There has been advancements in dog & cat immunisation of the last few years, and to offer your pet the best protection Illawarra Animal Hospital offer the most recent and advanced pet immunisation schedules.

Adult dogs (12 months and over)

  • Annually for KC and Heartworm
  • Every 3 years with DHP vaccine (C3) – this is the highest quality vaccine available and is Australian made.

Puppies (less than 12 months):

  • 6 weeks
  • 10 weeks for DHP and KC
  • 3 months and 6 months for Heartworm
  • Then from 12 months move to the adult dog annual vaccination regime

Adult Cat

  • Annually with F3 vaccination; or
  • a course of 2 vaccinations if hasn’t been previously vaccinated.

Kitten (3 dose course of F3)

  • 8 weeks
  • 12 weeks
  • 16 weeks

Sometimes individual variations with vaccination regimes occur, so it always important to talk to the Vet.

The paralysis tick is a small, eight-legged tick that produces a potent toxin. This toxin causes paralysis in dogs and cats, and is potentially fatal. Paralysis ticks are commonly found on the east coast of Australia, and favour warm, humid conditions.

Fleas are uncomfortable for both pets and their owners. A single flea lays 40-50 eggs a day, so 1 single flea can reproduce up to 2,000 other fleas in their lifetime. So if you don’t prevent your pet from fleas they can take over your home.

Even inside pets can get fleas. Treating both the pet and the environment is important if you have a flea infestation. Then preventing the return of fleas through treating your pet with a flea/tick prevention is key.

The Wollongong/Illawarra Region is a flea and tick hot spot due to our coastal position and warm humid weather. It’s important to ensure that your pet is on tick prevention and that you search them daily for any potential ticks.

There are a few different products on the market, however at Illawarra Animal Hospital we have reviewed the available products and stock the products that we believe are most reliable for your pet:

  • We recommend and stock Bravecto for fleas and ticks in both Dogs & Cats:
    • Bravecto Spot On for Dogs is every 6 months
    • Bravecto Spot on for Cats is every 3 months
    • Bravecto Chews for Dogs that last 3 months
  • If owners would prefer a monthly option, for example for puppies that are growing rapidly, we stock and recommend Simparica Chews which protects against fleas and ticks for a month.

A Paralysis tick is toxic for both dogs and cats. If you think you pet has a paralysis tick then you need to seek urgent veterinary care for assessment and treatment immediately.

Signs of tick paralysis vary depending on the length of time the tick has been on the animal, as well as the potency of the toxin, which can vary between ticks. Signs to watch for may include:

  • a change in your pets behaviour and their bark or meow sound
  • difficulty in breathing – particularly increased speed or laboured breathing
  • sudden coughing or gasping
  • you notice excessive salivation or frothy discharge from the mouth
  • vomiting or regurgitation of food or water
  • Loss of strength in the hind legs and a reluctance to get up or walk

Seeking timely veterinary care is critical to determine whether your pet needs tick anti-toxin. Keep your pet calm, quiet and cool. Excitement, exercise and overheating can stimulate the toxin. Remove food and water. Your pet’s ability to swallow may be compromised, putting your pet at risk of aspiration pneumonia. Also search for other ticks on your pet.

Paralysis ticks can be fatal to your pet. Treatment with tick anti-toxin needs to be administered as soon as possible by your veterinarian. Other treatments used depend on the severity of tick paralysis, but include:

  • Full shave to ensure that there are not other ticks on your pet. This can be the most shocking part for owners – but the hair is guaranteed to grow back, however if there are still ticks under their coat there is no guarantee of survival
  • Hydration therapy through Intravenous fluids to rebuild and maintain hydration
  • Sedation to reduce excitement and prevent breathing difficulties
  • Depending on the risk of pneumonia Antibiotics may be administered
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Anti-emetics to prevent vomiting and aspiration

This is a common question. Dogs and cats may develop immunity to ticks, but this requires repeated exposure to ticks – and the risks of paralysis and death each time is high. And research has demonstrated that even where immunity does occur it is very short-lived. Unfortunately, there are no vaccination against paralysis tick toxin available.

Both cats and dogs require worming every 3 months when they are adults. A good quality all-wormer is needed to prevent against roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm.

Puppies and kittens are at a higher risk of worm infestations than adults, so they need to be wormed according to the following schedule:

  • every 2 weeks until 12 weeks old
  • monthly from 12 weeks – 6 months age
  • and then every 3 months the same as adults

There are many health and social benefits to the de-sexing of dogs, not just the obvious of preventing reproduction. This includes a reduction in testosterone-driven behaviours in males such as marking their territory, inter-dog aggression and them seeking out females on heat. It also significantly reduces the risk of male dogs developing prostatic disease later in life. For females, it significantly decreases the risk of developing mammary tumours and also removes the risk of getting a uterine infection called pyometra that can occur due to repeated high levels of oestrogen without a pregnancy.

There is not one exact age to de-sex all puppies, as a guide we recommend between 4-6 months. However the best approach is to discuss this with one of our vets and we will be able to give you guidance based on your dogs unique situation.

We are able to administer an implant called Suprelorin to male dogs that provides 6 months of contraception. Unfortunately, for females surgical desexing is the only form of contraception.

The most recent research indicates that the best age to desex kittens is at 4 months of age. This then guarantees a female cannot get pregnant as soon as she comes in to season and for males it prevents the testosterone-driven behaviours developing such as urine spraying, dominance and inter-cat aggression. However, if your cat is older than this, it is possible to desex them at any age.

While some human foods are considered okay for dogs in small doses, chocolate is definitely not one of them.

If your dog has eaten chocolate, we strongly advise you to bring your dog in immediately or contact our emergency after-hours service if it is outside our opening hours for urgent veterinary treatment.

Chocolate is toxic to ALL dogs, not matter the breed. There is a chemical in chocolate called theobromine, which is similar to caffeine, and is highly poisonous to dogs. In severe cases chocolate toxicity can be fatal.

Symptoms of chocolate toxicity may take hours to show, and even longer to disappear. If you believe your dog may have eaten chocolate and you see any of these signs you need to seek treatment urgently:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • Increased thirst and/or increased urination
  • Agitated behaviour, increased salivation or frothy discharge from the mouth
  • Faster than normal heartbeat, muscle spasms and/or seizures

The effect of your dog eating chocolate is determined by a few main factors including the dogs weight, how much they ate and what type of chocolate they ate. The more bitter the chocolate, the higher the toxicity to your dog. If left untreated, high doses of chocolate ingested can result in cardiac arrest and potentially sudden death or permanent internal damage.

Treatments depends on the amount of chocolate that your dog has eaten however the first step if treated early is to induce vomiting and try to block absorption of the theobromine before it is absorbed into your dogs body. It may also be administered IV fluids to help flush out their system.

Yes, we do. Your pets diet is a key area part of ensuring they have good health, energy, prevent disease and stimulate recovery.

At Illawarra Animal Hospital we stock a range of every day foods, veterinary prescription foods and also ‘whole food’ options to meet your pets unique needs. So come and talk to us today. Many of our pet food options come with a money back guarantee – so you have nothing to lose.

We also have some great low fat, but great tasting treats for you to use as rewards for our pet.

Just like humans, your pets oral health is important for them to live a happy and healthy life. If your pet has poor oral health or any teeth/gum disease it will reduce their ability to eat and cause them significant pain. Long term it can also lead to issues with their jaw and/or infection that can spread throughout their body causing them to be very sick.

We recommend an annual dental check, cleaning & polish. This will have will ensure your pets teeth and gums are kept healthy. It will also save pet owners in the long run as an annual clean is much cheaper than significant dental surgery.

In addition we stock a number of pet dental products for use at home including:

  • OraVet chews
  • Dental Food range
  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash to reduce bacteria in the mouth and reduce smelly breath

We are always available anytime day or night to assist your if your pet is sick and needs to be seen urgently.

During our opening hours 8am-8pm (weekdays) and 8am-1pm (weekends) you can call or just present at either of our hospitals and we will triage your pet and attend to their needs as required.

If your pet becomes really unwell outside opening hours we offer an after-hours emergency service for our clients. This service is run every day including weekends, public holidays and even on Christmas Day. All clients are sent our After Hours number after their first visit, or you can call one of our Hospitals and the number is available on the answering service.

We know sometimes our clients have personal circumstances or anxious pets and a trip to the vet can be a difficult situation. So we do offer in-home veterinary consultations or behavioural consultations during our opening hours.

We are not able to provide in-home consultations after-hours, as we are only open for emergencies outside our opening hours and all emergencies need to be treated within the hospital.

Yes we do. We are very happy to deliver any food or medications to your home and the best bit is that we do not charge any delivery fees. Please just call or email us with your order and request a delivery – we will then delivery the medications to your home and leave in the letterbox or next to the front door if no-one is home.




“Our girl has had all her shots with no problem. We had an emergency after she ate something and they told us to bring her straight in and looked after her as soon as we got there. When she got desexed, they were so good and even rang after a week to see how she was! What great customer service!”

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“Last week Paul came to our house after we made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to one of our furry baby. Rocky went peacefully surrounded by his family. We couldn’t thank Paul enough for his generous time, very kind and caring manner. It made such a traumatic event that little bit easier.”

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Today we received a beautiful card. Can’t thank you all enough. XX”

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