Vaccinations and health checks
Vaccinating your young animals is recommended for preventing infectious diseases.
Phone the clinic and talk to one of our staff who will help you decide when the right time to vaccinate is. Normally we would do this around 8 weeks of age, followed by a booster shot at or after 12 weeks of age. While vaccinations provide your animals with important protection against infectious diseases, other aspects of your pet’s health are equally important – especially exercise, housing, nutrition and parasite control.
By taking your animal to your veterinarian for regular health checks and vaccinations, you will help ensure that your pet receives the best possible preventative care.
We recommend thorough, regular check ups for senior pets. Pets age much more quickly than we do, reaching middle age at 6-8 years of age. Large breed dogs age fastest; cats and small dogs age more slowly. Prevention or early detection of problems will enable you to assist your pet to lead a happy, healthy life for longer. Screening tests allow us to detect many diseases before the signs are physically obvious. We recommend 6 monthly check ups for all pets over 7 years of age.
Kittens and puppies are generally born with a worm infestation. It is not always easy to detect worms in your pet, however, in the case of severe infection, the following symptoms may be present:
- Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
- Weight loss (despite a good appetite)
- Irritation around the bottom (pet scoots on his bottom)
- White segments in the faeces or around the anus
- Dull or pale coat
How often should I worm my pet?
Puppies & kittens – initial treatment at 2 weeks, repeat every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age. Repeat monthly until 6 months old, then start on an adult schedule of every 3 months for life.
- Breeding bitches – treat during the pregnancy. Then one week before whelping. Repeat 3 to 4 weeks after the birth.
- Breeding queens – treat at mating and again just before kittening. Repeat 3-4 weeks after the birth.
- Adult dogs & cats – Treat every 3 months.
- Newly acquired adult pets – Worm on arrival and repeat 2 weeks later. Continue with a single dose every 3 months.
Regular worming of pets along with good hygiene will also protect the human family members, especially children from worm infections.
Regular treatment for external parasites is important for the health and comfort of both you and your pet. The timing of treatment will depend entirely on the specific needs of your pet as well as the product you choose. If you are worried about fleas or looking to purchase a treatment – talk to the friendly staff at Ourvets. They will be able to gather information from you about your pet and advise you on the best treatment options to suit you and your pet.
Remember, the adult flea accounts for a very small proportion of the flea life cycle so if you see only a few adult fleas – an infestation could be much worse than you think.
If you have more than one pet at home – remember to treat them all at the same time. This will maximise the effectiveness of whichever treatment you use.