C3 – This vaccination is administered to all puppies at their first vaccination to protect them from Parvovirus (a life threatening gastroenteritis and immunosuppressive disease), Hepatitis (a disease that initially affects the respiratory system before spreading to the liver, eyes and kidneys), and Distemper (a respiratory and gastrointestinal disease).
C5 – This vaccination is administered to all dogs, and in addition to the above diseases it also provides protection against two pathogens involved in Canine Cough (aka Kennel Cough); parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica.
Please note that the C3 component of vaccination now provides protection for three years, however the Canine Cough vaccination is still required yearly.
F3 – This core vaccination protects your cat from panleukopenia (aka feline parvo, a gastrointestinal and immunosuppressive disease), and two pathogens involved in “cat flu” (feline herpes and calicivirus).
FIV – Feline immunodeficiency virus (aka feline AIDS) is increasing in prevalence. This vaccination is given to all outdoor cats, as they contract the virus by fighting. This virus suppresses the immune system leaving your cat vulnerable to repeated infection, and as such can decrease the lifespan of your cat.
Heartworm prevention is essential in your dog as it is a life threatening illness. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and results in the development of worms up to 60cm long within the heart and major vessels. These worms can block the blood supply out of the heart, resulting in the function of many organs being compromised, particularly the lungs. This can often result in the death of your dog.
We offer an annual injection to protect your dog from heartworm, which is administered at 6 months of age. Prior to this we use tablets given monthly to protect your pup.
If heartworm is suspected we are able to perform a test in the clinic by taking a blood sample from your dog. If heartworm is detected we begin treatment immediately.
Worming and Flea Prevention
As they say prevention is better than a cure, and as such we place a large emphasis on preventative treatment. Fleas and worms are something that can easily be prevented and at QVH we offer a range of spot on products and tablets to protect your pet, and also your family.
It is important to note the common gastrointestinal worms that can affect your pets; roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworm. These worms can inflict many harmful effects on your pet; from diarrhoea to anaemia, and in severe cases death.
The worming regime for your dog is as follow; one tablet every fortnight until your pup is 3 months old, then one tablet once a month until your pup reaches 6 months of age, then give one tablet every 3 months for life.
The prevention of fleas is also of high importance as once your animal is infested it can be challenging to relieve the flea burden. Importantly many animals suffer from flea allergy dermatitis, this means a single flea bite will cause severe irritation for your pet.
The importance of these treatments is not only for the benefit of your pet, but also for your family. Fleas and worms can both affect humans.
The importance of sufficient pain relief cannot be emphasised strongly enough. Not only does it help alleviate pain, it also aids in healing. We have a variety of pain relief options for animals which present to us. The veterinarian will assess your pet and determine a pain score, we then provide the correct level of pain relief. We routinely provide pain relief to all of our surgical cases to decrease pain and aid healing.
We have a close relationship with many veterinary specialists and as such we willingly refer pets to these veterinarians when required. This may be the case when specialist equipment is required, or when a case presents that requires a specialised knowledge of a given body system. This may include; neurological cases, spinal cases, complex surgical cases, and ophthalmic cases.
Nutritional Advice, Specialised Foods and Pet Accessories
Our clinic stocks a range of specialised foods which the veterinarian may recommend if your pet has a specific requirement for them. For example we stock a food which is given to animals suffering kidney disease as it is appropriately balanced for their daily requirements and helps slow the effects of the disease. We only stock the highest quality food to ensure your pet is receiving all the daily nutrients it requires.
We stock a variety of pet accessories from leads and harnesses to treats and flea combs. We understand the importance of keeping your pet busy so we also stock a variety of toys to keep them occupied throughout the day.
Our veterinarian Bill has recently undertaken further studies in behavioural medicine, as such he is well equipped to advise on behavioural issues. This can range from urine spraying in cats, to storm phobias and separation anxiety in dogs. Behavioural modification can be an in-depth process but with persistence and the correct methods you will see results.
At Queanbeyan we have fantastic boarding facilities for cats and dogs. We have three kennel hands which tend to the animals twice daily to ensure the kennels are cleaned, and your pets are walked, well fed, and well loved during their stay with us.
Our highly trained veterinary nurses run puppy classes throughout the year. These classes teach basic commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, as well as provide advice on worming, vaccination, desexing and anything else you may have questions about. Most importantly these classes allow your puppy to socialise with a variety of dogs and people (including children), the importance of which cannot be emphasised enough. Exposure to a range of animals at a young age will allow your puppy to tolerate a range of animals and people as they mature.
If you are unable to make it into our clinic we do provide a home visit service. A veterinarian and nurse will come out to see your pet, and administer treatment as required in your home, or if necessary bring your pet back to the clinic for further workup.