Every animal that arrives at our centre is given all the health care they need before they go to their new home - this can be anything from antibiotics to pain relief and everything in between. The majority of our animals don't require specialist medication as they are healthy and in good shape; however they all receive routine treatments to ensure they are kept this way!
Flea treatment is extremely important. The number of animals suffering from skin problems relating to flea allergies has soared in the past few years and it can be very difficult to treat once the condition has taken hold. This could all be prevented by treating your pet before any fleas get the chance to cause irritation. At the centre we use a flea spray that lasts up to three months on all of the animals that arrive - this kills any fleas that are present and prevents them from catching anymore. It is a quick and easy treatment that can give your pets so much relief and gives you peace of mind. Your vet can advise on the most suitable type of flea treatment for your pet.
Worms are very uncomfortable for animals to experience, and can become very dangerous if they are not treated. They can cause weightloss, fur loss, bloated belly, increased appetite, weakness and diarrhoea, which are all serious problems. Animals can be treated using a worming pill, which can be placed in their food or given directly through their mouth. Worm pills can last for varying amounts of time, and should be administered according to the instructions on the packaging. You can find useful step-by-step guides to giving your pet a pill online.
All of the cats and dogs rehomed by us receive their first vaccinations, and these are recorded in a vaccination booklet so you can see exactly what your pet has been given. Cats can be vaccinated from 9 weeks old and should be protected against feline infectious enteritis, feline herpes virus, feline calcivirus and feline leukaemia virus; dogs can be vaccinated from 8 weeks old and should be protected against canine parvovirus, canine distemper virus, leptospirosis and canine hepatitis. Rabbits should be vaccinated against myxomatosis and RHD; and ferrets should be vaccinated against canine distemper. It is essential that these are kept up to date, so we recommend you take your pet to your veterinary centre for yearly boosters to ensure that they are always protected from disease. Always ensure you remain up to date for boosters, otherwise your pet will have to begin the course again. Many vets do send out reminders in advance to help you to remember when your pet is due.
During the summer months flystrike can cause awful problems for rabbits - the hot weather causes warmer conditions, which flies are attracted to. They lay eggs on the flesh of rabbits, which hatch into maggots. This causes considerable pain and can lead to infection, toxic shock and even death. Rabbits should be treated for flystrike between April and October to keep them safe. Talk to your vet about this and they can advise on the best way to do it.
Here are some tips for keeping your pet happy and healthy using routine treatments:
1. Note down the date you gave each treatment to your pet so that you don't forget
2. Use a calendar to work out when your pet will next need each treatment, using the information provided with the treatment
3. Keep your vaccination card in a safe place - you will need it to record each vaccination they receive at a veterinary centre
4. Keep your vaccinations card up to date as boarding kennels and catteries require evidence that your pet has been treated
5. Seek veterinary advice if you think your pet has any health problems relating to these treatments
6. Always check that your pet is in good health - look out for any changes in their weight, fur or behaviour (e.g. how much they are eating/drinking)
7. You can buy flea and worm treatment from your local chemist. Always get a vet's advice on the best treatment type for your pet
8. Check that your rabbit can clean itself properly, particularly around its bottom as this is where flystrike usually occurs
9. Use a step-by-step guide to learn the easiest way to give pills to your pets. Your vet can show you how best to do this
10. Always keep on top of your treatments! It is far better to prevent illness than have to treat it when it has already occurred