Owning a dog provides companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages and is an invaluable addition to families and individuals.
When choosing your new addition, it is important to find a breed of dog most suitable to your particular lifestyle and be aware of the responsibility that comes with dog ownership before you adopt or purchase.
As your vet, we are willing to discuss the many aspects of dog care, including breed-specific medical problems and routine health care such as vaccinations, flea and tick control, desexing and worming that your future dog may need.
After purchasing your puppy or dog, there are several important aspects of their care to consider:
Ensure vaccinations are up to date - some puppies and dogs may need booster vaccinations after you acquire them. Dogs should be vaccinated annually, this is also important as they receive a health check every year.
Dogs should have regular health checks. Since dogs age 5-8 x faster than a human, health issues can develop across much shorter time periods. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age. However, a visit to us helps us diagnose, treat or even prevent health problems before they become life-threatening.
We recommend that your dog should on parasite control that covers them against fleas, intestinal worms and heartworm. There are many different products that are available and we can help you choose one that is suitable for your dog.
Dogs should be microchipped by 3 months of age. This is important for ownership records but very important in case they become lost or stolen. Dogs should also be registered with the local shire by 3 months old.
We recommend that dogs are desexed at 6 months of age to prevent unwanted pregnancy, undesirable behaviours and possible health related issues.
We strongly recommend that you insure your new dog or puppy. Accidents and emergencies can be an unexpected major expense. We recommend thoroughly researching the different insurance brands and policies to find which suits your needs best.
All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems. It is also vitally important that dogs are socialised with people and other dogs from an early age in order to learn appropriate interactive behaviours.
Nutrition is an important part of your dogs care. A healthy and balanced diet is essential. This will provide protein to build the body; fats for skin and coat health; carbohydrates for energy; and minerals and vitamins for good bone development and healthy tissues.
It is important to help keep your dogs teeth clean. A regular dental care routine will minimise tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth. We recommend regular dental checks, brushing your dogs teeth with dog appropriate toothpaste and can recommend a range of dental biscuits and treats that can help look after your dogs teeth. Never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog.
Fresh water bowls must always be available for your dog. They should be kept clean and placed in the shade
Grooming and brushing is essential, particularly for long-haired breeds. This helps remove dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds, and tangles and it also assists to shorten the coat moult, which occurs every autumn and spring. Dirty or smelly dogs should be bathed. However, keep in mind that too frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause skin dryness and irritation.
Our staff are always keen to discuss routine health care for your current or future pets. For further information about pet care, please phone our helpful staff during business hours.