Preventative Healthcare & Advice



Preventative medicine refers to the measures taken in order to prevent diseases or injuries rather than treating their symptoms. Ideally, preventative health care is undertaken by pet owners in order to prevent or catch the problem before it has a chance to become serious.


Senior Health Care

Our pets age at a much faster rate than us humans and this means that regular check ups are key to longevity and good health. We we recommend our senior pets (those over the age of seven years) receive yearly check ups.


Weight Control Programs

Our qualified team can help you keep your pet within a healthy weight range for their breed. Here at The Gilgandra Veterinary clinic, we are also able to tailor a custom dietary management plan, exercise program and regular weight checks to ensure your pet remains at a healthy weight. There are plenty of simple activities that you can include in your everyday schedule such as regular walks or trips to the park, to ensure your pet gets the exercise they need, and they will thank you for it!


Parasite Control

A very important part of preventative health care for your pet is to protect him or her against parasites. Heartworm, intestinal worms, fleas and ticks are much more than just pests; they can cause life-threatening conditions in your pet and cause severe, potentially fatal, health problems for you and your family. There are many available treatments on the market for parasite control, some being more effective than others. We only sell the safest and most effective products. Which one you choose to use is often a personal preference, but we can give you some guidelines to help you make the best decision for your situation.



Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm and Roundworm are the four types of intestinal worms your pet can contract. These are easily contracted from the environment and may in some circumstances be passed onto us humans. Regular intestinal worming is vital and we recommend the following worm protocol:

  • Puppies and kittens 2 – 12 weeks of age : worm every 2 weeks
  • Pets 12 weeks – 6 months of age: worm every 4 weeks
  • Pets over 6 months of age: worm every 3 months for life.

Please feel free to ask us for advice on worming products.