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I Hurt it On The Grape Vine

Toxic to dog: grapes, raisins and sultanas

Grapes, raisins and currants can be toxic to dogs (and possibly cats and ferrets as well).

The Signs

Vomiting and diarrhoea are usually the first signs, often developing within hours of ingestion and the vomitus or stools may contain pieces of the fruit. Other symptoms include abnormal drinking and urination, not eating, abdominal pain and lethargy.

What is osteochondritis?

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An OCD lesion in a dog's knee (surgical view)

Osteochondrosis is a disease that occurs in young growing dogs that results in an interruption to the normal growth of bone and cartilage in the joints. There are multiple forms of osteochondrosis and the resulting effects depend on several factors including:

  • the joint/joints affected
  • the location within the joint
  • the severity of the defect
  • the degree of arthritis present in the joint

Some of the conditions that are caused by osteochondrosis include:

Snake Bites in Animals in the Illawarra

Along with BBQ, sunscreen and tourists, hot weather also brings out the snakes around the Illawarra.

There are a number of species that inhabit our part of the coast and escarpment, from non-venomous Diamond Pythons to the mildly venomous Golden Crown Snakes as well as some highly toxic individuals. While there are small pockets of Copperheads and Brown Snakes in the area, the majority of snake bite pets that we see have been bitten by the generally shy, Red Bellied Black Snake.

Parvo Treatment- What it's like beind the scenes

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A black and tan puppy being treated for parvo

Take-Away Messages From This Video

  1. Successful Treatment of Parvo or Parvovirus involves a combination of:
    • fluid therapy to replace losses in the vomit and diarrhoea
    • anti-vomiting medication to reduce nausea
    • antibiotics to prevent secondary infections
    • early nutrition to help maintain the health of cells in the gut
  2. Parvovirus is highly contagious and treatment is required in isolation facilities using special PPE to prevent spread to other susceptible animals in the hospital. 

The Vet Told Me My Pet Is Overweight….AHHHHH!

Overweight fluffy cream dog

A common question that I get, often after advising a patient to lose weight, is 'How much should I feed?'  This is usually followed quickly by the observation that the weather has been a bit wet and they’ve had an operation and their mother isn't well and ....... “I haven't been walking her much”. 

Pigs Flying and Grass Eating Dogs

2 dachshund dogs with their heads buried into grass as they eat it

Is this the end of the world as we know it?

Flying pigs might be something of a concern but despite what Facebook says, I haven't seen any. Grass eating dogs on the other hand, are more common than fake news.

Now some people might think the reason I see a lot of grass eating dogs is that I see a lot of sick dogs - which is true, BUT, I also see a lot of healthy dogs that also eat grass.

“Why is it so?”

said a famous TV science guy and the truth is: we don’t know!

The New CPV-2C Canine Parvovirus Strain and Vaccination- the facts

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french bulldog puppy in someones arms
  1. There are different variants of the virus in Australia including the 2C strain which was recently confirmed in dogs in South Australia and Victoria. 
  2. Vaccination is highly effective against all strains of canine parvovirus including the 2C strain.
  3. The vaccines we use are used globally in other countries where 2C has been identified for years and is protective there. The current vaccines have also been shown to be effective in challenge studies.

Dog Talk - Get Chatty

girl with a husky puppy, they're both laying on the floor facing each other

People have communicated with dogs for thousands of years. Recent studies have shown that even puppies are better able than adult wolves, to follow human hand gestures. Indeed, dogs are thought to be the most sensitive species to human communication. This trait is possibly why dogs were domesticated in the first place and also why they have integrated into our societies so well. Despite this rich history of interspecies to and fro, people and dogs still often run into issues trying to get their messages across.

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