Pet Care Blog

Author: Created: Tuesday, 3 March 2015 8:01 AM
Welcome to our blog, where we share the latest news and pet care tips from Murray Bridge Vet Clinic.
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 February 2018 3:10 PM
Now that summer is in full swing, our worst outdoor enemy is back! I’m sure you all know who I am talking about!... Yes that’s right... Mosquitoes! They ruin barbecues, buzz around your ears, steal your blood and leave behind a red and itchy mark. We all know mosquitoes are extremely annoying creatures, but did you know that they are potentially deadly to our four-legged family members too?  Yep! These pesky creatures carry countless dangerous diseases to humans and they can carry and spread diseases between our pet’s, in particular the deadly parasite, known as heartworm.

                                                                   

What is Heartworm?

As its name suggests, heartworm is a worm-like parasite that is found in the heart of both our kitty and pooch friends. Many people mistake Heartworm as a type of intestinal worm, but don’t be fooled! Heartworm significantly...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 February 2018 1:31 PM
Our pets love us unconditionally!! However, they do not express this love in the same way as a fellow human would.

So how can we return the love to our pets in a way they can understand?

Our dogs and cats enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love and approval! Recently, it has been revealed that pets do not appreciate human hugs. If your pet appears to enjoy a nice cuddle, this is most likely due to being used to the routine procedure. Here are some ways to better communicate your love to your pet…

 

How to tell your dog you love them…

Gaze deeply into their eyes Although direct eye contact for dogs is considered a threat in many situations. With your own, trusted dog, gaze into his/her eyes when the two of you are calmly relaxing. Speak softly, stroke him/her gently and maintain eye contact. These quiet moments stimulate the release of Oxytocin...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 1:24 PM
                                     

It is heating up outside! Is this hot weather getting to you? Do you feel yourself taking off some layers and sitting in the cool? Unfortunately for our pooches they don’t have the luxury of removing their large fur coats to cool them down in this dreaded heat.  Luckily, we have come up with some great tips you could try to help keep our beloved four-legged friends cool in this hot weather.

Tip 1:  Multiple water supplies – Seems pretty straight forward, but on hot days it is easy for the one bowl to be knocked over or evaporated. Be sure to have extra water sources available to your pooch on hot days.  It also might be nice adding ice bricks to the water before you leave for work. This will help keep the water cooler and fresh for longer.

Tip 2: Air-conditioning – Sometimes the shade is enough but on days with extreme...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 1:16 PM
Summer!, It is well and truly here! After the last couple days of extreme heat, we will soon be wishing for Winter. We all love Summer and no doubt are pet’s do too! With the long summer days and balmy nights we are often out and about with our pets, more than other times during the year. Trips to the river or beach are the most fun! But with the heat comes the “common” but serious Summer hazards which you need to be mindful of when it comes to our furry companions. Before the heat well and truly hits we wanted to get in first with some clear summer hazards you need to watch out for:

 

Heat Stroke:

It can be easy for our frisky companions to overdo it in the heat. Unlike us, our pets cannot sweat over their full bodies; they can only produce a tiny amount of sweat through there little toepads. Therefore they rely on panting to get rid of the hot air. This is why they are extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion, also known as heat stroke.  Heat stroke is extremely dangerous to our pets...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 4 January 2018 3:44 PM
Spring and summer, with the warm, dry weather may lead to your dog getting an ear infection, maybe from a grass seed, skin allergy or after going for a cooling swim. Dogs often do not enjoy having their ears examined or ear drops applied, which can make treatment for ear infections very difficult. It is important to train your dog to allow handling of his/her ears. Ideally, when the ears are healthy so he/she learns that it is not a painful procedure.

It is best to incorporate checking and gentle cleaning your dog’s ears in your grooming routine. Use food or toys as rewards to both distract your pet and to make positive associations with ear handling

1.    Offer your dog a food treat with one hand and reach out towards one ear with your other hand, while your dog is focused on the treat. Repeat this exercise several times until your dog shows no concern (flinching or avoiding when you attempt to touch his/her ear) on several consecutive occasions. Repeat with the other ear. 2.    Now offer your...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 1:16 PM
November - Vaccination

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...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:42 PM
Christmas is almost here… 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. 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 the only reason we should make sure are four-legged friends are vaccinated!

Why vaccinate? 

Vaccinations are one of the...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:18 AM
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 physical and mental stimulation.

What ever the reason for the anxiety, your dog’s constant scratching, licking or chewing behaviours can cause severe damage...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 31 August 2017 9:08 AM
                                                         

Its spring…YAY ! The dreaded cold weather is almost over! The sun is shining,  the flowers are blooming and the grass is growing high!. But you know what that means………the dreaded pollen and dust that will be floating in the air! Can you feel your hay fever coming along? Are you reaching for the Zyrtec? Did you know just like us dogs and cats can have allergies to spring? Well… not all of spring! Warmer spring days tempt us humans to spend time outside enjoying the sunshine and often taking our dogs too, who absolutely love rolling, and frolicking in the long grass and sniffing the flowers that a hundred other dogs have sniffed before.  But….Just like us, our pets can develop environmental allergies....
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 9:45 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!

                                                          

...

 After Hours & Emergencies  08 8532 2333

Our comprehensive emergency service offers a veterinarian on call 24 hours every day of the year.

Telephone 08 8532 2333 when the clinic is closed to hear a recorded message giving a phone number of the on call veterinarian.

Always phone first before rushing to the clinic with an injured animal or other emergency. An additional fee is charged outside normal clinic hours.