How old does my puppy have to be to get it's vaccinations?
Can I get my cat desexed if she is on heat?
I have forgotten to give my dog heartworm prevention for 6 months, is it still ok to give it to them now?
I'm thinking of breeding my dog, what should I consider?
Have you considered the costs involved for vaccinating, worming and microchipping a littler of puppies? (It is now law for puppies either sold or given away to be microchipped).
Could you cover the cost of an emergency caesarean if your dog had complications (approx $1000)
Do you have the time to dedicate to a litter of puppies for 6-8 weeks before they are sold? (ie feeding, cleaning up after them and monitoring their health)
Can you commit to 2-4hourly feeds if the mother doesn’t feed the puppies herself? (this quite often happens to dogs who have large litters)
It is best to talk to your vet in regards to all the details before committing to breeding your dog.
I have an outdoor cat, what vaccinations should she get?
I've just been told my cat is FIV positive, what does that mean?
What age can I get my cat or dog desexed?
Should I be feeding my dog a special diet?
Adult dogs & cats require adult food either wet or dry up until 7yrs of age.
Senior dogs & cats 7+yrs should be fed food specifically for senior or mature animals as they aid in the changing of their body and increases their longevity.
I'm confused about all the different worms & what prevention I should be giving my dog, could you explain?
Heartworm is a spaghetti like worm that gets into the blood stream via mosquito bite. The worms can infest & constrict the chambers of the heart and quite often will end in fatality.
Ringworm is not actually a worm, it is a fungal infection. It often presents on the skin as a red scaly legion, in a circular shape. It can be passed from humans to dogs/cats and vice versa via direct contact.
Treating for worms –
Intestinal worms- All adult dogs & cats should be treated for intestinal worms. The most common product is a 3 monthly tablet, however there are other options such a ‘spot on’ liquids that can combine other treatments as well. *
Heartworm– Can be treated via monthly tablets or by yearly injections for dogs. Cats are less likely to get heartworm but should still be treated with a monthly tablet.
Ringworm– Often needs to be treated with medicated shampoo, topical creams & tablets. It is best to make an appointment to see the vet if you suspect your pet has ringworm.
*The only exception for intestinal worming is for puppies & kittens who need to be wormed more often than adults. They should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12weeks of age, then monthly until 6months of age and then to the adult dose of 3 monthly worming.
Is there anything that I shouldn't feed my pet?
- Cows milk (causes diarrhoea as dogs & cats aren’t able to digest lactose)
- Avocado (for birds)
- Macadamia Nuts