PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

Preventative health care is all about maintaining your pet in optimum health.
Vaccination Program:
Vaccinating your pet gives the best possible protection against infectious diseases. Puppies and kittens require a vaccination course, usually at 6-8 weeks and 12-14 weeks of age. This is followed with an annual health check and vaccination boosters at specific intervals. Vaccination programs are tailored to your pet’s age and what risk factors they are exposed to.


Annual Health Check:
During an annual health check your pet will go through a thorough physical examination and our vets shall discuss any issues you may be experiencing with your pet.


Heartworm:
Heartworm is a potentially deadly parasite spread by mosquitoes to dogs and cats. If infected, pets often do not show physical signs. Sadly by the time symptoms are seen often unrepairable damage has been done to the pet’s heart. Important to note that general worming tablets do not protect your pet from heartworm so a combined treatment for worming is required. Options include an annual injection or monthly tablets or spot-ons.


Intestinal Worming:
Is not only important for your pet’s health but for the health of your family, particularly young children. Many worms can be spread from your pet to human companions with potentially serious health consequences. Our veterinarians will explain our recommended worming programs to you which are tailored to your pet’s age and risk factors.

Puppies require worming every 2 weeks up until the age of 12 weeks, monthly til 6 months and then will require an all-wormer every 3 months. Please note all-wormers do not protect your dog against heartworm.


Flea Control:
Controlling fleas requires the use of highly effective products to treat all of your pets as well as their environment. It is best to use a product that kills fleas at all points of their life cycle. Some pets are allergic to flea bites resulting in serious skin problems so prevention is better than cure.


Skin Care:
In addition to fleas, a pet’s skin is exposed to many harsh environmental influences which can cause a range of problems and diseases. Regular grooming and proper coat conditioning are ways to protect the skin from these disorders.


Diet:
A quality animal diet, specific for your pet, is ideal to improve both general and long term health. It’s essential that your pet receives the right amount of food each day, as well as the correct protein, nutrients, energy and minerals, to ensure a balanced digestive system and synergised complex of antioxidants to help support natural defences.


Micro Chipping & Registration:
A microchip is a small device that is injected under the skin. It can be used in all animal species and is the single best method of permanently identifying your pet as being owned by you. It is a legal requirement that all dogs and cats are micro chipped and registered for their own protection and easy reuniting with their loved ones.


De-sexing:
If you are not planning on breeding from your pet dog or cat it is highly beneficial to have them de- sexed. Advantages of de-sexing your pet include eliminating the possibility of unwanted pregnancies, reducing the incidence of mammary tumours, and preventing roaming from home or fighting while on heat.


Preventative Care Basic Time Line


Puppies & Dogs

2 weeks
Commence Intestinal Worming
  
4 weeks
Intestinal Worming

6 weeks
Intestinal Worming

6-8 weeks
First Vaccination C4 Commence Flea Treatment (monthly)

8 weeks
Intestinal Worming

10 weeks
Flea Treatment

12 weeks    
(3mths) Intestinal Worming Second Vaccination (C5)
Microchip (during 2nd vaccination or during speying/castration)

14 weeks
Commence Heartworm prevention

4 months
Flea Treatment

5 months
Intestinal Worming

6 months
Intestinal Worming

12 months 
Intestinal Worming (every 3 months)Annual Heartworm preventionCommence Trennial Vaccination Annual Health Check


Kittens & Cats

4 weeks
Commence Intestinal Worming

6 weeks
Intestinal Worming

6-8 weeks
First Vaccination F3

8 weeks
Commence Flea Treatment(monthly)

10 weeks
Flea Treatment

12 weeks
Intestinal Worming

14 weeks
Second Vaccination F3Microchip(during 2nd vaccination or during speying/castration) Flea Treatment

4 months
Intestinal Worming

5 months
Intestinal Worming

6 months
Intestinal Worming(every 3 months)

12 months
Annual Vaccination & Heatlh Check