitely highly recommend Rose Vet Coffs HarbourThey saved my dogs lifeI've been coming here with my fur baby for yearsYour fur babies are in terrific hands.The staff are absolutely amazing .
Michelle jarzynski
Michelle jarzynski
04:15 24 Apr 23
Friendly staff.
Kim McKinnon
Kim McKinnon
09:18 21 Apr 23
Great place they look after my cats very well
Tracey Foster
Tracey Foster
00:08 16 Apr 23
Annmaree ofOz
Annmaree ofOz
20:25 16 Mar 23
Best veterinary team on the coast, very caring, very professional, I wouldn't go any where different.
Gwen Butler
Gwen Butler
20:37 02 Oct 22
Very good
Hilda Quinn
Hilda Quinn
07:23 28 Sep 22
Very happy with consultation and diagnosis.
Carol Harris
Carol Harris
06:50 18 Aug 22
The staff are beautiful. I can not thank them enough for the care they gave my big boy Pokey and letting us say good bye.And I just received a beautiful sympathy card off the nurses and they put his paw prints inside was so lovely. Thank u
pamella henderson
pamella henderson
04:23 12 Aug 22
Caring and professional staff.
Laura Bowden
Laura Bowden
09:36 28 May 22
Awesome, Lovely people.
Kristy Richter
Kristy Richter
03:07 27 Apr 22
Great staff, reasonable prices..
Katrina Bunch
Katrina Bunch
10:21 29 Mar 22
Helped our little man on a Sunday afternoon with an emergency. Great outcome, happy to recommend.
Michael Brant
Michael Brant
04:06 03 Mar 22
Jannaya Burnett
Jannaya Burnett
23:28 23 Feb 22
Excellent and compassionate service.
Phill Robbins
Phill Robbins
13:00 04 Feb 22
Ron McWha
Ron McWha
20:31 18 Jan 22
Awesome place great vets and more than happy to recommend this place to any animal lover...we back again and happy customers...
Jason Page
Jason Page
22:54 17 Jan 22
Very Friendly, Helpful and Caring staff..
Ant Man
Ant Man
01:55 05 Jan 22
Great Vet care , when you own a pet , big or small . They become family and Rose Ave Vet Clinic understands this , they treat your pets with compassion and respect .
Dags Harding
Dags Harding
07:06 22 Oct 21
Adrian Stanborough
Adrian Stanborough
19:13 16 Oct 21
Great staff and know their stuff!
David Dawkins
David Dawkins
05:59 17 Sep 21
Can't fault them!
Lynne S
Lynne S
08:37 29 Aug 21
Elizabeth matson
Elizabeth matson
19:09 21 Jul 21
Rose Avenue Vets and nursing staff are true angels who go above and beyond to help care for furry family members. You can be sure that your pet is in the safest and caring of hands when at Rose Avenue. I could not speak more highly of how professional, thorough, and kind the team are. With an extra big thank you to Vet Astrid for going the extra mile and for being so gentle and understanding.
Sandie
Sandie
08:57 18 Jun 21
ANNA CECATO
ANNA CECATO
10:30 06 May 21
Trina Creaven
Trina Creaven
09:46 29 Apr 21
Good helpful staff
Rose Van-Rooy Phillips
Rose Van-Rooy Phillips
07:35 17 Apr 21
Great friendly service and support.
Julie Voysey
Julie Voysey
06:12 17 Mar 21
Brilliant live in Glen innes drive to roses vet. Three hour drive. Worth the trip.
Mark Nolan
Mark Nolan
10:25 04 Mar 21
John Gall
John Gall
22:56 27 Feb 21
Wonderful people, excellent service. Thank you!
Anna Sawicki
Anna Sawicki
23:12 18 Jan 21
Natalie Gray
Natalie Gray
21:00 14 Jan 21
Thanks heaps rose Avenue vet done a great job with my dog bella made my xmas a lot better she's home now better than ever 👍
Bryce Brown
Bryce Brown
02:49 23 Dec 20
Very professional with logical and detailed explanation of situation and how why various tests were being carried on my beautiful pet. Very happy with the capability of staff
Steve McGrane
Steve McGrane
19:24 28 Nov 20
John Loundon
John Loundon
19:45 22 Nov 20
Staff are always friendly, and of course excellent with your fur babies.
Shannon Keogh
Shannon Keogh
02:16 28 Aug 20
Staff are lovely
Chels
Chels
04:25 01 Aug 20
Staff are so friendly here and looked after Misty-lou wonderfully
Edwin Farrawell
Edwin Farrawell
07:15 09 Jul 20
Shane Cutmore
Shane Cutmore
07:49 08 Jun 20
Vg staff
Aaron Lowe
Aaron Lowe
22:29 03 Mar 20
Sue Ridge
Sue Ridge
22:36 01 Mar 20
badminty 01
badminty 01
04:17 25 Feb 20
Best care for your animals large or small
amanda smith
amanda smith
08:55 19 Feb 20
jeff meys
jeff meys
02:41 15 Feb 20
Wonderful caring not to expensive
Denise Newman
Denise Newman
07:20 10 Feb 20
Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith
02:47 29 Jan 20
The staff at rose Avenue were incredibly helpful and kind and very informative. Will go back when the need arises.
Bekalena93
Bekalena93
00:22 18 Jan 20
Puppy daycare. On holidays wife wanted some retail therapy. Dropped dogs off for a few hours. Brilliant service. Friendly staff.
Andrew Reddan
Andrew Reddan
08:38 10 Jan 20
Gregory Parsons
Gregory Parsons
01:06 10 Jan 20
Wonderful, helpful and honest
Robert Couchman
Robert Couchman
04:04 07 Jan 20
Good friendly staff that took great care with my dog.
Graeme Herbert
Graeme Herbert
02:35 29 Nov 19
Kymberly Halcrow
Kymberly Halcrow
09:41 15 Nov 19
Very caring, friendly and informative staff
Kardy Meardy
Kardy Meardy
07:45 05 Nov 19
Adam Rollans
Adam Rollans
03:38 03 Oct 19
Great veterans and great staff
Bob Campling
Bob Campling
04:23 02 Sep 19
Karen Oliver
Karen Oliver
10:35 01 Sep 19
I was traveling up the coast with my 5month old puppy Benson when I noticed a tic on his neck. The staff and vet at Rose Ave Vet where so nice, understandable and brilliant. They checked Benson , found 2 more ticks, bathed him, looked after him and didn't charged the earth. Thank you so much, I am very greatful.
Hanna Slowinski
Hanna Slowinski
10:08 06 Aug 19
Great staff and care for fur babies
Lara freeman
Lara freeman
09:05 06 Aug 19
T Parker
T Parker
12:15 06 Jul 19
We recently had to euthanise our dear old cat of 21 years. The staff at Rose Avenue Vet could not have been more helpful, professional or compassionate. They were truly brilliant at the time and with a lovely follow up.
Deahne
Deahne
09:10 07 May 19
Lady's in office are so nice
Sam Matthews
Sam Matthews
22:34 01 May 19
Very good staff
Cody Fellows
Cody Fellows
20:50 18 Apr 19
Very supportive through a very hard time
Jourdi Blyth
Jourdi Blyth
08:45 26 Nov 18
adrian stanborough
adrian stanborough
23:59 16 Nov 18
On holiday when our dog became ill called in without app on a saturday was seen by the vet who was very through got a diagnosis and treated him. Cost very reasonable. Very clean and friendly staff.
Cath Booker
Cath Booker
07:11 29 Oct 18
Cannot speak highly enough of the care provided to my pets by the Vets , the nurses and staff at Rose Avenue and Toormina Veterinary Hospitals. Always courteous and friendly and everyone goes out of their way to provide the best service they possibly can.
Lynece Schutt
Lynece Schutt
01:49 20 Oct 18
Efficient and caring staff.
Tony Rance
Tony Rance
05:11 18 Sep 18
They were very helpful and caring looking after our sick dog. After a stay in the hospital we had a good result.
Adrian Rosanna
Adrian Rosanna
08:59 11 Aug 18
Rozz Parsons
Rozz Parsons
04:06 17 Jul 18
Kiri Anna
Kiri Anna
00:37 27 Jun 18
Andrew is a great vet, staff are nice and friendly
DEE DEE Animal farm
DEE DEE Animal farm
04:25 23 Jun 18
miniscoob
miniscoob
04:23 05 Jun 18
Very caring and understanding. Explained things really well.
Kylie Smith
Kylie Smith
21:34 12 Apr 18
Kind staff. Plenty of treats.
Lauren Booth
Lauren Booth
10:27 11 Mar 18
Julie Mason
Julie Mason
08:17 06 Mar 18
We received very thorough treatment with a knowledgeable and caring vet. We were advised of costs clearly so that we knew what we could afford. thank you
Tim Welsh
Tim Welsh
10:24 25 Jan 18
Janalei Anderson
Janalei Anderson
06:50 23 Jan 18
Great after hours service
Amanda Bruton
Amanda Bruton
20:10 25 Oct 17
Showtime Castles
Showtime Castles
21:58 26 Sep 17
Today we took our lovely dog Sascha to be euthanised at Rose st Vet, the compassion and helpfulness of the vet, nurse, and the lovely lady who gave us big hugs afterwards made a most distressing time a little more bearable, Thank you Rose St xxx
Wendy Colbran
Wendy Colbran
06:44 24 Jul 17
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