Desexing your Pet

What is desexing? Desexing is the surgical removal of reproductive organs (ovaries and uterus in females and testicles in males). In females this procedure is called a ‘spey’ whilst in males it is called a ‘castrate’. Desexing is done under a general anaesthetic. Your Veterinarian may recommend other procedures being performed at the same time…

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Arthritis in Pets

What is (osteo)arthritis? Arthritis is inflammation in the joints that usually occurs with age/ wear and tear. Sometimes animals develop arthritis in certain areas secondary to a previous injury or abnormal conformation. What are the signs of arthritis? Stiff gait or limping Not wanting to jump up or jump down Worse in colder weather Tiredness…

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Dental disease

What is dental disease? Dental disease is inflammation and infection of the teeth, gums and jaw due to plaque build up on the teeth. Plaque is a combination of bacteria, pus and calcification. Severe dental disease leads to bone loss in the jaw and can be extremely painful. Some animals/species are more prone to dental…

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Tick paralysis

What is tick paralysis? Tick paralysis is caused by the paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) as it injects toxins into the blood when feeding on an animal. Native animals are resistant to the effects of tick paralysis but cats, dogs and even young farm animals can be affected by the tick’s toxins. Ticks are generally found…

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Caring for our Wildlife

We often travel along the road forgetting that we share them with our wildlife. We need to be aware that they are wild animals and to preserve life we should always be on the lookout. What can we do to help our preserve our wildlife? Adhere to road rules. Especially in forested/rural areas. Be particularly…

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Harmful toxins in the home

There are many toxins around the home that can cause poisoning to your pet. Even the foods that we eat can pose a threat to pets. Our food is not always suitable for dogs or cats and some can be downright dangerous. Chocolate and caffeinated drinks like coffee can cause convulsions and even death if…

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Heat Stress

Coming into the warmer months, it is very important to ensure your pets do not overheat. Heat stress can happen quickly and become life threatening. Unlike humans, dogs and cats do not sweat. They pant to lower their body temperature. Signs of Heat Stress include: Excessive panting Salivating Vomiting Diarrhoea Increased heart rate Seizures or…

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Health Care Information for Cats

Vaccinations 1st Kitten Vaccination: 6-8 weeks 2nd Kitten Vaccination: 12 weeks 3rd Kitten Vaccination: 16 weeks The main infectious diseases vaccinated against in Australia are: Feline Panleukopenia This is a viral infection that affects cats. This can be spread by infected cat’s bodily fluids, faeces or fleas. It can also be contracted through contact with an…

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Health Care Information for Dogs

Vaccinations 1st Puppy Vaccination: 6-8 weeks of age 2nd Puppy Vaccination: 10-12 weeks of age 3rd Puppy Vaccination: 14-16 weeks of age Adult dogs should receive an annual vaccination booster. The main infectious diseases vaccinated against in Australia are: Canine Parvovirus This is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease that can affect all dogs but mainly…

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Equine Vital Signs

Normal Values Foal Adult Temp. (C) 37.2-38.5 37-38.5 Pulse (bpm) 50-70 28-45 Resp. (Br./min) 15-30 8-15 MM (colour) Pink Pink CRT (seconds) 1-2 1-2 Gut Sounds Moderate Moderate Hydration Status Re-coils immediately Re-coils immediately   Temperature:  Taken rectally.  Take care to familiarise yourself with horse.  Lubricate thermometer well, insert in approx 5cm into rectum, angled…

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