Pet Care in the Pilbara
Proper pet care starts when you first bring your new puppy or kitten home…
Pet ownership is a wonderful, rewarding experience for both adults and children alike. As a responsible pet owner, you should remember that your new puppy or kitten has some vitally important needs:
Your first vaccination comes with a free puppy or kitten pack!
Vaccinations are the single most important thing that you can do for your pet in the Pilbara. Due to the large number of sick, unvaccinated stray and wandering dogs and cats, if your pet is unvaccinated or undervaccinated, they risk contracting some very dangerous diseases. Vaccination includes a comprehensive vet exam and gives you peace of mind that your pet will be as healthy as possible.
The standard vaccination protects from the following diseases:
- Infectious Hepatitis
- Canine Cough (also known as “kennel cough”), consisting of bordetella bronchiseptica and parainfluenza type II
- In hunting dogs who are prone to injuries, we also recommend vaccination for tetanus
- Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Herpes Virus
- Feline panleukopenia virus (feline parvovirus)
- For outdoor cats, we also recommend the vaccination for feline leukaemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (feline AIDS)
Heartworm is a parasite that is spread by mosquitos. Contraction of heartworm can be deadly. Prevention is easy, safe and effective, using a once yearly injection. This saves you the hassle of remembering to give your pet a monthly tablet.
Microchipping is quick and lasts for life. It is an implant the size of a grain of rice that has a number encoded that is specific for your pet. It gives you peace of mind that you have given your pet the best chance of getting home if they go missing.
The Pilbara is home to many worms. Regular worm prevention is important because many species of worm are easily transmissible to humans. Keeping your pet wormed reduces ‘scooting’, reduces incidence of diarrhoea, and reduces the likelihood that you will contract worms yourself.
Tick and Flea Treatment
If you have pets in the Pilbara, then you have probably had ticks on them at one time or another. Advice for tick control varies depending upon where you live and whether you have young children or not, so come in and have a chat to our friendly staff to ensure you get the best and safest prevention possible. Tick control is important because ticks in the Pilbara carry two blood parasites, Babesia and Anaplasma. These both have the potential to make your pet very sick and we see affected dogs on a regular basis. Regular tick prevention ensures your pet is kept as healthy as possible.
A safe and simple procedure, desexing your pet provides many health and behavioural benefits- as well as reducing the massive problem of unwanted kittens and puppies in the community. See our Article on Desexing for more details.
Premium Dog Foods
Premium dog food has been proven to make your pet smarter, develop properly, minimise bone and joint disease, reduce flatulence, and reduce the number of stools. Some purebred dogs are especially sensitive to dietary deficiencies, and we see purebred dogs with diseases that could have been prevented if they had been fed a quality diet. We recommend and stock HILLS SCIENCE DIET, but we can order in almost any food you require.
Veterinary medicine and surgery is advancing at a rate never seen before. We are increasingly being able to offer more and more in terms of both diagnostic and treatment options. Unfortunately, sometimes the cost of this wonderful treatment is outside of the family budget. We recommend pet insurance as a sensible way to budget for that unexpected trauma or illness.
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Pilbara Dog Care
The Pilbara is one of the toughest environments on earth for dogs and cats. Here are a few tips to keep your pets as happy and healthy as possible:
KEEP YOUR PET COOL
Dogs- particularly long haired dogs- are prone to suffering heatstroke and need to be kept cool. Some methods you might try are:
- Keeping them inside with air conditioning is best, but not for everyone!
- Try getting a clam shell swimming pool set up outside, and place a blowing fan nearby out of reach and away from the water.
- Try freezing an ice-cream container full of water and placing it in their water bowl every morning.
- Remember during the hotter months to only exercise your dog in the early morning or late evening.
- For very active dogs, we sell LECTADE, which is designed to keep your pet well hydrated following exertion.
SOCIALISE YOUR DOG
Well socialised dogs are safer to be around and make walks and social outings much more fun!
Puppy classes will be start in September at our clinic. Keep an eye out for our advertisements.
Ticks in the Pilbara can cause skin infections, transmit blood parasites and drive your pets crazy. The best prevention depends upon your pet, your family, and how badly affected your pet is, so come in and ask our friendly staff what is best for your pet.
KEEP YOUR PET VACCINATED
The Pilbaras’ large stray dog and cat population means that your pet is exposed to more viruses than most pets in Australia. We regularly see devastating Parvovirus outbreaks and cats with feline AIDS and leukaemia. This is one of the few places in Australia where vets still see Distemper. Keep your puppy indoors until one week after they have finished their full course of vaccines (we recommend vaccines at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks, and 14-16 weeks of age), then be sure to get their yearly booster. At your checkup, we will also talk to you about heartworm prevention and intestinal worming.
KEEP YOUR PET IN YOUR YARD
Wandering pets are very prone to dog attack, motor vehicle accident, have an increased risk of contracting diseases, and if they are not desexed then they are contributing to Newman’s massive stray animal population. You also risk fines and getting your pet impounded. Do the right thing and keep your pet on your property.
The Pilbara is home to many venomous species of snake. Keep your yard trimmed, control rodents (if using rat baits however, make sure your pet can’t get to them!) and discourage your dogs from chasing lizards.