Owning man’s best friend is an enriching, experience for both. Whether you have a trusty, companion or a new, bouncy puppy it is important to provide for them as best you can. At FVH we are here to assist you in providing the optimum health care to ensure a long and happy life.
As owners, there are a few things you have to remember:
Wellness for Life
Dog’s age faster than us. Going to the vet for annual vaccinations is like us going to the doctor once every 7 years. Regular 6 monthly health checks play an important role in early detection and prevention of illness. This keeps your pet happier and healthier for longer.
Nutrition for Life
As with us, diet depends on the age of the dog. Diets should be fully balanced and suitable for the age of your animal. Home cooked diets or meat only diets can have significant deficiencies resulting nutrition related illness. Premium dry formulas have added benefits to keep you dogs teeth clean.
As far as milk? Water is fine, milk is more likely to cause diarrhea
Our staff are fully trained in nutritional advice and happy to assist you in a decision.
Protection from Life’s Nasties
There are many potentially life threatening diseases our pets confront. . To safeguard our dogs we vaccinate against 4 common diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and a highly infectious Canine cough.
Your Puppy may require a series of three injections at 6-8weeks, 12-14 weeks & 16-18 weeks of age.
Adults require an annual vaccination as well as regular heath checks.
These parasites live in the intestines of the dog and can be a cause of ill health, poor growth, vomiting and diarrhea and in the extreme death. Puppies are often born infected from Mum.
It is important to commence a worming schedule for puppies ASAP. As for our adult pets they are at risk to but more importantly some worms can be transmitted to people causing skin or eye disease. It is important to worm adult pets every 3 months with an all wormer such as Drontal. For life.
Unrelated to intestinal worms, heartworm is spread through mosquito bites. The potentially killer worm grows in the major arteries of the chest and chambers of the heart contributing to often fatal respiratory or heart disease. It is easily prevented with monthly treated or an annual long-acting injection
Treatment is lifelong.
These blood suckers are a real nuisance year round in Australia. They cause nasty skin irritations and infectionsIf enough fleas bite your young puppy it can cause a lifethreatening aneamia. These fiendish critters not only bite dogs and cats but us too! There are many safe, long lasting preparations available at FVH just ask one of our trained team.
Smile for Life
Keeping your dogs teeth clean is essential to it’s wellbeing. Suffering from poor teeth causes pain but can seed infections elsewhere in the body causing serious illness. Nowadays getting a puppy we can train them to accept teeth brushing. Other chewable toys, edible treat, dog foods or canine mouth wash can also keep the teeth and gums healthy
With great health care and heaps of TLC our dog can be living active lives well into double figures. A well socialized dog makes for a well behaved pet. We run a puppy preschool open for pups from 8weeks old – 14 weeks old.
Life’s Little Adventures
We cannot always guard against misadventure, but pet insurance can take the financial pain away from the situation.
Microchipping provides a permanent identification so if you pet strays it is able to be identified even if the collar is lost. New puppies are required by law to be microchipped before pet registration with the council.
For further Information please do not hesitate to call us.