Archive for September, 2010


Profender ® »

Easy worming starts here! Profender is the world’s first spot-on intestinal wormer for cats. Stress-free treatment Profender combines powerful, broad-spectrum control of intestinal worms with the ease and convenience of spot-on treatment. No more struggling cats. And above all, no more worms. Worm-free cats Profender protects your cat from hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms in one […]

FLUTD – Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease »

What is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease? Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is the term to describe episodes of inflammation of the lower urinary tract (primarily the bladder and urethra). While many contributing factors have been identified, the exact cause of this disease is not known. Contributing factors that have been identified include stress, […]

Abscesses in Cats »

Abscesses are a common problem in cats. A bite from a cat is more likely to become infected than a bite from other animals due to the nasty bacteria that live in cats mouths. The situation is made worse because cat bite wounds tend to have small entry wounds but cause a lot of damage […]

Blood Testing in Geriatric Animals »

Why does my pet need blood tests? Even though your pet may appear to be in good health from the outside, we are often not able to tell what is happening inside from just a physical examination. Just as in humans, as an animal ages, their organ function deteriorates. Older animals are more likely to […]

Brachycephalic Syndrome »

The term brachycephalic is used to describe animal breeds that have “squashed” faces – e.g. Bulldogs, Pekingese, Boxers, Pugs. In these breeds the bones of the nose and mouth develop in width but not in length. As a result these breeds usually have one or more of the following structural abnormalities – overly long soft […]

Cat Information »

To help keep your cat healthy and happy, regular health checks, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment from your vet clinic are very important. Vaccinations To give your cat protection against cat diseases (Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopaenia) your cat must receive the full course of vaccinations. This will involve either two or three vaccinations, each given three […]

Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) »

Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is the term used to describe the gradual deterioration of kidney function over time. While there are many possible initiating causes, including toxins, cardiovascular damage and cancer, it is usually very difficult to determine the exact cause. Unfortunately kidney damage is irreversible and animals in kidney failure cannot be cured. However, […]

Dental Hygiene in your Cat »

Dental disease A combination of feeding soft diets and perceived difficulties with administering dental hygiene are the most common causes of dental disease. Your cat has had a dental procedure carried out under general anaesthetic. Here is some advice on how to help prevent the problem recurring in order to avoid further dental procedures for […]

Dental Hygiene in your Dog »

Dental disease A combination of feeding soft diets and perceived difficulties with administering dental hygiene are the most common causes of dental disease. Your dog has had a dental procedure carried out under general anaesthetic. Here is some advice on how to help prevent the problem recurring in order to avoid further dental procedures for […]

Caring for your pets teeth »

How you can help your pet… An animal’s teeth can be brushed just the same as we brush our teeth. In fact, brushing your pet’s teeth can be one of the most effective ways of preventing the build-up of plaque and tartar, and keeping gums healthy. Use either a specially designed pet toothbrush or a […]

Desexing »

SPEY – Female cats and dogs. Speying or Ovariohysterectomy is the term for removing the female sex glands, both the ovaries and the uterus. Speying is normally done when the animal is 6 months of age or older. This will involve a general anesthetic. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES? Prevents troublesome “heat periods” Prevents unwanted kittens/puppies […]

Dietary Indiscretion »

Our pets are often less fussy than we are about what is put in their mouths. Pets have a tendency to eat things that can cause stomach upsets, often resulting in diarrhoea. Some animals have a “sensitive stomach”, where any sudden changes in diet may cause diarrhoea. If your pet has diarrhoea, and they are […]

Lower Urinary Tract Prescription Diets »

What is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease? Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is the term to describe episodes of inflammation of the lower urinary tract. While many contributing factors have been identified, the exact cause of this disease is not known. Contributing factors that have been identified include stress, being overweight, the use of […]

House Soiling in Cats »

Summary In cases of feline house soiling it is essential that medical causes are eliminated by appropriate investigations prior to making a diagnosis. House soiling can occur in response to a medical condition, such as feline lower urinary tract disease, and the consequences of misdiagnosis are potentially severe. The next step is differentiating between cases […]

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (F.I.P.) »

Feline infectious peritonitis (F.I.P.) is a disease caused by a virus called coronavirus. The F.I.P. disease entity is only one variation of what can happen when a cat comes across the coronavirus for the first time. FIP is transmitted by the faeco-oral route – therefore during sharing of litter trays and food bowls, mutual grooming […]

Bandage Care »

Care of your pets bandage is very important. Please check the bandage at least twice every day and if any of the following signs are noticed, or you are in any way concerned, please contact a veterinarian: Check the toes of the affected leg twice a day for any swelling, heat, coldness or pain. Examine […]

Heart Disease »

Just as for humans, animals can be affected by heart disease. Heart Murmurs Normally when we listen to the heart through a stethoscope, we hear a clear lub-dup sound as the heart valves open and shut. When there is excessive turbulence of blood as it moves through the heart these sounds are no longer clear, […]

House-training a Puppy »

House-training a puppy can be very frustrating. It is worthwhile to start house-training as soon as you get your puppy, before they start to develop their own preferences. Take your puppy outside 6-8 times per day to go to the toilet. Often a puppy can be trained to use a certain substrate (e.g. dirt or […]

Hyperthyroidism »

Hyperthyroidism is a malfunction of the thyroid gland in which too much thyroid hormone is produced. The thyroid is a paired gland in the neck. Approximately 70% of cats with hyperthyroidism have both glands affected. Hyperthyroidism is common in older cats, usually older than 8 years of age, and affects both sexes and all breeds. […]

Kitten Care »

While kittens can be a lot of work, they are also a lot of fun. To help keep your kitten healthy and happy, regular health checks, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment from your vet clinic are very important. Vaccinations To give your kitten protection against cat diseases (Calicivirus, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopaenia) your kitten must receive the […]

Arthritis »

As animals age, their joints can develop old-age changes, just as in humans. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease involving loss of the joint cartilage (which acts as a shock absorber and bone protectant in healthy joints) and abnormal bone growth, causing stiffness and pain when moving. Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the hips, knees, elbows and […]

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) »

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a highly infectious disease and a common cause of diarrhoea in dogs, especially young puppies. While viral diarrhoea in adult dogs can be mild, the resulting fluid loss in puppies causes severe disease and can often be fatal. CPV is highly resistant to destruction and can remain active in the environment […]

Pelvic Fracture Care »

Your pet has a fractured (broken) pelvis. The pelvis itself consists of two halves that are joined at the bottom by the pubis, and at the top by the sacrum. This box-like shape means that more than one fracture must be present for the fragments to be displaced. This is very useful, as it means […]

Physiotherapy »

Just as for humans, physiotherapy can play a role in helping your pet return to physical fitness following an injury or surgery. Physiotherapy helps to maintain your pets’ joint and muscle movement, reduces the level of muscle wastage, and limits the loss of fitness while your pet recovers. It can also help reduce pain around […]

Ringworm »

What is Ringworm? Despite the name, Ringworm is actually a skin condition caused by a fungus. The fungus infects the hairs of the coat, causing them to break and fall out. Typically, the lesion appears as a circular area of hair loss with underlying scurfy skin. Ringworm lesions may be a little itchy but do […]