Sum­mer health care hints for pet own­ers

Central Leader - - News - By Dr An­drew New­ing­ton BVSc MACVS, Akarana Ve­teri­nary Clinic

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.

Fi­nally, many

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.

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