New Pet Owners

Becoming a pet owner for the first time is exciting! The unconditional love and companionship a pet provides is a fantastic experience.

Doing your research on the right type and breed of animal for your environment and lifestyle is crucial, as are planning and preparation!

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Dog Advice


The health and happiness of your canine friend is about more than just feeding them right. With expert advice from our vets, you can provide the best care for your dog at all stages of their life.

Helpful puppy advice

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, but it can also be confusing! We are happy to help with advice on training your new puppy, including toilet training and basic obedience. A health check is important for your new puppy, and we advise on vaccinations, flea control, heartworm treatment and desexing. We also offer puppy pre-school classes which are an excellent way to learn about training your dog while encouraging them to socialise in a safe environment.

Advice about caring for your adult dog

As your dog becomes an adult dog, routine health care is still important. Grooming, regular exercise and regular health checks as well as annual vaccinations are all required for adult dogs. Training doesn’t end with puppyhood, and regular training with your dog, whether through an obedience class or one-on-one training will help you and your dog understand each other better.

Advice about  looking after your senior dog

As your dog gets older, you may notice changes in their behaviour and health. Older dogs have different dietary requirements, exercise requirements and mental health requirements than younger dogs. There are also many treatments available to help your dog with health problems associated with old age including arthritis, heart disease and dental disease.

Discover the best and most up-to-date dog advice, written by our vets. We hope you find it useful! Or you can contact us at any time.

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Puppies

Cat Advice

Cats are great pets to have around your family!
They can be wonderful companions and lifelong friends, living between 15 and 20 years. Our cat-loving vets have written helpful tips about kittens and cats of all ages.

Helpful kitten advice

Welcoming a new kitten into your home is an exciting time, but it can also be confusing! We are happy to help with advice on settling your kitten in. Preparation is important so make sure you have all the requirements, including scratching posts, litter trays, food and toys. A health check is important for your new kitten, and we advise on vaccinations, flea control, heartworm treatment and desexing.

Some advice about caring for your adult cat

As your cat becomes an adult cat, routine health care is still important. Grooming and regular health checks as well as annual vaccinations are all required for adult cats. Your adult cat will still enjoy playing with toys and with you, so it is good to set up a daily routine with set feeding and play times as well as cuddle time.

Advice about looking after your senior cat


As your cat gets older, you may notice changes in their behaviour and health. Older cats have different dietary requirements and mental health requirements than younger cats.

You may also have to change some equipment, such as litter trays and scratching posts, as your cat gets older to make them easier to use. There are also many treatments available to help your cat with health problems associated with old age including arthritis, heart disease and dental disease.

Browse some helpful feline facts, written by our vets. We hope you find it useful! Or you can contact us at any time.

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Adult Dogs

Small Animals Advice

Do you need advice or help for your pet rabbit or guinea pig? Interested in purchasing a snake or lizard? Worried that your pet fish or bird is unwell?

We're happy to help!

Welcoming a new pet home is an exciting time, but preparation is the key to make the introduction as smooth as possible! Make sure you have all the necessary equipment to house your new pet, including hutches for rabbits, tanks for fish and reptiles and cages for birds. Make sure your aquarium has had time to cycle before adding in any fish and that you have the appropriate heat lamps and lighting for your reptile.

We are happy to help with advice on training your new pocket pet, including toilet training rabbits and basic obedience training for birds. A health check is important for your new pet, and we can advise you on vaccinations, parasite control and desexing.

Does my pocket pet need to see a specialist vet?

We have experience in handling and treating all types of small animals and reptiles. We're happy to answer any questions about appropriate diet, exercise requirements, preventative health care or medical concerns.

Please remember that not all veterinary clinics are able to provide care for reptiles, birds and fish, so it is best to call first to find out.

We provide up-to-date information about fish, reptiles, rabbits, guinea pigs. In fact, any small animal or pocket pet! Browse the pet care information below or contact us at any time.

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Vaccinations Test

Vaccinating your pets is extremely important when it comes to the health of your pets. Vaccinations build immunity and protect your pet from serious disease. Here is some helpful information on your pets vaccinations.

Vaccinating your cat

Vaccinations protect all cats against:

Panluecopaenia virus (“Feline parvo”)
Herpesvirus
Calicivirus
The bacteria Chlamydophila

Does my cat need to be vaccinated?

YES! All of these diseases are still too common in our pet cats.

They are still common because:

People don’t vaccinate their cat(s)
Unvaccinated cats having kittens
Kitten catching these diseases before their first vaccination
Unvaccinated pet cats spreading these diseases
Stray cats in urban areas spreading these diseases around

Timely vaccination can protect your cat from death or illness causes by these preventable diseases.

When should I vaccinate my cat?

Kittens should be vaccinated at:

6-8 weeks
10-12 weeks
14-16 weeks

Please phone us if you are rearing orphaned kittens as they may need an earlier vaccination.

Unvaccinated cats over 3 months of age need two vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart.

All cats must have their vaccination boosted annually for continued protection.

Vaccinating Your Dog

Dogs in Melbourne are still dying from preventable diseases like parvo.

It is essential to protect your dog from:

Parvo
Distemper
Infectious hepatitis
Canine cough (Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica)

The first three are deadly, with the last causing severe disease.

The best way to safeguard your dog is to ensure your dog is fully vaccinated.

When should I vaccinate my puppy?

Puppies should have a series of three vaccinations spaced one month apart.

6-8 weeks
10-12 weeks
14-16 weeks

Puppies and dogs older than 12 weeks (3 months) will only need:

Initial vaccination
Booster 2-4 weeks later

They are unprotected until two weeks after their booster.

All dogs must be vaccinated annually for continued protection.

Please phone the clinic for an appointment.

We can also protect your dog from:

Leptospirosis
Coronavirus

Please phone us to discuss this further.

Kittens

Senior Dogs

Adult Cats

Senior Cats

Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Birds

Fish & Reptiles

Useful Links

 We want you to have as much good information as possible. The more quality information you have, the more likely it is that you will make the best possible decisions for your special pet.

RSPCA  -  www.rspcavic.org.au

Lost Dogs Home  -  www.dogshome.com

PetPlan Insurance  -  www.petplan.com.au

Ask A Question

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Help us create a real sense of community between passionate pet owners like you. By using our Facebook page, others will benefit from the advice just because you asked a great question!

We're here to help and we love talking all things animals, so no question is too big or too small.
 

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