How do vaccinations protect my pet?
Your pet is susceptible to many viruses and bacteria that can cause fatal diseases. A pet that has been vaccinated according to the recommended protocol will have increased immunity towards these diseases. In dogs these diseases include: Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. And in cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia, and Feline Leukemia, and Feline AIDS.
Why is deworming necessary for my pet?
It is necessary because gastrointestinal worms such as hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms can cause severe diarrhoea and malnutrition. In severe infestations that cause bloody gastroenteritis, anemia and eventual death can occur. Some worms can be transmitted to humans and cause severe conditions such as blindness. Therefore it is very important to speak to your veterinarian about a specific deworming regime for you pet based on it’s lifestyle.
At what age can I start vaccinating and deworming my pet?
You can start your pet’s vaccinations at six weeks of age, although we recommend starting eight weeks because the vaccinations will be more effective. Your pet’s deworming protocol can start at three weeks of age.
Why should I neuter my pet?
Firstly, neutering your female dog greatly reduces her chance of developing mammary gland tumours and uterine diseases such as pyometra and uterine cancers. In your male dog, castration prevents many prostate diseases. In both your male and female pet, these diseases can be fatal. You also prevent sexually transmittable diseases such as venereal tumors.
Secondly, castrating your male dogs and cats before they are sexually mature almost always ensures that they do not develop the habit of marking their territories (urinating). This marking of territories can be a very unpleasant experience for many owners.
Thirdly, there are too many homeless animals in Malaysia. Every day, these homeless animals suffer and die from accidents, starvation, disease conditions and being inhumanely caught and killed by dog and cat catchers, employed by the local town councils. As a responsible pet owner and animal lover you can help contribute in reducing the stray population and their suffering by neutering your pets.
I have male pet, why should I neuter it because he will not get pregnant?
Behind every pregnant female is a male. Apart from that, please refer to the previously mentioned benefits for your male pet.
My dogs and cats are constantly getting infested with ticks and fleas, should I be worried?
Ticks and fleas can cause severe blood loss leading to death. They also transmit blood parasites which can be fatal to your pets. Ensuring that your pet is well protected against ticks and fleas is vital for its wellbeing.
How do I prevent tick and flea infestations?
There are a number of products in the market. These range from sprays, spot treatments and tick and flea collars. When used effectively, these products can provide good protection for your pet. We can advise you on what would best suit your pet’s needs based on its lifestyle and history.
Does my pet need regular check ups even if it appears healthy?
Regular check ups and examinations are recommended to help us detect diseases early. This is especially important in older animals from the age of 6 years as many chronic age related diseases such as kidney and heart diseases can be detected via laboratory tests and physical examinations.
Do I need to brush my pet’s teeth?
Yes, it’s important to brush your pet’s teeth. Bad oral health has been linked to heart and kidney disease. Brushing 2 -3 times a week will be beneficial to your pet’s health. We can advise you on how to do it safely or other healthy alternatives available.