The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes to our lives.  One of these is the increase in people wearing facemasks to protect themselves and others.  For our pets this can be scary, as it makes us look different and removes one of the main ways, they communicate with us and read our emotions – through facial expressions.

When we are trying to help our pets become used to something new, it needs to be paired with something good, e.g. a treat or praise, so that the pet forms positive associations from the experience. 

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Why is my rabbit eating its own faeces?

When it comes to rabbit food, things like lettuce and carrots typically come to mind.  So, you might be confused when you catch your bunny eating its own faeces.  When in fact it’s not…. it’s eating something called ‘cecotropes’.

Cecotropes are soft nutrient rich pellets which are expelled from the rabbit’s bottom and later re-ingested by the rabbit to ensure they get the nutrients they need.  Cecotropes have more protein, less fibre and higher levels of vitamins than the actual hard pellet faeces.

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 What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms, including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. They're usually spread through direct contact with an infected person.

The coronavirus gets its name from the crown-like spikes on its surface (“corona” in Latin translates to “crown”). The genus coronavirus is composed of at least three groups that cause mild to severe enteric, respiratory, or systemic disease. Other well-known coronaviruses are SARS and MERS.

Are there coronaviruses in animals?

Coronaviruses are common in several species of domestic and wild animals, including cattle, horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, camels, bats, and others.

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Summer has arrived and the number of wildlife cases that are coming into our clinic have exponentially increased.  With the change of season comes unpredictable weather and as a result juvenile wildlife are often separated from their family. This may be from falling from their nests or otherwise injured while they are still learning to be ‘street smart’.

Recently we had a special guest in the form of a juvenile tawny frogmouth, not old enough to fledge from the nest so, we suspect he was knocked out by heavy winds.

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Leading into Summer and preparing to go on holidays, means as pet owners we need to check our destinations to see if we need to provide tick prevention to our animals.

Tick paralysis is a potentially devastating condition that can affect dogs, cats and humans.  Ticks need humidity and mild weather to develop and are not able to survive in cold climates.  Ticks are most commonly found along the east coast of Australia during the warmer months but can be found inland in suitable habitats.

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