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Bradbury
Phone the Bradbury clinic on 024627133302 4627 1333
75 Jacaranda Avenue

Mt Annan
Phone the Mt Annan clinic on 024627772202 4647 7722
Unit 17/2 - 4  Main St

Camden
Phone the Camden clinic on 024655766402 4655 7664
6 Ironbark Avenue

Gregory Hills
Phone the Gregory Hills clinic on 024648358802 4648 3588
2/13 Rodeo Road

 

General Pet Care and Information

Pet Care and Information

Annual Health Checks
Pets age much more quickly than we do. The old saying is that one year equals 7 dog years. This is an approximation, and varies with species, breed and age, but it is more or less true for both dogs and cats. So how many years has it been since your pet's last check-up?

Bathing your Dog or Cat
These recommendations are for animals with normal healthy skin. Animals with skin problems need examination and veterinary advice. We may recommend different treatments for animals with dermatitis of...

Behaviour Problems
Behaviour problems in dogs and cats are very common, and there are lots of different types. Many of these can be treated with correct diagnosis and retraining techniques...

Fear Of Noises
Fear of noises (such as thunderstorms and fireworks) is a common problem in dogs. Some dogs react with a mild fear response of panting and pacing; others get extremely agitated and may become destructive or panicked. A phobia exists where the fear is intense and produces an extreme reaction...

Flea Control
Fleas are a serious health problem to both dogs and cats. Apart from the obvious pain and irritation of flea bites, fleas suck blood, carry other parasites and can also lead to a serious skin problem known as Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Commonly know as “eczema”, this is the most...

Dental Disease
Dental disease is one of the most common problems in dogs and cats, but it often goes undetected. When was the last time you looked in your pet’s mouth? The problem is plaque...

Allergic Dermatitis
Dermatitis means inflammation of the skin. One of the most common types of dermatitis is allergic dermatitis. In the allergic state, the body's immune system overreacts to foreign substances (allergens or antigens) to which it is exposed. In dogs and cats, the most common...

Atopic Dermatitis
Atopy, or Atopic Dermatitis, is an allergic skin disease that causes itching. It is one of the two most common skin allergies in dogs and cats, along with fleas. Find out more about the causes, symtoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus is a disease where the body is unable to properly regulate blood sugar, because of a deficiency of a hormone called insulin. There are four classic symptoms of diabetes, increased thirst, increased appetite, increased urination and weight...

Getting Your Pet Desexed
The terms “desexing” or “neutering” describe the surgical procedures performed on animals to stop them from breeding. In males this involves the surgical removal of the testicles, referred to as “castration”. In females, the surgery involves the removal of the ovaries and uterus – a procedure known as an ovaro-hysterectomy or “spay”...

Common Emergencies
This is a partial list of some of the "emergencies" that your pet may encounter. Some are more serious and urgent than others. In virtually all cases, if it happens during our office hours then the first thing you should do is to phone us. If it's after-hours, then these notes may help...

Giving Tablets
For some pet owners, this can be one of the most difficult parts of caring for your pet. But it is very important. The following is a give clear guideline on techniques to give tablets to dogs and cats...

Holidaying with your Pet
Getting organised to go away on holidays can sometimes be a stressful time. This can be even more so if you haven't planned what to do with your pets. Here are some...

Microchips & Laws
ALL dogs must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, and lifetime registered by 6 months of age. Pups to be sold or given away before 12 weeks of age must be microchipped prior to sale. A microchip is a small electronic device placed under the skin for identification purposes...

Nail Clipping
Nail clipping is one of those tasks that some pets don't cope with too well. Not all pets need their nails clipped, but checking the nails regularly is important. A nail that grows too long can cause your pet discomfort, and is more likely to be snagged on things and broken. It can also curl and become ingrown, leading to painful swelling and infection of the paw...

Otitis Ear Infection
Otitis Externa means inflammation of the external ear canal. It is a very common ear complaint in dogs, and cats can also be affected.

Toxicities
To ensure your pet remains healthy it is important NOT to feed the following foods toxic to dogs and cats...

Weight loss
In today's affluent society, the most common nutritional disorder we see in our pets is simply being overweight. A little bit of extra "padding" may seem harmless, but many of our pets are more than 15% above their ideal bodyweight. This is called obesity, and can have serious implications for their health...

Tick Paralysis
Paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) are among the most dangerous parasites that can affect your pet...

Zoonoses
Zoonoses are those diseases common to both animals and humans (often but not necessarily transmitted from animals to people). Common zoonotic diseases are...

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