Frequently Asked Questions
If you cannot make it during these times, please speak to our front desk and we will arrange an alternative time.
Of course if you have an emergency and are unable to ring us first, please come into our clinic immediately.
As your dog or cat will be having a general anesthetic, they should be fasted overnight (from 7pm). It is fine to let them drink water overnight (until 6am).
We will contact you once we have completed the procedure and usually then arrange discharge between 3.00-5.30pm.
- As veterinarians, we would like to prevent the euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats. It seems unbelievable, but in Australia, 24/7, one dog or cat is destroyed every 2-3 minutes because nobody wants them. By preventing unplanned litters, it is our aim to minimize the euthanasia of healthy animals.
- Your dog or cat will be a better pet as a de-sexed animal. Desexing will minimize the likelihood of your pet running away, being aggressive and inappropriate behavior (urine marking, inappropriate sniffing and mounting behavior)
- There are a range of diseases that pets are at greater risk of developing if not de-sexed. Examples of some diseases include prostate and testicular disease in males, and mammary tumors and pyometras in females. Our pets usually live longer and have less visits to the vet as de-sexed animals.
We use a C5 vaccine for dogs, which inoculates against Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Bordetella.
Please be aware that if you dog receives a tri-annual vaccine, you still need to do the Bordetella and Parainfluenza components yearly. Also yearly health checks are a good idea as our pets age much faster than we do
In cats, we use a F3 vaccination, which inoculates against Calicivirus, Panleucopaenia and feline Herpes virus.
For puppies and kittens, we recommend worming with an appropriate product fortnightly until twelve weeks of age.
From twelve weeks of age, they should be wormed monthly until six months of age.
Please note: It is important to use a good quality worming product; these can be bought over the counter at our veterinary clinic.
- Use a good quality product. These can be bought over the counter at our veterinary clinic and come with free advice from our trained staff.
- Apply correctly; follow the instructions. Our staff are only too happy to show you how to do this correctly. Please do not hesitate to ring us should you require more information.
- Consistency. If you miss treatments, this will allow the continuity of the flea life cycle and result in poor flea control.
- All animals (dogs and cats) at home must be treated.
- Washing animal bedding in a hot washing machine cycle, or alternatively, disposing of old bedding can help to speed up flea control.
- Dogs and cats should have a food that is consistently high in quality animal protein. The foods found in our veterinary clinic derive their protein from what you and I recognize as edible animal protein – meat in other words. The cheaper “supermarket type” foods, unbelievable as it seems, usually do not have any meat in their product, and instead derive their protein content from grains (cereal grains). Often the inclusion of one type of grain over another is based on price, so consistency varies greatly. Grain also has poor digestibility, and approximately only half of the stated protein of a grain based food is digestible to your pet. Some foods may bolster protein levels with the addition of chicken by product meal, which may include bones, offal and feathers. This product is significantly cheaper than meat, consistency varies between batches and it lacks the digestibility of meat.
- The manufacturers of the foods you find in a veterinary clinic publish a huge amount of research. These exhaustive tests ensure the optimal type and quantity of ingredients in their food, leading to better health for your pet.
They are located at 104 Eastlake Street, Carrara (Phone: 07 55591599) only 10-15 minutes from our clinic.
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