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Phone

(02) 4955 6670 

 

Email

reception@fletchervet.com.au

 

Address

4 Beech Close

Fletcher, NSW 2287 

 

After Hours Emergency

Contact NAREC on (02) 4957 7106 for emergency care outside of our opening hours.  

Wellbeing

 


 

Vaccinations

To protect not only your pet, but others around the region, it is essential that they are adequately vaccinated. Puppies and kittens require more vaccinations than adults, as they are at a higher risk of contracting contagious viruses. Adults then require regular vaccinations to maintain their immunity against the diseases. These include:

 

Dogs:

  • Parvovirus – a very serious and potentially fatal disease that causes vomiting, bloody diarrhoea and dehydration. This is a lethal, highly contagious and long lived virus so prevention is crucial.
  • Distemper – an often fatal disease that causes vomiting, fever, diarrhoea, epilepsy and brain damage. This virus is rarely seen in Newcastle now due to very effective vaccinations.
  • Hepatitis – a disease causing liver damage and eye problems. Again this viral hepatitis is rarely seen now in Newcastle due to very effective vaccinations.
  • Kennel Cough – there are multiple components of canine kennel cough. These are Parainfluenza (viral component) and Bordatella bronchiseptica (bacterial component). Kennel cough causes respiratory infections and is quite common.

Cats:

  • Feline enteritis (Panleucopenia): A contagious and fatal disease, especially for kittens. Symptoms are depression, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea, and abdominal pain. Cats that recover may still carry the virus for some time.
  • Feline Respiratory disease (Catflu): Usually caused by herpes virus or feline calici virus, this disease affects cats of all ages, especially kittens. It is highly contagious and causes sneezing, coughing, runny eyes and nasal discharge. Cats that recover from cat flu can continue to carry and spread the infection for long periods, showing signs again when stressed.
  • Feline aids (FIV): This is a disease caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus, and affects cat’s immune systems. This acts in a similar fashion to human AIDS, with their natural defences being attacked by other diseases. This disease is not transmittable to humans; however it is transmitted to other cats via bites and scratches. Outdoor cats should therefore be vaccinated against this

Rabbits:

  • Calicivirus: This disease affects rabbit’s internal organs, and can cause death through internal bleeding. It is highly contagious from rabbit to rabbit and is carried by insects, such as flies.

We provide vaccinations for all of these dog, cat and rabbit diseases, and with each visit, a complete general health check up from our veterinarians. The vaccination which will suit your pet best will depend on his/her lifestyle. Book an appointment today to give your pet complete protection.


 

Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool is a fantastic opportunity for puppies to socialise and learn. Not only do they gain vital skills on how to interact with other puppies, but will also be sitting, dropping, staying and coming on command!

 

And if that’s not impressive enough, they’ll also learn how to roll over and walk nicely on a lead.

 

Owners will gain even more than their puppies by attending the class, as our class trainer will guide you through everything you can expect from puppy-hood, including tips on toilet training, nutrition, exercise, HealthCare, digging, chewing, biting, barking and other behaviours.

 

Any questions you have, we can answer.

  • Your puppy has to be in between 6-18 weeks of age to participate
  • Classes are held usually Monday or Tuesday nights from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • They run over a consecutive 4-week period and bookings are essential.

There’ll be lots of laughs and plenty of fun, so please let our staff know if you are interested in coming along to join in, as we’ll be starting another class very soon. Click here to check when our next class is!


 

Microchipping

Microchipping is a legal requirement for all dogs and cats, and they are usually done at the time of their first vaccination.  It is a tiny chip associated with a long 15 digit number, that is inserted into the back of the neck. 

 

This number and the paperwork is sent to the council with your address, name and contact details, so in case your pet escapes and is brought in, we can reunite you back together. If you ever change address, phone or owners, you will need to fill out another form. Just pop on in to do this and we will do the hard work for you.

 

We can do a microchip and vaccination combination special  too.


 

Grooming & Nail Clipping

Regular grooming is an important part of your pets’ health and wellbeing, particularly for long haired dogs and cats. Daily brushing can be a great time to bond with your dog or cat, and not only keeps mats from forming, but also removes stray hairs from moulting. For shorter haired dogs and cats, nail clipping and bathing every 2 weeks is recommended.

 

Clipping your cat or dogs’ fur back can provide relief from the summer heat, and start fresh if their coat becomes too matted. This however can be a little difficult at home if they are too wriggly or not very happy with the clippers.

 

We provide clipping services for those pets that are a little too stressed to have their fur shaved at home, by providing them with a light sedation for relaxation. On arrival, our vets will provide a thorough examination of your pet to ensure they are well suited for the sedation, and then will stay for a few hours in our care while waking up after the groom. Our grooming services include clipping their hair back in a style that suits you, ear fur plucking and nail clipping.

 

We perform nail clipping for all small animals, including dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets. You may book in for this service only to be done, or when you are in for a consultation, this service is free. We will provide your pet with treats and plenty of cuddles to allow a pleasant nail clipping experience.


 

Behaviour Advice

The following are all issues that our animal behaviourist Claire can help you solve. Claire is a qualified veterinary nurse here at Fletcher Veterinary Practice, and has her Bsc(Hons) in Animal Behaviour. She has her own animal behaviour consulting business ‘Round the Twist Behaviour’, in which she consults at the home.

  • Aggression  
  • Destructive
  • Over excitable
  • Walking off or on the leash
  • Anxiety
  • Toileting issues
  • Socialisation issues
  • Obedience training

Claire views your pet in their natural environment, looking at their day to day life, and seeing the world from their point of view. Problematic behaviour could be a result from a veterinary illness, so she recommends getting a thorough health check from one of our vets before receiving behaviour advice.

 

Click here to go to Claire’s website for further information, or call the clinic for a chat.