From feeding our pups with the best premium dog food to ensuring they get plenty of exercise, there is plenty to take into account if we want our canine companions to stay fit and healthy.

And while it's older dogs that are sometimes more prone to medical problems, it's that we realise just how important it is to consider the welfare of young puppies as we look to get them off to a strong start in life.

Indeed, besides buying plenty of bedding, blankets and toys to help them settle in to their new homes, one thing it's essential we don't overlook is the need for their vaccinations.

The reason for this is because there are various diseases that can threaten the wellbeing of our four-legged friends, with some of them having the potential to prove fatal if our dogs haven't been vaccinated appropriately.

Ranging from hepatitis and parvovirus to kennel cough and leptospirosis, numerous conditions can severely affect our canine companions, so it's vital that we take the necessary steps to protect our young pups.

Firstly, puppies should initially be vaccinated between the age of six and nine weeks, while a second treatment should follow between the age of 10 and 12 weeks.

If your dog has been unwell or unusually quiet before having their vaccinations then it's important that you let your vet know, as the injections may need to be postponed until your furry friend is fully fit.

The vaccines that pups are given enables their immune systems to create the antibodies necessary to combat low concentrations of the various diseases that can threaten their health, which is essential to their development.

It's also important to note that our dogs will need regular booster vaccinations throughout their lives, and your vet will be able to advise you on how frequently these need to be administered.

Written by: Hannah