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Posted on 13 Jun 2019 in Cats, Disease, Pet Care, Dogs, Eyes

Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common condition seen in dogs. It is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS. The normal tear reading for a dog is over 15mm/min. Dry eye is diagnosed when the tear reading falls below 10 mm/min.

Clinical signs of dry eye:

  • Red eye – varies from mild to severe
  • Watery to mucky discharge – thick copious amounts of discharge…

Posted on 01 May 2017 in Dental, Pet Care, Darwin, Pocket Pets, Nutrition

What Should I Feed My Rabbit?

Rabbits are true herbivores and are hind gut fermenters. This means they are adapted to eat a high fibre diet and a large amount of it. Wild rabbits eat grasses and small quantities of other plant materials such as bark & roots. Inappropriate diet is one of the most common causes of disease in pet rabbits.

What…

Posted on 01 Mar 2017 in Disease, Puppies, Darwin, Dogs, Pet Care

Intestinal Worms in Dogs

Hookworms:

Hookworms are very serious parasites, especially in young animals. They are very small worms, barely visible to the human eye. Hookworm larvae can penetrate skin to infect the host – this includes barefoot humans! They can also be transmitted to unborn pups. The adult hookworm attaches itself to the intestinal wall and feeds on blood.

The larva can infect…

Posted on 11 Jan 2017 in Cats, Darwin, Pet Care

Environmental Enrichment For Cats

Addressing your cat’s physical and emotional needs enhances its health and quality of life. Behaviour problems are a leading cause of pets being surrendered or euthanized. These problems often occur in cats because their needs have not been fully met. Cats need resources to perform their natural behaviours and have control over their social interactions. As owners, we can enhance our cats’ health…

Posted on 09 May 2016 in Disease, Pet Care, Darwin, Dogs, Arthritis

Arthritis In Dogs

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

Osteoarthritis may be due to wear and tear with age, secondary to joint instability such as hip dysplasia, or following a traumatic injury. If an old dog experiences arthritis it tends to be generalised, some joints just appearing…