Keeping dogs in tip top condition throughout their ages.
We enjoy nothing more than developing trusted relationships with pets and their owners as we guide them through a dog’s changing health needs from puppyhood to their senior years.
The best start for puppies
Nothing rivals the excitement of a new puppy, and we know owners want to do everything they can to keep them safe and well. Vaccinations are a cornerstone of preventative health care, helping to protect dogs from unpleasant and potentially fatal diseases. Puppies require a primary course of three vaccinations to kick-start their immunity at approximately 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age and annual boosters thereafter, but these can be started at any age from 7 weeks.
Parasite prevention is key for puppies who are especially vulnerable to the effects of fleas and worms. Treating puppies monthly from the get go using a puppy-safe prescription product is recommended and we can help you choose an effective and safe option.
Visits to the vet for vaccinations provide the perfect opportunity for owners to seek advice on any area of puppy ownership and are a great socialisation tool, helping to make puppy feel comfortable for future trips. But socialisation doesn’t stop there! Whilst a puppy is young, careful and positive introduction to new experiences sets the tone for how they will cope with life and new experiences as they age. Learning to act appropriately towards dogs and people, learning basic commands and learning to relax in unfamiliar surroundings will ensure that a puppy grows into a well adjusted and confident adult dog. This is where we can help… Our holistic view on pet health and wellbeing means that our support goes beyond just that of physical wellness. Any puppy receiving a vaccination with us will be invited to a free ‘puppy party’. Here they meet and interact with other puppies and even begin to learn some basic commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. Owners benefit from health and behaviour advice from our qualified and knowledgeable team; all of this in a safe and controlled environment.
Aside from the legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped, it is by far the best way to ensure the return of a pet should they go missing. If your puppy (or dog) isn’t already microchipped, we can carry out this straight-forward procedure at any time, the sooner the better. Registration is simple and once your details are in the system, any vet or animal professional can scan a pet and access a central database to obtain your contact information. For information on how Monument Vets can help you give your puppy the best start in life, how you can benefit from exclusive discounts and how to access free puppy nurse clinics, see our Pet Health Club page.
Annual ‘booster’ vaccinations keep your dog protected against diseases which once caused much suffering and many fatalities among the canine population. Thanks to the development of core vaccines and to responsible pet owners for taking them up, we now see few cases of these diseases. If your older dog hasn’t been vaccinated, it’s never too late to start. A primary course of three vaccines will be required and annual boosters thereafter.
Core vaccinations covered within the primary course and boosters include:
- Para influenza
- Leptospirosis 4
- Contagious Cough (previously known as Kennel Cough) – we recommend this vaccine to all socially active dogs. This includes those who mix with other dogs at day care, dog walks, kennels, puppies and those who travel.
- Rabies – rabies vaccination is required for pets travelling abroad.
Regular treatments for fleas and worms will help keep your dog healthy inside and out. The safest and most effective way is to use prescription medications and we stock a prescription product to suit all! Spot-on treatments are excellent for those who dislike tablets, and tablets work wonders for water-loving pups for whom a topical treatment might not be reliable.
Fleas, apart from being an itchy nuisance, carry and transmit tapeworm to pets and are the cause of the unpleasant condition flea allergic dermatitis. A severe burden in young animals can even result in anaemia. Continuous year-round flea prevention is recommended. Signs that your pet has fleas include:
- Sores and red bumps to the skin
- Adult fleas moving within the fur
- Brown/red ‘flea dirt’ within the fur
Worms typically reside within a pet’s intestines, the effects of which range from poor condition and general malaise to seemingly acute and severe illness and even death. Tapeworm, roundworm and lungworm are the key targets for worming regimes in dogs. Puppies less than six months of age should be treated monthly for worms and adults, at least every three months (lungworm may require more regular treatments). Signs of a worm burden include:
- Weight loss despite increased appetite
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Lethargy and depression
- A ‘pot-bellied’ appearance
- Coughing and exercise intolerance associated with lungworm
For all that your dog needs in preventative health care and at a discounted rate, see our Pet Health Club page for more information.
So much more than preventing unwanted litters alone, the health and behaviour benefits associated with neutering are many. Despite this, we know it is no small decision for owners to take, and we’ll always make the time to discuss the matter based on the individual. Generally dogs are neutered from six months of age however older dogs can be neutered too. The ‘spaying’ of bitches involves irreversibly removing the uterus and the ovaries and castrating dogs means removing both testicles. Common and routine procedures, most dogs can return home the same day and owners will be given simple post-operative tips to ensure the comfort and speedy recovery of their pet.
- Removing the risk of unwanted pregnancy
- Removing the risk of uterine infection known as pyometra
- Dramatically reducing the risk of mammary tumours
- Reducing roaming and unwanted attention from males
- Removing the risk of testicular cancer
- Reducing the risk of prostate problems
- Reduce roaming in search of a mate and associated risks such as injury and straying
- Potential to reduce undesirable behaviours such as aggression, urine marking and ‘humping’
Feeding a nutritious and balanced diet can make all the difference to a dog’s health and wellbeing. Key components to a good diet are quality ingredients and one that is tailored to a pet’s life-stage. With so many foods on the market, it can seem like an overwhelming task to choose the best. We are here to help and will advise of the best diet for your dog based on their age and their health.
We aim to help pets live long and healthy lives and as a dog enters their twilight years, keeping vigilant is key. As age-related conditions threaten, regular health examinations along with good teamwork and communication between vet and owner means that problems are noticed sooner and can be easier to treat. Osteoarthritis, poor dental health, kidney disease and other age-related conditions shouldn’t be considered an inevitable part of aging, there is so much we can do to help.
- Has your elderly dog displayed any of the following?
- A change to eating or drinking habits
- Loss of weight/body condition
- Reduced activity levels, playing less
- Lethargy or increased periods of sleeping
- Stiffness upon rising
Could it be time for a vet check or a free vet nurse geriatric clinic? Feeding a nutritious and balanced diet can make all the difference to a dog’s health and wellbeing. Key components to a good diet are quality ingredients and one that is tailored to a pet’s life-stage. With so many foods on the market, it can seem like an overwhelming task to choose the best. We are here to help and will advise of the best diet for your dog based on their age and their health.