Congratulations on your new pet!
Whether they are 8 weeks or 8 years old there are a few important health checks which are important for all new pets.
GENERAL HEALTH CHECKS
Luckily most pets are very healthy and require little treatment over their lifetimes. Illnesses, however, do occur, and early detection usually helps give a better outcome. It is advisable that puppies have 3 health checks during their 1st year (1st and 2nd vaccines, 6months old) and older dogs a once yearly health check. Senior pets usually benefit from twice yearly health checks.
Vaccinations help protect our pets from numerous nasty and often fatal diseases. Vaccination can often be started from 6-8 weeks of age and will require 2 initial vaccines. These are then followed up by a booster vaccination. If your new pet is an older boy\girl it is also equally as important to ensure that their immunity levels are adequate.
No matter how cute your little bundles of fur are, they are still prone to being infected with, and carrying numerous parasites including fleas, worms and mites. These can have detrimental and even life threatening effects to their health, and may also pose a risk to us. They are however, very easy to prevent, and routine anti-parasitic treatments will help optimise your pet’s and families’ health.
SENIOR PET CARE
Just as older people have different health care needs than younger generations, so true is the case with our older pets.
Older pets are much more prone to developing conditions than their younger counterparts, and because of this we recommend that they are seen twice a year for a general health check. This helps to detect any of these potential problems earlier, and treat them before they become advanced.
As pets age their ability to digest and absorb food can also change, and they may need a food more tailored to their specific needs. There are various good ranges of senior foods available for your pet, which we can recommend. Sudden changes in weight can sometimes be an indicator of underlying health problems. It is important to get your pet checked if you notice any such changes.
Like ourselves our older pets often require a little TLC when it comes to looking after their joints. When it comes to exercise the rule of everything in moderation will apply. Sometimes they may also need their bedding \ environment adapted to help make them more comfortable. Please feel free to ask any of our staff about how to best care for your ‘golden oldies’.
Find out more information about Senior Pets.
Did you know that as well as preventing unwanted litters that neutering your pet also has many other health benefits.
Neutering female pets prevents them coming into heat, bleeding and attracting unwanted male attention
It can prevent mammary and uterine cancers
It prevents potentially fatal uterine infections.
Neutering male animals can help reduce certain forms of hormonally caused aggression
It helps prevent prostate and testicular cancer and disease later in life.
It helps reduce the incidence of bite abscesses in cats, and hence the spread of potentially fatal infectious diseases
It reduces roaming and can reduce undesirable behaviour
Neutering your animal is a relatively straightforward operation which removes the reproductive organs making it impossible for them to reproduce.
If you do not intend to breed from your pets, neutering is the smart, responsible and caring choice for them.
See more information about neuturing and also Spayaware.ie