General Health

Good dog care starts at home

Looking after your dog starts with love and affection… and lots of it. A happy dog is much more likely to be a healthy dog. Of course, there are also a few practical things you can do to keep your canine companion in top form. You can find a few here.

Pet Insurance

Just like with your own health cover, it’s important to also think about your dog’s health cover too. Having pet insurance is like a trust fund for your dog – so you can afford trips to the vet when you need them most so you can focus on your pet’s recovery without worrying about the cost.

Advances in veterinary medicine mean more can be done for your dog’s health than ever before. Dogs can now receive ultrasound and x-rays, laboratory and diagnostic tests, arthritis treatment, major surgery, and even cancer treatment – just like people.

Taking out pet insurance provides you with peace of mind for when the unexpected happens and can help provide a degree of control into the world of pets that is almost entirely unpredictable.

Dog's tip

I'm lucky to have a great vet
on call all the time, but your dog should at least have a good vet they're comfortable with.
Watch how we respond
to the vet and you'll
know if we're
going to get along.

Finding the right vet

Choosing your veterinarian is an important decision. Take your time to find the right one – look up your local veterinary clinic or animal hospital online and ask friends and family for recommendations. If they don’t seem like the right vet the first time round, keep searching.

Vaccinations

On your first visit to the vet ask about your dog’s vaccination requirements and request a general check-up to highlight any current or potential health concerns.


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De-sexing your dog

De-sexing your dog will prevent unwanted pregnancies in females and can help control aggression problems for males. Talk to your vet about this procedure.


Looking after your dog's teeth

Dogs develop plaque and tartar build up just like humans do, and if left unchecked this can lead to serious health problems. A well balanced diet including raw bones (or specifically formulated dental bones), regular dental check-ups and brushing (with specially formulated dog toothpaste available from your vet or specialty pet store) will help keep your dog’s teeth in top condition

Heartworm and intestinal worming

Most vets would recommend using a regular preventative heartworm treatment for your dog, and treating them for intestinal worms regularly (typically monthly). Check with your vet for what treatment they recommend for your dog.

Fleas and ticks

All dogs like to scratch, but if they’re scratching more than normal it may be a sign they have fleas. You can buy a range of flea treatments from your vet clinic or local pet specialty store. Both should carry a wide range of treatments including all-in-one treatments for fleas and worming. Your local supermarket may also carry a range of medications. Check with your vet about which product would be most suitable for your dog.

Ticks can be potentially life threatening to dogs so it’s important take care where you walk your dog and ensure your check your pet regularly for ticks – ask your vet to show you how to do this.

Ticks are often found in areas of natural bushland which harbor native animals. To help keep your dog safe, discuss with your vet the precautions and treatments best suited for your dog and where you live. Avoid allowing your dog to wander in the native bushland or in long grass, especially during Spring and Summer and regularly use tick insecticides available from your vet, pet specialty store or supermarket if your dog goes outside. Because signs/symptoms of tick paralysis don’t always occur quickly (it can take hours or even days before symptoms of poisoning become apparent) if you suspect your dog has a tick, always take them directly to your vet immediately.

Microchipping and registration

Your dog should be registered with the local council after they turn three months of age. Some councils offer discounted registration for de-sexed animals. A dog tag is supplied by the local council for their collar but a more permanent form of identification (such as microchipping) is recommended. Check with your local council for full details.

Microchipping is a permanent form of identification in the form of a tiny chip, which is implanted under your pet’s skin. A key benefit of microchipping your dog is the ability to locate/identify your dog if they get lost. Most people have their dog microchipped at the time of de-sexing, ie whilst under anesthetic as a small tattoo is placed in the dog’s right ear to identify them as being microchipped.

Product Tip: Did you know that with Medibank’s Gold Paw cover you can claim on a range of preventative care treatments, such as heartworm medication, de-sexing, teeth cleaning and microchipping, and annual benefits towards, heartworm test and blood screen, flea and tick and worm control? Find out more

Keeping to a routine

One of the best ways to ensure your dog’s happiness is to stick to a routine. Knowing what to expect makes them feel safe. Keep feeding and bed times as regular as possible and try to come home from work at a similar time each evening.

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Caring for your pet

Caring for your pet

Caring for your pet isn’t just about exercise and diet, it’s about ensuring they are properly cared for in all aspects

The information provided is general information only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary medical advice. Medibank Private does not guarantee the accuracy of any of the information, representations or advice contained. To the extent permitted by law, Medibank Private accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience sustained by readers of this website as a result of or in connection with the information contained on this website (whether by way of negligence or otherwise).

Terms, conditions and waiting periods apply. *Medibank Pet Insurance is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ACN 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard), is promoted by Medibank Private Limited (ACN 080 890 259; AR 286089) (Medibank) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACN 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). Medibank acts as an authorised representative of PetSure. Medibank will receive a commission which is a percentage of the premium paid to Hollard and PetSure may receive a portion of the underwriting profit, if any - ask PetSure for more details. Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the product disclosure statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold, Medibank Pet Insurance. PetSure can be contacted by telephone: 132 331 or by mail: Locked Bag 9021, Castle Hill, NSW 1765.