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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 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 17 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…