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Dog Advice

Advice on caring for your dog

Scroll down to see advice on parasite control and neutering.

If you are a Pet Health Club member you will receive 20% off neutering and 12 months' worth of flea and worm treatment.


A primary vaccination course is started when your puppy has reached 8 weeks of age. One injection is given, followed by a second injection at 10 to 12 weeks' old. They will have full immunity 7 days after the second vaccination has been given and will then be able to go out in public places. Annual boosters are required throughout their lives to keep the immunity.

Vaccinations are important to prevent your dog from contracting some infectious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. The very young and very old are particularly at risk. By having your dog vaccinated, you are minimising the risk to your animal.

The diseases we vaccinate against are:

  • Canine Parvo Virus
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Infectious Hepatitis
  • Canine Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza

 We also recommend vaccinating against Kennel Cough (Parainfluenza and Bordetella Bronchiseptica). Although commonly picked up in kennels where the dogs are housed in close proximity, the virus is airborne and can be picked up at the park, in the woods, at dog shows, events etc.

However, something to be aware of - occasionally kennels prefer your dog not to be vaccinated against this so please check with them beforehand if you plan to put your dog into boarding. The reason for this is because the vaccine is a Live Vaccine and your dog is potentially infectious to others. The vaccination we use lasts 1 year.


We recommend that puppies are wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks, then once a month until 6 months' old, as some worms can be passed from the mother to the puppies during pregnancy and through her milk.
Once 6 months' old, we recommend that dogs are wormed every 3 months as worms are easily picked up in the environment, but due to recent cases in the UK we are advising monthly worming to prevent against Lungworm, this can be spread through the ingestion of infected slugs and snails.

Regular worming is important, especially if there are children around. A particular roundworm can be passed to humans, in whom it can cause damage to the eye and in some cases, blindness.

The two main types of worm commonly seen are tapeworms and roundworms. Tapeworms can be identified as they look like grains of rice. Roundworms are 'spaghetti-like' and average around 2-4” in length.

Please contact the clinic to discuss the best treatment for your pet.


Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance, but may also cause problems such as skin allergies and disease, which can affect both you and your pet. A single flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day! One bite can trigger a nasty allergic reaction so we recommend dogs be treated on a monthly basis to prevent infestation. Ticks can carry various diseases, one of which being Lyme disease. This disease affects not only animals but people too.

Please contact the clinic to discuss which treatment would be best for your pet.


Spay (for females)

Bitches can be spayed from 6 months of age or 2-3 months after a season has finished. The operation involves a general anaesthetic and although routine is a big procedure where the ovaries and uterus are completely removed, it is recommended where future breeding is not considered.

The advantages of this operation are:

  • No unwanted pregnancies
  • No false pregnancies
  • No messy seasons
  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine disease such as Pyometra
  • If done before a year old, reduces the risk of mammary tumours in later life

Castration (for males)

Dogs can be castrated from 6 months of age and onwards. The operation involves a general anaesthetic and is a minor procedure compared to neutering a bitch. Both testicles are removed and it is recommended where future breeding is not considered.

The advantages of this operation are:

  • Less straying in the search of a mate
  • Removes the stress of being a male dog in modern society, where he has to share his territory with other dogs and is not allowed to show normal 'male' behaviour
  • Reduces unwanted sexual behaviour
  • Eliminates the risk of testicular tumours
  • Greatly reduces the risk of problems with the prostate gland
  • Less risk of perineal and anal tumours
  • May reduce aggressive tendencies

Contraceptive Implant

An alternative to castration in male dogs. The implant enables you to assess the affect castration may have on your dog without surgery. It is a temporary method given by injection but can be repeated to maintain the effect. If you would like more information on this, please contact the clinic.

Practice information

Culloden Veterinary Clinic

  • Mon
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Tue
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wed
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thu
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Fri
    8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sat
    9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun

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Keppoch Road Culloden Inverness IV2 7LL
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