Newtown Veterinary Clinic
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EBC 46 Cancer Trial
Rat Bait Poisoning
Costs of Owning a Dog
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Resource Checklist for a Cat Friendly home
When your pet is old and sick
Itching and Allergies in Dogs
GRASS SEEDS IN DOGS (and cats)
How do I know if it is an EMERGENCY?
Fireworks and Pets
Chocolate Toxicity Calculator
FLEAS- Not just an annoying parasite
Signs of Heart Disease in dogs
Everything you wanted to know about Snake Bites
Obesity and exercise intolerance
Joint disease in obese pets
Unwillingness to accept commercial diets
Increased Anaesthetic and Surgical Risks
Diabetes in obese pets
Glossary of Terms
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How to brush your dogs teeth.
Weight Loss Program
Does your pet have love handles?
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Could it be arthritis?
Pet Age Scale
It’s a squirmy wormy subject
Tafe Student Work Placement Application Form 2017
There are two broad categories of worms that may affect our pet dogs and cats, heartworm and intestinal worms. Please see our intestinal worm page for more information.
Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes, so you pet does not even need to be in contact with other pets to become infected!
Heartworm has a complicated life cycle. Infected dogs have microfilaria, an immature form of heartworm, circulating in their bloodstream. Microfilariae are sucked up by mosquitoes when feeding on the blood of infected dogs. The immature parasite develops into a heartworm larva inside the mosquito, then a single bite from a carrier mosquito can infect your pet (dog or cat). As the worms mature in the heart they can cause a physical blockage as well as thickening of the heart and associated blood vessels. In the earlystages of infection there may be no visible signs, however, infection may eventually lead to signs of heart failure (reluctance to exercise, lethargy,coughing) and even death. Heartworm is present throughout most of Australia(except Tasmania and arid areas).
Thankfully, heartworm is very easy to prevent and should form part of your pet health care routine. We have very effective preventative treatment options available including tablets, chews, spot-on's and even an annual injection for dogs administered by one of our vets. If your pet has not been on heartworm prevention we strongly recommend a heartworm test prior to starting a prevention program, followed by a repeat test 6 months after commencing.
Please call us to discuss the best heartworm prevention for your pet.
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