Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my dog might have heart worm?
Heartworm is different to intestinal worms because it lives in the blood stream. Adult worms reside in the artery that pumps blood from the heart to the lungs. Here they cause irritation of the artery which leaks fluid into the lungs resulting in a persistent cough. This cough is a good indication of heart worm infection. The adult worms will eventually cause heart disease, which will cause your dog to be short of breath and reluctant to go for walks.
Prevention of heart worm is far better that treatment. This is because when the adult heartworms die they break up and occasionally pieces lodge in the kidneys or brain causing further disease.
Heartworm is transmitted from dog to dog via mosquitoes. It is therefore more prevalent in warmer, wetter parts of Australia where the mosquito population is higher. Heartworm can be transmitted to cats, dingoes, foxes and very rarely humans.
There are numerous heartworm prevention products available from your vet. There is a yearly injection, monthly chewy treats or daily tablets.
We will start your puppy on heartworm prevention from three months of age so that she will never have to worry about this nasty worm.
How often do I need to worm my puppy and also my kids, if they are in contact with my puppy?
Puppy’s have a weaker, undeveloped immune system due to their young age and therefore need to be wormed more regularly than adult dogs. Vets recommend every two weeks until they are three months old, then every month until six months old, then every three months for the rest of their life.
A good quality wormer is recommended such as Milbamax to ensure all stages of worms are killed.
Some types of tape worm and hook worm are transmissible from dogs to humans. Kids, like puppies are more susceptible due to their close interaction, and weaker immune system. Hook worm can burrow through our skin and your children’s leaving nasty red lines of inflammation. Tape worm can form large cysts in our body cavities which can end up making us very ill. No shortcuts should be taken when worming your puppies and adult dogs for that matter, especially when they have close interaction with children.
What are some things I should consider when buying a new horse?
The first thing to consider is what you plan to use the horse for. Make sure you pick the breed that is right for what you plan to use your horse for.
The age of the horse is an important factor too depending on your intended purpose. For instance if you were going to get into cutting, reining or other high impact horse sports naturally a younger animal is going to be better suited and give you more years before you need to retire it. If though your into dressage or hacking, then often a older horse which has had the years of training may be better suited. Watch out that the seller doesn’t add 10yrs onto a horses age too, saying he is 8 when really he is 18. I see this time and time again when doing horses teeth for clients who have just purchased an animal thinking it was a lot younger that it’s teeth are telling us. If you’re not sure on the animal’s age get a knowledgeable friend or vet to age the animal for you. Don’t rely on brands due to the above reasons. Long ragged hair, muscle wastage around the spine, graying around the eyes and sunken areas above the eyes often indicate an aged horse.
Thirdly make sure the animal is in good condition. It’s very expensive to feed horses, so horses that need a lot of nutrition to keep them in good condition are going to cost you plenty. A nice fat quarter horse in the paddock with little feed is going to be cheaper to run than a ribby thoroughbred that has been stabled and fed every day of its life.
Finally make sure the animal has a good temperament on the ground and of course on its back. Horses that shy away from strangers, snort and can never stand still are no goers in my book.
If you are making a substantial investment of over $1000.00 then I would highly recommend getting a vet to do a pre-purchase exam on the animal. Our examination goes for 1hr and we examine the animal from head to toe, at the walk trot and even ridden if possible making note of any abnormalities. We will always find some abnormalities as no horse is perfect, however we will communicate with you the significance of the abnormal findings and whether they will be a problem for you intended purposes.
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