Robson and Prescott Veterinary Surgeons

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Puppies and dogs are at risk from a number of diseases that can result in permanent health damage or even death. However, vaccination and regular boosters can prevent these diseases.

In new born puppies, provided that the mother is immune, the antibodies in the mother's milk are usually sufficient to protect the puppy during the first few weeks of life. This form of immunity does not last very long, and when it decreases, vaccination becomes essential.

The first (primary) vaccination is usually given in two doses, the first dose at around the age of 6-8 weeks and the second about 2-4 weeks later. Your puppy will be fully covered one week after their second vaccination.

Yearly booster vaccinations are essential to maintain good immunity. Remember that your dog's visit to the veterinary surgery for an annual booster is also a good opportunity for a thorough examination and health check.

Until your puppy is vaccinated, it should:

  • Not be allowed to mix with unvaccinated dogs
  • Not be walked in areas where other dogs have been
  • Be taken out and about often in 'non-doggy' areas, being carried if necessary to avoid contact with other dogs and soiled areas.
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Dogs are commonly affected by two types of worms - tapeworms and roundworms.

Some worms can pass from pets to people, most human infections cause only minor symptoms but some cases can lead to serious conditions such as blindness and epilepsy.

Lungworm is being seen much more frequently in dogs in this country now than in the past. Lungworm can be caught from slugs and snails, which means that young, curious dogs are the most likely to be at risk. Lungworm can severely affect breathing and blood clotting. It can also lead to paralysis and is sometimes fatal.

Puppies should be wormed regularly please ask the practice about the best regime for your puppy.

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Flea control

Regular flea control is an essential part of looking after your puppy. Fleas may cause irritation, skin conditions and spread tapeworm.

A variety of safe and effective products are available for treating your puppy and house, which can become a breeding ground for fleas.

Regular treatment should help prevent a flea problem from occurring. Ask us for advice on which treatments are most suitable for your puppy.

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Puppy Parties

To be a successful pet, dogs need to get on well with other living creatures as well as coping with a variety of different everyday experiences. Puppies that are well socialised grow up to be friendly and happy around people and other animals, taking different situations in their stride and enjoying going anywhere with their owners.

We run puppy parties to help you to begin the socialisation process in a safe environment and allow your puppy to meet others while they are still very young.

Puppies must be fully vaccinated and over 4 months of age to attend. Parties are held at our Whorral Bank Hospital in Morpeth - to book your puppy's place please call 01670 512275.

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Microchipping will become compulsory for all dogs from April 2016.

We normally microchip puppies a when they come in for their second injection at 10-12 weeks old.

Having your puppy microchipped gives you the best chance of being reunited with them should you lose them.

We use high quality Tracer ® microchips which are registered on the Petlog database. The microchip is the size of a small grain of rice and is inserted into the scruff of your dogs neck, in a very quick and simple process.

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Each year 1 in 3 pets is injured or becomes ill* and needs urgent veterinary treatment. Insurance can help you cover the cost of these unexpected bills leaving you free to concentrate on helping an important member of your family recover.
Robson & Prescott recommend having your pet insured and are accredited as an Appointed Representative of Vetsure Pet Insurance ®. Through working relationships with the veterinary profession Vetsure aims to offer the best value for money premiums and access to the highest standards of treatment through their network of trusted practices.
We promote Vetsure Pet Insurance® because...

Vetsure make it simple: We are part of the trusted Vetsure network. This means that Vetsure are happy for us to settle the bill directly with them when you make an eligible claim. After treatment you simply pay us the policy excess.

Vetsure for tailored cover: Pick and choose from a range of benefits and benefit levels to suit your budget. To further adjust your monthly premium, you can choose from a range of excess levels (£69, £109 or £149).
Vetsure cover for life: If your pet develops an ongoing condition like arthritis or diabetes, the vet treatment benefits offered will recharge every year for each condition**. Vetsure also only charge the excess once per unrelated condition – many insurers charge the excess every year – which can soon make costs add up.
For more information about Vetsure Pet Insurance - or to obtain a quote - visit the Vetsure website or call 0800 050 20 22.
Alternatively, ask a clinic staff member to arrange a call from the Vetsure team at your convenience!

*source: Datamonitor - UK Pet Insurance 2008.
**provided your premiums are kept up to date and your policy remains in place.

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Both dogs and bitches are usually neutered between six and twelve months of age although the operation can be carried out at any time after this age.

What to expect

Your dog will come in as a day patient in the morning and go home in the afternoon. This will involve a period of starvation the night before.

Both male and female dogs will have a general anaesthetic. Male dogs are castrated through a small incision near to the scrotum. Bitches are neutered through an incision mid line on their belly.

The stitches are usually in place for fourteen days and lead exercise is advised during this time.

Possible complications

Every anaesthetic has a small risk associated with it but your pet will have a general health check on admission and complications are very rarely encountered.


Spaying your bitch


Stops unwanted pregnancies
Stops biannual season
Prevents a life threatening condition called pyometra that a quarter of entire female dogs get after the age of 10 years
Decreases the incidence of mammary cancer (breast cancer)


Unable to reproduce
More prone to weight gain

Castrating your dog


Decreases territory marking and sexual behaviour
Decreses chances of wandering
Eliminates risk of testicular cancer
Decreases chances of prostatic problems, perineal hernias and anal adenomas
Can aid the treatment of aggression


Unable to reproduce
Prone to weight gain
Coat changes in specific breeds

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Our Surgery Locations

Morpeth Whorral Bank
Veterinary Hospital

01670 512275

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01665 605215

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01670 812189

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01670 824745

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01670 363607

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Morpeth -
Staithes Lane Branch

01670 516194

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Kirkley Hall - Ponteland

01670 512275

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Seaton Delaval

0191 237 6464

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West Moor

0191 256 6980

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