If you made the decision to welcome a new mini Bernese mountain dog to your family, keep the following recommendations in mind and everything will be fine:
Check your home
It is important that you make a round of your house to detect what can put your new pet’s life at risk You must prevent it from bumping into cables, plugs, toxic products, medicines, plants, prohibited foods, or small objects that could choke it. If you have a balcony or terrace, make sure it has enough security to avoid accidents.
Visit a vet
Once your pet is installed at home, you should visit your veterinarian, for a general check-up, start his deworming, and carry out the vaccination process. If you don’t know how to find a good vet, you can talk to your mini Bernese mountain dog to help you find one.
Learn all about vaccinations for a new pet
One of the most important aspects to consider is vaccination. This process is important because it prevents fatal diseases in our pets and in humans some diseases such as rabies and leptospira. If the puppy or kitten that comes to your home comes from a kennel or a family, check what vaccines they have before taking them home. In the case of puppies, it is recommended that they have at least the first two doses of the vaccination plan and that they are not less than 2 months old.
In the event that the pet is adopted from a foundation, a shelter, or a foster home, you should also consult the vaccines it has, regardless of its age, or if it has evidence of canine parvovirus or distemper (distemper), in the case of dogs.
In the case of dogs rescued from the street, you will need to take them to a veterinarian to carry out the respective virus tests and start the entire vaccination scheme according to their age.
In the first year of your dog’s life, you must have 6 vaccinations:
- Puppy: 6 weeks/45 days: protects against canine distemper and parvovirus.
- Penta first dose: 8 weeks/60 days: protects against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospira.
- Kennel cough: 8 weeks/60 days: protects them from infections transmitted by contact with nasal secretions from a sick dog to another that is not vaccinated, in parks, kennels and dog schools, veterinary clinics, closed sets
- Penta second dose: 10 weeks/74 days: protects against distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and leptospira.
- Kennel cough: 10 weeks/74 days: protects them from infections transmitted by contact with nasal secretions from one sick dog to another that is not vaccinated, in parks, kennels and dog schools, veterinary clinics, closed sets
- Rabies: 15 weeks/108 days – Protects against rabies.
These vaccines are applied to all puppies regardless of their breed or size and should always be applied by a veterinarian.
Always ensure you find a good Mini Bernese Mountain dog breeder if you intend to bring home a new pup.