Owning a dog provides companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages.
However, it’s important to find the breed of dog most suitable to your particular lifestyle and be aware of the responsibility that comes with dog ownership before you adopt or buy a dog.
As your vet, we’re 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.
We strongly recommend that you insure your new dog. This can help with costs of unforeseen injuries or illnesses throughout your pet’s life.
Provide suitable bedding such as washable rugs, cushions or blankets indoors or in a weatherproof kennel.
Keep your dog in a secure yard and on a lead when walking in the streets.
All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems.
Dogs view their human owners as part of their pack and can develop behavioural issues if they feel neglected or excluded. It’s vitally important that dogs are socialised with people and other dogs from an early age so they learn appropriate interactive behaviours.
A healthy and balanced diet is essential for dogs. Feeding a Premium Diet 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.
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. Brushing 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 frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause skin dryness and irritation.
All pets require a minimum of one health check a year. On average, dogs age five to eight times faster than humans, allowing major health changes to develop in a relatively short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age. A regular visit to your vet helps us diagnose, treat or even prevent health problems before they become life-threatening
It’s essential to keep your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. A regular dental care routine will minimise tartar build-up on teeth. Never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog. There are now plenty of ways you can help keep your dog’s teeth clean such as specialised toothbrushes, diets, food additives and dental rinses.
Routine vaccinations, flea and tick control and worming are also recommended. A visit to us is also a good opportunity to ask about nutrition, behaviour and any other issues.
If you’re one of our many satisfied clients, please consider referring us.
Just ask your friend to mention your pet’s name when they book. As our client, you’ll receive a $25 voucher from us, to come off your pet’s next consultation or spend on products available in our reception – and so will your friend!