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Our vets share preventative care must-haves for dogs

February 7, 2022

At Garston Vets we know only too well that prevention is better than cure when it comes to harmful dog diseases and health conditions. We see these ailments every year at our practice, many of which could have been prevented.

In this article, our experienced veterinary surgeons have collated their top preventative healthcare ‘must-haves’ for all dogs.

Before we dig in, if you are ready to get your dog’s preventative healthcare routine on the right track, get in touch and our team can talk you through the best combination of treatments.

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Four important preventative healthcare needs

Dog Vaccinations

Annual dog vaccinations not only protect your dog, but also help stop the spread of extremely harmful yet preventable canine diseases. It is important to keep up to date with the dog vaccination schedule recommended by your vet to give your pet optimum protection against:

  • parvovirus, distemper, and hepatitis – all highly contagious and often deadly
  • leptospirosis – a bacterial infection from contaminated water and soil
  • kennel cough – highly contagious, can be picked up anywhere, not just in boarding kennels

To find out more about vaccinations click here.

Parasite Control

It is true that some parasites are more prevalent during warmer months however worms, fleas, and ticks pose a threat all year round – therefore an ongoing preventative plan is essential. As well as being irritating, parasites can carry nasty diseases and cause harm to your dog, your human family, and other pets too. Lungworm is particularly concerning as it can be fatal in dogs.


The obvious reason to neuter your dog is to stop unwanted pregnancies. However, there are many more benefits of dog neutering including:

  • Prevention of testicular cancer and pyometra (uterine infection)
  • Reduced risk of mammary and prostate cancers
  • Can stop/reduce some hormone-related behaviors (wandering to find a mate, territorial marking, sexual aggression and boisterousness)
  • Prevents phantom pregnancies and seasons, which can be stressful
  • Can make pets easier to live with

Talk to us about the right time to neuter your dog or click here to find out more about laparoscopic bitch spays.

Dental & Health Checks

Getting your dog’s dental and general health checked every 6 – 12 months is key to helping them stay in tip top condition for longer. With 7 years to every human year, a lot can happen in a short time for your dog. Your dog will receive a full annual health check at their annual vaccination appointment. This allows us to spot any issues early and begin the necessary treatment as soon as possible. If you’re concerned about your dogs teeth and their booster isn’t due, why not book in for a free dental check with one of our nurses?

If you would like to discuss any of the above topics, or you would like to spread the cost of your pet’s annual preventative healthcare into affordable monthly payments with the Garston Wellness plan, why not Contact us.

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