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Posted on 19 Jan 2015 in Dogs, Disease

Otitis Externa (ear infections) In Dogs

Ear infections are a common problem in dogs. As you can see from the above illustration, dog’s ear canals are long and have a vertical and a horizontal component. Ear infections are not always obvious when looking at the outside of the ears.

Dogs will usually scratch at their ears or shake their heads when they…

Posted on 16 Nov 2014 in Dogs, Disease, Cats, Allergy, Darwin

Itchy Skin

Does your pet scratch, lick, or chew themselves excessively? Itchy skin is a very common problem in dogs and cats, particularly at this time of year in Darwin with the onset of the wet season.

There are many different causes of itchy skin in pets, and it is important to try to work out what the cause is, so that we can determine how best to help them. It is no fun for them to be constantly…

Posted on 19 Sep 2014 in Dogs, Disease

Australian Bat Lyssavirus

What should I do if my dog gets scratched or bitten by a bat?

Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV) has received media attention again recently, with a bat in Katherine testing positive for this disease. If bats are left alone and not touched, there is very minimal risk from bats, however getting dogs to do this is not always easy…..

ABLV is closely related to Rabies virus,…

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 in Dogs, Disease

Kennel Cough- Infectious Tracheobronchitis

What is itKennel Cough?

Kennel cough isan infectious bronchitis of dogs characterized by a harsh, hacking cough thatmost people describe as sounding like “something stuck in my dog’s throat.” Itis very contagious, and can be picked up anywhere, not just in a kennel.Infection is more likely when lots of dogs are together eg. kennels or doggyday care, hence the name kennel…

Posted on 07 Jul 2014 in Dogs, Cats, Pet Insurance

Have you considered getting pet insurance?

Quite often pet owners will ask me whether they can get pet insurance after their pet has had a major injury or illness. Unfortunately it is not possible to get any insurance which will cover an injury or illness that has already happened. However if they had obtained pet insurance prior to the incident it would have been a huge help!

In Australia, most human medical costs are covered by government…