Puppies need a series of vaccinations given at 6, 10, 14 and 18 weeks. Vaccination is then repeated annually. The most important diseases in dogs prevented by vaccination are: Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Corona virus and Rabies. Kennel cough can also be prevented by giving a separate vaccination annually.
Cats also need a series of vaccinations when they are young (6, 10, 14 and 18 weeks); this is repeated annually. Viral diseases prevented by these vaccinations are: Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici virus, Panleukopaenia and Rabies.
Larger breeds generally come on heat a little later whereas it occurs a little sooner in smaller breeds.
Thereafter a bitch will come on heat every 9 to 11 months with a cycle lasting approximately 3 weeks. This will occur throughout her life until she is about 10 to 12 years old.
Benefits of spaying your dog/cat include: decreased incidence of mammary tumours, uterine infections and ovarian cancer. In males the risk of prostatic and testicular cancer can be dramatically reduced by castration. They also tend to be less aggressive (hormonal aggression) towards other male dogs.
This dramatically reduces the risk of mammary tumors and uterine infections.
Males can be castrated at the same age, before hormonal aggression towards other dogs sets in.
Once-off deworming is therefore not enough to prevent re-infection. We advise that all pets should be dewormed 3 to 4 times a year.
We recommend bringing your animal for a consultation with one of our vets as a full clinical examination needs to be performed along with possible diagnostic tests to help determine the cause of the problem. Cortisone is a scheduled drug that can not be sold without consultation.
They are also highly effective against ticks therefore preventing transmission of the deadly disease Biliary. There are various products available depending on your specific needs. Please ask our trained reception staff for advice on which one to use.
The best way to compare foods is to calculate price per day according to amount fed. Dog and cat foods recommended by our practice includes: Eukanuba, Iams, Hills, Royal Canin, Vets Choice and Ultradog. Please ask our trained reception staff or any of our vets for more information about which food will suit your pet’s specific needs.
The good news is we are here to help you get your pet in great shape. Our weight loss clinic works out a tailor-made program for your pet with 2 weekly weigh-ins, feeding and exercise guidelines and lots of advice.
The drug used to euthanase an animal is a very strong anaesthetic. The procedure is painless. An area on one of the forelegs is clipped and a catheter is inserted in the vein to administer the drug. As soon as the injection is given your pet looses consciousness and goes to sleep; the heart will stop and your pet will stop breathing. As the muscles relax your pet may empty its bladder and bowel, there might be gasping and muscle spasms.
We use Envirocin, a dedicated pet cremation company, to cremate your pet. If you would like to receive your pet’s ashes back, let us know at the time of the euthanasia and we will arrange this for you.
Many senior pets require surgery such as tumour removal or dental work. Denying these pets surgery will often lead to the disease worsening causing pain and suffering.
Human diets are generally too high in salt and fat which are detrimental to your pet’s health. The following foods should always be avoided: garlic/onions (causes anaemia), chocolate (effects the nervous system), raisins/grapes (causes kidney failure), macadamia nuts (affects the nervous system) and fatty foods e.g. oxtail (causes pancreatitis).