Pet Wellness Services

Preventative Wellness Care

Prevention is the key to your pet's long term health. If a health problem or issue can be detected in its early stages, there is a far greater likelihood it can be resolved and treated with less difficulty, less expense and greater success.

Regular examinations are our chance to assess your pet's overall health, discuss any changes we observe, and educate and update you on advancements in medical care. We also welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. We recommend annual wellness care for adult dogs and cats, and may increase the recommendation to twice yearly for senior pets and pets with chronic illnesses.

Wellness Care for PetsPet Wellness Care for a Lifetime of Good Health

When you bring your pet to Para Hills Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians work with you to create a personalized lifetime preventive health care plan that takes into consideration your pet's age, breed, risk factors and lifestyle.

Your pet's wellness examination at our veterinary hospital includes our commitment to:

  • Examine teeth, throat and oral cavity
  • Check vision and examine the eyes
  • Examine the ears for infection, ear mites, allergic reaction and other related health issues
  • Examine the respiratory system
  • Assess your pet's heart
  • Test your pet's reflexes
  • Palpate lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Inspect the skin
  • Palpate joints and muscles for arthritis and other orthopedic conditions
  • Offer parasite testing and blood work

During each of your pet's examinations, we also consult with you regarding your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you up-to-date on all the information you need to be the best caregiver to your pet. Good communication ensures your beloved companion is receiving the optimal care and attention he or she deserves and needs for a long, healthy life.

Balanced Vaccination Programs

Vaccinations are the number one way you can protect your beloved pet from serious infectious diseases that were once responsible for the death of many dogs and cats. They prepare your pet for exposure to certain viruses and bacteria so when exposed, the immune system can destroy the invaders before your pet's body becomes overwhelmed.

Our veterinarians follow the guidelines recommended by the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

Recommended Core Vaccines

Adult Dogs & Puppies: C3 (Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis)
Adult Cats & Kittens: F3 (Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Herpes Virus)

Recommended Non-Core Vaccines

Adult Dogs & Puppies: Bordetella, Parainfluenza, and Heartworm prophylaxis
Adult Cats & Kittens: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Other Available Non-Core Vaccines

Feline Chlamydia, Tetanus

 

Puppy or Kitten CarePuppy and Kitten Care

Please ask us about our special discounted rates for wellness examinations and vaccinations for your new family member!

Bringing a puppy or kitten home is a very exciting time for you and your family. Energetic and affectionate, they are a true source of joy. Our doctors and veterinary team at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic hospital share your excitement and are here to support you with individualized puppy and kitten wellness programs and home care guidance. Like human infants, puppies and kittens require special attention to grow and develop well. Your puppy or kitten's first year of care at our veterinary hospital will include:

  • Physical Examinations: Your puppy or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. Puppies and kittens should have three exams between the ages of 8-16 weeks. These visits are important because they provide our veterinarians with an opportunity to assess your pet's overall health, offer care and training advice, and talk with you about any concerns you may have.
  • Vaccinations: Due to their developing immune systems, puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines at each of these early appointments.
  • Diagnostic Testing: Puppies older than 12 weeks should be tested for Heartworm and kittens older than 12 weeks should be tested for FIV.
  • Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as desexing, microchipping, heartworm and flea control, and dental care.

To help you get started, we offer a special puppy or kitten pack filled with health care information, vouchers and samples. We also invite all our clients with puppies to attend our puppy preschool where we will help give you the basics on socialisation and health care.

For more detailed information on your puppy or kittens first appointments at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic include, and a checklist to help you plan your puppy's early care, please click on the links below:

We also offer Puppy Preschool classes!

Senior CareSenior Pet Care

Your pet experiences a gradual reduction of their physical capabilities as they transition into their senior years, just as humans do. The staff at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic can help you manage this process through proper veterinary care, thereby offering your beloved pet an extended period of vitality and good health. Preventive care tailored to your pet's age, breed, lifestyle and other factors can help prevent common diseases or detect them at early, easily treatable stages.

There is also an important role for you to play as your pet's primary caregiver. While you cannot control age-related decline, you can influence your pet's activity level, living conditions, access to quality senior veterinary care and daily nutrition. With help from your veterinarian at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic, you can manage these factors to prolong your pet's good health and vitality, and increase his or her well-being, even as his or her pace slows a bit.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are more than a nuisance; they carry diseases dangerous to both you and your pet. The best course of action to protect both your pet and yourself from fleas, ticks and the problems they cause is prevention.

Fortunately, there are many safe, effective flea and tick control products for your dog or cat available at Para Hills Veterinary Hospital and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. Once a year, it is important to discuss with your veterinarian which external pest control products are ideal for your household, based upon the everyday life of your pet.

Heartworm Disease and Your Pet

Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening condition transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. To best protect your pet's health, our veterinarians recommend various highly effective preventatives; for dogs we advocate annual injections that protect against Heartworm disease, and for cats we recommend a tablet taken once a month.

Keeping Your Exotic Pet Healthy

Along with dogs and cats, we offer optimum wellness care programs for rabbits, ferrets, mice, rats and guinea pigs. We are also able to treat the simpler problems of birds, reptiles and wildlife.

Since it is often difficult to determine if an exotic pet is ill, we strongly recommend routine physical examinations to check for health problems and nutritional and husbandry-related conditions.

To survive attacks from their predators, exotic pets normally conceal their illnesses in the wild. As a result, their medical problems often go unnoticed for long periods of time. By the time you recognize there is a problem, the condition is often extremely serious. With regular medical examinations by a veterinarian at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic, problems are often diagnosed before they become serious medical conditions.

Pocket PetsBefore bringing your new pet home, a complete wellness appointment is strongly recommended. This exam includes a thorough physical examination, husbandry and nutritional consultation, disease screening and laboratory testing if necessary. For your pet's protection and your peace of mind, you want to make sure your new pet is healthy.

Our skilled medical team is well trained in the care and husbandry of small mammals and can give you the information you need to keep your exotic pet looking and feeling great. In addition, should your rabbit require intensive care or hospitalization, you can feel confident the veterinarians and medical team at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic have experience and skill needed to care for your pet. For more information about caring for your rabbit, please click on the following links:

If you would like more information about the veterinary wellness services that Para Hills Veterinary Clinic offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment, please call (08) 8258 4838.