NQ Vets Mobile is a mobile veterinary service based in Townsville. Dr Alli will appraise and/or treat your pet in the comfort of your own home. A number of services are offered:
The Canine C5 and Canine C3 for dogs and the F3 for cats. The annual vaccination includes a full health check.
Canine C3, used primarily in puppies for their first vaccination. It immunises against Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus and Canine Parvovirus.
Canine C5, is the recommended complete vaccination for older puppies and adults and will immunise against the above 3 diseases, as well as both Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica - the causes of Canine Cough (Kennel Cough). Both the annual and triennial C3 is available.
Feline F3 -The routine F3 vaccination course includes two respiratory diseases (Cat Herpes virus and Calicivirus) and the Panleukopaenia virus.
Feline FIV - FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a potentially fatal viral disease that weakens the immune system of cats. Vaccination is recommended for all cats that are allowed outside of the house as it is transmitted primarily by fighting with an infected cat. (FIV is a non-core vaccination, please discuss with me if you wish to protect your cat or kitten against FIV and we can discuss the options).
Annual health checks are important for maintaining your pets health. Your pet will be given a full physical examination and we can discuss vaccination requirements, intestinal worming, flea and tick prevention, nutrition, weight management. Please note that this is all included in an annual vaccination but if you do not wish to vaccinate your pet an annual health check is still important.
Skin problems are very common in Townsville, common problems include infection with mites such as demodex and seasonal allergic dermatitis. Many skin conditions require treatment, as with all medical conditions this is best done as early as possible after symptoms occur.
Skin lesions such as Papillomas, Sebaceous Adenomas, Cysts, Tumours etc. can be treated. by freezing them with Nitrous Oxide. No anaesthetic needed and no pre/postoperative care required.
Blood testing and hyposensitisation for skin allergies
A simple blood test will look for allergies to pollens from trees, grasses, weeds and shrubs, fungi, house dust/mites and a host of food types used in common commercial pet foods. Once the problem is identified either hyposensitisation injections or drops can be tailored to your pet (hyposensitisation builds up your pets tolerance to the offending allergens so they can reduce the need for other medications such as steroids). If food is the problem then a list of commercially available foods your pet can eat is produced. A consult is necessary first to assess the suitability of your pet for allergy testing.
Like us, as animals age the body starts to decline! Your dog or cat can be kept in the best condition through keeping their vaccinations up to date, regular worming, good quality food and appropriate exercise.
However some age-related diseases are not preventable and early detection is important. Causes for concern include unexplained loss or increase in appetite, weight gain/loss, inappropirate urination, diarrhoea or constipation, changes in skin/fur, increased thirst, problems orientating around objects, coughing, sigs of dementia like confusion, new lumps and trouble rising and/or walking.
Sore legs are quite common in dogs (and cats!), if you are concerned then a physical exam may identify the problem. Should further investigation be required we can discuss options for diagnostic tests such as x-rays.
Avian and Pocket Pets
Birds, guinea pigs, rats are all treated by Dr Alli. Some of the services available include health checks, nail/wing clipping and avian DNA sexing.
It is recommended that dogs and cats receive treatment for intestinal worms every 3 months (more frequently for puppies and kittens, this will be detailed in the fact sheet you will receive at your first puppy/kitten vaccination). Worming products can be supplied at the time of your consult. If you do wish to buy in bulk then please let me know so I can ensure enough tablets are available at my visit.
A microchip is a permanent identification device about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted between the shoulder blades. This chip can be 'read' by a microchip scanner and your details can then be found.
It is requirement in Townsville for all puppies and kittens (or dogs and cats acquired after 10 December 2010) to be microchipped. It is also highly advisable for adult animals to receive a microchip in case they become lost.
Puppy and Kitten Care
It is advisable to have all new born kittens and puppies examined within 24-48 hours of birth. After this exam vaccinations are usually undertaken as a litter at 6-8 weeks. Puppies receive either a C3 or C5 and kittens receive an F3 and in some cases also FIV. Microchipping at time of litter vaccinations is also available.
Heartworm prevention injections
A heartworm injection also known as a Proheart SR-12 injection is an annual preventative against infection with heartworm. Heartworm prevention also comes in the form of tablets, chews and spot-ons but these are all monthly and so can be forgotten. The heartworm injection can be given as a stand along procedure or at the time of vaccination.
Our animals are a part of the family but sadly they never live long enough. It may become necessary to make the difficult decision to say goodbye to your beloved pet.
I will try to make this difficult time as easy as possible for your pet and will treat him or her with the upmost of respect and without the stress of a visit to the vet. I believe that euthanasia can be a traumatic experience in the wrong hands and I take the process of ensuring this doesn't happen very seriously. I will treat you and your pet with the compassion you need at this difficult time.