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Vet FAQ

Below are some commonly asked questions we hear all the time at our Community Vet Clinic. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for please give the vet clinic closest to you a call.

GOLD COAST: 07 5594 0111
IPSWICH: 07 3812 7533

When should my pet be vaccinated and for what?

Puppies/Dogs

To safeguard your pet from potentially serious and sometimes fatal diseases your puppy needs to be vaccinated (inoculated). Our vaccines protect against several diseases including Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parainfluenza Virus and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). Puppy vaccinations can commence as young as 6 weeks of age. If your puppy is older we are able to commence a vaccination schedule anytime during puppy hood. However, so your puppy can safely socialize with other dogs and go for walks outside we aim to achieve full immunity by 12 weeks of age.

To maintain immunity, adult dogs require an annual vaccination booster. You will receive a reminder when your dogs’ yearly vaccination is due.

Basic vaccines include distemper (respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts), adenovirus (liver), leptospirosis (kidneys), parainfluenza (respiratory tract) and parvovirus (intestinal tract).

Once either of the above series is complete, the basic vaccines should be boostered in 12 months and then every 2-3 years.

Kitten/Cats

Our vaccines protect against several diseases including Feline Enteritis, Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calcivirus.

Kitten vaccinations can commence as young as 6 weeks of age. If your kitten is older we are able to commence a vaccination schedule anytime during kitten hood. However, so your kitten is protected we aim to achieve full immunity by 12 weeks of age.

To maintain immunity, adult cats require an annual vaccination booster. You will receive a reminder when your cats’ yearly vaccination is due.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule
  • 06 to 08 weeks F3/F4 Vaccine
  • 12 to 14 weeks F3/F4 Vaccine
  • 16 to 18 weeks F3/F4 Vaccine

Why should I desex my dog?

There are many benefits to desexing your puppy early including:

  1. Health-wise, desexing between two and four months of age before their first heat reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate diseases in males, and ovarian cysts and tumours, acute uterine infections and mammary cancer.
  2. Dogs desexed before their first heat recover more quickly from the surgery than adult animals. Early desexing prevents the extra veterinary costs to desex female dogs if they are pregnant or in season, and prevents any risk of unplanned litters.
  3. A dog is more likely to have a long, happy and healthy life, if desexed. Our companion dogs no longer live in the wild. They need to fit in to an increasingly urbanised society. Desexed dogs will not be as frustrated, wanting to roam to mate. This reduces risks of death or injury on roads or in a dog fight. They can still help protect your property by alerting people with their barking but are less likely to have to be seized or declared dangerous through aggressive behaviour.

Some people worry that their dog will put on weight if desexed. Too much food and not enough exercise are the causes of obesity, not desexing.

My cat pees on everywhere except the kitty litter, how can I stop it?

Figuring out why your cat urinates in odd places can sometimes be a little tricky. Illness, stress and physical problems using the litter box can all cause inappropriate urination. However once you find out the cause of the problem it usually isn’t too hard to correct.

The most important thing to remember is, whenever there is a sudden change in your cats behaviour you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are common and can be very painful. If your cat has been given a clean bill of health, you should check the following things.

Check the cleanliness of the litter tray.

Be sure you keep the litter box very clean. Cats are clean animals and some may want their box meticulous. This may mean scooping 1-2 times daily and/or changing the entire material every 3-4 days. The type of kitty litter you use may be too rough on your cat’s feet so you could also try changing the brand. (This could also be why your cat chooses your softer clothes on the floor or the bath mat).

Litter Box Location

Check around where the litter box is located to be sure that there is not something about the location that the cat may find a problem. This could be a noisy appliance, people walking by, the dog approaching, nearby children playing, or other cats in the household.
Disharmony between Housemates: In a home with multiple cats, there may be subtle underlying tensions that may make one or more cats anxious. This could lead to non-litter box usage. Make sure that each cat has their own litter box.

New Surroundings

If you have just adopted the pet, it may take some time for your new kitty to adjust to its new surroundings and may take a little time for it to feel comfortable. In this case patience is important.

Stress Related: Cats will spray urine to mark their territory. They will do this when they are stressed or when they find themselves in a new environment. Spraying is most common with undesexed males, but females can also mark. Not only is desexing your pet important to stop unwanted litters but will also help to minimalise its need to roam, aggressive behaviour in males and exposure to disease. To find a discounted veterinary clinic in your area log onto www.ndn.org.au

Why should I microchip my pet?

Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by humane societies, rescues and shelters across the country. Some of these animals never make it home because they can’t be identified.

Microchipping offers pet owners the only truly permanent method of identifying your pet and linking the animal back to you, the owner. If you want to dramatically improve your pet’s chances of getting home fast and safe, implanting your pet with a microchip is your best option.

My dog always wears a collar and tags why do I need to microchip him?

Collars and tags can be removed or get lost and tattooing can become illegible over time. Microchips are the only truly permanent method of identifying your dog. It lasts for the lifetime of the pet.

I have a cat – should I microchip her?

Cats are naturally curious and unpredictable. In the event that your cat strays away from the safety of your home a microchip is your cat’s best chance of a fast return.

Does microchipping hurt the animal?

Animal microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are typically implanted by a vet just beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to receiving vaccination through a needle and is painless to pets. Most animals don’t even react when the microchip is implanted. Once implanted the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification.

What kind of information is contained in the microchip?

Is there a tracking device in it? Will it store my pet’s medical information? The microchips presently used in pets only contain identification numbers. No, the microchip cannot track your animal if it gets lost. Although the present technology microchip itself does not contain your pet’s medical information, some microchip registration databases will allow you to store that information in the database for quick reference.