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Dog Health

Vaccinate your puppy

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Vaccinate your puppy to prevent life-threatening diseases The Australian Veterinary Association has identified these three highly contagious diseases as requiring ‘core’ vaccines: Canine parvovirus  Canine adenovirus  Canine distemper virus Canine parvovirus (parvo) is highly contagious. All unvaccinated dogs are at risk, but especially puppies whose immature immune systems make them very susceptible. Parvo causes great pain and distress and survival rate for ... Read More »

Desexing Dogs

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Dog desexing takes place in the sterile environment of veterinary hospitals and requires the care and skill of a qualified vet. The dog receives a general anesthetic before the surgical procedure of desexing occurs. Most return home on the same day as the surgery is performed. Pre-anesthetic check up: Prior to general anesthesia, the vet will check your dog’s heart ... Read More »

Desex Puppies

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Desexing puppies at an the appropriate age is important Some vets recommend that puppy is desexed around five months, prior to reaching adulthood and if female, before coming into season the first time. Others recommend the age of twelve weeks at the time of the pup’s last C3 vaccination. But other situations will not allow for this to happen. Rescue ... Read More »

Desexing Male Dogs

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Desexing male dogs before the age of six months helps to prevent cancer of the reproductive organs An undesexed male dog is programmed to seek out bitches in season. Your seemingly content dog may suddenly make a concerted effort to escape his comfortable and safe home to seek a mate, as a female’s pheromones are detectable streets away. Many of ... Read More »

Desexing Female Dogs

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Desexing females before the age of six months helps prevent cancer of the reproductive organs Once the cute female puppy you brought home reaches adulthood, her cycles start and she comes into season at about age six month and can mate about twice a year. During each season, vaginal bleeding may last up to three weeks and you will be ... Read More »

Worming Dogs & Puppies

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Worms are parasites that can kill puppies and make adult dogs very unwell. The most common worms that affect dogs and require treatment are: Roundworm Hookworm Tapeworm Whipworm Worms are a common cause of ill health in dogs and puppies and can cause: Loss of appetite Vomiting  Diarrhea  Weight Loss  Death Where are Worms? Contaminated water Infected prey animals – rodents ... Read More »

Heartworming your dog

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Heartworm your dog regularly to prevent disease Once confined to the tropics, this deadly mosquito borne disease can now affect dogs in all parts of Australia. Even if out-breaks in your region are uncommon, transiting dogs may carry the disease. Both dogs and cats can be infected with heartworm, which is usually fatal if left undiagnosed or untreated. Even when ... Read More »

Tick Control

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Ticks are a common parasite and occur mainly along the eastern seaboard and across the coastal north of Australia. Brown Dog Ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) can be found clustered in great numbers in dogs’ ear, between the toes and to a lesser extent on the body. They are source of constant irritation and in large numbers can cause anaemia. Ticks can ... Read More »

Flea Control

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Fleas are blood-sucking insects that lodge in a dog’s hairy coat, inflicting misery and distress. Symptoms: Biting, itching and scratching all parts of the body. Your dog’s attempt to get rid of them may result in itchy red patches on the skin. Fleas can also produce flea allergy and transmit tapeworm. Only adult fleas are obvious, while the rest of the ... Read More »

Microchips

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A microchip implant is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of a dog, cat or other animal. The chip, the size of a large grain of rice, uses passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology which can be read by rangers and veterinarians using hand-held scanners. The microchip stores information about the dog or cat and the owner’s name ... Read More »