Dog Care

Owning a dog provides companionship, loyalty and affection for people of all ages and is an invaluable addition to families and individuals.

However, it is important to find the breed of dog most suitable to your particular lifestyle and be aware of the responsibility that comes with dog ownership before you adopt or purchase a dog. As your vet, we are willing to discuss the many aspects of dog care, including breed-specific medical problems and routine health care such as vaccinations, flea and tick control, desexing and worming that your future dog may need.

After purchasing your puppy or dog, there are several important aspects of their care, to consider:

  • We strongly recommend that you invest in pet insurance your new dog. 

  • Suitable washable bedding needs to be provided in a weatherproof kennel or indoors.

  • A secure area such as a dog-proof yard is essential. Your dog should never be left unsupervised when tethered.

  • Mirochipping and registration with your local council are legal requirements of dog ownership in QLD.

  • All dogs need daily exercise and mental stimulation to help avoid behavioural and health problems. Dogs view their human owners as being part of their pack and can develop behavioural issues if they feel neglected or excluded. It is also vitally important that dogs are socialised with people and other dogs from an early age in order to learn appropriate interactive behaviours.

  • All pets require a minimum of one health check a year and more often as they reach their senior years. On average, dogs age five to eight times faster than humans, allowing major health changes to develop in a relatively short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age. However, a visit to us helps us diagnose, treat or even prevent health problems before they become life-threatening.

  • Routine vaccinations will be addressed at your annual health check appointment. Vaccination of your dog is essential to ensure their wellbeing as many of the diseases we vaccinate against can be fatal. Puppies require a series of vaccinations before you can ensure immunity is present. In high risk environements like Townsville we recommend waiting until after the final puppy vaccination is complete before taking your dog in public areas. Adult dogs require vaccination annually and your vet can discuss what vaccinations are required by your dog each year.

  • Flea and tick control and worming are important. Have a chat to our friendly staff about the best option for your pet and situation. Worming should be administered fortnightly to puppies from birth until 12 wks, monthly until 6 mth of age then every three months for life.

  • HEARTWORM PREVENTION is essential in Townsville. We are currently experiencing high numbers of heart worm positive animals. Left untreated, heartworm infection can be deadly. Prevention is the best cure and we recommend Proheart SR12 injection as the best and most convenient protection for your dog. It can be administered in puppies at 12wks of age with a booster at 6mths of age. 

  • Nutrition is an important part of your dogs care. A good quality, healthy and balanced diet is essential. This will provide protein to build the body; fats for skin and coat health; carbohydrates for energy; and minerals and vitamins for good bone development and healthy tissues. Puppies and lactating bitches should be fed a high quality puppy food to ensure adequate energy and minerals. 

  • Desexing is recommended not only to prevent unwanted breeding but also to help ensure the health of your pet as they age. Life threatening uterine infections (pyometra) and mammary tumours are not uncommon in entire female dogs and can be prevented through desexing. Older male dogs can suffer conditions such as constipation, prostatic enlargement and some types of cancer that can be prevented through desexing.

  • It is essential to keep your dogs teeth clean. A regular dental care routine will minimise tartar build-up on your pet’s teeth. This can include chew toys, chew treats, some types of raw bones, specialised dry foods, daily tooth brushing and scale and polishes. Never give your dog cooked bones, as these can be brittle and easily splinter, causing harm to your dog.

  • Fresh water bowls must always be available for your dog. They should be kept clean and placed in the shade. Have more than one bowl available to your pet in case of spillage.

  • Grooming and brushing is essential, particularly for long-haired breeds. This helps remove dust, dead skin, loose hairs, grass seeds, and tangles and it also assists to shorten the coat moult, which occurs every autumn and spring. Dirty or smelly dogs should be bathed with gentle, dog specific shampoo. However, keep in mind that frequent shampooing can strip the natural oils from the coat and cause skin dryness and irritation.

Our staff are always keen to discuss routine health care for your current or future pets. For further information about pet care, please phone our helpful staff during business hours.