Do I need worming treatment for my adult dog ?

All dog need worming regularly to control roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. This is especially important if you have children, as the majority of these worms can be transmitted to humans, especially young children, and are a potential health hazard.

All dogs should be wormed every 3 months for life. Beware of pet shop or supermarket brands, as many of them do not kill all types of worms. Please ask your Park Vet Clinic in Caloundra for advices!



How often should I treat my dog against fleas ?

Fleas can multiply very rapidly - each female can lay 50 eggs per day! So one or two fleas can become millions in as short a time as a few weeks, especially in summer.

Also remember that only 5% of the fleas live on your pet, 95% live in your animal's environment. When you see a few fleas on your pet, it means there are hundreds of them in your pet's environment, often meaning your house!

Treatment should be given every month. There are different ways to prevent fleas, ask your vet for advice. Remember that if you are treating your animal with a spot-on treatment, it is important that he/she hasn't been washed or gone swimming 48 hours before and after the treatment.



Do I need to prevent ticks all year round ?

Yes ! Paralysis ticks are found in scrub and bushland over much of the eastern coast of Australia, including Queensland.

Are all ticks paralysis ticks?

No. There are many species of tick in Australia, including the common bush tick. Whilst all species of tick are parasites which feed on the blood of animals and sometimes humans, only one species, Ixodes holocyclus, carries the toxin able to cause paralysis in dogs and cats.

How does the paralysis tick affect my pet?

Tick paralysis is a life-threatening emergency. The saliva of the tick contains a potent toxin which affects the neurological system, causing a paralysis which not only affects the limbs and body, but also the muscles involved in breathing. Without early intervention this can result in inadequate respiration, leading to respiratory arrest and death. The toxin also affects the muscles of the heart, which can result in heart failure and death.

Effective tick control spot on are available from your veterinarian, as well as anti-tick collars. We also encourage owners to search thoroughly the coat daily and keep the coat as short as possible. Combination therapy (eg, spot on and collar) may give better results by using 2 different modes of action, but there are no published data to support this concept.



Which is the easiest way to prevent heartworm disease ?

Heartworm is a type of worm that lives in the heart and blood vessels. It is spread when mosquitoes bite an infected dog, take up heartworm larvae (microfilariae) with the blood, the larvae develop in the mosquito and then the mosquito inject these into another dog.

We can protect against this devastating disease, by providing preventative medication for the life of your dog.

There is a yearly injectable prevention for heartworm disease. It is the same drug as the monthly tablets, packaged like “slow release fertiliser” and given in a single injection annually. We can use this from 3 months old. Once-a-month tablets or spot-on are also available.



How often should I bathe my dog ?

Washing or bathing your dog can be an important part of your dog’s regular grooming program, which is essential for general skin and coat care. The frequency will depend on your personal preference, the breed and the nature of your dog. A weekly bath is important for some people to have a clean and fresh smelling dog, while for others it is on a needs only basis.

Once a month is generally sufficient, unless your dog more frequently likes to roll or wallow in smelly things. However, washing too often, or using an inappropriate product, can leave the coat dull, and cause dry, flaky and itchy skin. Longhaired dogs may need regular washing and clipping to help remove tangles and prevent matting.

Your Park Veterinary Clinic in Caloundra has grooming facilities, give us a call to book your pet in!