SECRET BID ITEMS FOR MENTAL HEALTH: HILLS FOODS & C.V.E. COOKBOOK

This will be a slightly different fundraising Silent Auction/Secret Bid version to normal. This time we will have several items of which 4 will be Hills dog food on which you can bid with 2 highest bids winning and  4 will be Hills cat food; on which you can bid on all 4 with the […]

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Mozzies, Rats, Mice, Foxes; No Flies, No Plastic

Mozzies, Rats, Mice, Foxes; But No Flies and No Plastic Rodents first. Currently lots of folks having problems with rats and mice. Be alert after any rains for rat baits to be washed out of containers in your yard or for baits to get flushed under fence lines from higher up properties. It takes 2 […]

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YES- WE ARE A PEANUT-BUTTER-FREE VET CLINIC

YES-WE ARE A PEANUT BUTTER FREE CLINIC. I just had a most unusual and very worrying phone query from a potential new client asking if we were a peanut butter free clinic? As a Vet, I have never been a fan of peanut butter for pets as other than palatability to get medication in, it […]

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RABBIT CALICI VACCINATION CLINIC MARCH 21ST

We are aware Calicivirus vaccination in rabbits is a stressful and controversial topic causing great conflict in owners and in vets alike. The situation is far from ideal. We have to choose what we find is currently having some effect and doing no harm. The historical background to our decision is below the information on […]

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BUSS 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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MATESHIP VET CLINIC FRIDAY MARCH 16TH

Mateship Vet Clinic Friday 16th of March. Do you know someone, or are you someone, who because of changing life circumstances has not be able to take your beloved pet to a vet in the last couple of years? Are you that genuine person who would never have an unpaid bill or take a service […]

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DOG Health Alert & Query: February 2018

DOG Health Alert & Query: There have been a small number of cases in dogs in our area since December that have fallen ill showing signs of passing jet black stools/faeces and vomit with flecks of fresh blood. A client has very kindly sent us some Spectacular Photos of the black stools; but as the […]

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OPEN LETTER ON STRAY DOGS and the Lies written on Social Media!

OPEN LETTER ON STRAY DOGS and the Lies written on Social Media! Following a series of defamatory comments on social media about our clinic, I would like to clarify some points in relation to Stray dogs and the Law as it applies to Vets etc. The Companion Animal Act does not allow you, a member […]

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Health Risks in Companion Pets Fed Raw Diets

The latest RMB news from an Australian Universityhttps://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/raw-chicken-linked-to-paralysis-in-dogs is that there is now another sinister disease linked to the feeding of raw bones. This peer-reviewed paper has just been published. By happenstance, vets coming from overseas noted a condition not uncommon here but rare to them. Investigations suggest the habit of feeding raw chicken may […]

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Alert: Bush Fire Winds and Eye conditions in Pets. 

We are starting to see cases of irritated and sore eyes in dogs, most likely caused by the ash content of the winds coming off the recent National Park Bush Fire. We are asking All pet owners to check their pet’s eyes daily for the next 7 days and watch for signs of redness 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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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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Noise, Fireworks, Thunder 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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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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Pretty Poison in the Yard Series-update on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, Brunfelsia

Pretty Poisons in the yard: Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, YTT); Timely Reminder 2017. OPAL Score=2 After a lull of some years, we suddenly have cases of Yesterday Today & Tomorrow poisoning again. It’s as though owners have forgotten how deadly this plant is to our pets so we thought it best to do a […]

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Australia Wide Recall on Nexguard.

Australia Wide Recall on Nexguard. Whilst we don’t recommend or sell Nexguard in any shape or size or form at our clinic, we have received an alert from the manufacturers-Merial/BI- that there is a recall on one of the Nexguard range of small dog product sold after July 2017. The issue seems that tablets for […]

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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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HomeAlone Pet Poster -Free to download

HomeAlone Poster PDF FINAL Please read our HomeAlone Pet card post to ensure the correct use of this poster. You may also find our original post from 2015  helpful to explain the background to this poster and to our program to raise awareness of this animal welfare issue: http://tinyurl.com/ybnhqopy We are happy for this poster […]

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HomeAlone Pet Double-sided Alert Card Free to reprint

Click here; HomeAlone Pet Cards with copyright We are happy for you to download and use this card for your own personal or pet group use. We do not mind if you alter the details on the back of the card to reflect your pet’s own needs, but we ask that you leave the front image […]

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Armed and Dangerous in the Palm on your Land-Pretty Poisons Series

True Palms can cause illness and injury in pets. (cf “Sago-Palm: Fake but poisonous Palm post) Our most recent encounter with Palms and Pets was a tiny cat presented last month with a history of sudden onset aggression over the weekend. There was a small scab behind the cat’s front leg on its rib cage. […]

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