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CARING FOR YOUR NEW KITTEN

Congratulations on the arrival of your new kitten. Owning a kitten is a big responsibility. Your pet’s health is our primary concern, and we are here to help, to answer any questions that you may have, and provide the best possible care for your pet. Our kitten care information sheet is designed to help you provide your new kitten with excellent health care in the coming months and years ahead. If you have any further questions regarding health care for your kitten, please do not hesitate to call us!
The first year of your kitten’s life will be a lot of fun for you both – so enjoy it!

VACCINATIONS
Vaccination is essential to protect your kitten against the major infectious and fatal diseases.
Panleukopaenia (Feline infectious enteritis/parvo-virus)
Calicivirus
Rhinotracheitis (Cat flu)
FIV

FIV is a disease which causes immunosuppression, which can cause many different diseases, which may affect the eyes, intestines, central nervous system and the bone marrow. FIV can be transmitted between cats, through fighting, but can also be transmitted from mother cats to kittens. FIV affects around 7% of domestic cats and 25% of tom cats.

FOR INDOOR CATS – Our kitten vaccination schedule is:
6 – 8 weeks: 1st
F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia
10 – 12 weeks: 2nd
F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia
14 – 16 weeks: 3rd
F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia
Annually:
F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia

FOR INDOOR/OUTDOOR CATS – Our kitten vaccination schedule is:
8 weeks: *
1st F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia
1st FIV vaccine
10 weeks of age:
2nd FIV vaccine
12 weeks of age:
2nd F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia
3rd FIV vaccine
16 weeks of age:
3rd F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopaenia
Annually:
F3 vaccine – Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopenia
FIV vaccine

*Please note, we can start F3 vaccinations from as early as 6 weeks of age but kittens must be 8 weeks old to start FIV vaccinations.
We recommend waiting until one week after the 3rd FIV vaccine to let your cat outside.

INTESTINAL WORMING
Kittens often have worms, which can cause illness and may be fatal! Some worms can even cause diseases in adults and children too.
Worming is critical in helping protect your kitten against, Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm. Our worming schedule is:

Worm every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old
Worm every month until 6 months old
Worm every 3 months for life

Always weigh your kitten prior to worming and be sure to give the correct dose.
We recommend Milbemax intestinal wormers.

FLEAS
Queensland is the flea capital of Australia! A female flea produces up to 50 eggs per day, which equates to around 2000 in a lifetime! Adult fleas only represent 5% of the population, 95% existing as eggs and immature fleas in the environment. Over 50% of pets that present for a skin problem in clinic have a flea allergy.
We recommend Seresto collars, OR Comfortis monthly tablets OR Frontline spot-on.

TICKS
Tick paralysis can kill cats and dogs. As wildlife can drop ticks off in your
backyard and ticks can crawl on our clothes; even inside kitties can be at
risk! Early signs of tick paralysis include, changes in meow, weakness
in the hind limbs, changes in respiration, coughing, regurgitation,
gagging, vomiting and dilated pupils. Paralysis ticks are much cheaper
to prevent than they are to treat. Unfortunately there are very few products
on the market to prevent ticks in cats. We recommend using:

Frontline Spray topically every 3 weeks (safe from 2 days of age), OR
Bravecto Spot-on Cats every 3 months (safe from 11 weeks of age), OR
Frontline spot-on every 2 weeks (safe from 8 weeks of age), (off label use), OR
Seresto collars (safe from 10 weeks of age), (off label use)

MICROCHIPPING & RESGISTRATION
QLD legislation now requires the microchipping of all pets at the point of sale or by 12 weeks
of age. Microchips provide a permanent form of identification, if your cat gets
lost, a veterinary clinic can scan and obtain the microchip number, they can then
search for the chip in the database and can retrieve your details so they can reunite
you and your pet! Microchipping is a simple injection, between the shoulder blades.

NUTRITION
High quality nutrition is essential in helping your cat to lead a happy, healthy life. Feeding a food such as Royal Canin Junior will provide the following benefits:
Balance: provides the correct amount of high quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins for your cat’s life stage and avoids harmful protein, mineral and salt excesses. They also contain antioxidants to promote health and vitality.
Less odours and faeces: Easily digested and absorbed, meaning less mess to clean up, fewer odours and less flatulence. You’ll see the difference if you have previously fed supermarket foods.
Superb coat: High in essential fatty acids to promote a superb coat. No colours or artificial flavours.
If you are switching your kitten onto a new complete, balanced food, make the change gradually over the course of 5-10 days. Continue feeding the old food while you gradually introduce the new food day by day. Do this until your kitten is just eating the new food. Gradually introducing the new food rather than just changing it suddenly can help to prevent tummy upsets.

DENTAL HYGEINE
Approximately 80% of dogs and cats over the age of three can have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age. Some breeds can have it developing at an even earlier age. If left untreated it can become a major issue for pets and owners. Dental disease can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney. It is for this reason that pets require regular health checks at the vet. Dogs and cats age much more quickly than humans, and it’s important to detect problems early in order to ensure a long and happy life for your companion animal. Checking your pet’s teeth will be part of your annual health check.
Brushing yyour pet’s teethevery day is the best way to help prevent dental disease, we recommend starting this as early as possible.
Greenies are a compressed fish shaped chew designed for teeth cleaning.
Dental diets such as Royal Canin Dental can be given once your kitten is a year old.

DESEXING
In view of the excess number of puppies and kittens produced compared to the number adopted into new homes, it is our social and moral responsibility to ensure where possible our pets are desexed. The cost of raising and homing a wanted or worse unwanted litter far exceed the cost of Desexing surgery which is required after all, only once in your pet’s life.
Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In female pets it is commonly referred to as “spaying”, and in male pets as “castrating”. This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and your pet is usually home by the afternoon of the surgery.
The most common age to desex your pet is at 6 months; however they are never too old to be desexed.
There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months. They include:

Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly. Those litters
may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year.
Prevention of testicular cancer and can help prevent prostate disease in males.
Prevention of pyometra (infection of the uterus) and help reduce the occurrence of mammary tumours (breast cancer) in females.
Your cat will no longer go on heat, which in turn will stop uninvited “visitors” clambering your garden walls to get at your female.
Help decrease aggression towards other animals, particularly in males.
Being less prone to wander, especially during breeding season.
Less likely to wander and get involved in fights with other cats.
Living a longer and healthier life.

Council law requires all dogs and cats to be desexed if they are not registered as breeding animals.

INSURANCE:
Pet insurance is a rapidly growing industry in Australia, as more people are realising the benefits of health cover for their pets. We thoroughly recommend it to our clients. It offers you peace of mind, as it can help with the financial burden of treatment costs, if your pet was ever involved in an accident or suffered a sudden illness. There is no equivalent of Medicare for pets, which is why often treatment costs seem expensive for pets. Did you know that 24 hr emergency care for animals can cost over $1000 per day?
It is a heartbreaking situation to have to choose between the health of your pet and financial constraints, so for peace of mind we strongly recommend that your pet is insured. When looking for insurance it is very important to get a comprehensive plan that covers for ticks and snakes, because we are in a high tick and snake area. Treatment for envenomation demands expensive anti-serum and a high level of intensive nursing care, which can result in bills of thousands of dollars. As with any insurance, we thoroughly recommend reading the fine print of any policy, especially the exclusions.

 

CARING FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY

Congratulations on the arrival of your new puppy. Owning a puppy is a big responsibility. Your pet’s health is our primary concern, and we are here to help, to answer any questions that you may have, and provide the best possible care for your pet. Our puppy care information sheet is designed to help you provide your new puppy with excellent health care in the coming months and years ahead.  If you have any further questions regarding health care for your puppy, please do not hesitate to call us!

The first year of your puppy’s life will be a lot of fun for you both – so enjoy it!

VACCINATIONS:
Vaccination is essential to protect your puppy against the major infectious
and fatal diseases.

Distemper
Hepatitis
Parvovirus
Parainfluenza
Bordetella
 

Our early finish puppy vaccination schedule is:

6 – 8 weeks:                1st

C3 vaccine – Parvo, Distemper & Hepatitis (Injectable)

10 weeks:                   2nd

C5 vaccine – Parvo, Distemper & Hepatitis (Injectable)
                       Bordetella & Parainfluenza (Oral)

12 weeks:                    3rd

C4 vaccine – Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis & Parainfluenza (Injectable)

15 – 16 months:

C5 vaccine booster is given, which is then repeated every 3 years thereafter.
The Bordetella vaccine which is a component of the C5 vaccine is given as a  

booster every 12 months in between the tri-annual C5.

 

We recommend waiting until one week after the 3rd puppy vaccine is given before allowing your puppy to walk around and socialize in public areas.

 

INTESTINAL WORMING

Puppies often have worms, which can cause illness and may be fatal!  Some worms can even cause diseases in adults and children too. Worming is critical in helping protect your puppy against;

Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm.  Our worming schedule is:

 

Worm every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old
Worm every month until 6 months old
Worm every 3 months for life
 

Always weigh your pup prior to worming and be sure to give the correct dose.  We recommend

Milbemax and Drontal intestinal wormers.

 

HEARTWORM PREVENTION

Heartworm is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, which means all dogs are at risk, whether they live inside or outside. Heartworm can be prevented; the disease it produces is potentially fatal. Heartworm can be treated, but it is risky, lifelong protection is crucial, our heartworm schedule is:

An injection at 3 and 6 months
A follow up booster 9 months later
An ongoing yearly booster which we can coincide with yearly vaccinations.
We recommend a Proheart SR12 Heartworm injection rather than monthly tablets.

 

FLEAS

Queensland is the flea capital of Australia! A female flea produces up to 50 eggs per day, which equates to around 2000 in a lifetime! Adult fleas only represent 5% of the population, 95% existing as eggs and immature fleas in the environment. Over 50% of pets that present for a skin problem in clinic have a flea allergy.

 

We recommend using Monthly Nexgard Chews to help prevent infestations on your dogs and in your homes! Nexgard is safe to use in puppies from 8 weeks old.

 

TICKS

Tick paralysis can kill dogs and cats.  As wildlife can drop ticks off in your

backyard, every dog has the potential to be at risk from a paralysis tick!

Early signs of tick paralysis include, changes in bark, changes in respiration,

weakness in the hind limbs, coughing, gagging, regurgitation, vomiting

and dilated pupils.

 

Paralysis ticks are much cheaper to prevent than they are to treat, so we recommend using

Monthly Nexgard Chews lifelong to help prevent ticks on your furry friend.

Nexgard is safe to use in puppies from 8 weeks old.

 

NUTRITION

High quality nutrition is essential in helping your dog to lead a happy, healthy life. Feeding a food such as Royal Canin Junior will provide the following benefits:

Balance: provides the correct amount of high quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins for your dog’s life stage and avoids harmful protein, mineral and salt excesses. They also contain antioxidants to promote health and vitality.
Less odours and faces: Easily digested and absorbed, meaning less mess to clean up, less odours and less flatulence. You’ll see the difference if you have previously fed supermarket foods.
Superb coat: High in essential fatty acids to promote a superb coat. No colors or artificial flavors.
 

If you are switching your puppy onto a new complete, balanced food, make the change gradually over the course of 5-10 days.  Continue feeding the old food while you gradually introduce the new food day by day. Do this until your puppy is eating just the new food. Gradually introducing the new food rather than just changing it suddenly can help to prevent tummy upsets.

 

DENTAL HYGEINE

Approximately 80% of dogs and cats over the age of three can have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age. Some breeds can have it developing at an even earlier age. If left untreated it can become a major issue for pets and owners. Dental disease can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney. It is for this reason that pets require regular health checks at the vet. Dogs and cats age much more quickly than humans, and it’s important to detect problems early in order to ensure a long and happy life for your companion animal. Checking your pet’s teeth will be part of your annual health check.

 

Brushing your pets teeth every day is the best way to help prevent dental disease, we recommend starting this as early as possible.
Greenies are a compressed cereal shaped bone designed for teeth cleaning and can be given as a daily treat.
Dental diets such as Royal Canin Dental can be given once your puppy is a year old.
 

MICROCHIPPING & REGISTRATION

QLD legislation now requires the microchipping of all pets at the point of sale or by 12 weeks

of age. Microchips provide a permanent form of identification, if your dog gets

lost, a veterinary clinic can scan and obtain the microchip number, they can then

search for the chip in the database and can retrieve your details so they can reunite

you and your pet! Microchipping is a simple injection, between the shoulder blades.

 

DESEXING

In view of the excess number of puppies and kittens produced compared to the number adopted into new homes, it is our social and moral responsibility to ensure where possible our pets are desexed. The cost of raising and homing a wanted or worse, unwanted litter far exceed the cost of desexing surgery which is required after all, only once in your pet’s life. Desexing or neutering your pet is a surgical procedure that prevents them from being able to reproduce. In female pets it is commonly referred to as “spaying”, and in male pets as “castrating”.  This is the most frequent surgery performed by our vets, and your pet is usually home by the afternoon of the surgery.

The most common age to desex your pet is at 6 months, however they are never too old to be desexed.

There are many benefits to desexing your pet at 6 months. They include:

 

Preventing unwanted litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming number of stray animals that are put down each year.
In males – prevention of testicular cancer and it can help prevent prostate disease.
In females – prevention of pyometra (infection of the uterus) and it can help reduce the prevalence of mammary tumors (breast cancer).
Your female will no longer come on heat, which in turn will stop uninvited “visitors” clambering your garden walls to get at your female. 
Decreasing aggression towards humans and other animals, particularly in males.
Being less prone to wander, especially in males searching for females on heat.
Living a longer and healthier life.
Reduction of council registration fees.  Council law requires all dogs and cats to be desexed if they are not registered as breeding animals.
 

SOCIALIZATION & PUPPY PRESCHOOL

Puppies can start developing habits from as young as two weeks old,

some of which may not be exactly to your liking!  Our qualified veterinary

nurse, Jodi Lopez has been training puppies for 15 years. Jodi uses fun,

reward based techniques to develop a healthy, obedient and friendly

puppy that will enjoy coming to the vet clinic, can socialise with

other dogs and is toilet trained.

Without Puppy Preschool your best friend could become:

Anti-social and aggressive
Shy, fearful or neurotic
Dominant, hyperactive and destructive
Our gentle and skilled nurse Jodi won’t let this happen! The Puppy Preschool course runs for 4 weeks on a Sunday from 1 – 2pm and Jodi uses modern methods and techniques to:

Socialise your puppy properly (social skills)
Introduce obedience- sit, stay, come, drop, roll over, commando crawl, shake
Condition your puppy to associate fun and pleasure with the vet clinic
Encourage desirable behaviour
During these sessions Jodi will also provide information on:

Pet care, including good nutrition
General health care and information on vaccinations and parasites
Emergency awareness
Toilet training
Boredom busters
How to give your puppy tablets
How to clip nails
 

INSURANCE:

Pet insurance is a rapidly growing industry in Australia, as more people are realising the benefits of health cover for their pets.  We thoroughly recommend it to our clients. It offers you peace of mind, as it can help with the financial burden of treatment costs, if your pet was ever involved in an accident or suffered a sudden illness. There is no equivalent of Medicare for pets, which is why often treatment costs seem expensive for pets.  Did you know that 24 hr emergency care for animals can cost over $1000 per day?
It is a heartbreaking situation to have to choose between the health of your pet and financial constraints, so for peace of mind we strongly recommend that your pet is insured.  When looking for insurance it is very important to get a comprehensive plan that covers for ticks and snakes, because we are in a high tick and snake area. Treatment for envenomation demands expensive anti-serum and a high level of intensive nursing care, which can result in bills of thousands of dollars. As with any insurance, we thoroughly recommend reading the fine print of any policy, especially the exclusions.