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Posted on 27 Apr 2015 in Dogs, Disease, Cats, Darwin

Heartworm in Darwin

Heartworm is a parasite which is passed from animal to animal by the bite of a mosquito.
Darwin's warmth and heavy rain creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquito-borne diseases like heartworm.

We have recently diagnosed cases of Heartworm infection in dogs at All Pets Veterinary Hospital, and there have also been numerous cases of Heartworm infection reported in other tropical…

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 in Arthritis, Cats, Darwin, Disease

Arthitis in Cats

Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a degenerative joint disease, where the cartilage within the joint is worn away, leading to inflammation and painful, aching joints.

You may notice that as your cat gets older, they aren’t as nimble as they once were. It’s easy to assume this is just a natural part of ageing; however, just like humans and dogs, cats can suffer from arthritis.

Cats…

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 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…

Posted on 19 Feb 2014 in Dogs, Cats, Dental, Disease

Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats

Periodontal disease is a very common condition in dogs and cats, with 80% of pets over the age of 3 affected to some degree.

Periodontal disease means disease around the outside of the tooth. The tooth sits in a socket, and is held there by periodontal ligaments. Periodontal disease takes place inside the socket the tooth sits in.
Bacteria…