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Australian Veterinary Hospital


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Health Examination:



 Your trip to the veterinarian is almost as much about educating you as checking out your pet. Besides your many questions and concerns, you need to bring with you to the exam room. Is whatever health information you have, such as records of vaccinations and worming. While answering your questions, your veterinarian will likely do the following:

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The Australian Veterinary Hospital advises that all animals have an Annual Health Check. This is often carried out at the time of the Annual Vaccination although even species such as guinea pigs who don’t need vaccinations still need to have check ups to enable early detection of disease.

During the Annual Health Check , our vets will examine:

  • Eyes for signs of conjunctivitis , tumours ,cataracts and glaucomas.
  • Ears for signs of infection, irritation and tumours.
  • Mouth for signs of dental disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis which can result in tooth loss. Many Insurance Companies require that pets have regular dental check ups. Rabbits and Guinea pigs can also suffer from overgrown teeth.
  • Heart for irregularities in the heart beat and murmurs enabling early detection of Congestive Heart failure and Cardiomyopathy.as well as her pulse 
  • Lungs, for signs of infection and pulmonary congestion.and breathing rate
  • Abdomen is examined for indications of painful areas or tumours.
  • Skin and coat are examined for signs of infection, parasites such as fleas, lice, mites and ticks and tumours. Advice is also given on parasite control using modern effective preparations.
  • Limbs are examined for causes of lameness, indications of arthritis and tumours. Many effective treatments are now available to alleviate the discomfort of osteoarthritis enabling our patients to live an active, pain-free life.
  • Nails are also cut and anal glands evacuated as required.
  • Weigh your pet and check her temperature

 

We would also ask our Clients to bring a urine sample from their pet. We check this for indications of early kidney problems, Diabetes and other conditions such as Cushing’s Syndrome.

 

We advise that elderly animals are examined at least twice a year as problems can often develop quickly at this stage of life.

If problems are detected, further investigation will be discussed and any further appointments made as required.

 

We feel that early detection is vital to prevent unnecessary pain and distress. Often early treatment also enables the progression of a disease to be slowed ensuring a better quality of life.

 

 

 

 

Vaccination


 

Vaccination is also important in preventing fatal and debilitating diseases.

Puppies are vaccinated against Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis.

The first vaccination is given after 6 weeks of age. The second vaccination is given at 10 weeks - or 2 weeks after the first vaccination if the puppy is older than 10 weeks.

They then receive an Annual Booster vaccination to maintain a good level of immunity. Dogs going into Boarding Kennels need an additional vaccination against Kennel Cough.

This can be given ideally at least 10 days before being kenneled but as protection lasts for 1 year, this can also be given annually.

Kittens need to be vaccinated against Cat Flu (Feline Herpes virus and Feline Calicivirus), Panleaucopaenia (also known as Feline Enteritis) and Feline Leucaemia (a common cause of cancer in cats).

 

The first vaccination is given at 9 weeks old and the second vaccination is given at 12 weeks old, or 3 weeks later if older that 12 weeks.

Cats also need annual boosters to give them a good level of immunity. They do not need any additional vaccinations before going to Kennels.

 

Dogs and Cats need to be vaccinated against Rabies. This is given as 1 injection after 12 weeks old. Boosters are given annually.

 

for  Pet travelling abroad A blood test is taken 30 days after the vaccination to ensure there has been an adequate immune response.

 

 

Our Clinic offers education on a number of Parasite Control Programs.


 

The most common parasites pets deal with are fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks are capable of transmitting infection and disease to pets through a bite. Many pets also suffer from severe allergic reaction to the bites of fleas and ticks. Internal parasites (such as worms) are also capable of causing severe illness in pets. It is imperative that owners use one of the many commercially available products that protect pets from these parasites in order to maintain their pet’s health.

Our staff and veterinarians will help you choose the correct product based on your pets risk factors and health status.

In addition, because of the damages posed by intestinal parasites to both pets and people, all dogs and cats should have at least one fecal examination per year to test for intestinal parasites (e.g., roundworms, hookworms, Giardia).

We generally recommend to regularly deworm your adult dog and cat once every three months. Please contact us for further details.

 

Permanent identification:


 

We recommend that a collar and ID tag be worn by all pets who have any outdoor access.  All pets should also be permanently identifiable by placement of a small chip called a microchip just underneath the skin.  This is a very simple procedure performed by injection, it's over in seconds!  But the benefits are lifelong.  If your pet was ever lost (nobody means to lose their pets but it happens all too often) this microchip could be used as a means to trace it back to you by any veterinary clinic, rescue society, or shelter with a microchip scanner.  Scanning for a microchip is the first thing done when any stray arrives at these facilities without a known owner.  Making sure your pet is microchipped is the most effective and permanent means by which you can ensure your pet is identified and will find its way back to you. Many countries require microchip identification for travel; if you plan on traveling now or in the future with your pet, please call us today to make an appointment to discuss.

 

Health Certificates :


Before an airline can accept your dog for transport or travel, a representative must see a recent health certificate supplied by your veterinarian.

Your veterinarian will need to examine your pet in the consulting room before they can fill out the Health certificate. The exam determines whether your pet is in good health and fit to travel or not. Depending on the destination certain requirements are needed to be filled. Please ask your Veterinarian.

Check the airline you wish to travel on for the latest rules on how far in advance you can get your health certificate.

Put your health certificate in a safe place — maybe with your airline ticket — so you don't forget to take it to the airport.