We would like to congratulate you on the acquisition of your new puppy/kitten!
Owning a pet can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it also carries with it some responsibility. We hope this page will give you some helpful advice on disease prevention. If you have questions concerning any subject related to your puppy or kittens health please do not hesitate to contact us on (07) 4928 2593.
All puppies and kittens should start their vaccination regime from 6-8weeks of age, with follow up boosters at 12 weeks and 16 weeks. This is especially important for puppies as Parvovirus is highly contagious and prevalent in most areas. Please go to our vaccinations page for more information.
Dogs and cats in Central Queensland could be at risk of heartworm (a disease spread by mosquitoes) if prevention is not regularly administered. Heartworm protection should begin at 12 weeks of age and should be continued for life. Options are a monthly preparation by tablet or spot-on treatment or a yearly injection (dogs only) for prevention of heartworm disease.
All puppies and kittens should be treated for intestinal worms regularly. We recommend treating at the following intervals: 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, then monthly till 6 months and then every 3 months for life.
Flea and tick prevention can be started from 8 weeks of age depending on the product.
Puppies and kittens should be on a good quality puppy or kitten diet for at least 12months. If you have a puppy be aware there are different diets depending on whether you have a small, medium or large breed dog so ensure you select the right one based on your puppy's expected size as an adult and follow the feeding guide on the bag. If you require any assistance in this area please come in or phone the clinic and one of our friendly staff can assist you.
It is worthwhile looking into puppy schools or obedience groups in your local area as puppy schools provide your puppy with the opportunity to become socialised with people and other dogs which can aid in preventing behavioural issues later on. It is also a good opportunity for you to bond with your puppy and teach your puppy basic obedience. Please ensure your puppies vaccinations are current before going to any classes. We offer puppy preschool at the clinic, so please check out our puppy pre-school page or give us a call with any enquiries.