Pet Wellness

Dogs and Cats age faster than humans and become more at risk and susceptible to health conditions at different stages of life.  Here’s a list of things we like to check and monitor 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 treatment

Adult Cat (1-9 years)

  • Annual health checks and vaccinations
  • FIV and Feline Leukemia testing and prevention
  • 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
  • Flea and Tick prevention
  • Parasite checks and deworming
  • Dental exam and tailored home dental care recommendations.
  • 6-monthly wellness blood test
  • Arthritis screening and treatment
  • Thyroid testing
  • Kidney screening
  • Blood pressure monitoring

Dog Vaccinations

We recommend that you have your puppy vaccinated when they are 6,12 and 16 weeks old to protect them from disease.  All dogs need to be vaccinated every year for canine cough, as well as a vaccination every three years to protect them from distemper, hepatitis, and parvovirus.

Cat Vaccinations

We recommend that you have your kitten vaccinated when they are 6,12 and 16 weeks to protect them from disease. Adult cats need to be vaccinated yearly.  This vaccination schedule helps protect your cat from feline enteritis, herpes and calicivirus also known as cat flu.

Heartworm

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

If your pet has not been on heartworm prevention, we strongly recommend a blood test before any prevention is started.

We recommend the Proheart injection to ensure your dog is protected and does not acquire heartworm.  The Proheart injection protects your dog for a year and can be given by our veterinarians at the same time your dog comes in for the yearly health check and vaccination.

Ticks

The paralysis tick can kill a dog if left unchecked for a few days and not on a preventative program. Once a tick has attached itself to a pet, they take a blood mean and secrete a toxin that can cause severe illness or even death.

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

Prevention is essential throughout the entire year (ticks are still present in winter!) so we recommend a convenient flea and tick injection that helps to protect your dog for a full 12 months in combination with a full body daily search.

Fleas

Year-round flea prevention is essential for keeping your pet safe from these parasites.

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 or 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

Deworming your pet is essential for keeping your pet safe from these parasites.

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

Desexing

This is a surgical procedure that prevents your pet from being able to reproduce.  Commonly pets are desexed between 5-15 months, but each pet is different, and we will tailor individual recommendations to your pet, lifestyle, and goals.

The benefits of desexing your pet is:

  • 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, anaesthetic monitoring, and a dedicated surgical and nursing team to ensure that your pet receives the highest level of care.  Pre and post-surgery care will be discussed with you via our experienced veterinary team to ensure that all aspects of your pets welfare are met.

We recommend you discuss desexing with your veterinarian and call the hospital to book your pet in for this surgery.

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