Pet Care Blog

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 Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:18 AM
Although a nice relief from the cold winter weather, spring for our pets often brings with it a side effect of allergies, and annoying insects and parasites. Whether it is a parasite, pain or skin condition, there are many reasons for your dog to scratch or chew itself. Before referring to ‘Dr Google’ and misdiagnosing your dog’s health problem, it is best to seek medical advice from your Veterinary team.

Unfortunately, there is not always an underlying medical reason causing your dog to scratch and chew itself.  Dogs can and do suffer from obsessive compulsive behavioural problems, and this may lead to them scratching and licking to excess. However, more commonly and similar to people biting their nails or twirling their hair, your dog’s constant scratching and licking can be a sign of anxiety. This may be due to fear, stress or a lack of physical and mental stimulation.

What ever the reason for the anxiety, your dog’s constant scratching, licking or chewing behaviours can cause severe damage...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 31 August 2017 9:08 AM
                                                         

Its spring…YAY ! The dreaded cold weather is almost over! The sun is shining,  the flowers are blooming and the grass is growing high!. But you know what that means………the dreaded pollen and dust that will be floating in the air! Can you feel your hay fever coming along? 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! Warmer spring days tempt us humans to spend time outside enjoying the sunshine and often taking our dogs too, who absolutely love rolling, and frolicking in the long grass and sniffing the flowers that a hundred other dogs have sniffed before.  But….Just like us, our pets can develop environmental allergies....
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 1 August 2017 9:45 AM
Do you have a pet at home whose pearly whites are not as pearly and white as they should be? Or whose breath is a just a tad stinky or a whole lot stinky?  They could be suffering from a well hidden disease…. dental disease!

Don’t worry if you do, you are not alone. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see here at the clinic with close to 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats having some degree of dental disease by the young age of 2! We are going to let you know the in’s and out’s of dental disease so you can help to keep your pet smiling…. So keep reading!

                                                          

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Friday, 28 July 2017 9:33 AM

Have you ever tried brushing your pet’s teeth? It definitely is a difficult task when your pet dislikes the experience. Luckily there are plenty of alternative ways to keep your dogs teeth clean, that does not involve distressing your pet. Please speak to our Veterinary Nurses to discuss options that would best suit you and your pet.

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 11 July 2017 1:28 PM
Meet Willis, our culprit of this month’s clinic blog!



Willis is an extremely inquisitive, exceptionally mischievous and a rather handsome young 2 year old Bull Terrier. Just look how innocent he looks in his picture…... However this is far from the truth!

This month we have been talking about bellies! We have spoken about Pancreatitis, GDV, dangerous foods and in particular gastrointestinal obstructions. Gastrointestinal obstructions are not uncommon. Our pets love to eat things they shouldn't and sometimes these things get stuck and cause them to become unwell. Dogs are particularly susceptible as they love to scavenge but cats may also ingest objects such as string or plastic wrapping. This is where Willis comes in! When we think of gastrointestinal obstruction, Willis definitely comes to mind and for good reason!

 Willis’s story:

Well…Although Willis has...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 4:00 PM
 

Worried it might change your dogs behaviour or personality?.....

 

Are you struggling to make the choice about having your Desexed? It is a big decision, especially with all the talk about how it may change your dog’s behaviour or personality. I wanted to iron out some myths and help make the decision easier for you.

Firstly, there is no scientific evidence that the desexing surgery is linked to changing a dog’s personality. The only changes in your dog’s behaviour that you may witness after having him/her desexed is a calmer pet due to the reduced hormone drive. The instinct to mate and reproduce is intense in undesexed dogs, and can lead to all sorts of restless, frantic and even aggressive behaviours, whether escaping from your backyard, partaking in physical fights with other dogs or marking with urine. Your pet may behave in a much calmer manner after being desexed, not because his/her personality is suddenly transformed, but because his/her mind isn't constantly being...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 12:33 PM
With this cold weather here, you may start to notice your older pets becoming stiff and sore as the signs of  set in. Just like us, as we get older ( and the dreaded cooler weather hits), arthritis can sneak up on our pets. You may not have realised – just like with us, pets can have physical therapy to help relieve the pain and prevent the progression of arthritis.

One of our lovely nurses Amy has studied physical therapy and has come up with some simple exercises you can do with your pet at home to help to prevent the progression of arthritis.  And with the help of Amy’s beautiful Labrador Zara, we have created some videos to help demonstrate these easy techniques. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6qd1OctEQc

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By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Sunday, 4 June 2017 8:37 AM

Brr..... It’s starting to feel like winter!

Now is the time for us to snuggle up in front of the fire place wearing our dressing gowns and uggboots,  sipping on warm hot chocolate. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?! ……but we can’t forget about our fur babies outside!  Especially our senior ones!  

By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Thursday, 1 June 2017 1:20 PM
As dogs age a number of changes occur to their body, mind and personality. Here are some tips for all you fellow senior dog owners to help your arthritic dog feel emotionally happier throughout the cold miserable winter months…



Rather than skipping your dogs daily walk on the cold rainy days, feed his/her breakfast/diner in a food ball to encourage walking. Walking will also help to lubricate arthritic joints. Food puzzles help to stimulate the mind if walking is difficult. As warmth brightens the spirit, keep your dog cosy and warm by allowing him/her to sleep/rest inside out of the weather. Outdoors, position your dog’s bed near the back door, for a view of the...
By Murray Bridge Vet Clinic on Tuesday, 2 May 2017 8:48 AM
Happy Mothers Day, Mum!

 

With mother’s day this month, it is an important time to not only show appreciation to all the human mothers out there but the 4-legged ones as well!

When a mother sees their child for the first time an instant bond is created that will last a life time. This is also true of the 4-legged furry kind. Seeing a mother interacting, caring, protecting and teaching her puppies is definitely something that melts the heart! We wanted to share with you all how beautiful, caring and smart our canine companions are and how alike they are to our own human mothers!

A mother’s everlasting bond begins from birth:

As each tiny puppy makes its way into the world, their mother is there for its first need.  The mother licks and cleans each tiny puppy helping to remove their placenta and stimulating their breathing. Like a human mother cuddles and gives her child their first feed, a mother dog curls tightly around her new litter keeping them protected and warm...

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