Dogs

Vaccinations, Microchipping, Flea & Worm Treatments, Worming Programme, Desexing, Feeding, Dental care, Toilet training, Weight loss, Anaesthetics, Insurance

Vaccinations

It is important to vaccinate junior, adult and senior dogs to protect them from various infectious diseases, such as Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus and a separate vaccination for Kennel Cough.

We recommend that puppies are vaccinated at 6 weeks, with a booster vaccine at 10 weeks and final puppy vaccine at 14 weeks. If your puppy is over 8 weeks, they will receive the initial vaccine, then a booster vaccine 4 weeks later.

Adult dogs require annual Kennel Cough booster vaccines, the Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus vaccine is boosted every three years.

 

Microchipping

The microchip is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades, it is a small glass bead that contains a unique number for your dog.

We forward the microchip paperwork to the DCC, but for a small fee, we can upload your details onto the New Zealand Companion Animal Register database. This assists the dog being reunited with their owner should they become separated, anywhere in NZ by easily and painlessly scanning the microchip and checking the register.

The Dog Control Act 1996 states that every dog must be registered by 3 months of age.

Dogs registered for the first time after 1st July 2006 are required by law, to be microchipped within 2 months of registration (livestock working dogs are exempt)

DCC registration website for local residents

Flea and Worm Treatment

There are a lot of flea and worm treatments available on the market, so which one should you use?

It is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions for dose and frequency as flea and worm products are age and weight specific.

You need to ensure that you use an 

all wormer

’ 

that covers round, hook, and tapeworms.

Puppies need to be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old, then monthly until 6 months old, then every 3 months of their adult life.

If your dog goes onto farmland, especially if the farm has a sheep measles (hydatids) control programme, you must worm your dog monthly with a tape wormer as well as a three monthly treatment with an all wormer too.

It is important to treat all areas of the flea’s life cycle, therefore, Murrays Veterinary Clinic recommends that you use reputable products, it is essential that flea treatments are applied routinely to help prevent future infestations.

If you have difficulty worming or flea treating your dog, please ask our vet nurses about the selection of spot-on or chewable treatments for flea and worm control, or bring your dog in for a visit and the vet nurses are always happy to administer the treatment for you.

Worming Programme

Take the hassle out of trying to remember when to worm and flea your pet, join our free Murrays Veterinary Clinic, VetServe membership worming programme and receive all your worming and flea treatment in the mail.

De-sexing

De-sexing your dog is an important part of being a responsible dog owner, especially if you don’t intend to breed. De-sexing your dog will prevent unwanted and unexpected litters of puppies. It can assist in reducing undesirable behaviours, such as wandering, aggression and marking. There are also medical reasons for de-sexing.

Spaying before the age of 2 years can assist in reducing the risk of ovarian, uterine, cervical or mammary tumours and can prevent pyometra.

Castration can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Feeding

Choosing the right food for your new companion can be confusing–do I feed wet or dry or both? There are so many brands! We recommend premium brands that meet AAFCO standards, this ensures that it is a complete and balanced diet. This means that everything your dog requires is in the food so they don't require anything extra, except continued access to fresh water.

Consider your dog's age and breed when choosing a food. This ensures that you are providing a diet tailored to their particular life stage and bone development. Puppies–up to 12 months (or 24months for giant breeds); adults –12 months up to 7 years and senior –over 7 years.

Murrays Veterinary Clinic recommends and sells Black Hawk (blackhawkpetcare.com/nz/) and Royal Canin (royalcanin.co.nz) premium diets for puppies and dogs. If you are interested in changing your dog's diet, please contact the clinic and talk with one of our vet nurses who can advise what is best for your dog. 

Dental Care

Dental hygiene is an important part of your dog’s health. Despite the importance of good 

dental care, it is often overlooked. 

Serious illness can occur when oral bacteria enters the blo

od stream, damaging the kidneys, 

heart and liver.

What are the signs and symptoms of dental disease? They may include:

  • Bad breath–one of the first signs of dental disease
  • A yellowish-brown crust of plaque on the teeth near the gum line
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Pain or bleeding when your pet ears or when the mouth gums are touched
  • Decreased appetite or difficulty eating
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Rubbing mouth on floor or with paw

We encourage pet owners to have regular dental check-ups every 6months minimum to ensure the health of their pet’s teeth and gums.

Bring your pet into the clinic for a FREE dental check with our Veterinary Nurses, they can advise on how to brush your pet’s teeth as well as helping you to select the most effective dental products for your pet’s needs. Alternatively, phone the clinic to book an appointment with one of our Vets.

Weight Loss

If you find that your dog is becoming a bit podgy it is important to act fast, as it can be tricky to get the weight off. Obesity in dogs can predispose diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hepatic lipidosis, and arthritis.

Murrays Veterinary Clinic has a weight loss programme, that is FREE to join, to help your dog lose weight. Contact our vet nursing team who are happy to assist and advise you on your dog's dietary and exercise needs.

Insurance

There are many different pet insurance companies, we recommend you contact the company of your choice to discuss your individual needs. Some pet insurance companies in New Zealand are:

www.petplan.net.nz

www.southerncrosspet.co.nz/

www.canstar.co.nz/pet-insurance/

www.petnsur.co.nz

As you never know when a vet emergency may occur, insurance can assist you during this stressful time, ensuring that your focus is on your pet rather than worrying about how you are going to meet your vet bill.

Puppy Preschool

It is an exciting time when a new puppy becomes part of your family, we would love to invite you to enrol in our Black Hawk Puppy Preschool. We want to help you create a strong, lifelong bond with your pup by providing you with advice and tools on how to train and understand your puppy.

Puppy Preschool is run by our qualified veterinary nurses, normally on Saturday mornings for four classes.

Contact the clinic to inquire or enrol in Puppy Preschool.

 

Anaesthesia

When your dog needs to have surgery, it can often be stressful and create uncertainty for you. When booking your dog in for a surgery our vet nurses will talk with you the process regarding preparation for the surgery and anaesthesia.

On the morning of your pet’s surgery our admitting nurse will go talk through the surgical procedure with you, so you know what will happen, the expected time of surgery and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions.

It is important to remember there are always risks associated with any anaesthetic or surgical procedure. A careful clinical examination of your pet will be done prior to administering any anaesthetic, should the Veterinarian have any concerns or questions they will contact you to discuss these prior to proceeding with the surgery or anaesthetic. We recommend pre-anaesthetic blood tests to ascertain organ function prior to the procedure.