Crate or Den Training is highly recommended for all dogs, but especially if you wish to have a dog which is able to travel with you easily or may need to adjust to new homes. It also simplifies toilet training. Call us for advice.
Parasite Control is vital for the health and wellbeing of your pet, yourself and your family – especially children or grandchildren. Simple parasite prevention programs are best as there are fewer things to remember and less chance of doses being missed etc. However, “all-in-one” products are often far from ideal in many situations, and a customised plan in consultation with your vet, to allow for your location, your lifestyle, your family, other pets in the household, and the activities and behaviours of your pet (such as lizard or gecko hunting) is far better.
Intestinal Worms (hookworm, roundworm, whipworm and tapeworm) are very common in our tropical climate. These worms can cause illness or death of your new puppy, and the larvae can cause serious illnesses in people – especially young children, the elderly or those with immune system weaknesses.
Worming medication dosages are calculated on body weight, and under-dosing is inneffective. Therefore, it is vital that your puppy is weighed prior to each treatment to ensure its dose is adjusted as it grows and is correct. Make use of our free “Weigh and Worm” service to help you get it right. For more information on intestinal worms.
Puppies MUST be wormed:
- every 2 weeks until 16 weeks/4 months of age;
- monthly to 24 weeks or 6 months of age;
- thereafter at least every 3 months life long.
Always use Drontal, Milbemax, Interceptor, Sentinel, or Advocate Spot-on — other products are less effective.
More frequent worming may be advised as part of a customised parasite prevention plan considering your dogs activities and lifestyle, and your family. Some monthly parasite prevention products provide some coverage against some (i.e. not all) worms and so this cannot be relied upon for all worms, or in high exposure situations.
Heartworm is a contagious disease spread from dog to dog by mosquitoes. Consequently heartworm prevention is vital in our tropical climate. The disease is generally fatal if not treated, and treatment is not always successful. Reliable, effective prevention is provided by either monthly medications or an annual injection.
Prevention is necessary from 12 weeks of age and we can advise you on the most appropriate product for your pet. For more information on heart worm.
Fleas are very, very common and often cause intense itchiness and scratching in dogs, even with very few bites. This commonly results in skin inflammation and sores.
Once a flea population is established in and around your home, it is very difficult and quite costly to control or eradicate the problem. Sandy soils and our humid climate ensure their reproduction is very successful. 10 female fleas can create 250,000 fleas at different stages of the life cycle (egg, larvae, pupae) in just 30 days! As there is no time of year when the flea life cycle is dormant in Queensland, we recommend year round flea control. Products which are generally effective are advantage and advantix, but in environments where large numbers of fleas are present, a customised and integrated control plan is required, and the advice of your veterinarian should be sought.
For more information on Fleas.
Ticks are a source of worry for many new pet owners. Brown Dog ticks and Cattle ticks are very common and are generally just a nuisance. Occasionally they can transmit serious blood parasite diseases. Paralysis ticks are a much more serious concern and cause the death of many pets each year. Treatment is expensive, and prevention is not always simple – especially in long haired breeds, or dogs which swim or are bathed regularly.
A Paralysis Tick control program should be discussed with your vet as not all products can be used on all pets, or in all age groups. Tick searches are also a very important element of any tick control program. For more information on Ticks.
OK! That’s enough to get you and your puppy started on a great life together. You know what to feed, and what else they need to be happy, comfy and safe. You’ve organised your pup’s vaccinations with the practice and you’ve booked into Puppy Preschool. We’re looking forward to meeting you. See you soon!