Keeping your pets healthy is our business
- A triennial vaccination program for dogs has been in use at Noah's Ark for many years which means we have reduced the overall number of vaccinations given without increasing the risk to pets
- Over-vaccination has been the source of much media attention and research in recent years
- Annual check ups are important to monitor for many breed and age associated diseases regardless of vaccinations.
- Vaccinations for horses, rabbits and ferrets are also an important part of health maintenance
- Vaccinations for cats and some dog vaccinations are still given annually
- More recently we have been able to offer titre testing for dogs and cats which assesses whether immunity is current. This has been useful in situations where a vaccination is due but the animal is too sick for vaccination and also in the case of people who prefer to vaccinate less than the current recommendation
Heartworm is a parasitic disease that can affect both cats and dogs. Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes, and tends to have a higher incidence in areas heavily populated by mosquitoes.
Heartworm is the most serious common parasite in dogs because it stresses the dog’s heart by restricting blood flow and also damages other internal organs. The heart may enlarge and become weakened due to an increased workload, and congestive heart failure may occur. Left untreated, the disease can be fatal to dogs.
Blood screening tests can verify the presence of heartworms.
There are a variety of options for preventing heartworm infection, including an injectable yearly, monthly topical and monthly chewable or flavoured tablets.
There are 5 types of intestinal worms Round worm, Hook worm, Tapeworm, Whipworm & Hydatid Tapeworm.
Keeping your pet worm free can be a health issue for you as it is for them. It is important to worm your pet for intestinal worms every 3 months. (More often when they are young). We carry wormers for cats, dogs, puppies, kittens, birds & horses.
Fleas and Ticks
Ticks and fleas are two tiny creatures which have at least one thing in common—they are both parasites that feed on your dog’s or cat’s blood and can cause a lot of discomfort and more serious health problems.
The best way to control flea problems is to prevent them from happening in the first place.
Available for dogs and cats are new insecticides and insect growth regulators in easy-to-use topical or oral forms not only eliminate any existing fleas, but also work long-term to prevent future infestations. This is accomplished either by killing the parasites before they can reproduce or by preventing their eggs from developing into normal adult fleas
Some of the same types of topical or oral products used to control flea infestation are also effective against ticks. Tick collars are also available. Such treatments should be combined with daily examinations and tick removal for those pets, especially dogs, who are frequently outdoors in areas with high tick populations.
It is important to check the safety of combining product, as well as the safety of a given product for your pet. Not all products will suit your pet.
Should you find a tick, it should be removed immediately, as the longer it is attached to its host, the greater the chance for paralysis. . Take your pet to the vet immediately. Early treatment is vital for their best chance of survival.as.