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The management of each pet with heat disease is done on a case by case basis.  There is no one formula that can tell us how to manage each pet.  We need to tailor

  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Diet

to each patient to ensure they live as WELL as is possible.  Many types of heart disease are not curable.  We manage them to ensure good quality of life.


When your pet is diagnosed with heart disease and eventually - cardiac failure, it is important to outline the goals of any treatment you decide to implement.  You need to discuss those with the vet to ensure they are achievable.  The one goal that I as a vet aim for is as mentioned "Quality of Life", it is not my aim to prolong you dogs life if I cannot do so with a decent quality.  


Each cause of heart disease will be managed very differently with medication.  

  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Arrhythmias

It is very important to know which type of heart disease or failure your pet has, if you are unsure call us on 0733571588 and we can run through it with you.

Treatment and Management


What is vomiting?


Vomiting is not a disease but a symptom of many different diseases. It can be caused by a range of stimuli, from direct irritations in the stomach, to other causes such as travel sickness and severe pain. Many cases are self limiting, but some will last long enough to cause secondary illness. If not treated this can lead to the death of the affected pet.

Recognising vomiting

Vomiting may begin with a stage of nausea, the pet appearing restless, and possibly apprehensive. The pet may lick its lips, salivate and swallow repeatedly. Vomiting itself involves contractions of the abdominal muscles which may be repeated, leading to return of fluid, froth or food. The severe effort associated with vomiting may be distressing to the pet.

It is important to differentiate this from the abdominal contractions associated with coughing. Pets may cough up some froth which they subsequently swallow creating more confusion with vomiting. Dogs will often vomit after a coughing fit. Cats usually crouch down on all four legs when coughing with the neck stretched out.

It is also helpful to differentiate vomiting from regurgitation which is usually associated with problems affecting the oesophagus. Features which help to differentiate vomiting from regurgitation are:-

• whether return of food involves abdominal contractions and effort
• whether the returned food is in the shape of a sausage
• whether the returned food is re-eaten
• the relation to feeding (regurgitation is common soon after eating(15minutes)

For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember.  If we don't, we risk not only having bad breath but also plaque build up and gum disease.  Just like you, your pet needs dental care too.

Teeth and gum problems are some of the most common conditions we see in dogs and cats with over 80% of animals over 4 years of age affected to some degree.  The severity of gum disease is dependent not only on age, but also on diet and breed with small dogs and cats being more commonly affected.

As Veterinarians we are becoming increasing aware that many teeth and gum problems we see can be prevented.  Preventative measure maintain healthy gums and avoid painful problems such as gum inflammation (gingivitis), teeth loss, difficulty eating and excessive salivation.

Rabies is a lethal disease that is endemic in most parts of the world. Only a few countries are considered Rabies free.

Rabies Distribution Map

Australia is fortunately one such country. This means that for animals being bought into or taken out of Australia there are important facts that must be addressed.

Here at the Kalinga Park Veterinary Surgery all our veterinary staff is qualified to give advice on the medical procedures neccessary to take your favourite companion overseas and get them back safely.