Pet Care Blog

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 14 December 2018 8:01 AM


Can you believe it’s under 2 weeks ‘til Christmas? This year has flown by so fast! Even though we get busy with family and friend catch up’s and attending many over-catered yet delicious dinners, it definitely is the most wonderful time of the year. And what better time to spoil our beloved fur-kids! There are always great opportunities to spoil them with new toys, beds, treats, fun visits to the river or beach and even decking them out in adorable little Christmas outfits! The biggest opportunity our pets have to be spoilt is on Christmas day when we are all gathered for the Christmas day lunch! There’s usually meat, roast veggies, salads, gravy and sauces, and who could forget Mum’s mouthwatering Christmas pudding!

Even though our pets give us those puppy-dog eyes, or use their seductive affection and purring techniques, we should restrain from feeding our beloved animals food from our plates. Some foods can be very rich and fatty, like meat from the BBQ, fatty cuts of meat and marrow bones. This can cause them to develop a condition called Pancreatitis. Every year our loving vets see many pets around Christmas time because of this condition, and it’s usually caused by them sneaking something off the dinner table! Even though it may seem like a cute or nice idea at the time, Pancreatitis can be fatal so must be treated very seriously.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 December 2018 9:16 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Christmas and holiday safety

With the festive season approaching, our dogs often get left home alone, or if they are lucky enough to attend the family celebrations; may become a nuisance. Either scenario will require you to ensure your dog’s have plenty to keep them busy throughout the day to allow you to have a relaxing day with your family.

Most of you probably have your house and backyard full of toys for your dog to play with. These toys are often enjoyed by your dog while you are around to show off to. But not so much when you are not home or requires you to pay full attention interacting with the toy and   your dog. By offering toys that involve food your dog will be interested in playing with the toy for longer, by themselves. These ideas do not need to be use only as an entertainment method while you are busy, but may act as a fun Christmas (or any day of the year) activity for your dog to enjoy.

Firstly, it is best to eliminate your dog’s food bowl for that day in order to utilise their days’ worth of kibble for entertainment through the day. Below are some ideas of feeding your dog in to keep him/her busy and entertained without overfilling them with naughty treats. 

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 3 November 2018 11:17 AM
Going to the vet for your pet’s annual vaccination can often be a difficult and anxiety provoked experience for both you and your pet. Do you have this issue yearly and wish it was easier and more enjoyable? Read on to find ways to help reduce the stress of the experience for your pet and in turn make it easier for you.

Your pet may become stressed visiting the veterinary clinic as they are in an unfamiliar environment, cannot control or predict what will happen to them and may be in pain. These bad experiences then often make the next visit even more difficult.

Signs that your dog is anxious may be more subtle than you realise.  Cowering, leaning away, holding head and tail low, tense body, trembling and looking away may be some obvious signs. However, you may miss the more subtle signs of lip licking, yawning, panting, salivating, sniffing and acting sleepy or distracted. Cats show fear through a tense body, lowered head and leaning backward, flat ears, twitching tail and sometimes hissing.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 November 2018 8:49 AM
Can you believe Christmas is almost here again? As I write this, there’s only 68 days between now and the big day! Before we know it, we will be rushing around doing last minute Christmas present shopping, getting food organised for the good ol’ Aussie Christmas banquet and packing our bags for our much awaited Christmas holiday.  Sigh... I can feel the stress just writing about it! We all know Christmas is a TREMENDOUSLY busy time and often things are missed, or we say to ourselves ‘I’ll deal with that later!’ Have you thought about your four-legged friends?  Are they coming along to enjoy the Christmas holiday or will they be spending their Christmas trip in a doggy and kitty hotel aka. Boarding kennel/cattery?? 

Did you realise most boarding kennels require cats and dogs to be vaccinated prior to boarding?  Vaccinations are extremely important when it comes to boarding our furry family members to ensure your own four-legged friends safe as well as their fellow boarders. Nonetheless, boarding is not...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 8 October 2018 10:18 AM
Inappropriate urination is one of the most common behavioural issues cat owners experience with their cat. It can be frustrating when your cat starts urinating outside of the litter box. However, it is important to know that inappropriate urination is a sign that something is wrong with your cat, and not a behaviour done out of spite or to seek revenge.

There are multiple reasons a cat may start urinating outside of the litter box.

Stress or changes in the environment – Cats are very sensitive animals, and do not cope well with change. Even a change as simple as the washing basket being left on the floor may encourage your cat to mark this new item. Female cats are equally capable of spraying and marking their territory.

Dislike the litter box – The box may not be clean enough, in a location where the cat gets frightened or harassed while using it, or your cat may simply prefer a different type of litter or substrate to relieve itself in or on.

Medical issues – There are many...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 10:13 AM
Did you know the world celebrates World Kidney Day every year on the 12th March? It’s a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. In the animal world, the same importance is placed on our pet’s kidneys and filtration systems. The kidneys are often underrated when we think about our pets’ health. In fact, the kidneys play a vital role in the daily workings of their (and our!) bodies. They play a major role in maintaining your pet’s general health and wellbeing. Think of them as a very complex, environmentally friendly, waste disposal system. They sort non-recyclable waste from recyclable waste, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kidneys are the unsung heroes of pets’ bodies, and perform a number of very important jobs, including blood pressure control, water balance in the body, cleaning blood from wastes and toxins, and activates and manages the production of Vitamin D which is vital for your furry friends’ overall health. So when they stop working properly,...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 September 2018 4:03 PM
Although a nice relief from the cold winter weather, spring for our pets often brings with it a side effect of allergies, and annoying insects and parasites. Whether it is a parasite, pain or skin condition, there are many reasons for your dog to scratch or chew itself. Before referring to ‘Dr Google’ and misdiagnosing your dog’s health problem, it is best to seek medical advice from your Veterinary team.



Unfortunately, there is not always an underlying medical reason causing your dog to scratch and chew itself.  Dogs can and do suffer from obsessive compulsive behavioural problems, and this may lead to them scratching and licking to excess. However, more commonly and similar to people biting their nails or twirling their hair, your dog’s constant scratching and licking can be a sign of anxiety. This may be due to fear, stress or a lack of...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 2 August 2018 12:00 AM
Do you have a pet at home whose pearly whites are not as pearly and white as they should be? Or whose breath is a just a tad stinky or a whole lot stinky?  They could be suffering from a well hidden disease…. dental disease!

Don’t worry if you do, you are not alone. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see here at the clinic with close to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats having some degree of dental disease by the young age of 2! We are going to let you know the in’s and out’s of dental disease so you can help to keep your pet smiling…. So keep reading!

                                                          

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Wednesday, 1 August 2018 12:00 AM

Have you ever tried brushing your pet’s teeth? It definitely is a difficult task when your pet dislikes the experience. Luckily there are plenty of alternative ways to keep your dogs teeth clean, that does not involve distressing your pet. Please speak to our Veterinary Nurses to discuss options that would best suit you and your pet.

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 6 July 2018 6:22 AM
While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries, they are at greater risk of becoming overweight due to the lack of exercise. Providing your indoor cat with an enriched environment will increase physical activity and maintain a lean body weight. Here are some ideas to increase exercise for your indoor cat.



1. Walking outside on a lead and harness

Take your indoor cat outside to enjoy the sunshine while you hang the washing out or for a bit of one-on-one time together. Ensure your cat is secured with a harness and lead so he/she does not run away or chase any wildlife. Your cat will love the fresh air while getting some exercise.

2. Vertical Exercise

Cats love to climb and hide at high levels. Climbing is a great form of exercise for your indoor cat and provides great stimulation....

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