Easter is coming!

Easter is nearly upon us. With it, there might be an influx of chocolate into your household. Please ensure that your pet puppy doesn't purloin your chocolate presents! They can become very sick, not only from chocolate toxicity (from theobromine in the chocolate), but also potentially pancreatitis (from the rest of what's in chocolate - ...

Calming the nerves of your anxious companion

Like people, many pets suffer from forms of anxiety. If your pet cannot settle during thunderstorms or fireworks or perhaps your pet cannot settle if you are not present, then talk with Dr Helen Purdam about some strategies to help the both of you cope. It may be as simple as some crate training advice like ...

Ten signs that your pet may have Heart Disease

As a pet owner, it is important that you are equipped to spot signs of heart disease in your pets, as you may well be the first person to notice. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference when it comes to the quality and quantity of life of your valued pet. Bringing any ...

Keeping your pets safe this Summer – Itchy skin

    Is your dog constantly itching, rubbing, or biting at their skin? Does it feel like you have tried everything? Your pet may have atopic dermatitis, or atopy, an inflammatory, chronic skin disease. Like hay fever in humans, dogs can be allergic to pollen, grasses, dust mites, and other environmental allergens that cause this unpleasant reaction. Dogs suffering ...

Increase in Mosquito activity leads to Heartworm Warning for Dogs

The dramatic rise in mosquito numbers means pet owners need to be vigilant with their dog's heartworm treatment.  Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is spread by a mosquito biting an infected dog (or ferret or fox) and ingests the heartworm larvae. The next step is the mosquito buzzing off and biting another dog and infecting them with the heartworm ...

OUTBREAK WARNING of the deadly Feline infectious enteritis (Feline Panleukopenia Virus – FPV)

  The resurgence of this deadly virus, which was almost eradicated 40 years ago by vaccinations, has been confirmed in various locations throughout Australia. FPV is highly contagious and can be fatal to the affected cat. The most common form of FPV presents as a three to four day history of high temperature, lethargy, loss of appetite ...

Keeping your pets safe this Summer – Blood Testing

What are we looking for in a blood test? Routine blood testing typically assesses haematology (red and white blood cells), biochemistry (all the blood products associated with normal bodily functions, including liver and kidney function) and electrolytes. There are blood tests which look for particular problems as they arise, such as hormonal imbalances or clotting problems. ...