Annual health checks

The annual health check involves a thorough physical examination of your pet. We check your pets;
ears, eyes, abdomen, heart, back, joints, lungs, skin, legs and paws and mouth. We discuss your pets body weight and diet, and help select appropriate worming and flea preventions.

Most pets will require a vaccination at the time of their annual health check. Current recommendations are;

Cats - annual cat flu and enteritis, plus cat aids for outdoor cats.

  • Cat 'flu'- the 'flu' in cats can be caused by a number of different disease causing organisms. These include herpes virus, calicivirus and chlamydia. There are vaccinaes available for these organisms.
  • Feline enteritis- this viral infection causes severe diarrhoea in cats. In young cats infection may be fatal.
  • Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)- similar to HIV in people, FIV depresses the immune system in cats. This makes them more prone to other infections throughout the body that can cause chronic debilitating illness. The FIV vaccine should only be given after a discussion with your veterinarian about blood testing. FIV is commonly found in cats in Victoria.

Dogs - annual distemper, hepatits, parvo and kennel cough.

  • Distemper- now very uncommon due to many years of dog vaccinations, this disease is usually fatal.
  • Hepatitis- a viral disease that can cause liver failure in your dog
  • Parvovirus- this is a common and often fatal disease of dogs that causes severe vomiting and bloody diarrhoea. Treatment involves many days of hospitalisation and intensive medical therapy.
  • Kennel cough- also known as canine cough, this disease can be caused by different bacteria and viruses. There is a vaccine available for the two most common causes of kennel cough. While this disease is seldom fatal, it can cause severe pneumonia.

We have experienced severe outbreaks of kennel cough in this district throughout 2010.

Rabbits - annual vaccination for viral haemmorhagic disease.

Fleas
Fleas are especially a problem during spring and summer, but your pet can be infested all year round. It is important to maintain flea control on your pets so that they can remain healthy and itch free. There are many effective and safe flea treatments available. Please discuss these with our staff.

Ticks
The paralysis tick everyone knows about is called Ixodes holycyclus- and it does not occur in this district. It's close relative Ixodes cornuatus does and we see several cases every year requiring emergenct treament. This tick can cuse paralysis and death. We can recommend very effective tick prevention and treatment of affected dogs.

Heartworm
Heartworm is a parasite that lives in the heart of both dogs and cats and can cause death. Animals become infected by a mosquito bite. Initially heartworm disease was a condition only found in the northern

Worming
Research shows that around 80% of Australia's dogs and 75% of cats carry intestinal worms.
Worm infestations in your pet can cause debilitating illness. Eggs being passed in the poo can only be seen under the microscope so you may not be aware that your pet is infected. Pets can get worms from uncooked meat, rodents, through the skin or eating animal poo. Puppies and kittens should first be wormed at 3 weeks of age, then fortnightly until 12 weeks old. They should then be wormed monthly until 6 months of age, then three monthly for the rest of their life. Not all worm treatment s are equal- did you know some 'supermarket products are not effective against the full worm spectrum, or only kill 60 to 70% of the worm population- what does the fine print on your wormer say?. We only stock products with the full spectruma and with as close to 100% kill as is available (98-99%). Worms are a human health risk. In Sale hospital there are multiple cases of people requiring surgery due to infection with hydatid tapeworms- this can be potantially be prevented by correct worming of pets

Sale Veterinary centre

  • Address: 262 York Street, Sale
  • Telephone: (03)5144 3100
  • Fax: (03)5144 5968
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Gippsland Equine Hospital

  • Address: 31 Beet Road, Maffra
  • Telephone: (03)5147 1008
  • Fax: (03)5141 1439
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