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Dog with toothbrushFor most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. If we don't we risk not only having bad breath but also plaque build up and gum disease. Just like you, your pet needs dental care too.

Teeth and gum problems are some of the most common conditions we see in dogs and cats with over 80% of animals over 4 years of age affected to some degree. The severity of gum disease is dependent not only on age, but also on diet and breed with small dogs and cats being more commonly affected.

Heartworm disease is a mosquito transmitted disease that affects thousands of dogs each year. Heartworm disease in dogs is quite common in most Australian states but the further north you travel the more prevalent the disease becomes. It is usual for dogs not on heartworm preventative treatments to become infected by heartworm during their life span.

After injection by a mosquito, adult worms eventually start to grow inside a dogs heart and lungs, causing very serious damage. Due to their large size they become a major barrier to the free passage of blood through the heart and eventually this causes the heart to enlarge and weaken.

Most dog owners do not realise their pet has a problem until the disease is well advanced. It is only in the later stages, when the disease is difficult to treat, that the animals manifest the typical signs of advanced heartworm disease, such as a deep cough, weight loss, listlessness and weakness. Other symptoms may include a lack of appetite, shortness of breath and blood in the urine.

While heartworm is an extremely difficult disease to treat, it is very simple to prevent.

 

Thousands of pets are destroyed each year simply because they lack identification. This is why we recommend microchipping as part of our preventative healthcare campaign for all pets... and word is spreading fast.

Microchipping is now compulsory in Queensland and all puppies purchased should already be microchipped by the breeder, however pets can be microchipped at any age.

A Microchip is a tiny identity chip about the size of a grain of rice, which has a 15 digit unique number encoded to it. It is injected under the skin of your pet and stays there for life as a permanent form of identification. The microchip can be read by passing a scanner over the skin. Once in place it cannot be lost, removed or altered for the life of your pet.

After your pet is microchipped with us, it is registered on a national database called the Petsafe Database. All lost pets taken to pounds or the RSPCA are scanned and if a chip exists it is cross checked on the database ensuring a quick call and a happy reunion.

Puppy Preschool is a program designed to encourage new dog owners to become aware of the needs of their new fury friends.  It gives an opportunity to discover what is involved

and what to expect as a new puppy owner.  Courses are held over 4 consecutive weeks with each session lasting approximately one hour.

Basic healthcare is covered with topics including nutrition, parasite control, dental health, vaccinations. heartworm and grooming.  One of the primary aims at our Puppy Preschool is early socialization.

Please call 33571588 for details.