Annual health checks
Your pet’s annual vaccination booster is a good opportunity for a once-a year comprehensive health check. It’s surprising the number of potential or existing health problems that are detected during a thorough physical examination – poor teeth and gums, heart murmurs, potentially cancerous lumps, anal gland impactions, diabetes, arthritis. It’s also a good time to discuss a weight control strategy for overweight pets.
Making sure your pet is protected from serious viral diseases is an important responsibility for all pet owners. Puppies and kittens need a course of vaccinations from 6 weeks of age. Read more about vaccinations
Microchipping is the best way to safeguard your pet against loss or theft. This simple procedure is routinely performed at CVH – and it is now a legal requirement for most pets. Read more about microchipping
It’s a fact that many puppies and kittens have internal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms when they are born. A frequent worming program for the mother during pregnancy and in the first 6 months of life will prevent serious illness. See worming schedules for puppies, kittens and adult pets, or read more about hydatid tapeworms in adult dogs.
Our vets perform desexing operations on any weekday – please ring us on (02) 4832 1977 to make an appointment or to speak with our staff if you have any questions about neutering your pet.
Fleas are a fact of life and flea allergy dermatitis is easily the most common cause of itchiness in cats and dogs! Even in cold Crookwell. Read more about fleas
If you travel out of Crookwell to warmer places, find out about heartworm preventative medication. Like tick control, it may be necessary for your dog.
At CVH we regularly treat dogs with tick paralysis 5 to 7 days after a trip to known tick areas with their owners – find out more about ticks and their control and the products we stock to protect against ticks and other parasites.
Good nutrition is absolutely vital to your pet’s health. CVH stocks the highest quality, premium foods and prescription diets for dogs and cats. Our staff can guide you through the different products available (we agree, there are a lot to choose from) and work out what’s best for your pet’s age, condition and energy requirements.
Birds and pocket pets
Our vets treat all companion animals. Birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents and ferrets are popular pets and we welcome them all at CVH. Routine services include clinical examinations and general health care, rabbit desexing and vaccination (Calicivirus), beak trimming and general surgery in pet birds and rodents.
Regular health checks for geriatric pets are an important part of our work. Just like us, ageing pets often develop health problems such as arthritis, dental disease, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and incontinence. Diagnosing and tackling these health problems early means we can help prolong your pet’s quality of life. This can include annual in-house blood tests to check the function of kidneys and other vital organs, and finding the most effective and safe medication for pets with arthritis.
A well-behaved pet is a pleasure to live with – and the converse applies. Many common behavioural problems can be solved with a consultation, and we stock natural products that assist pets exhibiting anxiety and stress. We also offer Puppy Preschool and Obedience Classes.