Cannington Veterinary Hospital - Dog parasite treatment

Protecting your pet with vaccinations and flea/tick prevention

Vaccinations are vital

Regularly vaccinating your pet is important to protect them against various potentially fatal or debilitating infectious diseases.

We will advise the type of vaccination that will be best for your pet, taking into account a discussion about your pet’s age and lifestyle – such as whether they are mainly indoors or outdoors, and any risk factors that they might be exposed to.

Our vets will choose the vaccine types and frequency of use to ensure your pet is best protected from disease. If your pet has any health problems of concern, or a history of autoimmune disease, we may recommend titre testing to check their level of immunity.

Similar to when us humans get our vaccinations, there is sometimes some mild pain or discomfort at the site of the vaccination injection, however pets have a lot looser skin than people and the vaccination injections are given subcutaneously (under the skin) to pets instead of into the muscle like with us humans. Some pet vaccinations, such as for canine cough, can also be given orally.

We will be able to explain any common things to be aware of after your pet has had their vaccination, and what to do if you have any concerns. Your pet’s health and well-being are of paramount importance to us.

If you have any further queries about vaccinations for your pet, or if you think your pet may be due for a booster vaccination, please get in touch with our team today!

The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention

By using flea and tick prevention products on your pet, you can help keep your pet healthy and prevent illness and discomfort.

With so many combination flea and tick prevention products now available, we frequently field questions from pet owners about what products to use for their pets.

Fleas are present all over Australia, and can cause severe skin irritation and infection in flea-allergic pets. Fleas can also transmit human diseases, such as cat flea typhus.

Paralysis ticks can be active on the east coast of Australia all year round but fortunately are not found in Western Australia. It is important to remember this if you are travelling to the Eastern States with your pet.

Other species of tick, such as the brown dog tick and bush ticks, are mostly found in bushland areas near to waterways or the coast and can cause local skin irritation and also transmit diseases. In northern areas of Australia, ticks can transmit dangerous diseases such as Ehrlichiosis in dogs. 

A regular program of parasite prevention is recommended for all dogs and cats who go outdoors. In areas where tick-borne diseases are known to occur, it is recommended to use dual prevention with a tick repellent product, plus an oral flea/tick prevention product to best protect your pet. 

Veterinary studies of flea and tick prevention products have shown these drugs to be safe and effective for pets. Please ask us about the best flea and tick protection options for your pet.