Information for Pet Owners

Information for pet owners

Our puppy vaccinations are usually given at 8 and 11 weeks old.  Kittens are vaccinated at 9 and 12 weeks old.  Thereafter a yearly booster is advised for both cats and dogs.  Kennel cough vaccinations are also available.  If a dog has a lot of contact with other dogs or goes into kennels, it will definitely need this as well.
It is advised that rabbits are vaccinated yearly too, particularly if they go outside.  The vaccine protects against myxomatosis, a common and nearly always fatal disease of wild rabbits.  It also vaccinates for RHDv. 
Rabies vaccines and pet passports are required for any owner wishing to take their dog abroad.  Each country has specific requirements so it is important to check well in advance of travelling.  Ask in the office for more details.
All vaccinations are provided alongside a thorough clinical exam and full Veterinary advice and information.
Please be aware that there are a variety of companies that provide vaccines and each has different protocols for when and how often the vaccine should be given so the above is a guideline for our protocol and it may not be the same as other practices.  Also there is some flexibility to this regime so where a different protocol is required, please ask. 

From Spring 2016 all dogs in Scotland must be microchipped by law.  The chip is placed between the shoulder blades of dogs and cats and can be used in most other animals too.  Each chip has an individual number, which is linked to a central database.  We run a yearly microchipping offer: look out for news of it here and in the local press.

Worming,(round worms, tapeworms, lung worms etc) flea, tick, and lice treatments are also advised however there are a huge variety of products on the market for specific parasites both internal and external so it is best to ask for advice.  As a general rule we advise worming your dogs and cats 4 times a year and flea treatments may need to be given monthly, depending on the time of year.  Puppies and kittens should really be wormed at least 3 times in the first 3 months as they can be very prone to infestation.  Rabbits can be wormed too, to protect against the parasite E. Caniculi, which can occasionally cause brain damage.

Our practice policies are as follows.  If in doubt please come and discuss which might best suit your circumstances.
Bitch spay: 6 months old or 3 months after a season.
Dog castrate: From 6 months to a year old depending on maturity.
Cat spay and castrate: 6 months but earlier where necessary (ie strays.)

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Strathbogie Veterinary Centre, 39,Gordon Street Huntly Aberdeenshire AB548EQ Tel: 01466792627 Fax: 01466 794962.