Covid’s Hidden Gifts for Pets at Vets

Covid’s Hidden Gifts for  Pets. Cars as Reception Rooms: It is a now an uncontestable given that it would be preferable of all cats and most dogs to be allowed to sit and wait in their owner’s cars, not sit in a vet reception area before their visit. Staying in the car outperforms any set-up […]

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Preventing ‘Covid Contouring’ & RSI in Pets during Lockdown

Currently most dogs are in a very happy mental state as they have their owners’ home 24/7. Returning to work however means all owners should start gradually preparing their pets to cope with a return to separation. We will offer some tips later on that topic, but for now there are a couple of immediate […]

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Homework for new Cat or Kitten Owners.

Guidance for new Cat owners. During Covid, many people have purchased their first pet EVER. This can be a steep learning curve, so after advising puppy owners yesterday how to set their pet up for life, we now have some ‘homework’ for new cat owners. Safe Zones. Cats are solitary animals. If forced to share, […]

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The Hidden Danger in Dog Toys.

First published May 2019 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 […]

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A Day in the Life of a Rescued Adult Dog.

This is a day-in-the-life story of Luna, 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 explain the time costs involved […]

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The Problem with Cat Carriers

First publishd May 2018 We need to turn our attention to the size and design of ‘Cat Carriers’ that are used to take cats on car journeys, especially if 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 […]

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Bladder Disease: Why cat litter trays need to fit the cat.

Originally posted 08.05/2016 Practice Snippets; Why the Bladder may be the Victim, not the Culprit, when your cat urinates outside the litter tray box. It is a given that there are many medical, dietary, behavioural and environmental issues why your cat may have bladder disease or spray indoors etc. Any cat with these issues should […]

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Why Cats risk their lives in search of Heat.

Originally posted May 2018. 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 seek heat to the point that they can endanger their own lives. The  NRC-National Research Council suggests thermoneutral zone for cats is 30-38C; whereas […]

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Simple Ways to Keep Pets Cool & Safe in Summer.

This post was first written in 2016 to give alternatives to owners who do not have air-conditioning spaces for their dogs, rabbits or older cats to seek refuge in during hot spells.  The original version went viral and continues to have a global reach. We update this post on an intermittent basis to add new […]

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PUPPY CLASS in a 2 WEEK-4 LESSON Session starting August 27th

Kalli is starting a new puppy class in a Four lessions over Two weeks format next Tuesday/Weds 27/28th August 6.30pm & Tues/Weds 4/5th of September. We have 2 spaces left. Our emphasis is on socialisation, dog behaviour, mental and emotional health. We keep the class numbers small for better interaction with the class tutor. Looks […]

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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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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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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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