Food Spoilage:When the Best Price may not be the Best Purchase or When Smaller is Better.

After returning my previous-day purchased, now mould-covered, fruit to Woolies and getting a refund with replacement stock (well done Woolies), and being alerted by a blog reader about one recent case of mould found in a bag of RC dry dog food, I thought I would do a small snippet on what can happen to […]

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CYBER MONDAY

Cyber Monday. Given the madness at the Square last 48 hrs with Black Friday, we have decided to join the mayhem and pass on some of our Wholesaler’s Cyber Weekend offers. So, Whilst stocks last on CYBER-MONDAY only:   50% OFF ON FOLLOWING ITEMS.   Dogs. DRONTAL TABLETS 1 PER 10KG. HILLS K/D MOBILITY CANINE […]

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BLACKHAWK RECALL!

HEALTH ALERT: RECALL ON BLACK HAWK DOG FOOD. As our clients well know, our clinic vets have Never been personally impressed by, sold or ever endorsed the feeding of Black Hawk foods. It is still however a concern to hear of the recall some hours ago of Black Hawk dog food-specifically the Salmon grain free […]

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Dogs on Car Window sills or on a Driver’s Lap:Not a Good Idea

Dogs on Car window sills or on a Driver’s Lap: Not a Good Idea. Several of our clients have received some Huge fines from the local police from the owner having their pet on their lap whilst driving. The Law dates back several years but it seems folks have forgotten so the police are busy […]

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EPILEPSY/FIT/SEIZURE ADVICE

SEIZURES/FITS. Please Do NOT wrap-up an animal either having a ‘fit’ or recovering from a ‘fit. Many of the complications of having a seizure are related to the patient overheating from the excessive muscle activity. Allow the pet to recover from the episode, contact your vet and make arrangements to have your pet seen if […]

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SNAKES, TICKS AND BEES

Snakes, Ticks and Bees. First the changing pattern of Snake & Tick bites in our immediate area. Normally the Oak Flats general area has been low risk for actual cases of Tick or for Snake-bite related health issues in our pets. Whilst Historically Shell Cove has been a natural area for Red bellies etc and […]

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Simple Ways to Keep Pets Cool & Safe in Summer.

This post has been written to give alternatives to owners who do not have air-conditioning spaces for their dogs, rabbits, older cats to seek refuge in during hot spells. There are several basic ways to keep your pet cool in summer: but it is amazing how often these basic steps are overlooked and the poor pet, […]

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Sensitive Skins: General tip.

One of the products I have found over the years not to cause as much skin reactions as other detergents is Omo Sensitive Liquid. Most pets will tolerate sitting on bed linen washed in this product; be that in their own pet bed or in their owner’s own bed. Currently the 2 litres ($20) on […]

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Why Healthy Animals don’t need dietary supplements or special foods.

Why Healthy Animals don’t need dietary supplements nor special foods such as Grain-free diets. PROBIOTICS-THE STING IN THE TAIL. Let’s get some ‘given’s out of the way first: The unwell, ill-thrift allergic pet does need special dietary considerations and restrictions. However, the same does Not hold truly for a well, normal pet; when we add […]

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A Nice Moment

It goes without saying that we truly appreciate every card, or thoughtful spoken ‘thank-you’, or any gift that members of our clinic vet family take the time to bestow upon any or all of us, here at Oak Flats Vet Clinic. We don’t normally share these events on Facebook etc but after a long day […]

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Noise,Thunder, Firework Fear in Pets.

A Guide to Assist in the Management of Noise Fears. 1) Den: Prepare a den for the dog before the expected event. Research shows that animals tend to run away from danger. You need to provide an area within your property boundaries that can attract the pet to seek it out rather than try to madly […]

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A Lost & Found Pet On-line Service without Facebook.

A Lost Pet Finder Resource that is not a sole Facebook resource. Whilst Facebook has been a wonderful way to put up an alert on a lost or a found pet, many owners or finders are not on Facebook and don’t want to be. We have been uploading photos of found pets up on our […]

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CANINE COUGH OUTBREAK JULY 2018

Canine Cough Outbreak. Alert (also incorrectly known as Kennel Cough). Areas currently having affected dogs are: Shellharbour Village area, Dunmore, Jamberoo.  (Some reports that Gerringong also affected). At the moment the outbreak seems to be moving west and south of our immediate clinic area but no reason to take risks The cough is a hacking […]

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WAITING ROOM ETIQUETTE POSTER

Thanks to Dani Elle as our Waiting Room Poster goes International! The wonderfully talented Dani Elle illustrated our Waiting Room Etiquette poem(by UK Vet J.Innes) with some drawings of her own. We have finally gotten around to have the combination printed out as a large poster and as a Facebook upload. Since then, we have […]

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Why Cats risk their lives in search of Heat.

Following on from our previous Winter warning posts about cats sneaking under cars and into tumble dryers, (http://www.oakflatsvet.com.au/winter-warnings-cat-owners/) we can share some  information about Why CATS will heat seek to the point they can endanger their own lives. The  NRC-National Research Council suggests thermoneutral zone for cats is 30-38C; whereas humans like to work and […]

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When Slip Slidin’ Along Ain’t Fun; Get-A-Grip: Dogs

When Slip Slidin’ Along Ain’t Cool: Get-A- Grip. Dogs First. Modern house floor surface and coverings and our pets are often a bad mix. I see anything from minor or major disruption to households and to the pets where these modern shiny floors cause pets major problems; resulting in a compromise for welfare in terms […]

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When Slip Slidin’ Along Ain’t Fun; Get-A-Grip: Cats

Spotlight on Cats. If we are rethinking how we provide correct litter tray design, appropriate indoor ambient temperatures and cat carriers for cats in general; then we need to address cat specific issues for feeding as well. Cats don’t show their gait problems on slippy floors as clearly as dogs do,but cats do have problems […]

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Winter Warnings For Cat Owners.

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR COLD & WET WEATHER. The current wet weather is a timely reminder to highlight the dangers pets face when their human owners need to dry clothes or warm up the house. In cold weather, pets (cats especially) will actively seek out the warmest spot available. A recently used tumble dryer, unfortunately, provides […]

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The Problem with Cat Carriers

We need to turn our attention to the size and design of ‘Cat Carriers’ that are used to take cats on car journeys, especially when the purpose of that car journey is to take the cat to the Vet. Remember, it may be one thing for your cat to hide in small spaces at home […]

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HOME ALONE PET UPDATES: PAWS AND RECOVER

Homealonepet “Sister” projects. As you are all aware, our clinic has been shining a light on the problem of animals whose sole owners are suddenly taken ill and unable to care for the pets. We were delighted to see the NSW Trustee respond and develop a guardianship program for such pets. We were keen to […]

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