Visits to your veterinarian are important for the health of your pet and are a good time for a vaccination and a general check-up.
These visits can also help to identify health issues that may not be obvious before they become a serious issue. Pets tend to try and conceal when they are unwell so remember, you know your pet best.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is always best to have your pet seen by your veterinarian.
Some common signs of illness include (but are not limited to):
- Change in appetite or thirst (either increased or decreased)
- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
- Straining to urinate or defecate
- Coughing or abnormal breathing
- Discovery of any lumps or bumps
- Abnormal discharges (e.g. blood, pus)
- Unexplained weight loss
Vaccinations are used to help prevent contagious and sometimes fatal diseases in cats and dogs. They are most effective when they are given at fixed dates with booster vaccinations.
Vaccinations are important for all pets but are crucial for those that spend time outside the home and/or have contact with other animals. Most kennels, catteries and daycare facilities for pets require proof of vaccination so it is a good idea to keep it up to date if you may need to board your pet. Many vaccinations in Australia are given annually, tri-annually every three years).
Parasites are organisms that live either on (e.g. fleas) or inside our pets (e.g. intestinal worms). The types of parasites that are most important will depend on your pet’s age, lifestyle and where you live – e.g. paralysis tick areas or not.
It is important to recognise that even pets that don’t leave the home or regularly interact with other animals may still need parasite prevention since there are multiple ways parasites can enter your home. Your veterinarian can recommend the most appropriate parasite preventative treatments for your pet.
* This information is provided as general information only. For advice and information concerning changes in any of the above behaviours in your own pet, we recommend that you seek the advice of your veterinarian. For information about what your pet insurance covers refer to the Product Disclosure Statement.