Surgery Admissions faster. Save time in the mornings

All our surgical admissions are routinely conducted in the mornings from 8.00am – 10.00am. By the time we complete the forms and work our way through the questions we need to ask, this could take around 15 minutes or so.

We appreciate that for most of you busy Mums and Dads that this is probably the most hectic and inconvenient part of the day. Getting to work, preparing the kids for school, making lunches and organising school drops. Not the best time at all really – then – the last thing you need is to be held up at the vets and be late for your other commitments.

So.

To make things a little easier we can offer you these options.

  1. You are most welcome to admit your pet the previous evening between 5.00pm and 8.00pm. Your pet will board comfortably for the night in a kennel with access to water. You may choose to feed your pet beforehand or we can supply a light meal. There is no additional charge for this service.
  2. You can download a copy of our standard admission forms for routine surgery, print off a copy and complete all details the night before admission and still drop off your pet in the morning. This at least speeds up the process in the morning.

P.S The benefits of evening admission is that your pet has some quiet time overnight to settle in and become familiar with the new environment. It also provides the staff with a little more “bonding time” so your pet is more relaxed before surgery.

When is a Heartworm Test necessary?

Heartworm disease can be fatal if left untreated. What makes it particularly dangerous is the fact that symptoms won’t be obvious until quite a bit of damage has occured and your dog is already quite sick.

It can easily be prevented through giving regular monthly medications (orally or topically) depending on the product OR as a yearly injection.

IMPORTANT

The medications are only effective for the specific period they are given.

So monthly medications only last one month and yearly injections last only One Year!

If you are like some people and forget a monthly dose or two – your dog can be at risk.

It’s one medication you really can’t stop and start again without the risk of a potential infection in the interim.

If you have stopped giving the medications as directed by the product – you should see your vet about whether a test is necessary. This will depend on how long it’s been between stopping and starting medications and the specific product you’re using.

Each product will have a “safe period” or reachback period so advice should be sought before restarting the medication again.

Forget monthly medication easily? – We recommend the Yearly injection.

Heartworm prevention can and should start from 3 months of age. No test is necessary if starting at this age.

For more specific information about Heartworm Disease and Prevention – Please ask your Vet.

Vaccines supporting worthy cause

It’s always a good feeling when something we do at one end of the world makes a small difference to people and animal’s lives at another.

By choosing our range of Dog Vaccines you’re helping save the lives of companion dogs and children in the Serengeti region of Africa.

For more information on how this happens click here.

Desexing – Not a “cure all” for unwanted behaviour

When people enquire about desexing, they often ask whether this procedure will help correct various unwanted behaviours.

Such as mounting, straying, excitability, fearfulness, digging, dominance, barking or aggression to people or other animals.

Desexing does not change your dog’s natural energy levels or correct learned habits. What is does do is remove your dog’s ability to reproduce and reduce those behaviours that are directly driven by hormonal urges.

Your dog’s behaviour is influenced through your leadership skills and the rules you set from the moment you welcome your new dog into your home.

A high energy dog will always be a high energy dog. It needs lots of stimulating activities and exercise to burn off energy and prevent it from being directed into unwanted activities.

A dominant dog will remain dominant until you teach it the correct way to behave around people and other animals.

The good news is that most dogs instinctively accept leadership and instructions from a strong and consistent leader.

If your dog is exhibiting unwanted behaviours – whether dangerous or just plain annoying, you need to get professional help.

While desexing does has some influence over some behaviours – it is not the solution to correcting behavioral problems caused through lack of leadership and structured physical and mental activities.

Trimming your Dog’s Nails

Regular nail trimming should be part of every dog’s grooming regime and in reality – should be an easy thing to do.

However, we find that many pet owners either don’t like doing this themselves or simply can’t get their dog to co-operate.

All dogs need to accept being handled and groomed by their owners from an early age.You should be able to examine your dog’s mouth, feet and ears and handle her feet, trim her nails, give her a bath and brush her coat without fuss or objections. After all – you are her leader and she should respect and trust you to do this.

In reality, grooming should be a pleasurable experience. Dog’s generally love being handled and stroked by their owners and it reinforces the bond between the two of you.

Nail trims are best done when your dog is in a relaxed position. either lying down or sitting beside you. Gently pick up and examine each paw and reward her with a pat each time she allows you to do this.

Using a nail trimmer trim the ends of each nail. Don’t be nervous doing this as this feeling can be projected onto your dog making her nervous as well. Don’t be tempted to cut off too much of the nail at a time. Do small trims regularly rather than longer trims less often.

This reduces the risk of cutting into the “quick” which contains the blood supply to the nail and makes the nail bleed.

If your dog has white nails it’s easy to see where the blood supply ends. If your dog has black nails you can’t see the outline of the blood supply so just take off a little at a time. Apply some pressure with the nail trimmers first before you cut. If there’s no response then it’s probably O.K to trim to here.

Reward your dog after each succesful examination and trim with a pat or a treat.

If your dog is regularly sent to a groomer then a nail trim is usually part of this service.