Gold Care for Dogs & Cats
Based on our philosophy to provide the best preventative health advice for your animal, we have developed Gold Standards of Care for your pet. If you use these guidelines of care, you are ensuring the long term health and well being of your pet.
It makes good sense to prevent disease rather than wait until it’s too late, as these sometimes fatal viruses can be extremely difficult and expensive to treat. We have a comprehensive vaccination protocol to ensure your pet is protected from these nasty illnesses such as Parvovirus.
Intestinal worms, heartworms, fleas and ticks are parasites that can cause extreme discomfort to your dog or cat and can be fatal if left untreated. Some parasites can infect and transmit diseases to you and your family making parasite prevention a key issue in the total care of your pet.
Your choice of prevention should be tailored for your pet, household and lifestyle.It is very important to seek professional advice from a vet or vet nurse about adequate treatment for your pet, as resistance buildup is a real issue.
You are what you eat’ and the foods our pets eat are a massive contributor to their overall health and wellbeing Specially formulated diets such as Hills & Royal Canin have the exact protein/mineral/fat/vitamins for the age and activity level and breed of your dog. A correct diet it can prevent a lot of diseases forming such as osteoarthritis, periodontal disease, food allergy and immune disorders. We have a range of diets formulated by expert animal nutritionists and the trained team at Brisbane Valley Vets, Crows Nest Veterinary Clinic and Blackbutt Veterinary Clinic understand that specific requirements vary for pets of different ages and with varying health issues.
There cannot be enough emphasis on the importance of oral hygiene. Good oral hygiene ensures your pet has fresh breath, and also prevents dental disease and poor inner health. Your pet’s teeth should be checked by you regularly and by your vet at least once a year.
Dental disease is a very common medical condition in dogs with approximately ~75% of all adult dogs having some form of periodontal disease. It is vitally important to prevent periodontal disease from occurring rather than treating the disease. Prevention is best started as a puppy by encouraging them to eat bones/greenies/raw carrots and start on a high quality diet such as Royal Canin. Some owners even go the extra step and brush their dogs teeth daily with special toothpaste which is the gold standard in dental care.
Before & After
It’s not just a clip because your pet has long hair, grooming is an important part of the overall care. Bathing, brushing, blow drying, nail clip, ear check will pamper your pet with a total make over whilst giving us the opportunity to spot any health issues such as itchy skin or ear and eye problems.
Having insurance for your dog eliminates the worry and stress of unexpected vet bills. Approximately 1 in 3 pets need veterinary treatment each year for accidents (eg. hit by car, tick paralysis, snake bite) or medical conditions (eg. arthritis, dental disease, infections). Insurance companies will not pay out claims if the accident/medical condition occurs before you have covered your dog. Therefore start your dog on a plan today!
It is now Commonwealth law that all dogs and cats are microchipped. A microchip is a small identification transmitter device which gets implanted under the skin over the shoulder blades. The device has a unique code specific to your dog and has your details linked. If your dog runs away, gets lost or stolen, a microchip will ensure that he/she is returned to you as quickly as possible and is not left in the pound. You as an owner also have peace of mind that if your dog does go missing they will be hopefully returned to you soon.
Unless specifically bought with the purpose for breeding, your dog should be desexed at 5-6months old. Male dogs are castrated (testicles removed) and female dogs are speyed (ovaries and uterus removed). It is a safe surgical procedure and your dog will only be in the hospital for the day. Desexing is highly recommended b y all vets as a preventative measure for mammary and testicular cancers which are highly prevalent in the canine species. Desexing also prevents or stops unwanted behavior such as wandering, urinating everywhere, territorial aggression, aggression towards other dogs (especially males) and on-heat behaviour in females (spotting blood, howling, personality changes). Contrary to popular belief, desexing does not make your dog ‘lazier’ or decrease their ability as a working dog.
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