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Tick Prevention is Easy

Tick Prevention is Easy

Ticks are potentially deadly to our pets , and we live in a high tick area. But tick prevention has become a whole lot easier for our dogs with the release of 3 new products. Bravecto is a chewable tablet given every 3 months Nexgard is a monthly chewable Seresto is a collar that provides up to 4 months tick prevention. All of these products also prevent fleas. We hope that in the future, the number of dogs affected by the Paralysis Tick is negligible. Unfortunately these products are no registered for use in cats, but work is currently being […]

How To Clean Your Dogs Ears

How To Clean Your Dogs Ears

1. Hold the ear flap up gently towards the sky 2. Insert the nozzle of your ear cleaner (e.g. Epi Otic) into the ear canal. 3. Squirt the bottle gently until ear canal overfills 4. Remove bottle, rub the ear canal for 10 seconds 5. Let your dog shake its head then wipe away excess discharge/moisture with a tissue or cotton wool. 6. Repeat until ear is clean. Cleaning ears every 1 to 2 weeks is recommended for dogs predisposed to ear problems. Watch the video.

Toad Poisoning

Toad Poisoning

TOADS are also very common in our back yards throughout Summer. Toads are toxic to dogs and cats and unfortunately many pets like to chase and chew them because they hop around the yard like living toys. Symptoms to watch for are frothing at the mouth, bright red gums, shaking, collapse, and seizuring. Using a bucket of cold water and an old wash cloth, you can help by wiping your pet’s gums and mouth thoroughly with the dampened wash cloth for 20 minutes, as the toad toxin is absorbed through the gums. Vet treatment is recommended as soon as possible.

Dry Eye In Dogs

Dry Eye In Dogs

Dry eye is a condition seen in dogs, usually as they get older The symptoms are red and inflamed eyes and recurrent discharge from the eye. The discharge is thick and sticky and tends to collect in the corner of the eye. Dogs often rub or paw at the eyes as they feel dry and gritty. Dry eye results from either inadequate tear production or poor quality tears. It is diagnosed using a non invasive Schirmer Tear Test which is a special litmus paper strip that measures the amount of tears produced in 1 minute. If Dry Eye is confirmed the […]

Is Your Pet a Foot Licker?

Is Your Pet a Foot Licker?

Do you have one of those pets that licks and chews their own feet? Does it seem like it has become a habit for them? More often than not, this is not the case. For most pets, there is a reason for chewing feet. These include:. Cuts on the feet or pads, or torn nails will cause pets to lick Allergies can cause the feet to become itchy. In fact, with Atopy (an allergy with similar allergens as human hay fever), itchy feet is one of the first signs a pet may exhibit Skin infections of the feet are common, […]

5 tips for a stress-free visit to the Vet

5 tips for a stress-free visit to the Vet

Safety first: Please keep your dog on lead at all times and bring your cat in a secure pet carrier. Don’t make a fuss: Saying “it’s OK” to your pet when they are worried or anxious will only encourage your pet to feel scared. If you are calm, your pet will be too. Be wary of others: Please keep your dog or cat away from other pets in the waiting room unless you have asked permission for dogs to meet or for dogs to sniff cats in carriers. Bring a list: Any questions or concerns you have at home may […]

Chocolate is Toxic to dogs and cats!

Chocolate is Toxic to dogs and cats!

Around Easter time Vet clinics see a lot of pets who have eaten Easter eggs! Chocolate contains substances like caffeine and theobromine which dogs and cats are very sensitive to. Different types of chocolate contain varying amounts of these substances. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the greater the danger to your pet! Clinical signs vary from vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urination, to a racing heart rate, muscle spasms, and seizures. If you catch your dog eating your chocolate this Easter then call the Vet straight away!

Separation anxiety in dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs

Separation anxiety is a distress response dogs experience when separated from their owners. The distress may result in destructive behavior, causing damage to your house or yard, barking or howling, toileting inside the house and even trying to escape. When treating a dog with separation anxiety the goal is to resolve the dog’s underlying anxiety by teaching him to enjoy, or at least tolerate, being left alone. When leaving home make sure there’s fresh water available, provide toys and things to chew on , and leave out a special treat for your dog. What else can you do to make […]

Heart Murmurs

Heart Murmurs

Heart murmurs are a quite common condition in dogs, and occasionally cats. No obvious signs of heart disease may be present and many pets with a heart murmur will continue to lead a normal life for years. At this stage, no treatment is necessary. In the future, the condition may be progressive and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) can develop. When this occurs, medication and lifestyle changes will be required to manage the disease. The good news is that your dog may not show any signs of CHF for many years. What is a Heart Murmur? Valves within the heart open […]

DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (a form of arthritis)

DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (a form of arthritis)

There are many different forms of arthritis ( including juvenile, immune mediated and septic forms) however the most common type of arthritis is degenerative joint disease. It is most commonly seen in senior pets and is inflammation in the joint(s) caused by the degeneration and deterioration of the joint due to age or excessive wear and tear. Both dogs and cats experience DJD although it is often easier to recognize in dogs . Signs of DJD can be relatively mild eg stiff when getting up from a resting position, licking of sore joints or can be very obvious eg limping, […]