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Kew Vet and Cattery
13 Cotham Rd
VIC 3101

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03 9853 7125

Hawthorn East Vet
1 Victoria Rd
Hawthorn East
VIC 3123

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03 9882 0007

Please take a moment to read through the following pet care information pages. These cover some basic information regarding your pet's health. They are a  guide only and it is always best to discuss your pet's health and care personally with one of vets or nurses.   (Click the link for more information)











Regular physical examinations (annually when younger and 6 monthly when over 7 years fo age) are crucial to ensure your pet stays in optimal health.  At these exams, a full physical examination is given, and preventative care against diseases and parasites, as well as any problems discussed.  We are lucky there are vaccinations available to prevent against many infectious and potentially fatal diseases.  It is important these are kept up to date to maintain your pets protection.

We stay up to date with the latest vaccines available and latest vaccine recommendations from the Australian Veterinary Association.

What Vaccinations does my dog need?

We recommend all dogs maintain a current C5 vaccination.  For puppies,  we use the latest vaccines  which enable our final puppy vaccination to be given at 12 weeks of age.  This means you can get your puppy out and about to explore the world and socialise with other dogs much earlier.

In adult dogs, we routinely give an extended duration vaccine for Parvo virus, Distemper and Infectious hepatitis.   Canine cough (Parainfluenza and Bordetella vaccines) must be given annually to maintain protection.

What about my cat?

Cats should be vaccinated with an F3 vaccine, covering herpes virus, calici virus and feline enteritis.  This is usually given as a course of three vaccines at 6-8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age.  Adult cats require an annual vaccination.

It is a condition of all catteries that cats are up to date with vaccines.  If your pet is overdue, they will require two vaccines three weeks apart to get back up to date before they can be boarded.

Does your cat go outside?

FIV (Feline iimmunodeficiency virus) is commonly known as 'Cat AIDS'.  Unfortunately this is a common disease among stray cats and is spread mainly by fighting and biting.  FIV can cause your pet to be more susceptible to dental, respiratory and skin problems and well as cancers.  The good news is that FIV is preventable!.

 If your cat has unsupervised access outside  we strongly recommend your cat is vaccinated. 


Parasite Control 

Fleas, intestinal worms, heartworm, mosquitoes.....  There are lots of little critters out there determined to make our pet's lives miserable.  We recommmend all pets be on a year round preventative parasite control program to maintain optimal health.  We stock a wide range of products and our team can discuss the best products to suit your pet and circumstance.  (eg. the once a year heartworm injection for dogs is great for those of us with forgetful memories!)



The best way to get re-united with your pet should they become lost is via a microchip which is implanted beneath the skin near the shoulders.  This is a quick one off procedure which can be done with your pet in a consultation. It is also a legal requirement by the local council that all new cat and dog registrations are microchipped and registered with the council by 12 weeks of age.


 Senior Pet Health Programs

It happens to us all, pets included.  Each birthday we turn another year older.  Pets are considered to be 'seniors' over 7-8 years of age, and require careful monitoring to detect and treat issues before they become bigger problems. Our program for senior pets involves health and urine examinations every 6 months, and an annual blood screen to check for underlying conditions.  Remember, animals are designed to mask illness and so by the time we detect something is amiss at home, things may be quite advanced.   If problems are detected early, we can often act quickly to diagnose and treat problems and ensure your pet maintains the best pain free quality of life for the longest time possible.



Dental disease is one of the most common conditions we see in pets and over 70% of cats and dogs show signs of dental disease by three years. This causes pain and infection and if left untreated can also contribute to other problems within the body such as heart or kidney disease.

The stages of Dental disease are


1) Food and bacteria form plaque on the teeth

2) Plaque mixes with saliva to harden and form tartar.

3) The tartar causes gingivitis (inflammation and infection of the gum), which causes the gums to recede from the teeth

4) The bone surrounding the tooth roots becomes affected (periodontal disease).  When this occurs it is often necessary to extract diseased teeth.

Signs of dental disease can include

  • Bad Breath
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Reluctance to eat or slow eating
  • Weight loss

Sometimes there are no signs!

Talk to one of our team about your pets dental health.  There are many home care strategies to help maintain optimal dental health, and in some cases your pet may require a dental procedure.

This usually involves a general anaesthetic to allow us to ultrasonically scale and polish the teeth and beneath the gum line (where the real disease lies!).

We also are able to perform Dental xrays to assess the tooth roots and jaw if necessary.