Dealing with pet fleas

  • 1 month ago

The vampire of the parasite world also known as fleas can become your worst nightmare.  I know what your thinking how can something so small become such a problem? Well that's easy with the ability to lay 50 eggs a day a female flea can create a swarm of at least 2000 fleas in her short lifetime.  The common misconception is that if your pet doesn't go outside or isn't around other animals they're safe but unfortunately that is not the case. Flea eggs can lay dormant in many types of environments whilst waiting for a host to live of off, it takes just one of these eggs bought in from a shoe or even picked up by a gust of wind to create a problem.  Prevention is the best fo ...

Pet dental hygiene tips

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Dental hygiene of dogs and cats is a commonly over looked part of their general health. If left untreated it can cause several health issues such as bad breath, loss of teeth and more seriously if bacteria gets in the gums and continues to spread that can lead to heart,kidney and liver troubles. I know that sounds scary but the good news is it is all preventable with some general upkeep. With so many products being produced there are many ways to keep your pets teeth happy and healthy but we know that can be over whelming. As questions such as "will they like it?", "whats better for my pet?", start rolling through your mind remember no one knows your pet like you do. Over time you've become ...

Endoscopy for dogs

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An Endoscope is a valuable piece of equipment for diagnosing illnesses, removing foreign objects, taking biopsy samples and more when it comes to dogs and cats. Without an Endoscope to perform these examinations and procedures, an invasive surgery called an Exploratory Laparotomy is often required. Above photo of an Endoscopy for dogs machine The Endoscope machine also allows us to perform Rhinoscopy (look up the nose) and Endoscopic procedures in the ear. these also help when performing surgeries, cleans or removing foreign objects. An Endoscopy involves placing a specialised tube into the oesophagus and manouvering it down into the stomach. A Fibreoptic camera captures video and photo ...

Cat vaccination Australia

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Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. Cat vaccination Australia is essential so all cats are adequately protected throughout the population as a whole. Responsible pet care requires kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease. Kitten Vaccination Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutrali ...

Dog vaccination Australia

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Vaccination has revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. Dog vaccination Australia is essential in keeping our dog population safe as a whole. Responsible pet care requires puppies to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult dogs require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease. Your vet will likely offer a 'Puppy Information Sheet', which will outline the appropriate vaccination protocol for your puppy or dog. You can also learn more about vaccinations at Puppy Pre-Schools which are run by vets Australia-wide. Puppy Vaccination - C7 dog vaccination Puppies are ‘temporarily&rsquo ...

Dog skin eruptions

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Dog skin eruptions, skin issues, and persistent ear problems are the bane of many pet owner's lives! The constant itching, the painful looking skin, and the trips to the Vet for treatment can often feel a little too much sometimes! Dealing with dog skin eruptions There are a number of ways to deal with ongoing skin eruptions, food sensitivities, allergies, or flare up's - each case is assessed on an individual basis by a vet so there is no "One size fits all" approach unfortunately. Your vet may recommend some of the following during a consultation; Targeted Medical Treatment Trial Specialised Food Diet Trial Medicated Shampoos and/or Conditioners Environmental Changes Specialist ...

Heartworm dog symptoms

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There are two broad categories of worms that may affect our pet dogs and cats, heartworm and intestinal worms.  Please see our intestinal worm page for more information. This page addresses heartworm dog symptoms only. About heartworm Heartworm, or Dirofilaria immitis, is a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes, so you pet does not even need to be in contact with other pets to become infected! Heartworm has a complicated life cycle.  Infected dogs have microfilaria, an immature form of heartworm, circulating in their bloodstream. Microfilariae are sucked up by mosquitoes when feeding on the blood of infected dogs. The immature parasite develops into a heartworm larva inside th ...

What do intestinal worms look like?

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If you're asking yourself what do intestinal worms look like, your answer is in the picture above. More importantly, you need to know what to do about them. There are two broad categories of worms that may affect our pet dogs and cats, intestinal worms and heartworms.  Please see our heartworm page for more information. Intestinal Worms Worming is one of the first health care issues new pet owners need to address, as pups and kittens are the most susceptible. As their name suggests, intestinal worms are parasites that live inside your pet’s intestines. These worms range in size from small to surprisingly large (up to 18cm in length). Regardless of their size however, they all ...

Flea and tick treatment for dogs

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In this article we'll discuss flea and tick treatment for dogs. It's important to understand the signs and myths about fleas and ticks so you know what to do when your pet is affected. Flea Control Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we see fleas all year round. Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet. The fleas’ eggs and larvae live in the environment and can survive for up to a year, so it is important to not only treat your animal directly for fleas but also decontaminate the environment as well.  Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle and regularly vacu ...

Common ear problems in dogs

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We 'ear you've got a problem! Ear problems are common at this time of the year so if you've noticed anything out of the ordinary with your pet's ears, it's important we take a look. The ear canal is its own mini environment and this can be disturbed by heat, moisture, allergies and foreign bodies (grass seeds are a major culprit). A change in this mini environment allows bacteria and yeast to flourish resulting in a very unhappy ear canal and a miserable pet. You should look out for: Discharge - often smelly and may be black, white or yellow in colour Hot and red ears Shaking of the head or a head tilt Rubbing ears along the floor or furniture (dogs love to rub on the back of the ...

Why does my cat spray urine and scratch the furniture?

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Cats are unique creatures and they will occasionally display certain behaviours that you need to watch out for as it can be an indication that something else is going on.  Here are a couple of behaviours to be aware of:  1. Spraying urine The act of spraying involves a cat backing up to a vertical surface such as the wall, a piece of furniture, or curtains (usually about 20cm from the floor). The cat will quiver his raised tail and tread with his back feet as urine is directed backwards. Stress can bring on spraying and it is often associated with territorial or competitive behaviour. If you notice this behaviour, a check up with us is essential. Once we've ruled out any medic ...

Is your dog suffering separation anxiety?

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Dogs are social creatures and they form strong bonds with humans. Most dogs cope ok with the daily separation from their owners but unfortunately some dogs will become very distressed and even destructive, a problem known as separation anxiety. Watch out for: Barking, howling Excessive chewing, digging and pacing Destruction and scratching of barriers - especially near doors and windows House soiling Our top tips to help reduce your dog’s anxiety: Take your dog for a walk before you leave the house Don’t make huge fuss when you leave your dog or when you return Start small - leave your dog alone for only five minutes extending to twenty minutes then an hour, then ...

Understanding pet blood tests

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01 The magic of a pet blood test Pet blood tests can give us a wealth of information about the health of your pet. They provide an insight into the health of many organs, help detect disease and can also confirm if your pet is safe to undergo anaesthesia. From a pet blood test, we can work out if your pet is dehydrated, has underlying kidney disease or liver changes, and assess your pet's red and white blood cells. All of this helps improve the level of care we can provide to your pet. So, what actually happens when we take blood from your pet? Most blood samples are taken from the jugular vein in the neck. This vein is large enough to provide a good sample and allows us to collect the ...

Senior pet care program

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01 The best ways to care for a senior pet Did you know that dogs and cats are considered senior when they reach 8 years of age? Most importantly, senior pets require some extra special attention to help keep them happy and healthy. In our senior pet care program we'll look at the best ways you can care for your senior pet: 1. Regular health checks More regular health checks are absolutely essential for your ageing pet. There can be many changes that occur to your pet's health over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in human years). A check up every 3 - 6 months will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan to help your pet live a healthier and more comfortabl ...

What to do for dog arthritis

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01 Lenno's arthritis Last month we introduced you to Lenno. He had recently been diagnosed with dry eye and had commenced on some eye medication to help improve his tear production. We are pleased to say that he has responded well to the medication and his eyes are improving. He will need regular tear tests and ongoing medication but things are looking good (pardon the pun). In this article we'd like to discuss Lenno's arthritis. He suffers from osteoarthritis of the hip as he has mild hip joint deformity. The ball of his hip joint doesn't sit in the socket very well allowing extra mobility and wear and tear of the joint. This is a mild form of hip dysplasia. It is genetic and can affect ...

Dealing with canine dental disease

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01 Anaesthesia is essential for clean teeth You may have seen anaesthesia-free dentistry advertised and wondered why we don't offer this as an option for your pet. We'd love to be able to say "open wide" but this isn't possible in the veterinary dental world! Without an anaesthetic it is impossible to perform a thorough examination of your pet's mouth, and there is simply no way we can correctly diagnose or treat dental problems while your pet is awake. Any dental procedure done without an anaesthetic can have a negative psychological impact on your pet as it is likely to cause your pet unnecessary pain. The worst thing is, anaesthesia-free dentistry can potentially mask serious underlyi ...