Routine Health Checks Puppies should receive a number of veterinary health checks in their first 15 months of life.
Adult dogs should receive a full health check by a veterinarian at least once a year.Because dogs age so much faster than humans, a lot can go wrong in that relatively short period.
Senior dogs (see chart) should receive a full health check once every 6 months.
Vaccination: C3 - Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus
Puppies should receive full vaccination course at 6 and 10 weeks of age
A C3 vaccine should be given a year after the final puppy vaccination
Dogs should receive a C3 vaccine once every 3 years after that
Kennel Cough Vaccination -
Required at least once a year if visiting Boarding Facilities
Generally not recommended for other dogs living solely in our region
Occasionally recommended for animals that visit more densely populated areas or are regularly used for breeding or showing purposes.
Use intranasal vaccine wherever possible to maximise efficacy and minimise side effects.
Worming: All-Wormer given once every 3 months (more often as a puppy)
Tape Wormer given once every 3 months, 6 weeks after the 3-monthly all-wormer. Required only if the dog has access to carcasses of sheep or kangaroos, to prevent hydatid tapeworm disease in humans.
Microchipping: We recommend all dogs are implanted with microchips. In keeping with state legislation but, as importantly, to ensure the best chance of recovery of your beloved dog if he or she were ever lost.
Desexing: We recommend all dogs are neutered or spayed at around 6 months of age, unless owners intend to breed with them. This recommendation is positive both for the health of the individual animal, as well as for our community in which unwanted and uncared for dogs can be a safety and animal welfare issue.
Fleas and Ticks: For dogs that spend their entire time in this region, there is generally no reason to routinely use preventative measures against fleas or ticks.
Dogs that travel from the region to flea or paralysis tick endemic areas should receive a treatment for prevention before they travel.
Heartworm: For dogs that spend their entire time in this region, there is generally no reason to routinely use preventative measures against heartworm.
Dogs that travel from the region to heartworm endemic areas should receive a treatment for prevention after they travel.
Feeding and Dental Care: Dogs should be offered raw meaty bones that are size appropriate 1-3 times per week to prevent dental disease. Our veterinarians recommend a complete diet that is based on higher protein levels than most "dog food". Raw meat with the addition of Vet's All Natural Complete Mix , or a home made recipe are far more suitable diets for most domestic dogs.