Pet Wellness

Dogs and cats age faster than humans and become more at risk and susceptible to different health conditions as they age.

Here is a list of things we like to check, and monitor for, on a regular basis:

Adult Dog (1-6 years)

  • Annual health checks and vaccination
  • Heartworm testing and prevention
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Parasite checks and deworming
  • Dental exams and tailored home dental care recommendations
  • Wellness blood testing

Senior Dogs (7+ years)

  • 6-monthly health checks
  • Annual vaccination
  • Heartworm testing and prevention
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Parasite checks and deworming
  • Dental exams and tailored home dental care recommendations
  • 6-monthly wellness blood testing
  • Arthritis screening and management

Adult Cat (1-9 years)

  • Annual health checks and vaccinations 
  • FIV and Feline Leukemia testing and prevention (if required)
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Parasite checks and deworming
  • Dental exams and tailored home dental care recommendations
  • Wellness blood testing

Senior Cat (10+ years)

  • Annual health checks and vaccination
  • FIV and Feline Leukemia testing and prevention (if required)
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Parasite checks and deworming
  • Dental exams and tailored home dental care recommendations
  • 6-monthly wellness blood testing
  • Arthritis screening and management
  • Thyroid testing
  • Kidney screening and urine tests
  • Blood pressure monitoring

Dog Vaccinations

We recommend that puppies receive a course of 3 vaccinations, with the first given at 6-8 weeks old, the second at 10-12 weeks old and the third at 14-16 weeks old. These vaccinations are then continued annually for life. They help protect your dog against Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis, along with Parainfluenza and Bordetella (also known as Canine Kennel Cough).

Cat Vaccinations

We recommend that kittens receive a course of 3 vaccinations, with the first given at 6-8 weeks old, the second at 10-12 weeks old and the third at 14-16 weeks old. These vaccinations are then continued annually for life. They help protect your cat against Feline Enteritis, Herpesvirus and Calicivirus (also known as Cat Flu).

Heartworm

Heartworm is a dangerous and potentially fatal condition for dogs and cats.  The parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes through bites, then travels and grows in the heart and blood vessels. If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems and death.

If your pet has not been on or is overdue heartworm prevention, we always recommend a blood test before any prevention is started, as giving a preventative while there is a current infection can have serious health effects.

To prevent heartworm for dogs, we recommend an annual injection.  A heartworm injection can be started from 12 weeks of age (with a booster at 6 months old) and protects your dog for a year. It can be given by our veterinarians at the same time your dog comes in for their yearly health check and vaccination.

Ticks

The paralysis tick can be fatal, for both dogs and cats, if they are not on a tick preventative. Once a tick has attached itself to a pet, they take a blood meal and secrete a toxin that can cause severe illness, or even death.

The signs of tick paralysis are weakness in the hind legs (which may progress to the front legs), change in bark/meow, trouble swallowing, retching, coughing, vomiting, loss of appetite and/or laboured or rapid breathing. If your pet shows any of these signs you need to seek veterinary attention immediately.

Tick prevention is essential throughout the entire year (ticks are still present in winter!). There are a number of options available that our team can tailor to your needs. For dogs, we recommend Bravecto Quantum which is a new, convenient flea and tick injection that helps to protect dogs for a full 12 months, in combination with a full, daily body search (available in January 2024).

Fleas

Fleas can be distressing for your pet; however, they can be more than just a nuisance.  Fleas can cause skin disease, such as Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD).  Flea allergy dermatitis is intensely itchy and can result in hair loss and skin infections.  A small number of fleas can cause intense irritation meaning year-round flea control is essential.  Ingesting fleas can also transmit tapeworms, a harmful internal parasite.

Deworming

Internal gastrointestinal worms are a common issue for pets and can cause a range of health problems if left untreated, ranging from diarrhoea to stunted growth, weight loss and more.  Deworming is essential year-round to treat these parasites. If you notice that your pet has diarrhoea, or if there are any visible worm pieces in their stool, it is important to bring a stool sample to your vet so they can identify the type of parasite and treat appropriately.

Desexing

This is a surgical procedure that prevents your pet from being able to reproduce. Commonly, pets are desexed between 6-18 months, but each pet is different, and we will tailor individual recommendations to suit your pet, lifestyle and goals.

The benefits of desexing your pet are:

  • Health prevention – males are prone to testicular cancer and prostate disease, whereas females present with uterus infections and mammary tumours.
  • Females – stops the ‘heat’ cycle.
  • Aggression – decreases aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males.
  • Escaping – males are less prone to wander and suffer injuries from cars and other animals.
  • Litters – stops unwanted litters and reduces the overwhelming number of stray animals.
  • Registration – reduced council fees

Desexing is a major surgery, and we focus on advanced multimodal pain management, pre-anaesthetic blood testing, full anaesthetic monitoring, intra-operative fluids and warming, and a dedicated surgical and nursing team to ensure that your pet receives the highest level of care.  Pre- and post-surgical care will be discussed with you via our experienced veterinary team to ensure that all aspects of your pet’s welfare are met and communicated to you.

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