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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MORE THINGS HOT AND USELESS AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS.

MORE THINGS HOT AND USELESS AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS. Whilst I am on the topic of all things hot and useless for dogs, would anyone have a photo or image of synthetic grass or fake plastic grass they could allow me to share on this site.? I have No idea where the idea that fake grass […]

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Happy Hole Digging for Dogs-Dinosaurs not Boredom as the Trigger

I wrote this article some time ago for the Centre for Vet Education Sydney Uni as I was getting seriously cranky with the number of second opinion canine cases I saw that had been mislabelled as “Boredom” hole diggers. The holes dug by these dogs are not the shallow crater holes true for boredom digging– these […]

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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. 1)Soft toys The pink toy, featured above, has recently been […]

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EDUC Dog Treats RC. Product Review

EDUC Dog Treats from Royal Canin. This Dog Treat is a wonderful low salt, low allergen, low calorie, high palatability food reward for dogs. This real hero of a treat is a huge help to vets, both in a clinic and in a pet home setting, to help calm and reward our patients. We found […]

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Bladder Disease – why cat litter trays need to fit the cat.

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 be under the […]

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Why do some dogs prefer to urinate indoors?

As we breed more and more hyper-sociable dogs, who live indoors with us and train us to spoil them at the top level of indulgence and love, we see more and more toilet training issues- even in adult dogs. For many dogs, there are lots of very good reasons why it is perfectly acceptable to […]

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