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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Why Cats risk their lives in search of Heat.

Following on from our earlier 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 new 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 […]

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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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Please, Please, Do Not Feed Your Neighbour’s Pets without their knowledge and consent.

Our own gentle, sweet 18-year-old Siamese had two close episodes of terrible vomiting and diarrhoea, all caused by visitors to a rental cottage throwing their scraps over our fence. We only realised that source when we found the lamb bones stuck in a potted plant by the fence! We were less than impressed, especially as […]

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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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Pretty Poisons in the Yard Series: “Sago-Palm (Cycad)-A Deadly Beauty”

OPAL Score=6 (Male) Sago-Palm is a cycad, not a palm, but regardless of what its correct classification is, this plant is so DEADLY to pets and children, that in my view, its planting should not be promoted or encouraged by anyone regardless of how pretty it is.  Read below for more information. Cycads are not […]

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Parvo Update & Map for the Oak Flats/Albion Park Area Autumn 2017

The veterinary clinics in the immediate area have pooled their data to provide a list of the streets with positively identified Parvo cases.  Some households have had multiple animals affected, some streets have had more than one household affected. We are aware that there have been reports of Parvo cases on other streets, especially in […]

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