We are COVID-19 Safe
Firstly, we would like to reassure all of our clients that we are still here to help during this difficult time, and we will work with you to ensure we can continue to attend to your pet’s needs, whilst doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We have put the following steps in place at our clinic for your health and ours:
- If you have been overseas within the last 14 days, you’re experiencing symptoms and need to self-isolate, please phone us for advice and we can make a plan.
- Whilst we are still more than happy to see you in person, we are also able to provide telephone, e-mail and photo consultations if you prefer.
- Wherever possible, we ask that you attend any appointments yourself to keep numbers to a minimum.
- To comply with social distancing, we request a maximum of two clients inside at any one time. If we look full just give us a wave and we’ll come out to see you.
- Please feel free to give us a phone call from the car park if you would prefer to wait in your vehicle until you’re able to be seen.
We appreciate your understanding and continued support.
We are very happy to announce that the lucky winner of our Bravecto competition is Isabelle Desvaux. Her dog “Olly” is a very cute little Shih-Tzu x Maltese.
The prize was a hamper which included one year’s worth of Bravecto – a long-lasting flea and tick preventative which also treats Sarcoptes, Demodex and ear mites.
Bravecto comes in a chewable tablet or a spot-on treatment and is available for both cats and dogs.
We stock both of these great products here in our surgery and if you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Listed below is some more detailed information from the manufacturer for your information.
Bravecto Chew for Dogs
Keep your dog protected with one long-lasting tasty chew.
- Defend against paralysis ticks for 4 months and fleas for 3 months
- Also treats brown dog ticks, bush ticks, Sarcoptes, Demodex and ear mites.
- Can be used in puppies over 8 weeks of age, weighing at least 2 kg and is safe in breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs
Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs
Our long-lasting protection is now even longer. Just two doses provide full year protection against fleas and paralysis ticks.
- Rest easier with 6 months protection from fleas and paralysis ticks in one Spot-on
- Treatment and control of ear mites
- Also treats and control sarcoptic mange
- Prevents flea tapeworm infections
- Our TWIST´N´USE tube makes it quick and easy to apply
We are very happy to be able to offer our clients a free Drontal worming treatment with vaccinations given during the month of January.
Just one Drontal Allwormer tablet every three months will keep your adult dog and your home free from worms. These tablets are safe for dogs and puppies of all ages, from as young as two weeks.
Ideally puppies should be wormed from 2 weeks of age once every fortnight until they are 12 weeks old, then once monthly until 6 months old and after that just once every 3 months.
Drontal Allwormer kills and protects against all types of gastrointestinal worms that are common in Australian dogs, including hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm. Most adult dogs only need one tablet every three months, but if your pet has hydatid tapeworm, you should increase the frequency to every six weeks.
The mode of transmission for most worm infestations in dogs is through ingestion of infected animals or faeces. If your dog has worms, the worms reside in the gastrointestinal tract and pass eggs out through faeces. As you can see from the diagram below they can also simply by you or your dog walking over the microscopic eggs and unknowingly transferring them.
Please phone us to make an appointment if you would like to take advantage of this offer or if you would like more information.
We would like to let all of our lovely clients know that for the month of September we are able to offer a fantastic saving for you on all Drontal worming products and Seresto flea and tick collars!
SERESTO FLEA AND TICK COLLARS – FOR DOGS AND CATS
For the month of September, you can save 50% on the normal price of Seresto flea and tick collars if you trade in an old tick and flea collar. The old collar can be of any brand, the only requirement being that it is a flea/tick collar. Seresto collars last 8 months for fleas and 4 months for ticks, and with this deal, you will only pay $27.65.
Not only does this collar last longer than any other flea/tick prevention on the market, it is convenient, water safe and odourless.
DRONTAL WORMING PRODUCTS – FOR DOGS AND CATS
All Drontal worming products will be sold at 25% off for the month of September.
Drontal Allwormer Tablets kill every important common type of intestinal worm found in Australian dogs, including roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm.
Drontal not only protects your dog from worms, it also provides protection for the whole family from gastrointestinal parasites.
Compared to us, dogs and cats age at a very different rate. After their 7th birthday, cats and dogs enter their senior years, which is equivalent in human terms of entering their 50’s. Large and giant breeds however enter their senior years after only 5 years of age. (Large and giant breeds are considered to be dogs over 25kg’s.)
Therefore it is important to realize that the nutritional and physical needs of your pet changes. They are also much more likely to develop an age-related disorder so regular health checks should become a priority. There are many products available to help your pet as they age including diet foods and joint formula
Diseases that become more common as dogs age are:
- dental disease
- heart disease
- skin disease
- kidney disease
Some signs to look out for:
- hearing loss, poor vision, reduced sense of smell
- digestion issues
- loss of muscle mass
- lower exercise tolerance
- poor coat
- difficulty eating/chewing
- weight gain/weight loss
- increased drinking and/or urinating
- decreased agility and playfulness
- behavioural changes, e.g. loss of previous toilet training, confusion and disorientation
Diseases that become more common as cats age are:
- kidney disease
- urinary disease
- dental disease
- heart disease
- urinary disease
- behavioural and neurological diseases
Signs to look out for:
- poor grooming
- digestion issues
- weight gain/loss
- decreased appetite
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- decreased agility
- reduced activity and exercise
- behavioural changes including irritability, confusion, less human interaction
The great news is that the earlier these age-related diseases are detected, the better the chances of managing them successfully.signs
We are lucky enough to see lots and lots of cute pets every day and along with Hitz Fm we are running a cutest pet competition. The prize is a full health check and $250 to spend with us. So whether you have a dog, cat, bird, horse, rat – whatever the species – if you think they’re cute, get entering!
It is super easy to do – simply follow this link to the Hitz939 Cutest Pet page:
Then follow the instructions! We can’t wait to see all the entries.
Nominations close on Wednesday 19 June and voting opens on Saturday the 22nd June.
Then it’s over to you to get voting on who you think is Bundaberg’s Cutest Pet!
Top 30 voting will open on Saturday the 22nd June-hitz-939-s-cutest-pet
We think our nurse Helen’s 2 dogs make for a very cute photo but unfortunately staff can’t enter!
With winter now approaching it is important to consider how the cold weather can affect your dog. Dogs exposed to the cold can experience a range of problems including chills, respiratory problems and particularly arthritis. As a general rule, the smaller and older your dog is, the more help they will need to keep comfortable and warm because their body cannot generate heat as quickly as larger or younger dogs.
The photo below shows one of the gorgeous coats we have for sale. Please call in and see us and check out the great range of coats and blankets we have.
For this reason, it is important to provide them with blankets at night time and a place where they can snuggle in to keep as warm as possible. We sell “Snoozy” blankets which are great dog blankets and very easy to wash and dry. It is also very important to consider providing them with a dog bed that is not in direct contact with the ground such as the hessian dog beds (see below) or the snooza type beds. These beds are great for both winter and summer as in the warmer months, air can circulate beneath them, thereby keeping your pet cooler whilst in the winter months, the dog is not in direct contact with the cold, and often wet, ground.
To measure your dog for a coat, you can either bring him/her in and our friendly staff can help you to choose the correct size, or you can measure your dog from the base of the neck to the base of the tail to get the measurement you will need. See the photo below for instructions.
Exercise is also important because it will get your dog’s blood circulating more rapidly which in turn stops them getting too cold. This can also mean increasing their food intake during winter, as they use more energy keeping warm.
When dogs get cold, they will often bark to let their owner know about it, so it will help both the dog and you to get a good night’s sleep if they are comfortable and warm.
If your notice your dog suffering any discomfort such as difficulty with movement, such as standing from a sitting or lying down position it is important to bring him/her in for a check-up with our vet. There are extremely good medications and supplements available now which help give relief from arthritis.
Consider a Think 12 Preventive Care Plan for your dog:
There is an effective way to keep your dog protected against not only heartworm but a whole host of nasty diseases and other parasites for a full year. Simply book an appointment to ask us about a Think 12 Preventive Care Plan today.
Ask us about our free heartworm prevention injection for your puppy – normally $45.00.
Think 12. http://www.think12.com.au
You’ve probably heard the saying “prevention is better than cure”. When it comes to heartworm this couldn’t be more true. In fact, it’s because heartworm is so difficult to treat that vets recommend continuous 12-month protection for all dogs. If you’re concerned about heartworm, book an appointment to talk about your heartworm treatment options today.
We are also offering a free puppy proheart injection for those of you who have just got a new puppy. This would normally be at a cost of $45.00. Please phone us if you would like to make an appointment or if you would like to know more about this promotion.
If you’re like most owners you’ve probably missed or delayed a dose of heartworm medication at least once and never given it a second thought. But did you know even delayed doses could leave your dog at risk? Thankfully vets can help ensure your dogs are protected from deadly heartworm year round. Come in and speak to us about continuous 12-month protection today.
We are offering a free puppy proheart injection for your new puppy as part of a promotion to educate our clients about the dangers of heartworm. This injection would normally cost $45.00 so it is a great way to protect your puppy from heartworm and it will protect them up until 6 months of age.
Follow this link for some great information: Think 12.http://www.think12.com.au