The Pregnant and Whelping Bitch

Pregnancy in the dog lasts for an average of 63 days (9 weeks). This is generally taken from the time of the last mating and can vary in length (i.e.some bitches may go up to 10 weeks) Confirmation of pregnancy can be achieved by: Palpation

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The Paralysis Tick

Apart from fleas, the paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus) is the most significant external parasite domestic animals, their owners and their vets encounter, especially around spring/summer. It occurs in the coastal areas of Eastern Australia and is usually found on wildlife such as bandicoots, possums and

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Puppy Care: Diet

Puppies can be weaned from 3 to 6 weeks of age by gradually introducing solid food. We recommend that you use a good quality ‘complete and balanced’ diet such as Hills Science Diet. A ‘complete’ food is one that gives your puppy all the nutrition

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Paralysis ticks

Paralysis ticks are commonly found in the areas surrounding Bega. These can cause a serious paralysis that can lead to death in severe cases. Some topspot formulations such as Frontline Plus and Advantix protect against ticks but ONLY when applied every 2 weeks. Frontline Spray

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Puppy Care: Intestinal Worming

Puppies are susceptible to whipworm, roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm infections. Intestinal worms can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and poor growth. They can become infected through contact with other dogs, the environment generally or, most commonly in puppies, from their mother at birth. We recommend using a

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Puppy Care: Vaccinations

Vaccination is an important way of preventing disease in your puppy. We recommend that all dogs are vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper and infectious hepatitis. These are all potentially fatal diseases. We also recommend vaccinating against two of the organisms involved in canine cough – Parainfluenza

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Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm is an internal parasite that invades the heart of both dogs and cats. It is spread by mosquitoes and is better known for causing serious disease in dogs. Heartworm has been found to infect cats but the ability to cause disease in cats is

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Tick Control

Tick control is difficult in cats as many of the products cause toxicity. Frontline Spray is the only product registered and tested for preventing ticks in cats and should be applied every 3 weeks. It is important to NEVER apply any tick product that is

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Flea Control

There are many products currently available on the market. Products such as Frontline Plus and Advantage cover fleas only when applied monthly. Other products such as Revolution and Advocate cover fleas as well as some species of mites and intestinal worms. Our staff are happy

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The importance of Desexing

We strongly recommend desexing all animals that are not required for breeding. The main benefits of desexing are preventing unwanted litters, reducing undesirable behaviours such as urine spraying and roaming in males and reducing the risk of health problems later in life. These health problems

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