New Family Member Check
Welcoming a new puppy, kitten or an older pet to the family is an exciting time.
We offer veterinary nurse consultations to provide you with all the information you need including nutrition, grooming, basic training, preventative care (including flea, tick and heartworm) and dental care.
We can show you how to trim your new pet’s nails and how to clean their ears. Our Hong Kong trained and qualified veterinary nurses can answer all the questions you have regarding your new pet.
There are many different pet foods to choose from: different brands (for example, Royal Canin, Hill’s, Wellness), different types (for example, wet, dry, dehydrated, raw) and different life-stages (for example, puppy/kitten, adult, senior). Our nursing team can help you to understand the differences between the pet foods that are available.
- Dental care
Dental disease (or periodontal disease) is common in cats and dogs. It can cause bad breath and a decrease in food intake. Dental disease can also increase the risk of other diseases, for example heart and kidney disease.
Puppies and kittens are ideal to introduce to oral hygiene such as tooth brushing. They can be slowly introduced to the idea of a tooth brush and tooth brushing. We can explain how to introduce this, as well as discuss other options that are available, for example, oral diets or oral hygiene products.
- Preventative care
It is important to vaccinate your dog, cat, puppy or kitten against preventable diseases, as Hong Kong has a high risk of pet to pet transfer of viral infection. Dogs should be vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Hepatitis. Parainfluenza and Bordetella Bronchiseptica, which cause kennel cough, are often required if you intend to kennel your dog whilst travelling. Under Hong Kong law, dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. Cats should be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotrachetitis, Calicivirus (cat flu) and Panleukopenia. FeLV and FIV are also a threat in Hong Kong for outdoor cats and multi-cat households.
Your pet will also need various preventative health care against parasites, such as roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm, heartworm, fleas and ticks. These parasites can cause serious life threatening health concerns for your pet. Good advice on product formulations and timing is important.
Our veterinary nurses can advise you on preventative care, from vaccinations to parasite preventatives. We help you to understand the risks of these diseases in your individual pet, to help you better guide your discussions and decisions with your family veterinarian.
We can also help to demonstrate how and when to use different products, including spot-on treatments or pills. Please note; Paws in Motion nurses are unable to vaccinate your pet or prescribe preventative medication.
Grooming your pets helps to remove dead fur, as well provide owners with an opportunity to check for fleas, ticks and skin issues. It also provides an opportunity to enhance the bond between you and your pet. Dogs and cats have different types of fur and which grooming brush you use will depend on that fur type. At Paws in Motion, our veterinary nurses can show you how to groom your new pet.
- Ear cleaning
Our pets’ ears are sensitive and delicate, but on occasion, their ears may need cleaning. Ears should be cleaned when there is an excessive amount of wax or debris. Our nurses can demonstrate how to clean ears and explain the do’s and don’ts. There are many different ear cleansing solutions available, we can work with your family veterinarian to recommend a suitable cleaner for your pet.
- Nail clipping
On occasion, your pet may need to have their claws trimmed. Introducing puppies and kittens to the touch and action of nail clipping early in life is important to ensure they become familiar with it and are less nervous as they get older. Our nurses can explain how to introduce your puppy or kitten to nail trimming. For pets of all ages, our team will show you how to trim your pet’s nails safely and how to avoid the tiny blood vessels (also known as the nail ‘quick’).
Please note that veterinary nurses are not legally able to diagnose your pet’s condition or prescribe medications.