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Portly pets

Portly Pets Podgy pooches and portly puss-cats are in plague proportions! Our pets are not only living in the lap of luxury, they are lapping up the living luxury and getting fatter in the process. The result is that 25-30% of...

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Spring Care of Pets 

Spring Care of Pets  Spring into action now that spring has sprung to ensure your pet is prepared for the warmer weather Now that Spring is closing and Summer is a just a yawn away, let’s make sure your pet’s care is...

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Tummy Turmoil

Tummy Turmoil Does your pet vomit occasionally? While it is common for pets to vomit, it is not a condition to be ignored. Vomiting can be mild and pass with no treatment. But it can also be very serious and indicate diseases...

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Pill Ills

Pill Ills The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is warning cat and dog owners that human painkillers are dangerous when given to pets. Common pain killers such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are toxic to pets and...

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Human foods that poison pets

Human Foods that Poison Pets Feeding pets food that we enjoy is not only wrong, it can also be fatal. There are some foodstuffs that humans relish which cause illness and death if eaten by pets. Chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions...

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Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch What Makes Pets Itch? Excessive scratching is a common condition with dogs and a frustrating problem for their owners. Many dogs scratch, chew and rub themselves so much there skin becomes bald, red,...

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Recognising Signs of Ill Health in Birds

Recognising Signs of Ill Health in Birds Is your bird a picture of health or does it look more like a feather duster with an identity crisis? Recognising when your bird is unwell is important because by the time it looks unwell...

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Get some fish and tips

Get some fish and tips Do your fish have trouble deciding whether to sink or swim? If so, the advice below will help to keep your fish in fine fettle. Poor aquarium management is the cause of most problems with aquarium fish....

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Shampoo therapy for dogs

Shampoo therapy for dogs Saturday morning and it’s time to bathe the pooch! What are you going to bathe it in? While that sounds like a simple question, it can be quite complex. It really depends on what you are trying to...

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Hot dogs and cool cats

Hot dogs and cool cats We have wonderful weather in this Sunshine State and over the holiday period we are likely to be out and about more with our pets. However, the sunshine can cause another state – heat stress.  You...

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Holiday care for pets

Holiday care for pets Holidays are complicated when you have pets. What are you going to do with them? Do you take your pets with you or leave them behind? Preferably you won’t do what some irresponsible holiday makers do....

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The scoop on coops

The Scoop on Coops Let me give you the ‘scoop on coops’ – how to make a chicken friendly chook house. You can buy chicken coops from produce agencies around town. Some are wooden cages and others are metal,...

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Tick paralysis in farm animals

Ed:  This assigment was written by Andrew Mc Allister, when he was a final year veterinary student, at the University of Queensland Veterinary School. Andrew’s plans were to work in a mixed practice and he has his eyes on...

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Household poisons that can kill your cat

Household poisons that can kill your cat Curiosity killed the cat they say! We all know that cats are very curious creatures. But when their curiosity turns towards some common household items that you and I have lurking in our...

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What causes a dog to limp?

What Causes a Dog to Limp? It shouldn’t happen to a dog – but it does. Hind limb lameness is a real pain and not something that should be ignored. For convenience, let’s divide the causes of lameness into two...

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Preventing heartworm disease

Preventing Heartworm Disease Heartworm disease is a silent killer of dogs and cats. It’s a slow, insidious disease that gradually incapacitates pets. By the time you notice the telltale signs of the disease, the damage...

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Ten tooth truths!

Ten Tooth Truths! How much do you know about your pet’s teeth?  Sadly, many pet owners don’t think about their pet’s teeth often enough with the result that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats suffer from dental...

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Cushings Disease – a deadly disease

Cushings Disease – a Deadly Disease Cushing’s disease is a serious disease of dogs. This is one disease that is far more common in pets than it is in humans. While six in 100,000 people suffer from Cushing’s...

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The danger of red-back spiders and toads

The Danger of Red Back Spiders and Toads The Red Back Spider and the Cane Toad commonly cause problems for pets. It is important that you know how the dangers and how to help your pet should it become poisoned by one of these...

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Toxic Toads

Toxic Toads (continued) How to prevent your dog from attacking toads Toads are a nocturnal menace. They regularly poison dogs, such as Terriers and working dogs such as Cattle Dogs, Border Collies and Kelpies due to the strong...

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Kids and Pets

It’s a joy to see kids and dogs interacting with each other But, it worries me the risks that some...

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