We routinely vaccinate against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis and Canine Cough (both Bordetella and Para-influenza). These diseases are serious and can be fatal, so vaccination is vital.
When should the vaccinations be given?
1st C3 (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus) ………6 weeks of age
2nd C5 (As above + Canine Cough) ………… 9 weeks of age
3rd C3 (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus) ………12 weeks of age
A YEARLY BOOSTER is essential to continue protecting your dog against disease.
HEART WORM PREVENTION
Heart worm is a parasite that is transmitted as larvae in blood to dogs by mosquitoes and then moves to the chambers of the dog’s heart, growing to adult worms and eventually causing death by heart failure.
It is a very common parasite in Brisbane and all pups should start prevention at 6 – 12 weeks of age with consistent prevention for life. For your convenience we will send out reminders.
We recommended PROHEART injection for the prevention of heart worm disease. This involves a course of injections starting at 12 weeks, with a second at 6 months, and a booster at 15 months.
To ensure complete protection you will need yearly boosters thereafter. With the injection you can rest assured that your pet has the very best cover possible. This can be combined with their annual vaccination booster.
Intestinal worms can cause serious problems, and puppies are especially at risk. When worm burdens become high we can see problems such as diarrhoea, vomiting, pot-belly, weight loss, anaemia, scooting and even more serious intestinal complications. Please note that intestinal wormers do not cover heart worm.
What should your pup be wormed against?
Roundworm, Hookworm, Tapeworm (including hydatids) and Whipworm.
These can all be spread to people especially children so it is very important to prevent infestation.
Worm every fortnight to 12 weeks of age, then monthly to 6 months of age, then every three months for life. If there are any children in the family it may be advisable to worm the dog monthly for life. We recommend Drontal Allwormer.
Only 5% of fleas live on your pet. 95% live in the environment. It is very important to keep up a continuous flea prevention regime, or you may find you have a flea infestation.
NB. All animals in the household must be treated for control to be effective!! (All dogs and all cats!)
We recommend that all puppy owners seriously consider health insurance for their new pet. Pet insurance costs from $2.95 a week and means that unforeseen accidents and illness can be covered.
Paralysis ticks can be life threatening. We do see a number of cases each summer here in Bulimba. Available tick control products:
• ADVANTIX (TOXIC to CATS!)
• KILTIX & SCALIBOR COLLARS
This can be done at 4-6 months of age and involves a day visit with us. Desexing will help control problems such as roaming, aggression, inappropriate mounting, mammary and prostatic disease. Your council registration will also be much cheaper. There is no advantage for your female dog to have a season or a litter first before desexing!!
Use a puppy preparation commercial food (not adult) as these are balanced in all the vitamins, minerals and dietary requirements your growing pup needs. We recommend premium quality foods such as Eukanuba & Hills Science Diet. For healthy teeth and gums, large raw leg marrow bones and brisket bones are great. In smaller breeds, raw chicken wings or necks may be more appropriate.
One aspect of responsible dog ownership is the identification of your pet. At approx 1cm long, insertion is by simple injection that can be done at vaccination or de-sexing times or any other convenient time by appointment. A collar and tag can be lost, but a microchip is there for life.
PUPPY SOCIALISATION – ASK ABOUT OUR PUPPY PRE-SCHOOL!
Our pups must be well adjusted in many different environments from a very young age – expose your pup to people and other animals. We offer puppy preschool here, for puppies under 16 weeks, which provides the perfect environment to do this. Our classes are held on a Tuesday night from 6.30 to 7.30pm with one of our qualified veterinary nurses.
We have a grooming salon downstairs. Book by calling Salon 154 on 07 3899 5972 or talking with our receptionist.
Our staff are also more than happy to discuss any issues or worries you may have about your new pet.
If you have any problems or questions about your new kitten, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 38991495