A Day in the Life of a Rescued Adult Dog.

This is a day in the life story of Luna, who was rescued as a young dog from a life of neglect with her first owners. We are writing this large blog piece to get owners to understand the commitment involved in rescuing an abused or behaviour issue pet. Often a rescue society doesn’t fully […]

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You know it is a cold morning when:

Even the dog dresses itself…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE2EfHaRzLA

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Dog leads: Not so simple an item or a choice as you might think.

Dog Leads: Not as simple an item or a choice as  you might think. After coming back from a walk where a friend was knocked flying by an out of control dog on a lead, I decided to post an overdue post on dog leads.  The dog above was friendly, it didn’t mean to hurt […]

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Behaviour: Some Thoughts and Tips

If there is one thing I could change in the world it would be that owners don’t walk up to any Vet and say; “Can I just have a quick word? It won’t take up too much of your time? My dog is barking or biting etc, can you tell me how to stop it.” […]

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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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A Fun moment at the clinic

Enjoy the hilarious reaction of Narla the Labrador when she realised her annual vet health check-up and visit was over. Narla went from super-happy and alert to flopping down dejectedly on the consult table once the ‘fun’ was over. We were all smiling for the rest of the morning after her visit.

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

The video 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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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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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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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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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: 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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Practical Tip-Dietary Discretion Cat Collars-an exception to the rule

As you all know, I am not a fan of cat collars for most cats. However, we found these collars at a vet conference overseas. The main intent is to stop neighbours feeding an outdoor roaming cat especially one who is on a medical diet. We find this secret unauthorised feeding of someone else’s pet to […]

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BUZZ WORDS IN BEHAVIOUR;EMPOWERING CLIENTS TO DESCRIBE THEIR PET.

More Joy, more Emotional Health-For Pets. Lucinda’s lovely post on our Facebook page this week got me thinking about Dachs and then thinking about Dogs in general then about Cats and then this new drive in Veterinary  Medicine ( courtesy of UK Specialist Dr Sarah Heath) about the Emotional Health and the Emotional Intelligence of our […]

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