Keeping your dog healthy
We can provide a wide range of healthcare for your four legged friend, including vaccinations, parasite control, diets and feeding and healthy teeth and gums.
Puppies need an initial course of 2 vaccinations from 6 weeks old to protect them against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus. Adult dogs need a booster vaccination every 12 months.
We also recommend vaccination against kennel cough (Bordetellosis) which although not a killer disease, is a nasty cough which is highly contagious. Dogs can become infected from dogs they meet in the park or on the street, even if they don't go to kennels. This vaccine is intra-nasal (given as drops up the nose) and lasts for 12 months. It can be given at the same time as the dog's regular booster.
Some useful links.......
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If you want to travel abroad with your dog, he or she will need vaccination against rabies, as well as a microchip. The rabies vaccination is a single injection which lasts for 3 years.
All pets coming to us for vaccinations receive a full health check with a vet. Puppies also receive a free dose of flea and worm treatment, a puppy pack, a cover note for 4 weeks of free insurance with Petplan and an invitation to our popular puppy parties (more later!).
It is a fact of life that dogs can pick up parasites in their daily life.
Fleas, ticks and roundworms can be picked up from going outside, tapeworms can be acquired from fleas, lungworm from slugs and snails and sarcoptic mange and hookworm come from foxes.
Lungworm is becoming increasingly common and there have been several recent cases in our area which have resulted in fatalities.
We now recommend that all dogs receive regular lungworm treatment. At the time of writing, wormers which treat and prevent lungworm are only available on prescription.
If we are concerned about lungworm, we can do a blood test in the clinic which gives us a result within 20 minutes.
We have a variety of products to prevent and treat parasites in your dog. Our vets and nurses are always happy to discuss your individual dog's needs which will depend on their age and lifestyle.
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Diets and feeding
Just as with humans, what a dog eats can have a dramatic effect on its health. We believe that the best diet is one that has enough of all the individual nutrients (such as vitamins, minerals, protein and fat) but also avoids excessive amounts of any one nutrient - we all know the dangers of too much salt or fat, but the correct balance of the other elements of the diet is just as important.
It is also important to find a diet which is right for an individual's age and lifestyle - a puppy will need a diet with more calories and protein than an overweight elderly dog.
We will weigh your pet each time he comes to the surgery and are always happy to advise on weight and diets.
Our nurses run healthy pet clinics where they can weigh and body condition score your pet and again advise you on the best diets to feed.
At Damson House Vets, we feed and recommend Hill's pet foods as we believe that they make the healthiest and tastiest foods for your pet.
Healthy teeth and mouths
85% of dogs have some dental disease by the age of 3.
We encourage all dog owners to look after their pets' teeth by daily brushing. If this is not possible, we can advise you about mouthwashes and diets that may help. Brushing your dog's teeth daily is very important because plaque and tartar can build up on the teeth, very quickly causing bad breath, pain and gum disease. We now know that having a healthy mouth increases life expectancy as the bacteria that cause gum disease can cause problems with internal organs too.
Despite regular tooth-brushing, professional dental treatment is often still needed and most dogs will need their teeth scaling and polishing regularly to keep their mouths healthy. If teeth are fractured or have cavities, or if the gum disease is very severe, we may need to extract teeth.
If you need some help and advice our nurses can show you how to clean your dog's teeth yourself at home. They are on hand to give advice or answer any questions you have on dental care and the many different products now available for your pet.
Our head nurse Vicky runs a regular puppy party here at the practice for all our new puppies following their first vaccination. Our nurses are on hand to answer any questions you might have on your puppy's development such as feeding, toilet training and neutering etc. So you can sit back and watch your puppy play and interact with other puppies of all breeds, shapes and sizes.
Puppy socialisation is very important, puppies should be socialised as much as possible from a very young age and be introduced to as many new things as possible, so that he or she will grow into a well behaved adult.
Some facts about dogs
• The oldest reliable age recorded for a dog is 29 years, 5 months for a Queensland "heeler" called Bluey in Victoria, Australia. The average dog lives to around 15 years of age.
• Dogs naturally have a wonderful sense of smell. They have many more sensory "smelling" cells than a man's 5,000,000. A Dachshund has 125,000,000, a Fox Terrier has 147,000,000 and a German Shepherd (often used as a "sniffer" dog) has 220,000,000.
• The tallest dogs are the Great Dane and the Irish Wolfhound.
• Staring directly into the eyes of a strange dog may be interpreted as a challenge and may actually encourage the dog to bite you.
• A puppy's eyes do not open until it is 10-15 days old. It's vision is usually not complete until it is about four weeks old.
• If your dog has bad breath, he may need his teeth cleaning.
• Dogs are pack animals by nature. They need closeness, touching and petting to be content and happy.
To discuss your dog's need in more detail, call our qualified team today on:
0121 711 3775