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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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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EDUC Dog Treats RC. Product Review

EDUC Dog Treats from Royal Canin. This Dog Treat is a wonderful low salt, lower 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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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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Click & Collect App style As we slowly ease back on some of the restrictions at the clinic, we would like to still encourage clients where possible to pre-order using the App. This has been a wonderful way to keep organised and obey social distancing rules and keep the phone lines free. To encourage as […]

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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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Top 10 Tips to store Pet Foods

Given the large number of pet foods recalled this year; especially by BLACK HAWK: and now this current outbreak of illness in larger breeds dogs in our area -where a contaminated food may be  a potential player- it is probably a good time to repost part of one of our previous articles on tips on […]

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Update on 2 Disease Outbreaks in Dogs in NSW

Update May 6th Thank you so much to everyone who has supplied information. However, due to the tidal wave of replies and phone calls we have to suspend taking any more information for the moment. Our phone line has become so overloaded that our own clients can’t access us for their animal’s care. The sheer […]

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Update on Outbreak of Vomiting in Dogs

VOMITING OUTBREAK IN DOGS UPDATE. What we know so far. Area: Suspected cases spread from Thirroul to Albion Park and have been occurring over the last month. We became aware of our first cases last week and then contacted most of the vets in the area to alert them and collate data if needs be. […]

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Homework for new Puppy Owners

New Pets: Walks & Parvo Virus. PLEASE DO NOT WALK YOUR NEW PUPPY UNLESS IT HAS COMPLETELY FINISHED ITS PUPPY VACCINE COURSE. I am seeing so many new puppies out and about being walked now as so many owners at home and free to walk them. Which is good on one level, but a Disaster […]

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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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Opening Hours During COVID-19

Change of Opening Hours. We have reduced down to a small team per shift with only one nurse on for some of the days for the next TWO weeks. The Clinic hours will change as a result of that. In fact, the hours may change again from week to week during Covid, so always either […]

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COVID Change of Service Conditions at OFVET Clinic.

Change of Service Conditions at OFVET Clinic. Dear Clients. Sadly, we now have to keep the front door of the clinic shut across, even when we are working in-sight, inside the building when you arrive. We have now moved to do All communications by phone. That applies to even picking up your pet’s medications. This […]

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Ventilators no longer available for Vet Tick cases-Needed for Human Corona cases &

 Vet Hospitals and Specialist Vet Centres often have ventilators for use in ill dogs for many reasons. In Australia, the ventilators are most often used for severe tick paralysis dog cases. We have now been asked in Australia to make our ventilators available to the human hospitals. So-Tick Prevention…if you never used it before on […]

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Non-essential Service Shut-down.

Non-essential Service Shut-down. As yet, we don’t know if any or all vet set-ups will be shut down and to what degree, so we don’t know where OF Vet Clinic sits in the ruling. Any appts booked this week for young puppies or other dogs/cats with illness etc will be brought forward to Monday/Tuesday. Our […]

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Covid 19 and Dogs Update: Saturday 21st March

Dogs and Covid 19 Update. The current belief is that dogs are not actively infected. However, infected owners can contaminate dogs the infected person handles and touches. That pet could potentially, then act as a source of contact infection for others. Therefore: Observe good hygiene around your pet. Wash hands etc. Try to minimise having […]

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Tuesday 17th March COVID Updates.

Tuesday 17th March COVID Updates. Due to increasing shortages & rationing of medical items Vets share with the Human medical profession, we now have to implement new procedures from Today.   1)Elective non-urgent surgeries; New bookings for most of these suspended so we can reserve our supplies for emergency operations.   2)The FRONT DOOR IS […]

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COVID 19: INFORMATION FOR VET CLINIC CLIENTS

Dear Clients. We are asking you to help us remain open to provide health care for all your pets. If you yourself are unwell but need to have your pet seen urgently, Please alert the staff when you ring. We will see your animal but need to take some extra sensible precautions. We will ask […]

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CORONA/COVID 19-Information from Veterinary Professor Barrs.

Informative video on COVID 19 from Prof Barrs. Now in Hong Kong, Vanessa was a Prof at Sydney Uni for 15 yrs. Prof Barrs is a brilliant but sensible scientist who updates us on the current status of COVID 19 as related to dogs and cats. https://app.frame.io/reviews/f79aab18-6058-4a17-928c-7468b78bff2a/ff12b78e-820d-4ab9-8cd9-8a1138fea594?fbclid=IwAR2jM7L-P-3RkHlTnd6ghc0juGTubgJpqsDgPYy-vljEeNf4S20cGeORVpY

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Pet Medications & Food Supply Updates

‘House-Keeping’ Updates The current shortage of some animal pain or arthritis medications is Not related to Corona virus issues. If, however your pet cannot use the generic forms of these medications, please contact your vet to ensure they can set aside the patented version of your animal’s medication whilst they still have supplies. There is […]

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Ticks & Staycations

Ticks & Staycations. The ticks will surge after these rains so make sure everyone ‘s tick control is up to date. Many clients of ours (and we suspect many other vet clinics) have expressed an interest in supporting Bush Fire afflicted tourist areas with small holidays breaks there. If you don’t normally use tick prevention […]

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