It is the season….Spring has arrived, the sun is out, there is fresh growth in our gardens and we all feel better for it.

Unfortunately, this brings along skin conditions due to pollens and allergens.

These skin irritations are referred to as “atopic dermatitis”.  Atopy is typically associated with heightened immune responses to common allergens and the skin then responds through inflammation known as dermatitis.

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With Spring now upon us, our gardens will be full of fresh growth with new flowers and pollens. This makes the backyard and park an inviting environment for our pets to play in and then to sun themselves in while snoozing.  Laying and playing in this new growth can cause skin irritations due to contact allergies.

Spiderworts, commonly known as "Wandering Jew" is a common cause of contact allergies in dogs as it is found in many backyards.  It has green, shiny leaves with parallel veins covered in small hairs. It establishes itself as a thick carpet-like groundcover in moist, shady areas. The species can have many forms.  See the attached photos.

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August is dental month across the Veterinary profession.  This is to encourage responsible pet ownership regarding oral health.  It is a time to check your pet’s breath and the state of their teeth and gums. Dental disease is the most common disease seen in Veterinary medicine. 

Until we experience an issue with our pet’s teeth, owners would not be aware that 80% of dogs and 70% of cat’s overs 3 years of age have some form of dental or oral disease. 

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Iams Dry Cat Food has been fully transformed.

It is now Australian made.  This means you receive a fresher product at a more competitive price, but also maintaining the same quality product that we are used to. The new Iams cat food range is more simplistic for everyone to understand and comes in a variety of bag sizes.

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In June we ran our Hills J/D Competition.  The question being “What does the ‘J’ stand for in J/D”.

The correct answer was “Joint”.

The winning entries belonged to:

John Wearne, who is the owner of Toby, a 16-year-old Terrier X. Toby already receives regular arthritis medication, so the J/D food will now be of more support to his condition.  Sandra Dunn, is the owner of Milly & Wags, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.  They won our ‘in clinic’ prize.  In the past Milly has had hip pain, so the J/D diet will again be important in the long term, giving her some relief.

Congratulations to both our winners.