the POWER of preventative pet care!

 

Preventative healthcare is very important, and although we can’t protect our pets from all diseases and illnesses, there are several preventative treatments which can help minimise the risks.

Why vaccinate?

Vaccinations are needed every year in order to prevent your pet getting harmful and potentially life threatening diseases. These diseases cause intense suffering to pets and we strongly recommend vaccinating your pets.

When puppies and kittens are born they are usually protected from infections by their mother’s milk, providing she has been regularly vaccinated. However, this protection only lasts a few weeks so they need regular vaccinations from an early age.

In puppies the first vaccine can be given as young as six weeks of age, and the second is usually given two to four weeks later. In most situations kittens are vaccinated for the first time around 9 weeks of age with a second dose 3 weeks later. Rabbits can be vaccinated from five weeks old.

After the initial course of vaccination pets will need regular boosters in their life to maintain protection.

Why neuter?

As well as preventing unwanted litters, having your pet neutered has numerous health benefits and can assist in preventing certain illnesses such as cancer of the ovaries, womb and testicles. It can also reduce the risk of issues arising from aggression, roaming and hormonal problems.

Many people believe that neutering causes weight gain. It’s true that a neutered pet can be more prone to gaining weight, but providing your pet with the right diet and exercise will make sure he or she maintains a healthy weight.

Worming

Regular worming will prevent your dog or cat from becoming ill with a worm infection which may result in illnesses such as skin irritations, diarrhoea,vomiting, weight loss and respiratory problems. If left untreated, worm infections can be fatal. Some worms can be transmitted from animals to humans, so it is important to have an effective treatment programme in place.

Why do I need to treat my pet for fleas?

In addition to making your pet uncomfortable and itchy, fleas can transmit infectious agents such as tapeworms as well as harmful diseases affecting both humans and animals, e.g.Myxomatosis in rabbits. If your pet is hypersensitive to flea saliva they could suffer an allergic reaction. Flea infestation can cause aneamia, especially in young and debilitated animals.

The answer is year-round veterinary flea treatment. Many products available from pet shops and supermarkets have limited efficacy as these outlets are not licensed to sell veterinary prescription only medications.

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