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Bringing your adult dog in for regular annual health assessments is important because they provide baseline information and allow the veterinarian to detect any health problems before they become serious. As dogs become older we recommend you bring your dog in every 6 months for a geriatric health assessment. Did you know that 1 year for a dog is equivalent to 4-7 years for a human? A lot can change in just 1 year of a dog’s life.

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FAQs About Dogs

Do I need to treat my dog with flea control all year round in Victoria?

It is recommended to have your pet on flea control all year round because of the dry summers and mild winters, it doesn’t get cold enough to kill them. However, spring and summer are generally much worse for fleas.

Why should I spay/neuter my dog?

The decision to spay or neuter your dog is an important one for dog owners. But it can be the single best decision you make for their long-term welfare.

  • Spaying/Neutering your dog can improve their overall health
  • Spaying your female dog will prevent mammary tumors
  • Neutering your male dog will prevent prostate cancer
  • Prevent roaming
  • Reduce unruly behavior

Why should I microchip my dog?

Micro chipping your dog is an excellent means of identification. It won’t fade over time like a tattoo or fall off like a tag. A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner. The chip traces to your address and phone number.

What are by-products in dog food?

A by-product is any ingredient that is produced or left over when some other product or ingredient is made. By-products in pet foods that meet Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) guidelines come from clean animal parts other than meat, such as liver, kidneys and other organs which are an excellent source of protein.