Pet Care

28 February 2018
What’s good for humans is not always good for pets. This is particularly true when it comes to essential oils. Because essential oils are a cornerstone of holistic human healthcare and are used for everything from cleaning through to creating ambience in a room, pet owners often make the mistake of assuming that these oils …
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30 January 2018
During the summer months, snakes are far more active than they are at other times of the year. Whilst you might think of snake habitat as being the country or the bush, they are just as prevalent in suburban and metropolitan areas. Snakes will live anywhere there is a food source, water and shelter so …
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30 January 2018
Although human road safety is something we are taught about from an early age, pet road safety is an important issue that is often overlooked. Just like us, pets need to be properly secured when travelling in cars to ensure that they remain safe and do not distract the driver. In this week’s blog, we …
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29 January 2018
Snakes! As we are heading out to enjoy the warmer weather, so are the snakes that we share our parks and river areas with. Snakes seek out warm places to sun themselves as well as an ongoing supply of food and sometimes travel into homes and yards in search for these. During these searches snakes …
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12 January 2018
As pet owners, we know how difficult it can be to resist the puppy dog eyes pet gives you when they spy some human food they want to eat. Although giving your pet a little bit of what you’re eating from time to time doesn’t seem like it could hurt, the food we eat is …
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24 November 2017
Have you ever been worried that your pet may be suffering, but feel as though you lack the proper knowledge to help ease their pain? While it’s always best to seek advice or treatment from a professional veterinarian, there are some basic first aid tips that all pet owners should know. In this week’s article, …
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24 November 2017
Everyone loves going away on a holiday. But as a pet owner, there are some extra arrangements you need to make to ensure your pet remains happy and healthy while you’re away. There are lots of different options available to look after your pet and in this week’s blog, we’ll be discussing a few of …
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8 December 2016
October to March is snake season in Melbourne – our pets are most at risk from tiger and brown snakes. To avoid you or your pet being bitten: Control mice and other vermin which may attract snakes (but be very careful if you are using poisons as bait) Keep a tidy, well maintained garden and …
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8 December 2016
Along with all the benefits of living in the most liveable city in the world, not having to worry about the paralysis tick was an added bonus. Unfortunately, thanks to climate change, they have arrived on our doorstep. I don’t want to be an alarmist and worry pet owners unnecessarily, the risk is still very …
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8 December 2016
The warmer months provide a great opportunity for us to get out into the sunshine with our pets! With the heat comes a few potential dangers – here are some of the more common things to be mindful of over the summer months: Heatstroke is a common problem seen in both dogs and cats during …
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19 July 2016
We love to see senior pets! Dogs and cats age seven times faster than humans, so it is vitally important that your senior pet has an annual or twice annual health check. Health checks in senior pets often identify health problems that owners simply aren’t aware of. For example, we often see untreated dental problems …
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19 July 2016
– Keep them active. Arthritis is extremely common in our ageing pets and with the colder weather their joints can start aching. Regular low impact exercise is extremely important – the last thing we want is for those joints to freeze up. A visit to your trusted vet may be in order to provide some …
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13 July 2016
Kids love pets, and studies show that owning a pet creates plenty of benefits, such as encouraging respect for living things and even improved academic performance when a pet is kept in the classroom. Owning a pet can also foster a sense of responsibility in your children, but only if someone else doesn’t end up …
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16 March 2016
Rabbits make great pets. They are lovable, inquisitive creatures that are full of personality. Rabbits are a good alternative to cats and dogs but what else should you know when you’re considering a bunny buddy? Rabbits can live outside in a run or as house trained indoor companions that can even sit with you on …
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16 March 2016
The best part of Easter is the sweet treats that fill your house, but not for your pet! Cats and dogs should avoid the types of Easter foods you’ll be snacking on. Every year we warn pet owners on the seriousness of chocolate poisoning. But why is chocolate so bad? Surely a little bit won’t …
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16 March 2016
As veterinarians we can always give medicines to stop that itch, but not all of these medicines are safe to use long term. What we need to do is work together (pet owner and vet) to find out why they are itching. Below are some simple tips and first steps to help reduce that itch: …
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16 March 2016
Meet Macy Macy is an Airedale Terrier, who is almost five years old. Her best trick is a classic – it’s where she pretends not to hear Dr Kevin’s call or instructions. That is, until the treats come out and then her ears are magically open! Macy is relatively healthy aside from a sensitive stomach …
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8 January 2016
Cooling off at the beach is a great way to turn your hot dog into a cool dog. As long as it isn’t too hot and you have plenty of water on hand, a trip to the beach with your dog can be an amazing way to spend a summer’s day. Below we have listed …
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8 January 2016
Our very own Dr. Kevin provides 5 top tips for keeping your pets happy this summer. Build the exercise up slowly The New Year is here, and it’s time to step back into our exercise routines (or start new ones!). Australians love Summer and so do our dogs. More daylight means more hours to spend …
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11 December 2015
Jacinta from Vets on Parker spent a week helping sick and mistreated elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand last month. Read on to follow her adventure. As some of you may know, I spent an eye opening week volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand last month. The …
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11 December 2015
We all love a treat over Christmas, but making sure your pet has the right ones is important. It’s normal to go a bit over the top with food over the festive period, but whist you’re being merry it’s important to make sure your pet doesn’t join in. The following items are bad for your …
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14 July 2015
Did you know about the “Hay & Veggies” diet? Offer an unlimited amount of fresh grass, grass hay and weeds to your rabbit. The “Hay and Veggies” diet consists of lots of hay, fresh grass, weeds and fibrous grasses, plus a large and varied selection of greens and vegetables every single day. This is undoubtedly …
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Preparing For Surgery
2 April 2015
Vets on Balwyn provides the highest quality of care for your pet. As your pet has been booked in for surgery or anaesthesia we would like to inform you of the extra-care options available. Intravenous fluid therapy General anaesthesia or heavy sedation causes a pronounced drop in blood pressure. Coupled with surgery this can have …
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1 April 2015
When you think about it, it’s amazing that any pet learns housetraining manners at all. When your pet’s bowels say ‘Now!’, your pet has to put into motion several complex thought patterns; where to go, how to get there, and how to let its owner know if it needs to go outside. What if there …
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31 March 2015
Protect the health of your cat or dog with expert dental care from Vets on Balwyn pet dentist services More than 80% of dogs and cats in Australia are silently suffering from painful dental disease. Tartar and calculus build up on our pet’s teeth occurs due to lack of chewing and tooth overcrowding. This leads to …
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31 March 2015
Microchipping It is highly recommended that you microchip your pet. Microchips provide a permanent form of identification for your pet that cannot be changed or removed. This identification lasts for the life of your pet. In Victoria, microchipping is compulsory for cats and dogs. If your pet has been stolen and then later recovered, ownership …
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20 March 2015
Rabbits are great pets! They are a great alternative to cats and dogs and with time and commitment they can be a great addition to your family. Rabbits can live outside in a run or a superb indoor companion that can even sit with you on the sofa. Rabbits can even be trained to use …
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20 March 2015
We love to see senior pets! Dogs and cats age seven times faster than humans, so it is vitally important that your senior pet has an annual or twice annual health check. Health checks in senior pets often identify health problems that owners simply aren’t aware of. For example, we often see untreated dental disease. …
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20 March 2015
The first few months of a kitten’s life are very important for both you and your kitten. As well as learning proper behaviour and being socialised, there are some important health needs to attend to. 1. Vaccinations Your kitten should receive a number of vaccinations depending on the age of your kitten and the type …
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20 March 2015
The first few months of a puppy’s life are very important for both you and your puppy. As well as learning proper behaviour and being socialised, there are some important health needs to attend to. 1. Vaccinations Your puppy should receive a number of vaccinations depending on the age of your puppy and the type …
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4 February 2015
The first few days with a new pup can be a nightmare and particularly trying to get the little hair-ball to sleep through the night. Getting some sleep How do you do it? Do you ‘tough love’ the pup and force it to stay in the laundry or outside or do you ‘spoil the pup’ …
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30 January 2015
Young puppies and kittens can be very mischievous and inquisitive. Before you bring home your new pet you should make sure your house is as safe as possible. 1. Store any household poisons, such as cleaning agents and detergents, where your pet will not be able to access them. 2. When using rat or mouse …
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