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, 21 May 2020 11:58 AM
Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of your pets. But have you considered how it may affect their behaviour as well?

  Firstly the feeding times and method in which food is delivered, can impact the way your pet behaves around food (dog or human food). When even small amounts of food is given while you are eating or snacking yourself, your pet will learn to be close by during these times so to not miss out. This may lead to begging behaviours when around food, especially when the food is withheld from your pet. Similarly when your pet is only fed once a day, he/she may gain hunger prior to feed time, leading to scavenging between feed times or protective behaviours when food is present. 

What you feed can also have a huge influence on your pet’s behaviour in various ways. High quality foods containing the fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), have been shown to increase the mental acuity in puppies and kittens. Meaning your new family member will be more trainable. Similarly, certain...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 3 April 2020 8:49 AM

And with a blink of the eye – Easter is here! Feels like only yesterday we were writing about Christmas! Everyone here at MBVC would like to send their warm wishes to all our blog readers, hoping you all have a safe yet wonderful Easter with your families! It’s a good time to remind you to take extra care for your furry friends as well, as we know how this time of the year can spell trouble for them. Be mindful about where you’re hiding those Easter eggs, as we don’t want your four-legged children to find them and eat them.

Chocolate contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine that cannot be metabolised by our pets, particularly dogs. Make sure to look out for these symptoms if you think your pet has snuck a Cadbury egg or two:

Hyperactivity Tremors Panting Racing heartbeat Vomiting & diarrhoea Seizures Sudden death  Chocolate poisoning mostly affects our pet’s gastrointestinal system, central nervous system and kidneys. Symptoms usually start to show from...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 1 March 2020 2:00 PM
Where is this year going? Can’t believe we’re already nearly a quarter through the year! March has come around way too fast for our liking - that’s for sure!

But with another month means it’s time for another blog! We hope you enjoy what we write, and if you ever want to hear about something we haven’t covered before, please provide us with some feedback in the comments below. Also if you’ve read a previous blog and want to re-read it, you can do so by clicking down on the left hand side.

Now where was I…? Oh yes- this month’s blog! Our focus is on eyes! We haven’t really focussed on eye diseases before, so we thought we’d bring it to the discussion table and chat about a few common eye conditions we see here at the clinic.

Eye diseases cover a whole range of different conditions, so let’s get an ‘eye-dea’ of what things might be happening when our furry friends get a sore eye.

The obvious symptoms include your pet keeping their eye shut and not wanting to open it, weeping and/or...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 14 February 2020 10:45 AM

No need to worry… Isn’t that what pets are for? As a pet owner, you know you can always rely on your four-legged companion to make you feel wanted and loved! Their love and loyalty towards us is unconditional. Sure, they can sometimes do naughty things and not always listen to us, but you can feel good knowing deep down that they really do love us!

Do you know what the signs of affection are?

Does your dog:

Bring you their favourite squeaky toys, often covered in dirt and slobber? – This is a sign of affection. Lick your face frantically? – This is an easy one…. You are being kissed. Make eye contact with you? – Prolonged eye contact is a sign your dog feels safe and secure with you. Yawn when you do? Some people believe if a dog yawns after you do it is a sign of empathy. Or how about your cat? We all know how sassy our felines can be!

Do they:

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 13 February 2020 10:30 AM
Any pet, of any age, can get heart disease. Similarly, they can suffer mental ‘heart health’? Like a lot of humans, pets such as dogs, cats and horses are very anxious beings. A lot of unwanted behaviours of your pets, can be due to an underlying anxiety. Depending on the trigger of the anxiety there can be some simple ways to help reduce the heart ache for your pet when it comes to anxiety, fear and phobias.


• Reduce expose to the trigger – pin point the trigger and where possible avoid it, or find an alternative to it. 

• Play/exercise – physical activities like a walk, game with a favourite toy or chase are great stress reducers.

• Provide mental stimulation – Provide food based toys or do some training to keep your pet’s mind focused away from the trigger. 

• Create a safe zone – Provide a safe place in your home or item, for your pet to escape high-stress events (a crate, quite room, favourite toy/blanket). 

• Calm background noise – Playing calm music...
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...

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