Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed some of questions we get asked frequently.
Of course, if your question isn’t answered here, please contact us at the clinic.

What is the vaccination procedure for dogs?

Puppies should receive their first vaccination at 6-8 weeks followed by a second vaccination 4 weeks later. A third vaccination is given at 16 weeks and from here it is an annual booster.

What is the vaccination procedure for cats?

A kitten should receive its first vaccination at 12 weeks followed by second vaccination at 16 weeks. Here after it is a yearly booster.

Other animals that should be vaccinated?

Rabbits should be vaccinated at 12 weeks of age and then a yearly vaccination.

Horses can be vaccinated annually for tetanus and strangles.

Sheep can be vaccinated for Johne’s Disease.

How often should I worm my pet?

Kittens should be wormed every 4,6,8 & 12 weeks. From 12 weeks the cat should then be wormed every 3 months.

If your cat is pregnant, treat at mating and every 3 weeks during pregnancy and while nursing.

Puppies should be wormed at 2,4,8 and 12, weeks from there every 3 months.

If your dog is pregnant treat prior to mating, 10 days before and 4 weeks after whelping.

In the event of Hydatid Tapeworm – worm every 6 weeks (only if required)

My pet has swallowed poison what should I do?

Contact the clinic immediately to discuss treatment for the animal. From grain poisoning to swallowing a rat bait.

If I am bringing my pet in for surgery what do I need to do beforehand?

If your animal is booked in for surgery the animal can have dinner the night before. On the day of surgery, the animal is not to eat or drink anything before surgery.

How old does my cat/dog need to be before I can desex it?

It is ideal that your pet is over the age of 5-6 months and not on heat.

If I have found a stray animal what should I do?

The Hilltops Council is responsible for strays and helping them find their way home. Please contact them on 0263 802 000

My dog, cat, cattle, sheep has accidentally been mis-mated?

There are options that can be discussed so please contact the clinic.

Should I be making an appointment before I come up to the clinic?

You are more than welcome to pop in if you need to purchase something, for example worm tablets, but if you feel  your pet needs a consultation with Ron it is best to make an appointment.

Appointments allow the client to be set an amount of time in order that an accurate diagnosis is made  and excellent duty of care is provided. The clinic number is 02 6385 3877.