165 Alabama Road, Blenheim

Phone: 578 6965  Fax: 578 6960

Email: clinic@vetsoa.co.nz

Mon - Fri  8.00am till 5.30pm

Sat            9.00am till 1.00pm

Sun           9.00am till 1.00pm


EMERGENCY 24 hrs 7 days

Working Dogs


Why do you need to vaccinate your working dogs?

  • They are valuable.

  • They require significant ongoing investment in the  form of training, food and medical   treatment.

  • They contribute a significant amount of labour on your farm.

  • The cost of a disease outbreak is devastating.

  • Regular vaccination is a simple and cost- effective “insurance policy”.


Why is your dog team at risk  of infection?
  • Impossible to completely isolate your dogs. There are many external contacts which may introduce infection.

  • A large number of pups and young dogs. The majority of parvo cases occur in pups less than 6 months old.

  • Living and working as teams. Groups of animals have a high risk for fast spread of infection.

  • Mobile population.There are many opportunities for infected or unvaccinated dogs to move into or out of your team.

    • Team membership changing.

    • Dog trials.

    • Other dogs coming on-farm.

There are many ways that disease can get onto your farm –

  • Having infected material on boots or vehicles after visiting another farm

  • A neighbours dog meets your dogs at the fence line

  • A friend comes to stay with their dog

  • Been at a dog trial

  • Stock truck drivers dog

  • A farm workers dog – working or companion

  • A dog from schools pet day

  • Kids been at friends that have a dog and bring home contaminated clothing or footwear.




What diseases do you need to be particularly vigilant about?

Parvo Virus: causes severe bloody diarrhoea which is usually deadly. Infected dogs spread large numbers of virus particles through their diarrhoea that can be quickly and easily spread between dogs and farms. The virus can then survive for months in the environment. Puppies (under the age of 6 months) are the highest risk of parvo infection. Early diagnosis of parvo can increase the chances of survival. However, any course of treatment will be long and costly – both emotionally and financially through treatment costs, and lost productivity of the working dog.


Kennel cough: is a highly contagious disease caused by several different organisms and results in a persistent dry cough. This may also lead to retching, lethargy, loss of appetite and a fever. These symptoms can have a severe impact on working and competitive dogs. Recovery may take several weeks. Farm working dogs are at high risk. An outbreak of kennel cough  in your dog team is costly and difficult to treat. It will affect the productivity of the affected working dogs.


Source: www.msd-animal-health.co.nz

Worm Treatment Program

Vets On Alabama run a  working dog worming program which is designed to be a cost effective, convenient way of keeping your dogs/cats worm free.  The worming tablets are sent directly to you.

Worming for tape worm needs to be done every 30 days so enough “Droncit” will be sent to you when due. Then a broad spectrum “Drontal” wormer will be sent every three months.

Please contact us if you are not on the program and would like to join.



Working dogs such as police, search-and-rescue or sheepdogs, often train or work for many hours a day. Like professional athletes, they need high-energy fuel to support the increased demand on muscles and additional calorie burn.

They don’t need more food, just a different formula – To help get working dogs through the rigours of their day, Eukanuba’s Premium Performance contains more protein and more fat than the standard Eukanuba Adult Large Breed diet.


Talk to our friendly staff at the clinic about the Loyalty card system.

Source: www.eukanuba.com


Informative Links

Centre for Service and Working Dog Health