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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by buddyandtoby, Apr 6, 2011.


  1. buddyandtoby

    buddyandtoby PetForums Newbie

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    Hi All,

    First post on here.

    We have just had a 13 week old Bichon Frise, Toby, who hasnt had any vaccinations at all - Seems the owner hasnt got a clue, as he also needs a haircut!

    I was wondering, can he have all of his due vaccinations in one sitting or will it be in stages? Hes also dragging his bum around a little - thinking worms - Is it best to get him wormed by a vet or do the worming tablets in shops have same effect?

    Also, does anybody have any recommendations for good pet insurers??

    Thanks

    Ash
     
  2. archiebaby

    archiebaby PetForums VIP

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    hi and welcome
    firstly, he will need to have his first vaccination now and the next one in two weeks time. he will be allowed out and to meet other dogs approx one week after the second vaccination:) he shouldnt meet any strange dogs until he has had his vac's. your vet will give you a worming tablet to give to him when you take him for the vaccination, the shop bought ones are rubbish and your vet should weigh him as well before the worming tablet.
    nfu do a very good pet insurance:)
     
  3. SixStar

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    Hi, welcome to the forum and congrats on the pup!

    He'll need two sets of vaccinations, they are normally done at 8 and 10 weeks, so 2 weeks apart from one another. The vet will be able to start these at the age he is now- it means you will have to wait a little while longer for walks (no walks until 1 week after last vacc) but that doesn't mean you can't carry him everywhere with you, he needs as much socialisation as you can cram in- traffic, shops, busy streets, vaccinated dogs, kids, all kinds of people, bikes etc :)

    Please don't use any over the counter worming medicines, brands like Bob Martin and Sherleys can make your pup very sick. Ask the vet for a brand called Panacur, it's an easy to give paste, gentle on the tum and will sort any worms out.

    As for insurance, sorry can't help you there as my dogs aren't insured, hopefully someone will be able to help you with that one shortly. I personally have a bank account for the dogs, where I pay in money every week- theres a substantial sum in there now, which is our vet fund :)
     
  4. kimdelyse

    kimdelyse PetForums Senior

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    Welcome, from a fellow Bichon Frise owner!

    I think you'd be best off booking your first vet consultation asap; they can then administer the vacs and worming treatment. Some vets will combine certain vacs, some won't.

    Regarding the bum shuffle, it might be something as simple as glands. When the dog poops, it pushes on their anal glands thus expressing them. If the stools are too soft to apply pressure on the glands then they become full and uncomfortable. The vet or groomer can express them for you, but for us it has always been a problem which has solved itself.

    Some dogs are sensitive to the store brand wormers and flea treatments and can get quite sick (vomitting, runny tums). You might like to do the first course with the vet, then seek out the same brand for cheaper on a site such as vetuk.co.uk. Ensure you buy the right dosage for your dogs weight.

    Insurance - I use Direct Line. But the main point is to ensure you have "life" cover. What this means is that your payout will not be limited to one year only if your dog develops a condition. They'll keep paying for as long as it takes for your claim limit to be reached.

    A good relationship with a groomer is very important to a Bichon, or any other high maintainence dog for that matter. Most groomers will do a puppy groom whereby they get them used to the sound of the blowdryer and the feel of the brush. This is normally quite cheap and is best introduced to the pup asap (though you will of course have to hold on til fully vaccinated)

    Finally...PHOTOS PLEASE!!! X
     
  5. DirtyGertie

    DirtyGertie PetForums VIP

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    Hi! Another Bichon owner here.

    Everything has already been covered in replies above. We used Panacur liquid but as my son already had some in (bought from Pets at Home) we used that rather than pay for the vet to do it.

    Forgive me if you already know this but one thing that is very important is to get your pup used to being groomed. A soft ball pin slicker brush is good. You should brush your pup every day and remember not to drag the brush through his coat with long strokes but hold back the coat and brush a small section at a time from skin to outer end. I've seen a Bichon whose coat had been badly neglected because "he doesn't like to be brushed" and the poor thing looked like a manky sheep with bad dreadlocks. The only thing the groomer could do was to virtually shave the poor dog.

    Poppy had her first haircut at about 16 weeks, she had got to the yeti stage by then :lol:. We had her groomed every 4-6 weeks to start with to get her used to it. Once she gets her proper adult coat it should not need doing so often.
     
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