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Puppy Buying Guide

Puppy Buying Guide

Thinking of buying a Puppy?

  • First, be sure that you have the commitment to take on a new pet.  Remember that a dog can live on average 12 years!
  • Consider carefully the costs involved – not just purchase price but ongoing costs, including food, lifelong flea and worming treatments and veterinary bills. Pet insurance is a brilliant way to help pay for any unexpected medical issues.

A Basic list of things you will need to purchase include:

  • Collar and Lead
  • Food and Water Bowls
  • Puppy food
  • Dog Bed
  • Crate (if crate training)
  • Puppy treats
  • Think about your lifestyle when considering a certain pet or breed.  For example, some dogs will require more exercise than others and pets with longer coats may require regular grooming time.  Think about the effect a new pet will have on any pets already living in the household.  For more advice on which pet to choose, contact the clinic for advice
  • We recommend that you acquire your pet from a responsible breeder or from a reputable rescue centre (for example Dog’s Trust, Many Tears, Hope Rescue, RSPCA).  To find a breeder of a particular breed consider if a Breed Club exists or ask for advice at the veterinary practice.  The Kennel Club runs an Assured Breeder Scheme for dog breeders.  Visit
  • HELP STOP PUPPY FARMING.  Never buy a puppy from a dealer or pet shop.  Be wary when using newspapers, magazines or unknown websites when searching for a pet.
  • Visit the litter before committing to purchasing a puppy.  Always try to see the puppy in its home environment with both its mother and littermates.  This allows you to assess how the puppy has been reared, to see the size and temperament of the mother, and to select a healthy puppy.  We do not advise taking on a puppy that is much smaller than its littermates.  While it may look cute, there could be a reason for its small size!
  • Talk to the breeder.  Find out if the puppy has had any health checks, vaccinations, worming or flea treatments, and if they have, which brands have been used.  Check that there have been no health problems.  Find out the puppy’s current diet – it is very important to continue this for at least the first week in the pet’s new home.  Ask the breeder for a copy of any paperwork – for example the pet’s pedigree or results of any genetic testing
  • Some breeders are now issuing a contract of sale.  This is in the best interests of both breeder and purchaser and encourages responsible breeding.  Be sure to read any small print and only sign once you are happy
  • Once you have purchased your new puppy we recommend arranging a health check at the clinic.  This allows us to give your pet a thorough health check and give you the best advice possible.  Remember to bring any paperwork along to this appointment. 


Commonly Asked Questions:

If you have any questions or would like more advice, please contact the surgery on 01443 224666