Flat-Face Syndrome

There’s a problem that has developed, over time, with some dog and cat breeds which we could loosely call ‘Flat-Face Syndrome’. In more technical terms, this is ‘Brachycephalic Syndrome’ –  my Latin teacher would have translated this, more or less, as ‘short-headed’. You know the common breeds and have seen them around for years. Bulldogs,

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A Great Way to Stop Your Dog from Scratching!

I talked, last year, about a great way to stop your dog from scratching (sorry, no good for cats). We had started using a new injectable drug which showed great promise for allergic dogs. Well, the good news is that, after a year of using these injections, we’re having fantastic results! Given this is such

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Greyfriars Bobby – a Faithful Little Dog!

I was reminded, this morning, of the story of Greyfriars Bobby, a little dog who lived in 1800’s Edinburgh. I’ve told the story a number of years ago but I think it bears retelling. The reminder came in the form of a package of photos delivered to me by Bev and Mick Wright – two

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It’s Snake-Bite Season Again!!

Unfortunately, it’s snakebite season again in the Gawler area! Every year we’re confronted with a number of cases of snakebite in both dogs and cats. If left untreated, snakebite is most often a fatal disease and, as such, it’s really important that you’re aware of the dangers. Given that snakes are cold-blooded creatures, Spring is

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Treating Dental Disease

In a couple of earlier articles, I’ve talked about how to recognise when your dog or cat has a dental problem and about why it’s such a significant problem. The next thing I’d like to do is to give you a little better idea of how we go about treating the problem. This is a

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Telltale Signs of Pet Dental Disease

As promised, we’re bringing you a series of articles around dental disease in recognition of the fact that it’s Pet Dental Month. The idea behind Pet Dental Month has always been to raise awareness of pet dental care. We’d like nothing more than so see an improvement in oral hygiene in our patients and a

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What’s the Big Deal with Pet Dental Disease?

Although we don’t examine too many polar bears at Gawler Animal Hospital (like the one above that Dr Dave came across in the French Alps), we do look in a lot of pets mouths!! Sadly, we see an awful lot of dental disease in both dogs and cats and that takes up quite a lot

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Flynn’s Fat Friends!!

In a previous practice life, I used to run a pet weight loss program that the nurses endearingly referred to as ‘Flynn’s Fat Friends’. This was named after Flynn, our delightful but somewhat self-indulgent Burmese clinic cat. He had a habit of chewing a hole in the corner of the largest (and most expensive) dog-food

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Golden Oldies

Going back many years, I remember being pleased to be asked to play in a ‘Golden Oldies’ rugby tournament. Immediately afterwards, on reflection, I was a bit horrified to realise that meant I was becoming pretty ancient as 35 was the minimum age for this classification. Oh, how I’d like to be that ‘ancient’ (and

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Keep Your Pets Free From Arthritic Pain

After all the bone-dry weather these last few months, hasn’t it been fantastic to see the rain finally arrive? The downside to this, however, is that cold wet weather is also the precursor to arthritis and so I’d like to talk to you about how to keep your pets free from arthritic pain this winter.

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