Pet Care Information

PET CARE TIPS

Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis is a very common condition, affecting 20% of all dogs, and up to 80% of all aged dogs

Breeding Considerations

To breed or not to breed?
Important considerations when deciding to breed your dog.

Chocolate Toxicity

Just remember that while your pet might love chocolate, chocolate definitely doesn't love him!

Green Tree Frog Toxicity

When a Green Tree Frog is stressed, it secretes a substance over the skin.

Identifying pain in older patients

We often get asked how to tell if our pet is in pain, and it can often be difficult to recognise. There are also some quite significant differences in the way our young pets will show pain compared to our older pets.

The truth about dental disease in pets

Approximately 80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 years have dental disease that requires treatment.

Tips on administering medication

Read here for tips to help you administer a range of medication to your pets.

Rodenticide Poisoning

RODENTICIDE POISONINGS - BAITS LAID FOR MICE AND RATS COULD KILL YOUR PETS!

Winter Hints

Chilly winds, frosts and low temperatures can bring discomfort to our pets but there are simple steps that can make our pets warm up to winter.

Summer Storms Safety

Dogs can get anxious and in extreme cases frightened in thunderstorms. They can bark, wince, get clingy and have known to walk around nervously panting and have toilet accidents.

Summer Safety

There are times in our area when the mercury can push all the way past 40 degrees. None of us feel like hanging out in this kind of weather, in fact we do our best to get cool and stay cool.

Heat Stroke

Heatstroke can be the serious and often fatal result of a dog's prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Below are the signs of heatstroke and the actions you should take if your dog is overcome.

Pet Weight Loss

We think healthy weight loss is so important as part of over all pet care. One of our clients reached his target weight loss of 7kg. Nero's has kept a blog (aka dlog) and is worth the read...

Post-operative Care

We plan to build up a comprehensive library of information sheets for the benefit of our recovering patients and their families.

Pre-operative Information

We plan to build up a comprehensive library of information sheets to prepare patients and their families for various surgery or medical procedures.

Grass Seeds

When Spring rains fall, all the local farmers and householders benefit. With the new pasture growth however, many different grasses AND THEIR SEEDS emerge.

WIRES

It has been one of the joys of my vet career to work with WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service) and do my bit for these animals and this great organisation.

Arthritis in Cats

Arthritis (inflammation of the joints or osteoarthritis) is a painful condition in all species including ourselves. Cats though not always obviously affected, are no exception.

Reptiles as Pets

Owning a reptile is a fantastic pet option. Reptililian pets can be fun to have around – not to mention educational and awe inspiring.

Canine Parvovirus

Parvovirus is a life-threatening viral disease which infects dogs only and is particularly dangerous to puppies. The virus can remain in the soil and environment for more than 5 years after contamination by an infected dog.

Allergies

Seasonal Allergies are sensitivities experienced by our pets when they come in contact with an external source (allergen) during the season. Every allergy has fairly specific areas of the body they affect.

Parasites

Parasites come in the form of worms, ticks, mites and fleas. All can affect our pets health and happiness.

Pet Health Insurance

Pet health insurance can be a responsible choice these days. Pets are considered family members by many. Their pets’ health is as important as anyone else in the household.

Older Pets

Over the years we have happily noticed a modest rise in ages of pets. Thanks to modern vet techniques and medicine, family pets now seem to reach ages older than commonly seen in the past.

Signs of Ageing

SLOWING DOWN - You may notice that your pet’s energy slows with ageing. This isn't always the case however, keep an eye for subtle changes in how they move around.

Snakes

Snakes are a significant spring and summer threat to our pets, particularly those with a strong prey drive and a highly investigative nature.

Atopy - Pet Hay Fever

Atopy, or Atopic dermatitis, is an allergic skin disease that causes itching. It is one of the two most common skin allergies in dogs and cats, along with flea allergy dermatitis.

Treatment for Atopy

When we remember that there are various known causes for Atopy, we will work with your pet’s particular case in coming up with the most practical treatment plan.

Safe Car Trips For Dogs

A safe car travel routine for your pet is a smart thing to establish. Hazards to both you and your pet can be reduced keeping you and other motorists safe.

Children + Dogs

Over the 25 years of my vet career I have heard most clients share happy stories of the good times with their pets. They compliment our lives and provide incomparable companionship.

Bush Fire Safety

Many of our clients live in rural areas. Some of our canine, feline, furry, scaley and feathered friends enjoy life on acreages, medium size farms and big properties.