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 Tuesday, 14 January 2020 9:08 AM
Summer, with its warm humid weather, brings with it a multitude of parasites your dog or cat can contract. To determine if your pet does have a parasite problem you will notice your pet exhibiting some strange behaviours.

Parasite infestations can cause a number of more obvious behaviour changes in your pet - like scooting, vomiting, diarrhoea, distended abdomen, scratching to name a few. But some more subtle behaviour changes may be difficult to notice.

Intestinal worms can cause a change in appetite, weight loss and dull coat. Flea burdens can be an underlying cause of anxiety with behaviour changes such as excessive licking, low energy, irritable and aggressive behaviour. Heartworm causes a progression of symptoms, if the initial signs are not noticed, the heartworm infestation can worsen, increasing the risk to your pet’s life.  Some initial behaviour changes you may notice that could indicate your pet has a heartworm infection is low energy, mild persistent cough, reluctance to exercise...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 7 January 2020 8:52 AM

Can you believe it’s the year 2020?! Time flies when you’re having fun – it’s insane to think how fast the New Year came around. We hope you’ve been able to enjoy some time off with your family, friends and fur-kids! We imagine you all either enjoying time along the river or down the beach… especially with all this warmer weather! We also want to take this time to say that we are all still thinking about those that have been affected by the terrible fires, and have found solace and could find some joy during the difficult time.

With a new year, we always make the same old ‘New Year Resolutions’ – wanting to lose weight, travel more, see friends more, be more organised, keeping on top of our pet’s parasite control… the list goes on! And we’ll be the first to admit that by the end of the year, many of our goals have not been met. But we can help with the latter of the list – with helping you be more organised with giving your pets’ parasite control! We can understand that...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 12 December 2019 8:09 AM
With Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, there may be some kind of fireworks or loud celebrations happening near your home. Though it’s a happy and fun time, it could mean stress and anxiety for your four-legged companion. Do you have a pet that is  sensitive to loud noises such as thunderstorms, fireworks, or household situations like the vacuum cleaner/other loud house hold appliances, doors slamming shut, people raising their voice, the sound of the hair dryer…? Depending on your dog’s level of sensitivity, there may be a few ways you can help reduce the stress and anxiety that he/she is suffering during these events.

Managing your dog’s environment by limiting exposure to the noise or distracting or redirecting him/her can be helpful in resolving minor levels of stress and anxiety. Such as; hiding under furniture or in other dark secluded areas, shaking, pacing or unwillingness to lie down or stay in one place, drooling and/or panting, shedding, vocalising, uncontrollably urinating or defecating,...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 1 December 2019 4:33 PM

It’s the most, wonderful time... of the year! Who doesn’t love Christmas?! Not only for the presents Santa leaves us under the tree, but more importantly it’s for the time we spend with family and friends, stuffing our faces full of delicious food and reflecting on the year that was 2019. We’ve had a pretty full on year at MBVC – we’ve had major renovations in and outside the clinic with our new client car park and our waiting room and administration area revamped. We’ve welcomed new staff to our team, but have also had to say goodbye to some too. All in all, we’ve had a top year here at the clinic!

As we said above, we know Christmas means lots of delicious meals! With this it means that we need to keep a watchful eye on our plates to make sure our sneaky and determined four-legged companions don’t steal anything off them! Though they are irresistible, some foods can actually make...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 3 November 2019 10:22 AM
Giving Parasite Control

Have you checked your calendar and seen that your pet’s parasite control is due? Do you immediately feel a rush of anxiety knowing that there will be a serious struggle when it comes to giving your pet a tablet/spot on treatment? You can rest assure, your pets are probably feeling the same kind of anxiety as you are! Have no fear - there are a few options to help reduce these difficulties and in-turn help you to be more compliant yourself keeping your pet up to date on their parasite control.

Rather than going to war with your pet by pinning them down to shove the tablet/chew down the throat or apply the spot on, try to give a positive association to the procedure, by involving high value food with the tablet/chew/spot on. Try wrapping or coating the tablet/chew in something sticky and delicious like peanut butter or cream cheese (who could resist!). Pop it in a piece of human food they don’t usually get, like cheese or sausage. Or hide it in your dog’s favourite food...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 1 November 2019 4:32 PM
  Where has 2019 gone! It’s incredible to think that we are in November already and summer and Christmas are just around the corner! The busy time is upon us, meaning that people will start the ‘end of year’ frenzy getting ready to buy presents, book holidays and to see friends and family before the year is done. Have I missed something? Of course – our four-legged family members! With so much happening around us, sometimes we think ‘oh, I’ll get to that later’, which then leads to it being left too long, and then more panic sets it.

This month’s blog will provide you with a checklist of all the things you should be thinking about as the end of year approaches, and what you may need to have done to your pet before you and the family pack up and head away on holidays.

Vaccinations 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...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 10:54 AM
Who is loving this beautiful spring weather? So nice to be able to be out and about with family and friends (and our four-legged family members) enjoying the outdoors. This month has a couple of important dates to remember – 4th October is World Animal Day, which is a day dedicated to recognising animal rights and welfare. It’s a globally celebrated day that raises the awareness of animal welfare, and the move to make the world we live in a better and safer place for all animals. The other very special day is the 11th October which is Vet Nurse Day! This is an opportunity for the veterinary industry and vet practices to acknowledge the important role vet nurses play in their clinics. It’s also a time for pet owners and the wider community to say “thank you” to their local nurses for who they are,...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 6 October 2019 10:48 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 Friday, 4 October 2019 10:43 AM
Are you having trouble teaching your puppy to urinate outside? Or just not by the backdoor? Toilet training is not difficult, however it is time-consuming. Dogs are social animals and enjoy being part of your family. Before you get frustrated with your puppy consider these important facts.

At a young age puppies have little bladders and therefore need to be taken to the toilet frequently. I.e. after every nap, drink, feed etc. Most puppies do not have full bladder control until 5 - 6months of age. 


When going to the toilet, puppies generally have a substrate preference. This substrate may be the soft feel of the carpet, the smoothness of the tiles or privacy of the back corridor. When they go to the toilet on this substrate they are self-rewarding; with the good feeling of emptying their full bladder. Changing their substrate preference, to a substrate...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 20 September 2019 2:20 PM
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. Although dogs don’t get watery eyes and sneeze a billion times, they instead get terribly itchy.  

Allergic reactions in our furry companions are often characterised by skin problems which is then aggravated by their primary symptoms – itching and scratching. Our furry companions can itch for many reasons and sometimes for no reason at all.  Some scratching is normal but when a dog is continuously licking, scratching, biting and chewing to the point of traumatising the skin, it’s when we need to intervene. Did you know itchy skin is the second most common reason why people take their dogs to the vet? (Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhoea being the number one).


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

Telephone 0885 314 000 when the clinic is closed to hear a recorded message and directions to speak to a staff member.

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