HELP I can’t keep up with my Pooch’s Health care regime!
A Simple Guide Your Dog’s Annual Health care Regime
Ensuring your furry friend up to date with their basic health care needs can be daunting. The following is a basic overview of what you Adult Dog health care regime should look like. Please note that depending on your pets previous health history there may be additional or alternative care required. Please speak to your Sunnybank Veterinary Clinic Veterinarian and nurses to discuss the best options for you.
Vaccination will be done at your ANNUAL VISIT with the veterinarian. The vaccination will protect your pooch against a number of highly infectious viruses including Parvovirus, canine infectious hepatitis, Distemper Canine Cough.
Intestinal worms can affect your pets’ health by damaging their intestinal tract and reducing nutrient uptake. An intestinal wormer such as DRONTAL is given every THREE MONTHS to protect them against these crawly critters. The tablet or chew can be brought from your vet over the counter and an appointment is not needed. Sunnybank Veterinary Clinic is happy to help you give the tablet if you find it difficult.
Heart Worm prevention:
Unlike intestinal worms which are picked up by your dog in the environment, heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos and contracting the worm can be fatal. It is important to keep up to date with heartworm prevention to avoid your pet contracting the worm. Sunnybank Veterinary Clinic recommends a PRO-HEART INJECTION at your ANNUAL VISIT.
Fleas are common blood sucking parasites that infest our pets. They cause irritation and itching to our animals and in bad infestations cause anaemia. Flea prevention is given MONTHLY OR THREE-MONTHY in the form of a chewable treatment such as BRAVECTO or NEXGARD. The tablet can be brought from your vet over the counter and an appointment is not needed. Sunnybank Veterinary Clinic is happy to help you give the chew if you find it difficult.
The paralysis tick is a deadly arachnid which attaches to your dog and injects a toxin. The toxin cause ascending paralysis which, if left untreated causes death. There are a number of preventative methods to protect your dog. Firstly, BRAVECTO and NEXGARD cover ticks for 4 months, so if your dog is on either of those, ticks are covered. In other cases, A TICK COLLAR such as SCALIBOR can be used this collar is replaced every THREE MONTHS. Although Bravecto, Nexgard and tick collars prevent ticks attaching to your pet it is very important to still CHECK him/her EVERYDAY especially after walks to locate any ticks that may have attached.
Your pets’ dental health will be assessed at your ANNUAL VISIT. Dental disease cause a number of health issues ranging from bad breathe, pain, infection and in severe cases damage to the kidneys. At home preventative care such as DENTAL DIET like hills T/D, BRUSHING, MOUTH WASHES are recommended from a young age. Where Dental disease is present a Dental procedure under anaesthetic is required to remove plaque and tartar build up. Recheck of the teeth as recommended every 3 months with a free dental check to assess your pets’ dental health.
Your pet may or may not require nail trimming. If you pets nails are becoming long you can get them trimmed at the vet or you may choose to do them yourself at home. We sell clippers at the clinic. Over grown nails are at risk of being torn off or infected which may cause great pain. They may also prevent your pet from walking correctly which may increase risk of injury to him/her.
It is now a legal requirement that all animals that are rehomed need to be micro chipped. Micro chipping involves insertion a small chip the size of a grain of rice under the skin between the shoulder blades. Each chip has a different number. When you register with the micro chipping company your details will correspond to the number. This is a very important means of contact if your pet ever gets lost. (Please refer to what to do when your pet is lost for more information).