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Does your puppy itch? Here’s how to Relieve Itching in Puppies

Do you have a puppy that scratches non-stop? Lucky, you’re not alone. It is very common to see pups scratching, especially when they are young and their skin is sensitive. A couple of things you can do to reduce the irritation for them: Ensure they are on a very effective monthly flea preventative like Comfortis. It is important that every pet in your house is on this every month of…

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What You Need to Know – Tick Paralysis in Pets

What Is It? Tick paralysis is a serious and life threatening condition affecting both dogs and cats in eastern Australia. Caused by a tick which is confined to bushy coastal areas of QLD and NSW, the native host for this tick is the possum or bandicoot, so ticks are a danger wherever these are found. The adult female tick is only a couple of millimeters in size when they attach…

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4 Methods to Protect Your Dog From Paralysis Ticks

Paralysis ticks are the single most dangerous parasite for dogs, with just one tick capable of causing paralysis and even death! In this post you’ll learn: Symptoms of tick paralysis How to identify a tick 4 methods to prevent tick poisoning Ixodes holocyclus, commonly known as the Australian paralysis tick, can cause paralysis by injecting neurotoxins into its host. Ticks are most commonly found in bushy coastal areas and although…

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How To Check for Ticks

There are many types of ticks in Australia and it is important to know which types are in the area where you live. Some cause blood loss and skin irritation while others (especially on the east coast of Australia)can cause serious life-threatening paralysis and death. In most areas these paralysis ticks are seasonal and our pets are at highest risk from late winter to early summer. Unfortunately, it is possible…

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Healthy Skin – Healthy Coat

One of the first things I notice as an indicator of health in the pets I see is the quality of their coat. Over my 30 years as a vet I have consistently seen that pets with strong, healthy and shiny coats are equally internally strong and healthy. So what does it mean if your pet’s coat is looking dull and lifeless? And how can you help them enjoy better…

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How To Treat Your Dog for Worms

Regular preventative worming is a normal part of caring for our pets. Dogs can become infected with a wide variety worms (tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, heartworms). Some of these are irritating to our pets, some cause disease to them (and possibly to us) and some of them are life threatening. Puppies and kittens are most at risk during the first few months of life so it is critical to worm them…

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How To Handle Fleas On Your Dog

Fleas are one of the most common causes of itchy skin in pets. Flea bites are extremely irritating and in some pets a single flea bite can cause a very aggravating skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Your pet may frantically scratch and bite their coat and may lick themselves constantly. Fleas are small black/brown insects that are often found around the neck, hind legs and the base of the…

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