Did you know that if your pet is suffering from dental disease they may be at risk of heart disease too? When your pet has dental disease, plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth leading to an infection in the gums. From this infection, bacteria travel into the bloodstream around the body and can cause infection in the heart. This most commonly occurs in the heart's lining and valves and is known as endocarditis. It is however, not only the heart that is affected; the kidne
What does animal cruelty actually mean and what can I do about it? Animal cruelty can take many forms, not just intentional acts of violence. It includes animal neglect, psychological harm in the form of torment, terror and distress. It is also the failure to provide for the welfare of an animal under one's control. Here are just a few: torturing or beating an animal confining or transporting an animal in a way that is inappropriate for its welfare killing an animal in an inh
We've still got three kittens and one beautiful young cat who need to find their forever homes. These babies are ultra friendly, get along well with other cats and are tolerant of dogs! They are around 16 weeks old and have been with us since they were only a week old! If you think you could give them the loving home they deserve, please get in touch!
We're thrilled to announce that Puppy School is back! Wednesday nights at 6:30 we will be holding a small puppy school at the clinic. Please give us a buzz to register your interest and find out more details.
Bush walks, digging in the garden, sniffing around in the shed or cooling off under the house summer is the time when your pets are most likely to come into contact with snakes and spiders. What to look for: Snake - weakness, collapse, shaking, vomiting, blood in urine, dilated pupils, paralysis Red Back Spider - Intense pain at site of bite and sensitivity to touch, muscular weakness, tremors. Cats will salivate excessively. What to do: 1. Immobilise your pet and keep them a
It's shaping up to be a hot hot hot summer this year, would you know what to look for and what to do if your dog started showing signs of heat stress? What to look for: High body temp (39 degrees or more) Hot to touch Vomiting Excessive drooling Rapid panting Breathing dificulty Distress Loss of coordination Weakness Collapse What to do: 1. Bring your pet to a cool, shaded area out of the sun or cool tiles near a fan. An air-conditioned room is ideal. 2. Use cold water, ice p
Warm, wet weather is ideal for mushroom development. When environmental conditions are right, mushrooms can pop up overnight. It is not only in the outdoors we need to worry about mushrooms, the kitchen is a prime place for mushrooms too! Dogs are natural explorers and scavengers so they are at highest risk of mushroom toxicity. WHAT TO LOOK FOR: When ingested, mushrooms can cause illness within 2-24 hours. Common signs of mushroom toxicity: - vomiting - diarrhoea - abdominal
Now that silly season is behind us, our lives are settling into the rhythm of the New Year and perhaps we're starting to think about a new pet. Maybe you lost a beloved family pet in 2018 and you're wondering if it's time to allow another animal to share your home and experience the wonderful life you can give them. Or maybe your children have been asking for years for a puppy or a kitten and the time has finally come? Perhaps you're a couple who are interested in looking for
Happy New Year and welcome back everyone! We hope you have had a wonderful break and were able to spend some time rejuvenating with friends, family and animals. Summer is now truly upon us so we need to start thinking about how his impacts our pets and the wildlife around us. - Does your long haired dog or cat need grooming? - Have you treated your pets for fleas and ticks? - Is there somewhere shady and cool where your pets can escape if they're outside during the heat of th