Healthcare, Vaccinations & Desexing
Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few months of their lives, however, until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy.
Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please call us on (07) 3279 3999 to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your puppy or dog.
Responsible pet care requires kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.
Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten.
Adult Cat Vaccination
The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.
A Guide to Cat Vaccination
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia and leukaemia virus at or after 8 weeks of age. Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age.
After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your cat may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.
Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet kitten or cat.
Cats and dogs are loving pets that provide companionship and affection to many people across Australia. Tragically however, each year, shelters take in around 160,000 animals nationally, many of which are the result of unplanned breeding. Desexing is an effective strategy to prevent these unwanted pregnancies.
Aside from preventing accidental litters, there are many health and behavioural benefits to desexing.
Desexed animals are generally less likely to get diseases and certain illnesses such as mammary cancer and uterine infections in females and prostate problems and testicular cancer in males.
Desexing will also reduce behaviour problems such as roaming, aggression and urine marking in males.
In females it prevents mating behaviour and false pregnancy. Reducing the desire to roam also reduces the risk of being in a traumatic accident such as being hit by a car.
At Monier Veterinary Clinic we recommend Desexing at 6 months of age for dog and cats. The only exception would be larger breed dogs just to make sure they are fully mature before desexing. Speak to our friendly Team today to book an appointment.
Family Fit Consultations Pre-purchase advice
Are you looking for a new pet? there’s nothing more important than making sure you understand it’s health, welfare and long term needs so that you’re fully aware of the commitment you’re making. You need to think about costs, and how the pet will fit in with your family and lifestyle.
If pet ownership is new to you and you would like some help on deciding which pet would suit your family at Monier Veterinary Clinic we are here to help.
Book a consultation with one of our nurses and bring your ideas and problems before you go out and buy a puppy or kitten.
Lots of mistakes can be avoided by asking about certain breed problems. Will a certain size or temperament suit your family. We don’t want to wait until it is too late to change your mind.
Our nurses have a lot of information for you before you buy a pet and when you have decided we will be here to welcome you with your new furry family member. ( or scaly or maybe feathery if that better suits your family)
Over the last few decades we have changed our behavior on how we care for our pets radically. Gone are the days that the dogs were only allowed in the backyard and cats had to roam around and catch the rodents in the barn for their main meal.
These days our pets are living mostly indoors and their physical exercise is now reduced to a walk around the block to the park or for the cat just from it’s basket to the food bowl.
The current situation dangerously mimics the typical “western” diet and lifestyle – too much processed food, and not enough physical exercise. Recent studies have shown that more than 60% of domestic pets are either overweight or obese. When you combine that with another 70% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 having advanced periodontal disease, 60% of dogs over 8 suffering from arthritis, and a significant increase in the incidence of allergies, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and a vast range of degenerative diseases and cancers, then it is high time we took notice of these growing problems and react accordingly.
The human-animal bond has historically been developed on the simple basis of “I will feed you and care for you – and you will love me ” – and/or “work for me”, in the case of horses and working dogs. The all-pervading attitude that FOOD = LOVE is highly prevalent in the domestic dog and cat world.
With all the superior “gourmet” varieties on the supermarket shelves is it any wonder we are “loving” our pets into obesity. This is a global trend and if your dog/cat has been gaining weight then you are not alone. But for a healthy pet, we need a healthy weight.
At Monier Veterinary Clinic we can help. Make an appointment with one of our nurses 07) 3279 3999
Our nursing team is trained to assist you on getting your dog or cat back into shape and back to the weight, they are supposed to be.
• Animal behaviour
• Dental preventative care and treatment
• Preventative Medicine- parasite control
• Blood pressure monitoring