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Feline Panleukopaenia or Feline Parvo is a uncommon disease that is  highly contagious and has a very high mortality(100%) in untreated cats.  Even in treated animals mortalitity rates can be as high as 85%.
    

It is a completely preventable disease.  Vaccinate your cat with a Feline 3 vaccine at minimum to ensure protection year around.  

 

Please use the links below to get more information of Feline Panleukopaenia

1. Wikipedia

2. PetMD

3. AVAMA - American Veterinary Medical Assoc

 

 

Winter means the start of colder weather, and for many older pets, that can mean the start of trouble with arthritis.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disease condition that affects the joints, either individually or generally.  The smooth cartilage lining the joints wears down and the production of the lubricating 'oil' (synovial fluid) is less than it should be.  In dogs, arthritis is particularly common in the hips and knees especially in older dogs of the larger breeds.

What are the signs of Arthritis?

  • Pain or stiffness when getting up, especially after a rest.
  • Difficulty in climbing steps, getting into the car or even just jumping up on you!
  • Laziness and no interest in playing or walks.
  • Pain is worse in the morning and after sleeping or resting.

Can Arthritis be treated?

Yes!! The good news is that we can help our pets.  There are basic things you can do like keeping your pets warm in winter and not allowing them to sleep on cold concrete.  A fit pet is better able to cope than an overweight pet as well.

There are a number of treatments that can be used to alleviate pain in dogs.

In this article we will cover :

  • Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Cartrophen
  • Dietry Additives
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Scardy DogDoes your dog behave strangely during a thunderstorm, perhaps start shaking, barking, become hyperactive or seem terrified?  Thunderstorms are a very common phobia in dogs which often develops early in life and worsens as the dogs get older.

The origin of this behavior is fear towards the noise made by the thunder (we see a similar condition with fireworks).  Lightening will not initially cause any response, however in time many dogs associate the crack of thunder with the preceding flash of lightening and even the associated pre storm weather conditions as they seem to sense the changes in atmospheric pressure leading up to a storm.

This means a storm phobic dog will be anxious, restless and distressed, hours before a storm begins.

This can be a serious problem if your dogs howls constantly or panics and escapes from the yard and disappears, often at risk of being hit by a car or becoming lost. (What about a microchip?)

There are several ways of helping your dog adapt to its fear.

Pets and Christmas
Be careful how you deck your halls! The holiday season is generally a time of family togetherness in which even our pets participate. One's thoughts generally are far from thoughts of injury; however, one must be aware of some important seasonal hazards in order to insure a happy holiday season.

Rhinella marina or Bufo Marinus, Cane toad

Ugly little creatures that hop around the back garden at night may not be interesting to humans but they are very interesting to our dogs and this summer there are more than ever.  The unusually wet summer we are having has meant the conditions have been perfect for toads to breed and we are seeing a population explosion in our surburban gardens.  This is bad news for our inquisitive canine friends because toads are poisonous and possibly fatal.  Toads have poison glands on their backs which are used for their defence and when mouthed or bitten by a dog the toad squirts the poison into the mouth or eyes of the dog.

The poison is very irritant and causes a burning sensation of tongue and gums which leads to extensive salivation and frothing at the mouth.

If the dog gets a lot of poison then other signs can quickly develop such as muscle weakness, collapse, seizuring and finally death as the toad poison affects the heart muscle.

If your dog is unlucky enough to be affected by a toad the first thing to do is wash out the dogs mouth using running water from the hose or tap.  A good rinsing for 5 minutes will, in 90% of cases, relieve all signs and nothing else will be necessary.

The dog should however be closely observed for the next hour and if the frothing continues or if other signs develop then you should contact us immediately.