If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with arthritis or mobility problems, the right nutrition can help manage the condition, reduce pain and keep your pet active.  Studies have shown that Hills Joint Disease Diet can help improve your dog’s mobility in just 21 days or your cat’s mobility in 28 days.

Arthritis is the general term for abnormal changes in the joint.  These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced.  Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones, when it wears away joints become swollen and painful.

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The loss of a four-legged family member is always difficult. They are part of the family, our closest confidants and our best friends. It’s only once they are not there, that we realise what a significant part of our family they are.  In clinic, the loss of our client’s animals is not easy.  We are also on a journey, normally at the end stages of life, with many of these pets.  Our heart goes out to owners, as we understand the hurt you go through at these times of loss.   The poem below rings true to many of our faithful mates that have gone to the “Rainbow Bridge”.

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By the time we reach adulthood, most of us have discovered that winter weather can wreak havoc on our skin. Humidity is low, the outside air is cold and windy, and we are going in and out of cold to warm and back again, throughout each day. Even in homes with great ventilation, our bodies struggle to keep up with the temperature and moisture changes that occur throughout the day.

So the body cannot always keep up the necessary balance of chemicals, oils and bacteria that the skin requires to stay soft, flexible and comfortable.  The common result is dry, itchy, flaking skin.  What is true for human skin is often true for animal skin as well.

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Congratulations to Srdan on 10 years of service at Northern Suburbs Veterinary Hospitals.

Srdan originally joined our staff after emigrating from Croatia to Melbourne. He graduated from the University of Zagreb in Croatia in 2000 before working in Zagreb for 7 years. During this time he did military service working as a military veterinarian responsible for the care and treatment of 90 military dogs.

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We now have the foggy mornings upon us, which means the colder days are not far away. Winter is weeks away from arriving.

Are you cold? Do your bones or joints ache on these chilly? Do you just want to snuggle on your couch for comfort or relief?  Our four-legged friends may be feeling the same way and seek relief in the same way as we do.

Arthritis is the medical term for inflammation of the joints, while osteoarthritis is referring to a form of chronic joint inflammation caused by deterioration of joint cartilage.

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