Heatstroke (hyperthermia) is the elevation of the body’s temperature and is a life threatening condition requiring immediate treatment. Dogs left in hot cars, pets exposed to extreme heat when left outdoors, lack of adequate shade or being exercised in hot weather can all lead to heatstroke.  Heatstroke is most common in dogs, especially “brachycephalic” breeds (those with short muzzles eg British Bulldogs, Pugs etc).

Other predisposing factors can be diseases of the pet’s airways or obesity. The veterinarian will look into the underlying cause once your pet is stabilised.

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Guinea pigs come in all shapes and styles from short to long coated, with spots, stripes and solid colors. Their life span is approximately 6 years. They make a great pet for children if handled frequently and gently. They do not require vaccinations or routine worming and have minimal health problems if fed and cared for correctly. 

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Rabbits are a very popular pet and are easy to look after. There are many different breeds of rabbits available. Small breeds such as the Dwarf or Dutch may look the right size for children to handle but are often rather feisty. Larger breeds including the New Zealand White and Flemish are naturally more docile; however, all can be tamed with regular gentle handling.

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With curiosity and natural hunting instincts it is not uncommon for our pets to cross paths with a snake. Here in the northern suburbs we have the Plenty and Yarra Rivers and access to many dams and parks with water. This may be where snakes have hibernated during colder weather and will now become active in Summer months.

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We see our friends shaking their head, flopping their ears from side to side.  Is it an ear infection? Might it be a grass seed?  Sometimes we hope that these conditions will just disappear, but the reality is, the more irritated the ear canal becomes, the more trauma our dogs cause themselves.  The constant shaking, with the ferocity, causes the earflaps to literally explode.  An aural haematoma is a pool of blood that collects between the skin and the cartilage of an animals ear flap.  It is typically caused by overly aggressive ear scratching or head scratching that results from an ear infection.  Dogs and cats can both suffer aural haematoma’s though dogs are more prone.

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 Take special care to keep these toxins out of your pets reach and pet-proof your home.

  1. Chocolate                                                
  2. Mouse & Rat Poisons 
  3. Anti-Inflammatory medications       
  4. Xylitol (sugar-free gum)
  5. Grapes & Raisins                                   
  6. Antidepressant Medication
  7. Paracetamol                                           
  8. Vitamin D Overdose
  9. Stimulant Medication (e.g.for ADD)
  10. Fertilizers

 

If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these, or any other questionable substance, please seek advice immediately.  Accurate and timely identification of the suspected substance is very important.  Having the container, package or label in hand will save valuable time and may save the life of your pet.

Just like in humans, Diabetes Mellitus is relatively common in dogs.  The disease in dogs is most like Type 1 Diabetes seen in children, where there is a lack of insulin produced in the body.

In the absence of insulin, the body’s fat and protein are broken down instead, resulting in muscle wasting and weight loss, despite the animal being ravenously hungry.

Implicating factors in Diabetes include chronic pancreatitis.  This is a condition that results in the progressive destruction of the pancreas, usually associated with a high-fat diet and obesity. 

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In clinic, we see a-lot more skin issues during Spring and Summer, however some animals have skin issues all year round.  We are lucky as residents in the northern suburbs, that we have many parklands and pet areas for our animals, but this also means exposure to more environmental issues.  This is evident, with a 30% increase in dogs presented with environmental allergies between 2008 & 2018. Contrary to what we have believed, 90% of skin issues are not caused by food allergies.

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We regularly discuss the benefits of joint support in our animals.  This may be through high quality diets, surgical intervention, or medicinal support.  The dog stifle joint is not unlike the humans. We rely on this joint for ease of mobility and when in pain we seek advice.  This is the same way our dogs require treatment and support.

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Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip joint (coxofemoral joint) that occurs during an animal's growth period. Many large breed dog owners have heard of it, but the fact is that anyone owning a dog should become familiar with this condition.

In essence, the ball of the femur can’t fit properly into the hip socket. An affected dog may show absolutely no signs of this condition, whilst others may show severe signs.

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