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Puppy Care

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Intestinal Worms

Occur commonly in both cats and dogs, some pups can even be born with infestations.

Include roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tape worm.  

We recommend worming each 2 weeks until 5 months of age and then each 3 months.

Please call in and we can provide you with the most effective medication at the right dose for your pet.

Heartworm

A large worm which lives in the right side of the heart and blood vessels nearby causing tiredness, coughing and weight loss. Transmitted by mosquitoes. /p>

Occurs mainly in dogs but very rarely in cats. We recommend a prevention program for dogs, as treatment once infection has occurred is a high risk procedure.

There are a number of medications available, which are given monthly or yearly. We can discuss the suitability of each of these for your dog and help you choose the most suitable program for your situation.

PrPrevention tablets (monthly) are available for cats but not routinely use due to the low incidence in this species.

Microchipping

Now required by law for all dogs and cats born/changed owners since 1/7/2000.  It involves the implantation by injection of a uniquely numbered chip between the shoulder blades.

Although a large bore needle is used, most animals feel minimal discomfort especially if done as young puppies or kittens.

The identification number can be read with a specialised scanner  and the details of ownership can then be checked on the computer registry.

There are a number of registries for recording the details with the NSW government one being compulsory . Once the animal is chipped, you then need to register your pet  with your local council – this is a once only procedure.

Remember it is much cheaper to register a desexed pet than an entire animal, so although microchipping is  required by 3 months of age (or at the first change of ownership – whichever is first), registration is not required until 6 months allowing time for you to have your pet desexed prior to registration.

Desexing

 Highly recommended for all dogs, cats, rabbits and Ferrets to avoid the birth of unwanted animals, to reduce aggressive and territorial behaviour, the problems associated with animals in season and various other health problems.

Generally carried out between 5 and 6 months of age, desexing is a sterile surgical procedure requiring a general anaesthetic.

Generally most pets can go home in the evening of the operation but may be a little sleepy that night. Most pets experience little discomfort after the surgery.

Please call us in office hours to discuss the desexing of your pet. We can carry out desexing procedures 7 days a week for your convenience.

Fleas

One of the most common problems of pet ownership, can cause general itchiness, allergic reactions and the transmission of tape worm in your pet and annoying itchy bites for you the owner.

Fortunately the last few years has seen the release of a number of extremely effective preparations mostly requiring only administration of a few drops of a liquid on the back of your pets neck on a monthly basis making it easy to achieve excellent results.

Please call in and we can advise you of the most suitable preparation for your pets.

Ticks

Almost nil incidence of paralysis tick infestation from the local area, however if you are visiting coastal areas your pets may be at risk.

The paralysis tick causes weakness progressing from the hind legs forward to the chest and front legs and can lead to complete paralysis and death.

If you are travelling along the coast, please call in and see us for advice on the available products to prevent this serious problem occurring in your pet.

 

Nutrition

This can be a very complex subject and one we usually discuss with you when we first see your animals for vaccinations.

We can advise you on the right diet for your pets whether you prefer to prepare fresh meals yourself or like the convenience and scientific formulation of commercial pet foods, or maybe somewhere in between.

Narwee Veterinary Clinic stocks a range of premium Hill's, Royal Canin and Eukanuba foods for your pets as well as specialised prescription diets for various health conditions your pet may have.

Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your specific needs.