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Author: Created: Tuesday, 3 March 2015 8:01 AM
Welcome to our blog, where we share the latest news and pet care tips from Murray Bridge Vet Clinic.
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 11 September 2020 10:17 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Has your full of energy puppy been driving you crazy through the cold winter months? Were you unable to socialise your puppy or attend puppy training due to Covid restrictions? Finally spring is here, and restrictions have lightened. What a glorious time to get out, socialise, and do some training while enjoying the lovely spring weather. 

Did you know dog socialisation involves more than dog play dates? It involves exposing a young dog to positive experiences in the world they will live, including daily activities around your home, walks (in different environments), car trips, visits to friends or family’s houses, café visits, camping, etc. This is one of the most effective things you, as a new dog parent, can do to enjoy a relaxed and social dog you can be proud to take anywhere.  

Train and reward good/preferred behaviours as your puppy grows into a lifetime member of the family. Use treats to teach and positively reward the behaviour you would like your dog to be doing during daily activities. Such as sit and wait before coming inside, lay on your mat while vacuuming is being done, sit to greet visitors, move to a spot away from you when asked, and walk calmly on a lead. ...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 4 September 2020 10:47 AM
Now if you sang that along to the ‘Itchy and Scratchy’ theme song from the Simpsons, I’ll be impressed!

Firstly we’d like to say a massive big thank you to everyone who supported Team MBVC during the month of August for our PAWgust fundraiser. We raised an incredible $1076! To those who donated, or watched us along our journey via our social media platforms, we truly appreciate it. We all had a great time taking selfies with our pets and exploring the many wonderful areas in the Murraylands region. So thank you to all!

But back on topic – spring is here! We can say good bye to the cold, wintry, -3 degree weather and welcome the sunshine, the bees and the flowers! But with spring, you know that means the dreaded pollen and dust that will be floating in the air! Have you been battling hay fever symptoms already? Are you reaching for the Zyrtec?

Did you know just like us, dogs and cats can have allergies to spring? Well… not all of spring! For many people, they have been cooped up inside...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 10:23 AM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

It is easy to overlook dental disease as the cause of discomfort, particularly in older dogs and cats as it is often assumed that behaviour changes are caused by aging. 

From a young age, to prevent dental disease, offer your dog plenty of chews - hard toys and rawhide. Not bones or sticks at they can damage their teeth and mouth. Offer cats primarily dry food that is large in size to encourage crunching and chewy meat. Always feed your pet a healthy diet. If your pet already has dental disease, brushing or hard foods may be ineffective and could be very painful. 

Dental pain can result in significant changes in your pet’s behaviour, such as the following: - Gradual loss of interest in playing with or chewing toys.  - Fussiness with food, including favouring a certain type of food, eating on one side only, or problems picking up food.  - Rubbing or pawing at their mouth. - Salivating or dribbling more. - Pain when you try to look at their mouth. - Blood in...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 1 August 2020 10:01 AM
It’s time to talk teeth for Dental Month!

 

 

And would you look at that; August is here!

August is a big month for us here at the clinic. The MBVC Team is participating in the PAWgust fundraiser which hopes to raise much needed funds for puppies in training to become a Guide Dog! Each day we have to walk 30 minutes with our four-legged companions. You can follow our progress through our Facebook and Instagram pages! If you’d like to donate towards this great cause, you can so on those media platforms.

 

August is also officially Dental Month! Which means it’s time to talk about our pet’s teeth!  Not that we should only be interesting in our pet’s teeth for one month of the year (as you should be interested...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Saturday, 4 July 2020 2:05 PM
  Brrrr – it’s cold out here! Winter seems to be settling in just nicely doesn’t it? But it’s that lovely time of year where we get all rugged up and crank the fire (or heater) up at home. It’s also the time to make sure we keep a close eye on our senior pets too. All pets, no matter their age, need to be kept warm during the colder months, but it’s our ‘senior citz’ pets that need the extra warmth and care. In previous blogs we’ve touched base on what we, as pet parents, should be doing to make sure we are doing everything to look after our senior pets (you can click here to read last year’s blog in case you missed it). This year’s Senior Pet blog is going to have more of a focus on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), which is just the fancy name for Doggie Dementia.

“Dog’s get dementia?” We hear you ask – there simple answer is yes!...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 2 July 2020 2:03 PM
Monthly Behaviour Tip

Dog Dementia

Similar to humans, as your dog ages, you may notice subtle changes in his/her behaviour. The more you know about how your dog ages, the better care you can provide..

Dog dementia (Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome) commonly presents around 11 years of age, with signs of confusion, anxiety, listlessness, and other neurological-based problems. If you notice any of these signs in your dog, there are ways to help him/her feel more comfortable and delay symptoms worsening. One of the best ways is to provide him/her with mental stimulation, such as food puzzles, simple low stress training, and low-impact exercise, on a daily basis, to help engage your dog’s mind. 

Some specific symptoms call for other methods to help your dog during this time of their life:

Aimless wandering - If your old dog is wandering around the house aimlessly, looking lost or getting ‘stuck’ in a corner for no apparent reason. Help to minimise confusion and anxiety,...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Monday, 1 June 2020 4:21 PM
   

Hello to all! We are back in the blog business again! What a crazy couple months its’ been… we hope you’ve all been staying safe and keeping well during this time of uncertainty. We can understand that it’s been a stressful, emotional and trying period, but it’s nice to look at the progress that’s been made and the fantastic work everyone has done to do their part in stopping the spread.

We’ve posted it many times on our Facebook page, but we truly are thankful and very grateful to all our clients who have been patient and understanding throughout this time, and who have made it easier for the clinic whilst trying to adapt to the social distancing rules and regulations. It’s nice to be able to have people coming back through the front doors! 

So – let’s jump straight back into the focus for this month – Gastro-intestinal (GI) diseases and disorders! This is a very broad topic and covers a lot of information, but being that many people are working from home and having more time...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:58 AM
Nutrition has an enormous impact on the health of your pets. But have you considered how it may affect their behaviour as well?

  Firstly the feeding times and method in which food is delivered, can impact the way your pet behaves around food (dog or human food). When even small amounts of food is given while you are eating or snacking yourself, your pet will learn to be close by during these times so to not miss out. This may lead to begging behaviours when around food, especially when the food is withheld from your pet. Similarly when your pet is only fed once a day, he/she may gain hunger prior to feed time, leading to scavenging between feed times or protective behaviours when food is present. 

What you feed can also have a huge influence on your pet’s behaviour in various ways. High quality foods containing the fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), have been shown to increase the mental acuity in puppies and kittens. Meaning your new family member will be more trainable. Similarly, certain...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 3 April 2020 8:49 AM
 

And with a blink of the eye – Easter is here! Feels like only yesterday we were writing about Christmas! Everyone here at MBVC would like to send their warm wishes to all our blog readers, hoping you all have a safe yet wonderful Easter with your families! It’s a good time to remind you to take extra care for your furry friends as well, as we know how this time of the year can spell trouble for them. Be mindful about where you’re hiding those Easter eggs, as we don’t want your four-legged children to find them and eat them.

Chocolate contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine that cannot be metabolised by our pets, particularly dogs. Make sure to look out for these symptoms if you think your pet has snuck a Cadbury egg or two:

Hyperactivity Tremors Panting Racing heartbeat Vomiting & diarrhoea Seizures Sudden death  Chocolate poisoning mostly affects our pet’s gastrointestinal system, central nervous system and kidneys. Symptoms usually start to show from...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 1 March 2020 2:00 PM
Where is this year going? Can’t believe we’re already nearly a quarter through the year! March has come around way too fast for our liking - that’s for sure!

But with another month means it’s time for another blog! We hope you enjoy what we write, and if you ever want to hear about something we haven’t covered before, please provide us with some feedback in the comments below. Also if you’ve read a previous blog and want to re-read it, you can do so by clicking down on the left hand side.

Now where was I…? Oh yes- this month’s blog! Our focus is on eyes! We haven’t really focussed on eye diseases before, so we thought we’d bring it to the discussion table and chat about a few common eye conditions we see here at the clinic.

Eye diseases cover a whole range of different conditions, so let’s get an ‘eye-dea’ of what things might be happening when our furry friends get a sore eye.

The obvious symptoms include your pet keeping their eye shut and not wanting to open it, weeping and/or...

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