Pet Care Tips

So close, yet so far. How we almost eradicated feline panleukopaenia virus. Feline panleukopenia virus, also known as feline enteritis, is a deadly viral infection of cats that was first discovered more than 100 years ago. As pet owners started to religiously vaccinate their kittens...

Selecting  guinea pigs Guinea pigs are highly social animals and are best kept in groups of at least 2 piggies. Pick active, inquisitive guinea pigs that are roaming around their enclosure. The eyes of the guinea pigs should be clear and free of discharge, and the...

How to Microchip your Dog or Cat   What is a microchip and how does it work? A microchip is a small device that provides electronic identification of your pet when detected by a special scanner. Each microchip has a unique number linked to the NSW Companion Animals...

We insure our homes, our cars, our phones, ourselves…but why don’t we all insure our pets? Yes, pet insurance is becoming increasingly common however most pets are still uninsured.   Why should I insure my pets? Veterinary medicine and animal care have advanced considerably in the last decade;...

Dog breath? Cat breath?  It should stink, shouldn’t it?  Actually no. It should smell a little, but any excessive odour may indicate dental disease. Dental disease in Dogs & Cats is caused by bacteria under the gum line causing infections.  These infections cause lysis or breakdown...

Christmas is a time for friends, family and food! The weather is hot, everyone is in a great mood and our pets are right there with us. It’s such a busy (and sometimes stressful!) time of year but it is still so important to keep our...

What is Cushing's disease? Hyperadrenocorticism (or Cushing’s disease) is a disorder in which the body produces excessive amounts of cortisol, a steroid hormone. Cushing’s disease is a relatively common endocrine (hormonal) disorder affecting older dogs. Small breeds, such as poodles, Daschunds, Boston terriers and beagles, show a predisposition...

So you’ve decided to buy a new puppy. This may well be the best (worst for your furniture!) decision you’ve made. Bringing up a puppy can be a very challenging, but often rewarding venture. There is a lot to think about before buying a puppy though,...

Many cats do not like the idea of being groomed, and brushing them can become a chore instead of enjoyment. Cats will often groom themselves, but when they become matted they need a helping hand. Matts can reduce the amount of blood flow to the skin...

We all know that short nosed breeds ( or brachycephalic breeds, if you want to be technical; squishy faces if you don’t) like Pugs and French Bulldogs are cute.  Their cuteness, however, comes at a cost.  Most brachycephalic breeds are born into this world with a...