The Hidden Danger in Dog Toys.

Not all dog toys are safe for all dogs. The shape of a dog’s mouth can make a very safe toy into a highly dangerous one. This is especially an issue for dogs like Boxers and pugs and other flat-faced wide mouth (Brachycephalic) breeds of dogs. Soft toys The pink pig toy, featured below, is […]

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How to pick a good safe Dog Toy

Dog Toys SIZE The first rule of buying any toy for your pet is that the toy must fit the size of the animal you have. Don’t give a large dog a small dog’s toy to play with as choking is a real risk. Equally, don’t give your small dog an edible treat that is […]

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Behaviour:Using the ‘Frankie Lolly” to Calm a Dog

The link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3b4Tg40g3Y to this video shows how thinking outside-the-square made life a lot easier for a newly rehomed rescue dog. Frankie was a 2 year old unrestrainable Labrador on his 4th home. No vet previously could examine him without a major fight and/or sedation. Previous owners gave up as he was impossible to train. […]

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Return of the Toxic Treat to Our Shores: March 2019

As most of our clients will know, both Oak Flats Vet Clinic and Dr G. Baker’s practice in Sydney first sounded the alert over the arrival of toxic treats from Asia back in 2008: Suspected Cases of Acute Renal Failure with glucosuria- Fanconi like Syndrome in dogs fed chicken treats imported from China. A Seavers, Control […]

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Puppy Pre-School:New Class starting Tuesday March 12th. 2 spaces left

The vidoe stars Cassie returning for her adult booster vaccination. Cassie is also shown as a puppy at our puppy preschool. Both the images illustrate why all Vet staff love Puppy School. Instead of a worried young dog returning to a vet clinic for the first time since a puppy, we have a dog who can’t […]

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VETERINARIAN OPERATED ULTRASONOGRAPHY NOW AT OAK FLATS

Some work shots from our clinic of the wonderfully calm and gentle Dr Maryann performing a superb ultrasound of Miss Belle’s abdomen. Mark and myself were able to be in attendance as well, so immediate treatment or modification of treatments could start asap. Usually there is a delay  of some days before we get back […]

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Restrictive Harnesses: Restricting more than your dog’s pulling.

Restrictive Harnesses: Restricting more than your dog’s pulling. I am developing major concerns about the increased popularity of these easy  restrictive leading  harnesses. Yes, they do work as described-your dog can’t pull you along as easily on a walk, but at what cost to the proper skeletal development and function of your dog? I truly […]

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OFF TO SCHOOL

OFF TO SCHOOL. Meet Chewy who is off tonight to his first puppy class with us. This class is full so we are taking names for the next class starting in Feb. We are currently running the 4 classes- over-2 or 3 weeks format. This format is proving very popular so let our puppy class […]

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Winners of our Oak Flats Vet Clinic’s App Users Draw 2018

$60 Services Voucher-A.Cignarella, $55 Services Voucher C.Cohen, $55 Drontal Stock voucher T. Klein, $20 Drontal Stock voucher S.Pinney.  The draw included anyone who placed an order or booked an appt. via our App in 2018. Congratulations to the winners.

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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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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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Buyer Beware! Dental Disasters in Pups.

Buyer Beware! We have had a series of pups brought into us where the owners have paid Full Price of what they thought was a healthy puppy, only to find out that the pup has a major life-impacting defect in the form of a misshapen jaw. In one instance, an elderly pensioner was charged $1500 by […]

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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 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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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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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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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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SILENT AUCTION HILLS FOOD & BRAVECTO UPDATE

SILENT AUCTION/SECRET BID UPDATE-3 different closing dates so read carefully.(May results below) Bravecto Auction will end Noon May 1st. Profits go to our Safe House Charity. Hills Canine dog food Auction ends also May 1st at noon. Proceeds to be the mental health Charities nominated by the winners. Vet Cookbook Auction ends noon May 3rd. […]

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