Routine Care - Dogs
The vets at Pittsworth Veterinary Surgery recommend vaccinations at 6, 9 and 12 weeks of age for your puppy, and 12 monthly thereafter. We feel that this protocol allows your puppy to be old enough to avoid any antibodies from their mother's milk from interfering with the vaccine, whilst also being the earliest time possible to ensure your puppy is able to get out and socialise quicker. We recommend all dogs are vaccinated with a C5 vaccine which covers for Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper and the 2 components of Canine cough.
Intestinal worms such as Hookworm and Roundworm can cause serious problems to you pets, as well as being a risk to you also. The younger the animal the more susceptible they are, hence the different worming protocols. All puppies should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks of age, then monthly until 6 months of age. From here on we recommend that dogs are wormed every 3 months.
Heartworm prevention is recommended from 3 months of age. The two main options recommended are either monthly tablets which can be done at home, or the Proheart SR12 injection which lasts for 12 months in adult dogs. Please call us to tailor a Heartworm prevention program to your pet.
Flea and Tick Control
Fleas can be a real pain to get under control, so like most things prevention is better than treatment! The majority of flea control comes in monthly options- here at the clinic we offer both tablet and chewable forms and spot-ons, so give us a call to find out more.
Tick control is targeted at the deadly Paralysis tick- while we tend to be just too far West to have the tick at Pittsworth we see plenty of cases from closer to Toowoomba as well as animals that have been on a holiday to the coast. If you plan on taking your pet with you on a holiday please take this into consideration and consider some prevention. Tick Paralysis can be a deadly disease.
Microchips are now required mandatory for all animals that pass ownership, either give away or for sale, regardless of age. It is also required to register your dog with the council. We highly recommend microchipping as it is lifelong identification and ensures that if your dog is brought to any vet clinic or the council that he or she can be returned to you. We had a case where a dog was stolen from a nearby town 6 months earlier. The dog then turned up at the Pittsworth Veterinary Surgery by a bypasser that found it wandering on the road, clearly in good health. We were able to then return him to his original owner who was over the moon!
Desexing is a vital component of routine prevention for your pet. Some of the conditions that early desexing can prevent include;
Pyometra: a life threatening uterine infection
Mammary tumours: did you know the incidence of mammary tumours in female dogs is reduced to just 0.5% if speyed BEFORE their first heat.
Unwanted litters: are you able to pay initial vaccination, worming and feeding costs for puppies, then find lifelong homes for each?
Pregnancy and whelping complications: did you know the cost of a caesarean is in excess of $1000.