PET ADVICE

Vaccination

We currently use Canigen DHPPi and Canigen L4 as our vaccinations for dogs and puppies.

We vaccinate dogs against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

For puppies 2 doses are needed to be administered to achieve immunity, the first of which is given at 8 weeks old, the second dose needs to be given 4 weeks after, if you miss the second dose, your puppy may not have immunity to these preventable diseases.

For adult dogs a yearly booster is needed, this can be given a few months after a full year, although after these few months we recommend your dog have a restart on their vaccinations and undergo the same 2 doses puppies receive.

If you are unsure about how up to date your dog is with their vaccinations, please feel free to call us and we can advise you.

Kennel Cough Vaccine –

You can also get your dog vaccinated against kennel cough, this is a yearly nasal (nose) vaccination. Most kennels require dogs to have had a kennel cough vaccine prior to boarding, this is usually is 2 weeks before the boarding, but you should ask your kennel what they require.

Parasite control

For us to prescribe any prescription strength anti-parasitics, we must have seen your animal in the last year and have an up to date weight, this is a legal requirement.

We have many products that help protect your dog against parasites, and they are used primarily for different age groups

Nexgard Spectra –

This is our main product, it is a monthly all in one tablet that is palatable. It prevents fleas, ticks, lungworm, heartworm, demodex mites, sarcoptes mites, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and eyeworm, however nexgard spectra does not protect against tapeworm, so we recommend a Droncit tablet every 3 months.

Nexgard spectra is available in weight catagories, so make sure we have an up to date weight as to effectively treat your pet.

Advocate/Prinocate –

If tableting your dog is too difficult, there are other available products such as Advocate, a spot on pipette. Advocate protects against the same things as Nexgard Spectra and does not protect against tapeworm and a Droncit tablet is recommended. Advocate is a monthly treatment.

Panacur –

This is a wormer that we use in puppies that are under 12 weeks, or below a certain weight, it is usually dispensed as a paste, but it can come in liquid and granule form if that is easier for you. This can be used to worm pregnant dogs.

Droncit –

A tablet that is used to treat against tapeworm, we recommend it being used along side out nexgard spectra or advocate treatment. It is to be used every 3 months.

Frontline spray –

If your very young puppy is suffering from a flea infestation we can use frontline spray, this can be done as early as 2 days old.

Microchipping

Since 2016, it has been a legal requirement that all dogs be chipped and registered by 8 weeks old.

When an animal has been chipped, we enter the microchip number on to your patient record. We then register the chip online.

  • To register the chip, we must have your email address or mobile number and make sure your address is up to date.
  • you will then receive an email or text and need to activate the account.

Neutering

We can neuter from 6 months old, though for bigger dogs it can be as late as 1 year old, for female dogs that have had a season, they will need to wait at least 3 months before we can neuter them.

There are a few things that you may like to consider before getting your dog neutered

Neutering before a first season decreases the chance of mammary cancer, unwanted pregnancies, hassle of the season. However, there is a slight increased chance of urinary incontinence later in life. So, it may be better to consider waiting until after a season, especially in larger breeds.

In nervous males, it is recommended to wait before neutering, as the drop in testosterone post surgery can make the behaviour problems worse or can make them fear aggressive. In these cases, it is a good idea to chemical castrate initially and see what effects castration will have.

Chemical castration is an implant (Suprelorin) that sits between the shoulder blades. It comes in 2 different strengths lasting 6 or 12 months. It is good if owners wish to see the response to castration prior to surgery, as it is reversible.

The change in hormones, decreases the pet’s metabolism and often increases their appetite, we recommend that you consider neutered diets, which are designed to limit calorie intake while making your pet feel fuller for longer. This is often easier than cutting back on the size of your pets meals, as this leads them to beg for food.

Grooming

We recommend you see a groomer’s, as they are better trained for grooming of your pets then we are, however if your dog has matted fur that would require a sedation to sort out, we are happy to help!

Vaccination

We are currently using the LeucoFeligen vaccine for out kittens and cats. For kittens 2 doses are needed to be administered to achieve immunity, the first which is given at 8 weeks old, the second dose is given 3-4 weeks afterwards. If you miss the second dose, your kitten may not have immunity to these preventable diseases.

We vaccinate cats against flu, enteritis and leukaemia.

A week after their second vaccination, your kitten will be able to go outside and explore the world, though we recommend you keep your kitten in until after they have been neutered.

For an adult cat, a yearly booster is needed, this can be given a few months after a full year, although after those few months we recommend that you get your cats vaccinations restarted as if they were a kitten.

If you cat is solely an indoor cat, you may choose to have them only vaccinated against flu and enteritis, although we still recommend you get them covered against leukaemia just in case they ever make it outside of your home.

If you are unsure about how up to date your cat is with their vaccinations, please feel free to give us a call and we can advise you.

Parasite control

For us to prescribe any prescription strength anti parasitics, we must have seen your animal in the last year and have an up to date weight, this is a legal requirement.

Advocate/prinocate

Advocate is a spot on pipette product that treats against fleas, heartworm, lice, mites, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and eyeworm. It is a monthly treatment for kittens over 1kg, it however does not protect against tapeworm and an additional tablet of droncit will be needed every 3 months.

Bravecto Plus

If for any reason you or your cat does not get on with advocate/prinocate we have another product called bravecto plus, it prevents fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms and hookworms. it is a treatment that is needed every 3 months. It however does not protect against tapeworm and a droncit tablet will be needed every 3 months.

Program Injection

A program injection is another form of treatment for fleas in cats, it does not directly kill fleas but prevents they from breeding, it is to be given every 6 months.

Worming in cats

Panacur

This is a wormer that we use in kittens that are under 12 weeks, or below a certain weight, it is usually dispensed as a paste, but it can come in liquid and granule form if that is easier for you.

Droncit

A tablet that is used to treat against tapeworm, we recommend it being used along side broadline or advocate treatment. It is to be used every 3 months.

If you find that tableting your cat is too difficult we have a product called profender that is a spot on product that can be used every 3 months.

Microchipping

It is not a legal requirement to microchip your cat like it is for dogs, though we highly recommend it, as microchipping aids in returning your lost pet to you,

When an animal has been chipped, we enter the microchip number on to your patient record. We then register the chip online.

  • To register the chip, we must have your email address or mobile number and make sure your address is up to date.
  • you will then receive an email or text and need to activate the account.

Neutering

we can neuter from as early as 5 months old for both male and female cats.

Things you may want to consider before neutering –

Getting your cat neutered reduces the chances of complications such as pyometra and certain cancers.

The change in hormones, decreases the pet’s metabolism but often increases their appetite, we recommend that you consider neutered diets, which are designed to limit calorie intake while making your pet feel fuller for longer. This is often easier than cutting back on the size of your pets meals, as this leads them to beg for food.

Grooming

We recommend you see a groomer’s, as they are better trained for grooming of your pets then we are, however if your cat has matted fur that would require a sedation to sort out, we are happy to help!

 

Preventing pet parasites – Fleas, ticks, worms in dogs, cats…..

It can be a surprise to find out your cat or dog has parasites, but it is common. All pets are affected by parasites at some point in their lives, this however can be prevented with regular parasitic treatment. In most cases, these parasites do not cause serious harm, but are often irritating and uncomfortable for your pet, getting rid of them is relatively easy by using a regular monthly treatment.