If you're like many puppy breeders, you may provide new owners with a 'puppy pack' containing treats, toys, blankets and other things that will help your pups settle into their new homes. However, one thing many breeders forget to add to puppy packs is health documentation. Here are two essential certificates you need to provide your puppies' new families with when they leave your nest.
Whether you let your puppies go to their new home at eight weeks, twelve weeks or somewhere in between, it's always best to take them for at least one round of vaccinations before they go to their new homes. Vaccinations are essential in protecting fragile young canine bodies against a whole range of diseases, many of which are fatal. The core vaccinations here in Australia are Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus and Canin Parvovirus, often grouped together in one C3 vaccine.
Typically, puppies are vaccinated for the first time at around eight to ten weeks of age, though they can be vaccinated as young as four to six weeks old. The second round of vaccinations comes two to four weeks later, so you may choose to do both rounds before selling your puppies. Whatever you decide, make sure you provide the people buying your puppies with vaccination records from your vet. This will let them know which vaccinations their dog has had, as well as when they should have follow-up vaccinations if any are needed, preventing dangerous over-vaccination and under-vaccination.
Contact a puppy vaccination service near you to learn more today.
Another crucial procedure all new puppy owners need a record of is their dog's microchip registration. While it's unlikely your puppies will get lost before going to their new homes, many new owners will neglect to get their dogs microchipped. Since many vet clinics offer discounted microchipping rates to breeders, it's worth getting the procedure done before selling your puppies.
You'll need to provide your new owners with the registration certificate, because when you first get your puppies chipped, the chip will be registered to your name and address. The new owners will need the microchip number and other details in order to change the contact information to their own name and address. You can also do this yourself on the owner's behalf, but it's still best to hand over the registration certificate in case they need to make changes in the future (for example, when moving house).