Rose Park Vet

Prevention

Keep your pet healthy by keeping it up-to-date.

Rather than waiting until your pet is sick and pay hefty bills to bring them back to health, there are some simple health checks, vaccines and other procedures that will help to keep yours pets away from sickness.

Annual health checks are vital to determine and solve any issues that may be occurring, and gives your vet a chance to pick up small problems before they become big ones

Vaccinations have received much debate over the past few years, but can help to stop your pet from suffering the full effects of the illness. Vaccinations are determined by age and exposure risk and are adjusted accordingly.

  • For adult dogs, we use Triennial vaccines for the core vaccines of Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus and annual vaccines for Kennel Cough
  • Puppies and kittens receive either 2 or 3 vaccines, dependant upon age and any vaccines given prior to obtaining them.
  • Adult cats receive annual vaccines against Feline Enteritis and Feline Respiratory Disease (Cat Flu).
  • Feline AIDS is a debilitating disease of the immune system, similar to Human AIDS. It is spread by cat bites. We encourage incorporating the AIDS vaccine into both kitten and adult vaccine programmes.

Remember that up-to-date vaccines are required for pets that are boarded at kennels or catteries.

Parasite control continues to be an important issue, and helps to keep your pet comfortable and healthy;

  • Dogs require Heartworm prevention. This is often given as a yearly injection, in combination with annual vaccines, or alternatively given monthly in tablet or ‘spot on’ forms.
  • Intestinal Worming is recommended every 3 months and tablets are now a tasty liver flavour.
  • Fleas are present all year round and the most effective treatments are the monthly ‘spot ons’

Senior Pets (over 10 years) require special attention as their body ages. Changes occur in their bones, muscles and internal organs.

  • A seniors check is encouraged to asses their special needs and develop strategies, to implement both medical and nutritional, to ensure they travel through their older years comfortably.
  • Blood tests are available to indicate potential changes occurring before they become critical, so that treatments can be started to slow down the deterioration of organ function.



Nail Clipping

Clipping nails can be one of the most difficult and frustrating jobs to be done however it is essential to keep nails in good order. Nails that are too long can tear,break and even ingrow into the pads and cause extreme soreness. It is important to first get your pet used to touching and feeling the toes and nails so that they feel comfortable with you doing this before you approach them with the clippers. It is important also that you dominate your pet during this activity so that they know you are not going to stop untill all 4 feet are done ! Start gently when your pet is relaxed with you and only clip a small amount off - basically just the sharp point. As you get more confident over time you can clip further down the nail. If you clip too far and cut the flesh inside the nail it will bleed and it always looks like a huge amount of blood. Don't worry - stop clipping and put your pet outside on the lawn and it will soon stop of its own accord. Holding a tissue to the bleeding nail often makes it bleed more.
Remember that the easiest way to keep nails trim is to exercise your dog on hard surfaces such as bitumen or paving for a short time - then the only nails you should need to trim are the front dew claws (thumbs)

If you are not comfortable trimming nails then please come in and we will do them for you and give you a lesson at the same time !



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