Consultations and Vaccinations
Lifelong Pet Protection
We recommend that every animal has a yearly health 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.
We can also provide annual blood tests for your pet should you want this for your pet.
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.
The C3 vaccination 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.
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.
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 by an injection given yearly. Please call us if you have any questions about which product is best for you and your pet.
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 or monthly to prevent a build-up of worms.
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.
These products vary on reapplication times, so if you have any questions regarding flea control, please call 9747-3999 to discuss with our nurses or to make a nurse clinic appointment.
Tick season is from November to April in Sydney. They thrive in our humid hot environment. Whilst the Inner West of Sydney is not a tick area, most other areas of Sydney, in particular up our coastline, the deadly paralysis tick thrives.
If you are travelling to a tick area this Summer, please ensure your pet is up to date on tick prevention to ensure they are protected. Ticks paralysis is expensive to treat and often requires specialised intensive care for severe cases.
You can call our nurses on 9747-3999 to discuss what tick treatments are currently on the market for your cat or dog.
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Enfield Veterinary Hospital has been serving the pet community for longer than any other vet in the South West of Sydney including the suburbs of Enfield, Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Burwood, Croydon, Croydon Park, Concord, Ashfield, Belfield, Campsie, Greenacre and the surrounding areas of the greater Inner West of Sydney. We have been part of the local landscape for almost 40 years. One of our partners, Dr Catherine Brett, has been caring for pets of the community for over 20 years.