Summer Weather

The warmer weather is upon us and with it comes some special challenges for our older pets. With the hot humid weather our pets can suffer heat stress this time of year. It is important to make sure that dogs that are left outside during the day have shade, fresh water, and are able to escape the heat as much as possible. On extra hot days, bring them inside under the air conditioning. Black dogs and dogs with thick coats such as huskies and Samoyeds feel the heat much more.

During warm weather it is best to walk dogs in the early morning or late evening when it is cooler. Also avoid hot sidewalks. You can test the temperature of the sidewalk with the back of your hand for 5 seconds, if it is uncomfortable for you, it will be uncomfortable for your dog’s feet as well.

Summertime is a very busy time for our groomer Lisa. To keep your pets cool this summer make sure you book an appointment as early as possible, as the grooming appointments are filling fast. Lisa grooms small breed dogs on Wednesday and Friday. To make an appointment from grooming please call Parkinson Vet on 3711-7888.

Welcome Dr Erina

Parkinson vet would like to welcome Dr. Erina Imai to the practice. Erina joined us just before the holidays and will be with us part-time. Erina has a special interest in small animal dentistry and is a certified small animal acupuncturist and we are very excited to have her with us!

Bravecto

Do you have a hard time giving your dog tablets? Sick of giving flea and paralysis tick prevention every month? Parkinson Vet has recently started carrying Bravecto, a tasty chew that prevents fleas and ticks for three months. If you combine Bravecto with your three-monthly worming tablets then you only need to give your dog tablets four times per year. For adult dogs Bravecto is the new treatment of choice for fleas and ticks for people who hate to give tablets to their dogs.

Hookworm

We have seen an increase in hookworm cases lately with the warmer wet weather and the influx of Christmas puppies. A couple of these puppies had such bad infestations that they required a blood transfusion. Hookworms attach to the intestinal tract and suck blood from the puppy, severe infestations cause anaemia, vomiting, diarrhoea and lethargy. Hookworms can also infect people, especially children.

Please make sure that your new puppies get a worming tablet once every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old, then monthly until they are six months old. Adult dogs should be given a worming tablet every three months.