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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.

What Has Happened To My Pet’s Eye?

sore eye in a dog

An ulcer is a discontinuity or break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions.

The cornea is a clear, thin membrane at the front of the eye. Corneal ulcers occur fairly frequently in pets and are often the result of a scratch from a twig or a fight. Other causes include reduced tear production leading to drying of the eye, infection and anatomical issues.

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. 

When love is expressed in a rhinoplasty

a pug with stenotic nares

You would be forgiven for thinking that dog nasal surgery would be primarily aimed at the large nosed breeds such as Bloodhounds, Germans Shepherds or Basset hounds but in reality, it’s not. Dogs requiring nasal surgery are usually of the flat faced variety - Bostons, Pugs, Frenchies and the like and it’s not cosmetics that brings them through the clinic doors.

Short faced (brachycephalic) dogs are predisposed to a number of respiratory - related issues including:

Nasty Nashers: Check those Chompers

A dog's mouth with brown calculus on the teeth and gingivitis

Periodontal disease is the most common dental disease in pets and is largely preventable. It is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a bacteria-nurturing gunge, that sticks to the teeth (that ‘furry’ feeling on your teeth if you haven't brushed for a while) and helps destructive bacteria to proliferate in the mouth. The plaque can then become mineralised, forming tartar/calculus that allows even more bacteria to attach and grow. While visible tartar is unattractive, it is the plaque and tartar that lies under the gum line that causes the real damage.

What is in a Dog's Vaccination?

C5 vaccination in a syringe and needle with the words: what's in a vaccination

Vaccination is at the heart of disease prevention in dogs. We at CAVH recommend for most dogs, that they receive a C5 vaccination, to best protect them from preventable diseases in our area. While most people are aware of the Parvo component of our vaccinations, many people don't know what other diseases their dogs are covered for.

What's in a C5 vaccination?

The 5 in “C5” refers to the 5 different components of the vaccine, each one covering for a different cause of disease.

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