Pet Care Blog

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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, 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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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 13 September 2019 4:17 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...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 15 August 2019 9:25 AM
 

Being dental month and talking about dog’s teeth and mouths – let’s talk muzzles. Muzzles seem to have a bad reputation, labelling the dog wearing it as being mean, dangerous or untrained. The reality however, is that many dogs do not cope well being around strangers and are not going to show their ‘best selves’ in those situations.

Muzzles have a lot of positive reasons for use, however, people often avoid using them as they believe the muzzle will hurt their dog. This is usually due to the way their dog acts when wearing one. Yes, dog’s often do not like having a muzzle on, because they associate wearing one with the negative reason why it is being used. For example a vet examining a painful area or groomer clipping nails. They can also be uncomfortable due to being an incorrect style and/or size.

When the correct muzzle is chosen, is fitted correctly and your dog associates its use with something positive, they will tolerate it well, just like a wearing a harness or a coat. A...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 2 August 2019 11:41 AM
                                                                               

At the clinic, August = Dental month!

Not that we should only be interesting in our pet’s teeth for one month of the year (as you should be interested in them all year round!), but our topic for this month is Dental disease and dental care. Before we get cracking into the heavy stuff, we just wanted to let our readers know that they can book in for a free dental check with one of our lovely nurses! This will run for the whole month, so give us a call to book in for an appointment today!

 

Now when you look at your pets lovely smile, have you noticed their 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 dental disease!

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 7 July 2019 2:31 PM
It’s hard to believe we’ve passed the half way mark of 2019 already! Time flies when you’re having fun, that’s for sure!

This month we’re going to tackle the topic of gastrointestinal tract diseases. If you’ve been reading our previous years blogs, you’ll see that a couple years ago we did a story on one of our nurses dog’s Willis, who is a garbage guts and needed emergency surgery to remove foreign objects in his stomach that he thought were delicious to eat! This time, we are going to look at the different types of conditions that can make our pet’s stomachs and intestinal tracts upset. There are many different disorders that can affect our furry friends, so grab yourself a hot Milo and get comfy!

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and diseases affect our pet's stomach and intestines, resulting in pain and other problems. The first signs you’ll see from them include

Vomiting Diarrhoea or Constipation Regurgitation Lethargy Weakness Excessive drooling Loss of appetite Abdominal...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 4 July 2019 2:27 PM
Medical issues such as obesity have a direct impact on how your pet feels and therefore how he/she behaves. Overweight pets tire easily and can be grumpy due to fatigue or aches and pains, which are a direct result of excess weight. Joint pain is common in obese pets and can lead to pain induced aggression.  

Obesity is often due to what is being fed, than how much is being fed. Most people do not deliberately over feed their pets. Rather, they feed small pieces of foods and treats containing high levels of carbohydrate, fat and additives. Which is the equivalent to us eating unhealthy fast food and lots of additive filled sweets.

Some dogs are naturally greedy and some even become food obsessed. These dogs often beg for treats or take any opportunity to steal tasty high calorie foods. High calorie treats are ideal for teaching and reinforcing desired behaviour. However, giving your pet small high calorie treats when ‘begging’ or allowing them to steal high calorie foods also reinforces this unwanted behaviour.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 28 June 2019 2:14 PM
Teaching old dogs new tricks

The phrase ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is definitely not true!! Although set in their ways, old dogs are having to learn new tricks regularly as their health deteriorates and routines change. For example, as an old dog loses his/her hearing or vision, he/she will learn to ‘listen’ or ‘hear’ in other ways, like hand signals and body gestures. Or as arthritis sets in, your dog will learn new daily routes around the house and yard that are easier for him/her.  

When training puppies, their brains are designed to absorb knowledge and experiences. You are starting their training with a ‘blank slate’, so they come across easier to train and more eager to learn than an older dog.

Often a dog’s ‘bad habits’ are learned from previous repetitions being rewarded or not being corrected. When teaching alternate behaviours that you would rather your dog be doing, it may take as long as what your dog has been doing the unwanted behaviour, for the new behaviour...

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