Summer health care hints for pet owners
With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to review your pet’s health.
For those of you going away at Christmas and putting your pet in a cattery or kennel, remember to check that their vaccinations are up to date. Some vaccines now claim up to three years’ immunity but others such as the kennel cough vaccination only provide six to 12 months’ immunity.
If you are unsure what your pet needs then check with your vet.
Flea numbers are starting to increase with the warmer weather, so make sure you are using an effective flea treatment, as preventing a build up of fleas is much easier than trying to get rid of them later.
The modern topical flea treatments that consist of a few drops on the skin on the back of the neck work far better than the older style flea collars and flea shampoos.
Now is also a good time to check when your pet was last treated for worms. We normally recommend treating every three to four months.
There are a number of good broad spectrum worm tablets available. For cats there is now a topical product avail- able, called Profender owners are now getting which treats for roundtheir pet microchipped worm and tapeworm and registered with with just a few drops on the New Zealand comthe back of the neck - panion animal register great for those cats that are hard to tablet!
Dogs haven’t been forgotten though as Revolution for dogs has just become available in New Zealand and treats for fleas and round worm - again using drops on the back of the neck.
pet to help identify them should they get lost. This can usually be done at the same time as a vaccination.
Looking after loved ones: New treatments for dogs and cats are more efficacious and pleasant to administer. If you are unsure what your pet needs, check with your vet.