Here at the Belmont Vet Centre species specific care is important to us and that’s why we like to offer a range of services and products to best suit and take care of your dog.
Vaccinations are a vital component to pet health and protection against potentially fatal diseases. Our core vaccination protocol at the Belmont vet centre is as follows:
6-8 weeks – C3 vaccination- Parvovirus, Distemper and Hepatitis
10-12 weeks- Puppy C5 Vaccination- Parvovirus, Distemper & Hepatitis, Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Parainfluenza virus
The Belmont Vet Centre uses a two vaccine protocol meaning your puppy can have its final vaccine at as early as 10 weeks of age. This way you and your puppy can get out and socialize without risking the health of your pup.
12 months after the Puppy C5 vaccination another C5 vaccination (referred to as an adult C5) covering those conditions listed above, is administered.
All adult dogs require Kennel Cough vaccinations every year.
At our clinic, the C3 component of our C5 vaccination actually lasts for three years, meaning your dog will only require a full C5 every 3 years, as opposed to some vaccines which require a full C5 vaccination be given every year.
Diet and nutrition is a vital part of animal development and maintaining good health. It is vital that puppies and dogs given a high quality, complete and balanced diet.
Different life stages have different requirements for different nutrition. It is important to get some advice from well trained professionals that is targeted at your dogs specific needs and stage of life. Please call the BVC to arrange a nutritional consultation with one of our trained nutritional advisors. Feeding a good quality balanced diet will also aid in weight control, coat condition, dental hygiene and gastrointestinal health.
There are general diets available for all life stages and for many common health problems that occur in dogs, for example, mobility, weight control and kidney disease to name but a few.
Dogs need to be wormed at regular intervals to prevent intestinal worms. It is important that the worming product used covers all species of worm (many don’t!), We recommend Drontal Allwormer in clinic. Worming schedules change as puppy’s age and become adult dogs and so the best worming schedule to follow is as follows:
It is important that worming is performed, regardless of whether or not your dog has had worms or not in the past. Dogs can be exposed to worms in many ways, including picking them up in the environment while on walks, not just from contact with other dogs. This means prevention is the best treatment for your dog and the team at BVC can point you in the right direction in choosing a worming product to suit your pooch.
Believe it or not, you don’t have to see adult fleas for your dog to be exposed to flea burdens and fleas can occur all year round, not just in the summer time. For this reason, just like with intestinal worming prevention, using a preventative flea product is the best way to prevent and control flea burdens that can affect your dog. While fleas need to be attached to a food source to live, their eggs do not, and so can survive in the environment the pet lives in, without you being aware of it. There are a range of different flea preventative/treatment products are available to protect your pet, including both topical (activyl, frontline, advantage and advocate) and oral varieties (bravecto, nexguard and comfortis)and the team at BVC can help point you in the right direction as to what will be suitable for your dog. We can even tailor your worming and flea control schedule to be in sync for your adult dogs and all pets in the family.
Heartworm is another form of parasite that dogs should be protected against. Prevention of heartworm needs to begin as early as 3 months of age. In the beginning, heartworm preventative is given in the form a chewable tablet for the first 6 months, then an annual injection is given. This is something that can be continued for life, or alternatively, when your dog has reached his or her adult weight at around 9-12 months of age, there are other options including a once yearly preventative injection which can be given. Please feel free to contact the team for more information or advice.