Annual Wellness Check and vaccinations are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy. When you book in for your pet's yearly vaccination we also do an annual wellness check which includes looking at your pets, eyes, ears, teeth, gums, listening to their heart and lung sounds and getting their weight. We can apply flea or worm treatment for you if needed. We will ask you how your pet has been, if you have noticed any difference in them or their behaviour, what you are feeding them and so forth. Of course if you have any concerns we will investigate further.
Annual wellness checks are great because they can catch things early such as diseases, infections, arthritis, weight issues just to name a few.
Vaccinations are very important to keep up to date with in dogs, cats and rabbits. They are very effective in preventing severe illness or even death due to contagious diseases. Having your animal vaccinated has helped to contain and even in some cases nearly eradicate potentially fatal diseases. If the number of people who get their animal's vaccinated drop this would mean that there could be an outbreak of these horrible diseases.
For dogs we vaccinate against Distemper, Parvovirus, Infectious canine hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Canine cough. Below is a brief rundown of the diseases and viruses.
Distemper - No significant outbreaks in NZ at present but it is still around. The first signs are a discharge from the eye and nose and coughing. There may also be vomiting and diarrhoea, loss of appetite and lethargy. It is usually a fatal viral disease that attacks mucous membranes and nerves, after several weeks it leads on to muscle twitching and ultimately convulsions.
Parvovirus - It is widespread throughout NZ, symptoms include depression, severe vomiting, refusal of food and water, abdominal pain, smelly, bloody diarrhoea, rapid and severe dehydration leading to death, more commonly in young puppies. Signs appear between 4-7 days after exposure.
Infectious Canine Hepatitis - It is uncommon in NZ but still present. Early signs include discomfort and lack of appetite, very high temperature, pale gums, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Jaundice and or clouding of the eye may occur later on. This viral disease has a worst outcome of death.
Leptospirosis - Is more common in the central and northern parts of the North Island of NZ. Symptoms include a high temperature, lethargy, severe thirst, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and jaundice. This is a serious possibly fatal disease, affecting the liver and kidneys, it is caught from rats or rat urine. If your dog frequents places inhabited by rats - the bush, creeks and streams, farms, parks - or if you know there are rats around your home, your dog should be vaccinated, especially if it is of a breed such as a terrier that enjoys hunting rodents. Leptospirosis is also a zoonosis i.e. it can be passed on to humans, although this particular form of it is not as serious as that which is caught from cows.
Canine Cough - Widespread throughout NZ. Sympotms include a persistant dry hacking cough, retching, mild lethargy, loss of appetite and a raised temperature. Occasionally the disease can progress to pneumonia. Recovery can take up to several weeks. Dogs can pick this up just by passing another dog on the beach that has it not just in confined placed like boarding kennels, dog shows or groomers.
For cats we vaccinate against Feline panleucopaenia virus, Feline herpes virus and Feline Calicivirus, the last two are commonly known as viruses that contribute to 'Cat Flu'. Below is a brief rundown of these viruses.
Feline Panleucopaenia Virus (FPLV) - It is widespread throughout NZ. Symptoms include severe dehydration, depression, bloody diarrhoea, lethargy, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, self biting of the back end of the cat. This virus can cause death.
Feline Herpes Virus (FHV) - It is widespread throughout NZ. Symptoms include mouth ulcers, sneezing with nasal discharge, fever, loss of appetite, conjunctivitis and depression. This virus is highly contagious particularly in young kittens which it will affect the worst. Most cats who catch this disease become lifelong carriers and they will suffer from flare ups after stressful events such as a cat fight, moving house, introducing new family members etc.
Feline Calicivirus (FCV)- It is widespread throughout NZ. Symptoms are the same as FHV above and again it is highly contagious. Severe cases can cause lameness and once a cat has caught it they become lifelong carriers who can spread the virus.
For Rabbits we vaccinate against the Rabbit Calicivirus(RCD) or also known as the haemoragic viral disease(RHVD) which is widespread throughout NZ. Symptoms included depression, anxiety, not eating, difficulty breathing, shaking, may also include bloody or just foamy discharge from the mouth and nostrils. This disease is very serious and almost 80% of rabbits that contract it will die. Insects can also carry this virus so it doesn't matter if your rabbit will never come in contact with wild rabbits.