Tradescantia sp, commonly known as the Spiderworts, and even more frequently called "Wandering Jew". Is an extremely common cause of contact allergies in our doggy friends. This plant is extremely common in the queensland backyard, often accepted as a ground cover plant in some gardens. Here are a range of pictures of various subspecies and thier flowers. As you can see the species can have many forms.

Zebrina pendula

Winter and Spring is often the time when we see the most Canine Cough and this year it seems to be particularly prevalent.


Canine Cough (or Kennel Cough as it was previously known) is primarily caused by two organisms, Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parinfluenza virus. Various other viruses, especially Canine Adenovirus type 2, and various species of bacteria may also be involved. It is a highly contagious disease that usually infects dogs in areas where they socialise, such as parks, obedience classes, dog shows and kennels.

Kalinga Park Veterinary Surgery is excited to announce our new Puppy Screen/Genetic Screen for Mixed Breed Dogs. This test allows you to request a full genetic disease analysis to be carried out on a dog of a mixed or unknown breed. The test screens a wide range of genetic diseases and reports back with a rating of normal, carrier or affected and are available to individual owners and breeders.

Why is this test important?
If the background of your puppy or dog is uncertain it is nearly impossible to determine what genetic disorders your dog could possibly have inherited. This non-invasive test allows us to screen 26 common genetic disorders found in various breeds of dogs before any symptoms appear.

This test is also ideal for breeders wanting to determine the suitability of an individual dog breeding purposes.

How is the test conducted?
Our qualified staff take two sample cheek swabs – it’s as simple as that!

Click on the 'read more' link below to see a list of the genetic diseases included in this test.

Of all the reasons a cat or dog requires a visit to the Veterinary Surgery, an ear problem is among the most common. Their deep, curved ear canals make it difficult for air to get in and moisture to get out and moisture retained in ear after swimming or bathing can often lead to infections. Spring and summer when it is hot and particularly when it is humid is the worst time of the year for ear infections. Not only are ear infections likely to occur but quite often they are difficult to cure. Bacterial infections, fungal infections, ear mites and foreign bodies such as grass seeds are the most common causes of ear infections.

Ten Important signs

It is important to know what early signs might indicate an infection so treatment can be started.

  1. Odour - bad odour coming from the ears
  2. Scratching at the ears
  3. Excessive discharge (usually yellow, brown or black)
  4. Inflammation - redness of the ear flap or canal
  5. Shaking the head or ears
  6. Obvious pain when touched around the head or ears
  7. Head tilted to one side or held down
  8. Stumbling or circling to one side
  9. Lethargy or depression
  10. Marked swelling of the ear flaps

If your dog or cat is showing any of these signs then a visit to the veterinarian is necessary, as there is a high likelihood an ear problem is present.

Introducing the DNA Breed Identification Test!

This DNA test screens for over 200 breeds, types and varieties of canine to determine the ancestry of your mixed breed dog.

What will the report tell me?

  • 3 generation ancestry report. What breeds make up "Max"
  • Pre-screen patient's risk for over 30 breed-specific disease and relevant health issues. - Incorporate into your wellness programs
  • Predicted adult weight - customise nutritional needs and optimal weight management.
  • Learn about breed-specific behaviour and exercise needs


What does my report look like?
Click this link to see a 10 page sample report.