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Puppy Health

Diamond Valley Kennels Puppy Health

All of our puppies receive a Vet Check prior to being available to adopt. Puppies are wormed from 2 weeks of age and should continue this regime until they are 12 weeks old. They will be flea treated at 8 weeks old. We recommend Flea and Worm treatments continue once puppy has gone to their new home. Our puppies are introduced to the water at an early age and enjoy bath time. We recommend that you groom your puppy at least once a week to avoid matting and remove any loose hair. Our Adult dogs are vet checked and vaccinated on an annual basis. They enjoy bath time as much as our puppies and are handled and groomed on a regular basis.


We take every precaution to breed from sound and healthy mums and dads to minimize the risk of passing on inherent diseases. We genetically test by swab most of our mums and dads for their specific breed, to ensure that we are breeding with ‘good foundations’ and clear of most major common diseases per breed.

Diamond Valley Kennels Happy Puppy

It is important to understand how genetics work. It is quiet common for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in particular to carry the common Degenerative Myelopathy and the Poodle to be prone to Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration (prcd) – PRA. For puppy to become at risk of developing the gene mum or dad carries, it would require both parents to be carriers of that specific gene. Hence why we take such care in ensuring that mums and dads are matched accordingly to minimise risk.

Something to also to be aware of is that our beautiful dogs are just like us humans in a way that we can still develop health concerns regardless of our parents genes. You could still have a completely clear mum and dad and this still will not be able to give you a 100% guarantee of no genetic issues developing in the future.

Our genetic test results are available to view at our kennels on request should that specific parent be genetically tested.


Our mums and dads are vet checked once a year and prior to having a new litter to ensure they are in good health before they have their next litter.

Our puppies are vet checked between 6-8 weeks old to ensure they are in good health prior to going to their new homes.  They also receive their first vaccination and microchip at the same time.

The vet will check puppy for the following: 

  • Puppies general health

  • Check all joints and limbs

  • Listen to heart and lungs

  • Check ears and eyes are clear

  • Check abdomen and groin areas

  • Look for hernias (inguinal and umbilical) 

  • Check gender and testicles in males

  • Check for base narrowing canines and under/over bites