EPILEPSY/FIT/SEIZURE ADVICE

SEIZURES/FITS. Please Do NOT wrap-up an animal either having a ‘fit’ or recovering from a ‘fit. Many of the complications of having a seizure are related to the patient overheating from the excessive muscle activity. Allow the pet to recover from the episode, contact your vet and make arrangements to have your pet seen if […]

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SNAKES, TICKS AND BEES

Snakes, Ticks and Bees. First the changing pattern of Snake & Tick bites in our immediate area. Normally the Oak Flats general area has been low risk for actual cases of Tick or for Snake-bite related health issues in our pets. Whilst Historically Shell Cove has been a natural area for Red bellies etc and […]

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Sensitive Skins: General tip.

One of the products I have found over the years not to cause as much skin reactions as other detergents is Omo Sensitive Liquid. Most pets will tolerate sitting on bed linen washed in this product; be that in their own pet bed or in their owner’s own bed. Currently the 2 litres ($20) on […]

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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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Why Healthy Animals don’t need dietary supplements or special foods.

Why Healthy Animals don’t need dietary supplements nor special foods such as Grain-free diets. PROBIOTICS-THE STING IN THE TAIL. Let’s get some ‘given’s out of the way first: The unwell, ill-thrift allergic pet does need special dietary considerations and restrictions. However, the same does Not hold truly for a well, normal pet; when we add […]

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A Nice Moment

It goes without saying that we truly appreciate every card, or thoughtful spoken ‘thank-you’, or any gift that members of our clinic vet family take the time to bestow upon any or all of us, here at Oak Flats Vet Clinic. We don’t normally share these events on Facebook etc but after a long day […]

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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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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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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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CANINE COUGH OUTBREAK JULY 2018

Canine Cough Outbreak. Alert (also incorrectly known as Kennel Cough). Areas currently having affected dogs are: Shellharbour Village area, Dunmore, Jamberoo.  (Some reports that Gerringong also affected). At the moment the outbreak seems to be moving west and south of our immediate clinic area but no reason to take risks The cough is a hacking […]

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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: Dogs

When Slip Slidin’ Along Ain’t Cool: Get-A- Grip. Dogs First. Modern house floor surface and coverings and our pets are often a bad mix. I see anything from minor or major disruption to households and to the pets where these modern shiny floors cause pets major problems; resulting in a compromise for welfare in terms […]

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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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HOME ALONE PET UPDATES: PAWS AND RECOVER

Homealonepet “Sister” projects. As you are all aware, our clinic has been shining a light on the problem of animals whose sole owners are suddenly taken ill and unable to care for the pets. We were delighted to see the NSW Trustee respond and develop a guardianship program for such pets. We were keen to […]

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SILENT AUCTION HILLS FOOD & BRAVECTO UPDATE

SILENT AUCTION/SECRET BID UPDATE-3 different closing dates so read carefully.(May results below) Bravecto Auction will end Noon May 1st. Profits go to our Safe House Charity. Hills Canine dog food Auction ends also May 1st at noon. Proceeds to be the mental health Charities nominated by the winners. Vet Cookbook Auction ends noon May 3rd. […]

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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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