Tick season on again

We have had our first tick paralysis cases for the season already.  Signs of weakness and slobbering don't show up until a few days after the ticks attach. Pets are often back in Canberra before owners notice something is wrong. If you are off to the coast with your pets apply tick preventative BEFORE you go.  ...

Cortisone

Cortisone We often prescribe cortisone for allergies and immune related diseases. Prednisolone, Macrolone or Antihistalone tablets contain a form of cortisone called prednisolone.  Short or long acting cortisone injections contain dexamethasone. After 5 days of prednisolone tabs every day the adrenal glands start to slow their production of natural cortisol. It is safe to stop after 5 ...

Diabetes Mellitus

Cats with diabetes mellitus have high blood glucose levels caused by a deficiency of insulin. Diabetes is commonest in older overweight cats. Male and Burmese cats are more susceptible. Diabetic cats produce more urine and, to compensate for this, drink more. Some cats saturate the litter rapidly or urinate outside the tray after being litter trained for years. They ...

Mast Cell Tumours

Mast Cell Tumours are aggressive skin cancers and common in dogs. They can look like anything: a patch of dry skin, a raised red itchy area, a wart or a lump. Boxers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a higher than average risk of Mast Cell Tumours.  Other breeds affected include the Bull Terrier, English Bulldog and ...

Itchy Dogs

Many itchy dogs have the doggy equivalent of hayfever, which is called atopy.  A lot of dogs are allergic to flea saliva but only a few are allergic to food. Common causes, or allergens, include pollen, grasses and dust mites. Atopic dogs also have a poor skin barrier that allows the allergens to penetrate the skin and ...