Getting a new pet is a wonderful thing, its exiting bringing a new fluffy/feathered/scaly addition to the family.
It is a big decision however and one that needs a lot of thought and preparation so we have compiled some information to make the decision easier for you.
If you already have a pet, you will remember the time and patience needed to introduce a new pet to a household, they pee and poo everywhere, chew your lovely new shoes and need lots of care.
If you are buying a pet for the first time, be prepared to spend the time with them to make sure they are well cared for and have everything they need for a smooth transition to their new lives.
Firstly, we would ask you to adopt a dog rather than buy one as there are hundreds of dogs and cats in various shelters across Wexford and the south east crying out for someone to take them home.
The Wexford branch is located on Distillery Road in Wexford.
South East Animal Rescue
Wexford County Council Dog Shelter:
Location: Pets First, Ballycarney, Co. Wexford
Contact: 05393 88339
Dogs Trust Ireland https://www.dogstrust.ie/rehoming/
Location: Glasnevin Road, Finglas, Dublin 7
Dogs Trust is a nationwide rescue, however their centre is located in Dublin
This is just a small selection of the rescue centers doing amazing work, have a look at these pets before buying, you may find just what you are looking for!
- Ask to see the puppy’s parents, the mother should be with the puppies, the father may not be which is fine.
- Do not meet somewhere – Buying puppies in a Supermarket car park is a no no – it happens a lot and you will be unable to know where the puppy came from or have any way to contact the breeder if you need any further info. Do not rely on having a phone number only.
- Do not buy a puppy younger than 8 weeks old, they should be left with their mother until this age.
- Ask for a vaccination card, if the breeder has had the puppies vaccinated, they should have a vaccination card with the vaccine stickers, dates of vaccination and veterinary signature or stamp on it.
- For a first vaccination, we recommend that all puppies have a DHPPI and Lepto vaccine, the Lepto vaccine needs a booster 4 weeks after the first vaccine to ensure the vaccine works.
Some puppies will be vaccinated by the breeder with Parvo, there is no problem with this, but again, we would recommend vaccinating a puppy against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis to make sure they are covered fully.
- Ask for microchip details, by law, all puppies should be microchipped by a registered person before being sold. When a puppy is microchipped, the microchip is scanned and the number is registered to a person.
If the breeder has registered the puppy in their name, you need to get the microchip number and change the details to your name and contact details with Fido or the kennel club, depending on where it has been registered.
- Ask about flea and worm treatment, it is very common that puppies carry worms, if the breeder has treated them, ask for the date and brand of product used so that you can plan their next treatment.
- If you are buying a purebred puppy, ask for their papers to go home with, don’t leave them to be sent in the post. If you want to breed this dog in the future, you will need their kennel club papers with their details to register their puppies.
- Communication is key, make sure you let the breeder know that you will need a vaccination cert, microchip cert and kennel club papers (if applicable) when you are collecting the puppy so that they can have all of these things ready upon collection.
- Check the general health of the puppy, make sure their coat and general demeanor is good before committing to buy, don’t fall into the trap of taking a puppy because you feel sorry for it and cannot leave it there as this is only rewarding irresponsible breeding.
- Be prepared for taking the puppy home, ask the breeder what food the puppy was eating so that you can have this ready, changing food can upset their tummy so it is usually better to keep them on the same food, you can transition on to a different food later. Make sure that you have a nice warm place set up to take the puppy home to.