Vaccination & Annual Health Check

Vaccination & Consultation

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Enfield Veterinary Hospital
94 Coronation Parade
Enfield
NSW 2136

Phone:
02 9747 3999

Vaccination and Annual Health Check

We recommend that every animal has a yearly healthy check. This is important in identifying an underlying health problems that can often go unnoticed. Routine vaccination and parasite control should be updated regularly for ongoing preventative health for your pet.

Dogs

Puppies require a series of 3 vaccines at 8, 12 & 16 weeks of age to give them the most effective protection against Parvovirus, Distemper, and Hepatitis – our most common and potentially fatal diseases. These vaccinations then require a triannual booster (every 3yrs) to remain effective.

 Dogs can also be vaccinated against 2-3 strains of Kennel Cough. As with the common cold, there are many different strains, and we cannot vaccinate against all of them. However, vaccinated dogs who come into contact with the illness will have a much less severe response, if they show any signs at all. This vaccine needs to be boosted every 12mths.

Puppy Health Program Checklist

Cats

Kittens require a series of vaccinations at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age to give them the most effective protection against Panleukopenia, Rhinotraceitis (Herpes type I), and Calicivirus – our most common and potentially fatal diseases. These vaccinations then require an annual booster to remain effective.

Cats can also now be vaccinated against Feline Immunodefieciency Virus, and Feline Leukaemia – Ask your vet which is the best schedule for your pet.

Kitten Health Program Checklist

 

Heartworm Disease (Dogs)

Heartworm Disease is spread by mosquitoes which pick up heartworm larvae (microfilaria) from an infected dog and transfer them to another dog when the mosquito feeds again. It takes 6 months for microfilaria to grow, migrate to the heart and start breeding in the newly infected dog. The adult worms are approximately 30cm long, and can live for several years and can block and damage blood vessels going to the lungs. Infection results in congestive heart failure and if left untreated may result in the death of the pet.

Prevention can be with a monthly treatment or after the age of 12wks- an injection. Please ask us if you have any questions about which product is best for you.

 

 

Intestinal Worming

Virtually 100% of puppies and kittens are born with worms acquired from their mother in the womb. To combat this they should be wormed every 2 weeks from the ages of 2-12 weeks then monthly until 6 months of age.  Thereafter they are wormed every 3 months.

Adult animals should be wormed every 3 months to prevent a build-up of worms.

 

 

 

 

 

Flea Prevention/Treatment

Fleas suck blood and can make animals, especially puppies, anaemic. They spread tapeworm and cause serious skin irritations. Some unlucky pets are also allergic to fleas.

Controlling fleas relies on two separate approaches. The first is to get rid of fleas from your pets and the second is to get rid of fleas and their eggs from the environment that your pet lives in. Thankfully, ridding your pet of fleas is a lot easier than it used to be and there is now a large range of ‘state of the art’ products available which are effective and safe.

 

 

 

Tick Prevention 

The Paralysis Tick (blue-grey in colour) is most prevalent during the spring and summer with the warmer temperatures and higher humidity, however they can be found all year round.

There is no product that gives 100% protection against ticks, so the best method is to include a daily hands-on tick search of your dog if you are in, even visiting, a known tick prone area.

Signs your dog may have a tick include:

  • Weakness/Paralysis of the hindlimbs             * Lethargy/quieter than normal
  • Vomiting                                                                           * Difficulty breathing
  • Change in the sound of their bark.

There are a number of new products which are making tick prevention much easier than in the past. Please ask us for the best option for you and your pet.