FAQ - Health Questions

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How often should I worm and flea treat my pet - We would recommend all cats and dogs above 6 months of age are wormed every 3-4 months. Worms are not only harmful for our pets but some can also cause serious health problems in humans with children being the most vulnerable. Please be aware that very few wormers are effective at treating all the worms in a single dose especially those bought in pet shops and supermarkets. Please speak to one of our members of staff for advice on worming products.

Flea treatments should also been done as a preventative measure not just when fleas are seen. The frequency of treatment varies from product to product as does the effectiveness and safety. You should NEVER use a dog product on a cat as some pet shop/supermarket varieties can be fatal if used on cats.

Please ask a member of our staff about our cost saving PET HEALTH PLANS which include year round treatment for fleas and worms as well as your pets’ annual vaccinations and much more for a small monthly payment.

Why does my pet need vaccinating - Dogs, cats and rabbits should receive annual vaccinations. Since the implementation of routine vaccinations many diseases have virtually been eradicated from occurring in our pets however we still regularly see preventable diseases in unvaccinated pets, some of which can be fatal. Diseases such as parvovirus and kennel cough in dogs, flu and leukaemia virus in cats and myxomatosis and haemorrhagic viral disease in rabbits are still commonly seen in our practices. Puppies can be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age, Rabbits from 8 weeks of age and Kittens from 9 weeks of age. Thereafter annual boosters are required to act as a "top up" against these diseases. Annual booster injections are still the most reliable way of ensuring your pets stays immune to these life threatening infections.

Should I have my pet neutered - There are long term health benefits to your pet from neutering. The primary benefit is in controlling the pet population by reducing the amount of unwanted pregnancies.

In male animals castration is when their testicles are removed. In dogs this may reduce roaming tendencies, limit some forms of aggression, removes the risk of testicular cancer, reduces the incidence of prostrate problems and can prevent certain other cancers. In Tom cats it can stop him roaming and the spread of disease, such as feline leukaemia and feline aids, through fighting and mating.

In female animals spaying is when the ovaries and womb are removed. In bitches it removes the risk of phantom pregnancy, potentially life threatening uterine infections and reduces the risk of breast cancers. In the female cat it will stop her from coming into heat which can be uncomfortable for her and cause her to roam for tom cats.

For rabbits neutering will allow a male and female to live together without producing unwanted babies, this is important as rabbits need company. Simply being brother and sister does not stop rabbits from mating! Female rabbits are at a high risk of developing tumours of the womb (uterus) before the age of five if they are not neutered. Neutering rabbits can also help with certain forms of aggression.