We’ve all heard the old adage “Prevention is better than a cure”, and when it comes to your pet’s healthcare, this statement is definitely true. An annual visit to the vet and regular preventative health care may seem expensive and time-consuming but compared to the cost of treating tick paralysis or parvovirus, for example, preventative veterinary health care is the way to go.

So what preventative health care is absolutely essential?

Annual health care visits.

As pets age much more rapidly than people, major health care changes can occur in a short amount of time. With age, the risks of cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase. Having your veterinarian evaluate your pet’s general health with regular wellness examinations allows them to diagnose, treat or prevent health problems before they become serious illnesses.


Vaccinations protect your pet from serious infectious diseases, most of which have no specific cure or where treatment is available it can be prolonged, costly and often unsuccessful.

Internal and external parasite prevention.

Intestinal worms – Can cause illness or even death and are common in pets with an estimated 80 per cent of dogs and 75 per cent of cats carrying them. They make your best buddy sick and represent a serious health risk for humans as well.

Heartworm – Lives in the heart and blood vessels of dogs and less commonly cats. Transmitted by mosquitoes, it has the potential to cause serious, chronic and fatal heart and lung disease.

Fleas – These annoying blood-sucking parasites cause considerable discomfort to your pet, as well as health issues such as anaemia and flea allergic dermatitis.

Ticks – An estimated 75,000 dogs and cats in Australia are affected by tick paralysis each year. A paralysis tick releases a neurotoxin which interferes with muscles and nerves causing life-threatening paralysis.

Dental care.

80 per cent of dogs and cats over three years old have some sort of dental disease which becomes more severe with age. This painful condition can also lead to heart, liver and kidney problems. Early dental care is essential to maintaining good oral health in later life.

Let us look after your pet’s preventative health care needs, book your pet’s annual vaccinations with us and enjoy the benefits of our FREE Platinum Paws Club to assist you in keeping your pet in tip-top condition. For more details, call us or visit www.cairnsvet.com.au