Because we care
We at Noah’s Ark Veterinary Services offer wide-ranging services to promote the general health and wellness of your furry family member. Whether you want to improve your dog’s behaviour, trim your cat’s claws or have worming treatments carried out, we have you covered. Our compassionate Medowie vets always put the comfort and general health of your pet first. We’ll also ensure you receive informed advice for looking after your pet’s welfare.
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Behavioural changes in our pets are often complex and multifactorial. When it comes to your pet’s behaviour, it is extremely important to seek the advice of a qualified veterinarian or animal behaviour specialist. Changing problem behaviour requires commitment
on behalf of the whole family, as everyone your pet interacts with will be responsible for encouraging desirable behaviour. For some problems such as barking, escaping, aggression, or separation anxiety, it is beneficial to see the pet in its natural environment—thus a home visit may be appropriate. Some cases may also require medications alongside the new training techniques to get the best outcome. Our veterinarians commonly refer to and work closely with behaviour vets to obtain the best outcome.
Fleas are a common external parasite that can infest our pets. There are four main stages to the lifecycle of a flea: egg, larval, pupal and adult stages.
Adult fleas will infest the coat and live on your pet while the majority of these life stages live in the environment. These environmental stages will infest your home and can survive for up to a year.
What are the common signs that your pet may have fleas?
What do you do if your pet has fleas?
Due to the different stages of the flea’s lifecycle, it is important to treat your animal directly while also decontaminating the environment to prevent reinfection. Initially, it is important to treat all of the pets in the household with an appropriate flea preventative. The next step requires decontamination of the environment. Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle weekly, vacuum carpet to remove eggs, and spray the house, kennels and yard with an adult flea killer. With severe infestations you may be required to speak to a professional to fog the home to ensure there are no life stages left in the environment.
If your pet is scratching excessively or causing damage to their skin, we advise a consultation with one of our veterinarians. We can also assist in choosing the correct product to help protect your pet from fleas.
Ticks are present in high numbers throughout the Medowie area; due to this we recommend tick control all year round. The main tick of concern for our pets is the Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus) which can cause paralysis and death within 2-4 days of attachment. Ticks live in the environment and can attach to your pets when they are outside (especially if they are allowed to run through areas of scrub). Ticks can also hitch a ride in cars, rugs, towels and plants into new locations.
Clinical signs of tick paralysis start with weakness of the hind limbs that progresses to paralysis. This weakness travels up the body and in severe cases start to cause severe respiratory signs. If you notice these signs in your pet or find a tick on them, please contact the clinic immediately.
Please contact our friendly staff and we can find the best tick preventative for your pet.
While many of our pets will wear down their nails naturally with activity, some pets require regular nail clipping as part of their routine care. The frequency which some pets require nail clipping can vary depending on breed, age, level of activity and the environment they are kept. We are able to provide pet nail clipping in Medowie.
Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, careful nutrition is the best way you can contribute to your pet’s prolonged good health. These are the basic nutrients every pet needs:
approximately 70% water and will quickly perish without it. Ensure your pet can access fresh, clean water at all times.
EUTHANASIA: AT-HOME OR IN-CLINIC
It is never easy saying goodbye to our beloved pets. This is why we offer two options when it comes time to say farewell. Either you can come to us, or our caring Medowie vets can come to you so your pet can be in a familiar place of comfort during their final moments.
At Noah’s Ark Veterinary Services, we can arrange doggy day care services via Newcastle Pet Resort. The general play day at the resort includes 3 to 4 active play sessions. They take place outside in spacious and securely fenced yards. After play time, your pet will have time to relax and take a nap.
All the dogs at Newcastle Pet Resort will have a dedicated kennel assigned to them where they can sleep and eat. The safety of your pet is their first priority, and they will accommodate any special needs your dog may have.
Whether your pooch is playful or a wallflower, Newcastle Pet Resort will cater to their needs. You can find out more about their day care services here.
Heartworm is a parasite that is spread to your pet by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites your dog, it will inject the larval stage of the parasite.
Over the next 6 months these larval stages develop and travel throughout the body to mature to adults that are located in the pulmonary artery of your dog’s heart. These adults will breed and produce microfilaria (baby heartworm) into the bloodstream which will be picked up by mosquitos to continue the lifecycle of the parasite.
What are the signs of heartworm disease?
Heartworm disease is a slow onset disease and initially when your pet becomes infected there may be no clinical signs of infection. As the disease progresses and the worm burden increases severe inflammation of the vessels, and the heart valves occur and can cause physical blockage of the blood vessels. This inflammation causes severe strain on the heart and can lead to severe cardiac disease.
The most common early-stage sign is a dry cough and can also include shortness of breath and a loss of exercise tolerate. As more severe damage occurs to the heart the clinical signs will worsen and in severe cases will cause the abdomen to swell with fluid and even death. Treatment for heartworm disease is not without risks and if left untreated is fatal for your pet.
How can you diagnose heartworm disease in your dog?
If your pet’s heartworm prevention has not been consistent or they are overdue we recommend a heartworm test. This is a simple blood test that is performed in the clinic to detect the presence of adult heartworms in the system. If this test is negative, we recommend immediately starting adequate heartworm prevention and repeating the test in 6 months due to the lifecycle of the heartworm.
How do you prevent heartworm disease in your dog?
Prevention of heartworm disease is an extremely important part of your pet healthcare routine. We have very effective preventative treatment options, including monthly heartworm tablets and an injection to be administered by one of our vets. We recommend the heartworm injection for routine prevention of heartworm disease. This can be given from 12 weeks of age and boosted 6 months later. Once dogs are fully grown an annual injection is required.
Intestinal worms are a group of internal parasites, including hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Infections with intestinal worms cause weight loss or difficulty to maintain body condition, vomiting, diarrhea and, in some causes, lead to anaemia (low red blood cell counts) and with heavy burdens can cause death. Intestinal worms can also be transferred from pets to members of the family and could pose a risk to children and the elderly. If you are immunocompromised, you will have a higher risk of infection.
It is important to maintain a routine worming treatment for your pets, to reduce the incidences of infection and to reduce environmental contamination. There are many worming treatments available for the various worm infections that occur in our pets. These are available as tablets, spot-ons, or pastes. Re-infection is a common problem, particularly in pets that are in contact with a heavily contaminated environment.
Recommended routine intestinal worming:
Below are some tips to consider regarding worm prevention:
Please call us on (02) 4982 9899 to discuss an intestinal worming program for your pet.