Blog Articles

Blog Articles

At Bentons Road Vet Clinic we strive to provide our patients with helpful information that’s easy to read and digest (pun intended).  Our blog has some great topics and is regularly updated.  All blog posts are aimed at providing easy solutions to everyday problems.

We also have some great information regarding smelly breath, weight problems, common toxins and healthy diets.

Hopefully you can find what your looking for amongst our articles.  If you don’t or if you would like further information regarding any particular topic please use the contact form on the side of this page.  Remember, no topic is too big or too small, no question too silly.  You’re not going to annoy us by asking us questions.  We are here for you.  We are here for your pets.  We want to provide you with the right information.  Delivered in the right way.  To allow you to treat and care for your best friend in the best way possible.

 

Titre Test and Vaccinations

Titre Tests and Vaccinations – Tailored Vaccination Schedules Here at Bentons Road Veterinary clinic we assess your pet’s lifestyle and tailor their vaccination schedules to their individual needs. We offer vaccinations for cats, dogs and rabbits, as well as antibody titre testing to see if your pet needs revaccinating. Dog Titre Test and Vaccinations Scientific studies have shown that once dogs have developed immunity to the “C3” diseases (Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis or DHP) following vaccination, their immunity can last many years, from 7 to 15 years in some dogs. These dogs do not need to be revaccinated to maintain this immunity. The antibody titer test that we perform in-house at Bentons Road Vet Clinic (Vaccicheck) measures the dog’s antibody levels to these diseases.  This test indicates if they are still protected or not. We can monitor these antibody levels over the lifetime of the dog and only revaccinate when (or if) they drop. Cat Titre Test and Vaccinations We have a similar titre test for cats that measures antibodies towards the “F3” diseases (Panleucopaenia, Herpesvirus and Calicivirus). Cats that frequent boarding facilities though will still need to be boosted with the Cat Flu components (Herpesvirus and Calivirus).  Thankfully we can also give these separately to the Panleucopaenia vaccination. Why Should You Titre Test This ensures that we give your pet the minimum amount of vaccines required to ensure they are fully protected against the infectious diseases that can affect them. Titer testing is simple, inexpensive and results are known within an hour or two of the consultation. This means we are vaccinating our pets in line with the Worldwide Guidelines on vaccination. We also recommend that puppies and kittens are titer tested at 6 months of age. This ensures your young pet has fully responded to their puppy or kitten vaccination course.  It also identifies any pets that may have had prolonged maternal antibody preventing the vaccine from working. We often do this at the same time as desexing. Currently the cost of titer testing is $40 on top of the Annual Health Exam fee of $65. The Biogal […]

Keeping Nutrition Simple

Keeping Nutrition Simple All clients of Bentons Road Vet Clinic have heard about the health benefits of feeding their pet a fresh and healthy real food diet, yet some people just really struggle to be able to commit to preparing a home cooked or a raw diet for their pet. I too have small children in my life, I work full time, I run a family owned business…. I get it. It is not always easy! Sometimes it is all we can do to put nourishing food in front of our family. To then have to prepare for the dog too requires more time, energy and motivation than some of us have. So what can you do to improve your pet’s diet simply and quickly? Let’s consider our pet’s diet similarly to our own for a moment and think about what is lacking if we eat only convenience foods for a while. A diet of only cereal for breakfast, cheese sandwiches for lunch and McDonalds for dinner would leave us lacking in vitamins and minerals from vegies and fruit, fibre from vegetables, and omega oils from oily fish or pasture raised meats. And we would also really need to brush our teeth! If you feed your pet a dry food diet, add the following to quickly and inexpensively supplement their diet and improve their health: 1. Vitamins and minerals from vegies Add these to your pet’s food. If you cook vegies for your family, cook a little extra and mix it in with the dry food. Easy for dogs, cats will take a little convincing but even mixing a small amount of cooked cubed zuccini in with their canned food will help greatly. 2. Fibre Carnivores need bone in their diet to act as the fibre and firm their stools. Feeding chicken wings, frames or necks will add important bulk to their stools as well as providing calcium, other minerals and joint supplements to them. Bones can be fed at every meal but at least 2-3 times per week will still help. 3. Omega oils from oily fish Fresh, raw wild caught salmon is of course the best […]

The Importance of the Annual Health Exam

The Importance of the Annual Health Exam When an injured or an unwell pet is presented to a veterinarian, we have a mere 15-20min to make an informed diagnosis of what the problem is, what’s causing the problem, what the correct treatment is and how to prevent it happening again. Add to that the time needed to prescribe and dispense the correct treatment, bill the appropriate fees and write up the clinical notes, you can see why, when asked at the end of the visit, “By the way, is there anything else I should be doing for my pet?”, you may get short changed on that answer.  There is a vast amount of advice and information that can be discussed to improve the health and wellbeing of your pet.  But this needs more time to address properly than the last 30 seconds of your visit as you’re bundling your limping Kelpie into the car.  This is where the importance of the Annual Health Exam comes in. The Annual Health Exam is the visit where we can address all of your questions relating to feeding, housing, training and handling, without needing to focus on any illness or injury.  This is the consultation where we encourage you to bring in your list of questions.  The consultation where we can take the time to educate and discuss what things can be tweaked and improved.  This is what we love doing.  Helping you understand what makes your pet better and why.  This is what Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic is all about. Education and understanding is what we do! So what does an Annual Health Exam involve? Listed here are the points that are discussed in every Annual Health Exam.  Although this list is a little extensive it does give you an insight into how much is covered in this important visit. 1.     Weight assessment. Every pet has its Body Condition Score (BCS) calculated at every visit, often as the dog is still trotting into the consult room. This sparks a discussion on how much food your pet is eating and whether this should be altered [...]

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