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Help! My dog has noise phobia, Newstead Vet

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Thunderstorms and fireworks are pretty common here in QLD and other parts of Australia this time of the year and I thought I would take this opportunity to write about noise phobias - thunder and fireworks.

How many of you have found yourself trying to soothe your dog during a storm? Most owners would recognise “storm phobia” as the three “H”s - the howling, the hiding and the havoc! Storms are actually more stressful if your pet is in an apartment particularly as the thunder echoes against the surrounding tall buildings. Here are some tips on preventing your furry companion from doing some serious damage to themselves (broken bones and tissue damage) when a stressful storm front is at your doorstep.

Help! My dog is afraid of the thunder, Newstead Vet.


Recognizing your dog has a phobia of noise

Do thunderstorms make your pooch quiver with fear and send him scurrying under the bed? Panting and pacing around when the weather turns foul? It is likely that a dog suffering from storm phobia will react badly to other loud noises such as fireworks, and will likely suffer from separation anxiety. Some experts consider storm phobia to be a progressive behavioural disease – meaning that your dog is likely to display worsening signs of fear with each successive thunderstorm. Act early - recognise the signs and take steps now.

Distract and reassure

This method works best when your furry kid is just beginning to show signs of noise phobia. Engage your dog in activities that he or she enjoys, distracting her from behaving fearfully. Get the tennis ball out and roll it around the floor. Hugs and tummy rubs with lots of treats are never a bad thing. However, be careful not to reward your doggie for a fear reaction with soothing sounds or stroking as you might positively reinforce fear reactions.

Hidden cave behind a waterfall

Create a comfortable place for your pooch to go to during a storm. Crates or enclosed room (think closet or bathroom) allows your pooch to safely hide away from the negative stimulus. Drowning out the noises with a loud radio can be beneficial. I once heard of an owner calmed her dog down by playing an entire soundtrack of Lady Gaga's songs during the storm to a dog in a bathroom.


Desensitization with noise

Playing a thunderstorm sound CD when it is not raining can reduce the doggie’s sensitivity to loud noises. Play a game of fetch while starting at low volume and gradually work your way up to very high volume. This process may be a good way to negate fearful reactions.

Natural therapies can work magical wonders

Flower essence such as Bach flower extracts (Rescue Remedy) or Dog Appeasing Pheromone diffusers (D.A.P) may supplement the above tips to help you build a calming environment around the dog.

Drugs and behaviorists

Talk to your vet about the range of drugs that can help your furry kid if you are concern of his or her health or safety – dogs who work themselves into a frenzy can, from time to time, get self-destructive. Some clients have a negative association of "drugging" their pets but look at it this way, there are many people who are on Xanax and they seem to lead a normal life. Get a referral to a vet who specialises in behaviour if necessary.

Come see us at Newstead Vet, Emporium  Shop 15, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, if you have further questions about the health of your pet.  (07) 3216 0045.

How do I cook food for my dog, Teneriffe Vet?


There are many different ways to feed your pooches and the shops certainly stock a huge variety of pet food currently available in the Australia. However, there are also a lot of us who want to home-prepare food for our furry kids. It is also important that the food we feed our doggies are also nutritionally balanced.

I often get asked by clients who want to cook something nice for their pet dogs and if this is OK. My opinion is that as long as the cooked food contains the right amount of ingredients and meet a dog's nutritional needs, why not?

How do I cook food for my dog, Teneriffe Vet?


Here is the ingredient list to home-prepare an AAFCO balanced diet for an 18kg adult dog:

240g cooked rice/oats
120g cooked meat
2 teaspoon olive oil
30g pureed veggies or fruit
4g calcium carbonate*
1g potassium chloride*
1 adult multivitamin tablet

* You can buy calcium carbonate as a supplement from your chemist. Potassium chloride is available as a salt substitute and can be found in the supermarket.

Check out my video on how to make a simple dinner for your dog using the above ingredients in a rice cooker!

Teneriffe Vet's guide to basic cooking for your dog:



If you are looking for a trusted Teneriffe Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.




Christmas toxic food list



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Christmas has arrived!

While shopping for groceries this week for ingredients to make a dessert for Christmas Day’s BBQ, I came across a free Christmas food recipe booklet which I cheerfully flipped through. I put on my MasterChef hat and convinced myself that I had a shot at creating that delicious Cherry Wreath Cake, or Panettone Bombe or the Almond ricotta cheesecake (with fresh mango). Deep down inside, I probably would be lucky to get away with a fruit salad.

Now some of us may be in our holiday mood and decide to give our Christmas lunch leftovers as an annual treat to our dogs… but before you do so, I thought it prudent to come up with a list of some of the common Christmas foods/ ingredients that could lead to that unwanted visit to the Pet Emergency Centre.

What kind of Xmas food can my dog have, Teneriffe Vet?



Foods to definitely avoid!


  • Alcohol: Good for you and me, not so good for the four-leggeds. Wines and sweet alcoholic beverages during festive season are unavoidable but keep the beer to yourself and desserts containing hard liquor in your tummy.
  • Avocados: The science behind this is not exactly clear but it is claimed that all parts of an avocado are toxic to dogs, so resist the urge to give your furry creature any of this creamy delight found commonly in dips and salads.
  • Bones: After the meat has been carved, throw away the bone or reuse it as a soup stock. Cooked bones, especially chicken/turkey bones, can splinter and lodge in your dog’s digestive tract.
  • Chocolate: Death by chocolate can be a reality if you are not careful. It is very popular to gift dark chocolate truffles so make sure you leave Christmas presents that may contain these heavenly bites away from dogs. Pretty sure there will be many chocolate desserts tonight, best not to wear my belt. If you have any excess delicious chocolates, Dr Nic is more than happy to woof them down for you.
  • Fat trimmings/gravies: If I don’t eat it, my babies can’t have it. Too much fat over a short period of time can be dangerous. Pancreatitis is a very common disease that occurs after a treat high in fat.
  • Fruit pits: Cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines and other juicy stone fruits are in season now. Cherries are particularly worrying as their pips are smaller and can be consumed in large amount. Dispose of pips carefully by not spitting them out as you cheerfully walk around in the garden.
  • Grapes/raisins: I cannot resist picking thirst quenching grapes and eating them off fresh from the vines that I grow in my backyard. However this also means that I have to fence up my garden to prevent my two babies from scavenging any grapes that have fallen on the ground.
  • Macadamia nuts: Honey glazed macadamias are the perfect snack while waiting for friends to turn up for the dinner. Not so perfect for dogs. These crunchy nuts can cause paralysis.
  • Onions: A must have in any barbeque party. Let’s face it, a sausage sizzle is not a sausage sizzle without caramelized onions. A disaster if your four-legged babies get into a tray full of them.


Accidents do happen and sometimes your guests may not know that the above food items can be poisonous or dangerous to dogs, so keep an eye out for these following signs:


  • Abdominal pain or your dog reacting negatively to your touch (shying away, snappy etc).
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhoea
  • Drooling
  • Laboured breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting


If your furry baby is exhibiting any of the above symptoms or even if you just suspect he has ingested something toxic, seek veterinary attention immediately and bring the suspected poison and a sample of the vomit to your emergency vet if possible.

Prevention is still better than cure. Merry Christmas everyone and may you eat lots of delicious food tonight!

If you are looking for a Teneriffe Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Help! I found a baby bird, Fortitude Valley Vet.



Every year, many veterinary clinics receive "orphaned" or "abandoned" baby birds brought in by the members of the public every spring. More frequently than not, these birds are actually fledglings that recently left their nest and have not learned how to fly properly. These birds are not lost or helpless. Fledglings will spend a short period of their time, hopping along the ground, practicing their flying skills while still being fed and protected by their parents.

Before picking up a baby bird and bringing it into the nearest vet clinic, it is important to ask yourself a few questions first.

Help Fortitude Valley Vet, I found a baby bird!


Is this a nestling or a fledgling, Fortitude Valley Vet?

A nestling is unable to perch on your finger or branch, is bald or has down feathers. In contrast, a fledgling is covered in feathers and can perch on your finger without any problem.

Is the bird injured, Fortitude Valley Vet?

If the bird is able to move by itself and hop around, then it is unlikely that it is injured. Any obvious trauma, like bite wounds, a broken leg or wing, will need veterinary care.

Is this bird in a safe place, Fortitude Valley Vet?

Pets, kids, cars and other people present a risk to the baby bird. Place fledglings in a tree or shrub off the ground. Then leave the fledgling alone.

Nestlings should be returned to the original nest if possible. It may be quite difficult as their nests are well hidden. Provide a substitute nest by tying a basket or small box in a tree and line the nest with tissues.

As mentioned before, the parents are probably close by and watching from a safe distance. Your presence near the safe place can prevent the parents from reclaiming their offspring. Monitor the bird from a distance or even better, come back after 2 hours. If the nestling is still unclaimed, with no sign of any parent feeding the baby bird, then it will be time to bring the bird to a wildlife carer.

If you are looking for a Fortitude Valley Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Services - Fortitude Valley Vet



Fortitude Valley Vet prides itself in offering quality veterinary care to pets living in Inner City Brisbane.


Veterinary Care Services

Annual Vaccination And Health Check

Dogs (C5 vaccination), Cats (F3 vaccination), puppy and kitten vaccination and health check and guinea pig health check. 

Medical Consult

Is your pet vomiting, not eating, or just not right? Come see us for a comprehensive health check. We offer in-house blood test, digital radiography, ultrasonography and referral to specialist when required.  

Parasitic Control

We recommend annual heartworm injection and 3 monthly flea, tick and gastrointestinal worming treatment for dogs. Monthly flea treatment and 3 monthly gastrointestinal worming for cats. 

Surgery

Surgical procedures including desexing, emergency, orthopaedic, soft tissue.

Dentistry

We use ultrasonic scalers and digital dental xrays to help keep those rotten teeth away.

Microchipping

Give your lost pet a chance to find his way home.

Senior Pet Care

Taking care of your pet in his golden years.

Itchy Pet

Dr Nic has a special interest in dermatology. Speak to him about the best solution for your itchy pet.


Pet Grooming

All cats requiring grooming will need to be sedated. 


Pet Lifestyle

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Fortitude Valley Vet stocks a large range of over-the-counter veterinary products such as parasite control (worming, flea or tick treatment), shampoos and Hill's Prescriptive food. We also stock a curated range of quality Australian hand-made or designed pet products such as collars, leads, and clothing. Our popular "treats bar" are well-stocked with 100% dehydrated meat treats and other locally made pet snacks for your fur babies.

We are located in Emporium, Shop 15, 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. (07) 3216 0045.



How do I take care of rabbits, Ascot Vet?


*For non-QLD readers only. Rabbits and ferrets are banned in QLD!


I just adopted a rabbit, how should I take care of it, Ascot Vet?


Rabbits can be housed outdoors or indoors. There are a variety of hutches available in the local pet shops but many are either too small or have the potential to cause harm to your rabbits.

What kind of enclosures should I use for my rabbit, Ascot Vet?

The minimum requirements for a rabbit to live comfortably in a hutch include:

1) Rabbits should be able to stand up fully on their hind limbs and take at least 3 hops. Generally this is around 2m by 2m wide and by 1m high per rabbit.

2) The hutch should be constructed in materials that are easy to clean. It must be chew-proof. Avoid wire mesh floors.

3) Well ventilated to stop build up of ammonia.

4) Hutches should be placed in a dry, draught and rain free area. This area should also be insulated to maintain an ambient temperature of 14-25 degrees Celsius. Heat stress is a common fatal illness in rabbits.

5) A place to mount drinking water bottles. This is preferable to water bowls as the bottles are less likely to become soiled and minimises unnecessary wetting of the enclosure.

Does my rabbit need any exercise, Ascot Vet?

All rabbits require daily exercise to maintain good physical and mental health. It is recommended to allow 4 hours of "roaming" time. You can supervise them outside of their hutches or you can allow your rabbit free reign of a house or apartment. It is important to rabbit-proof your place first before doing this as electrocution, ingestion of toxic plants and damage to furnitures are common. Provide hiding areas, such as overturned boxes/containers or pipes, for your rabbit within the enclosure or your home to allow them to hide when threatened. If you house your bunny outdoors, remember to put in subterranean wire mesh and high fences to prevent escape via digging or jumping. Outdoor enclosures should have an exercise run no smaller than 4m by 4m wide. Don't forget about protection against mosquitoes, fleas and flies to prevent transmission of myxomatosis and calicivirus.

What kind of litter/substrate I need to give for my rabbit, Ascot Vet?

Many hutches come with wire mesh flooring that can cause pododermatitis. Look for one that does not have this wire mesh and lay the floor with a thick layer of straw or grass hay. You can also use shredded newspaper or recycled paper pellets. Avoid wood shavings as they may cause respiratory problems.

Rabbits can be toilet trained as they like to use the same area for urination and defecation. Provide a cat litter tray and lined it with straw, hay, shredded paper or recycled paper pellets. Make sure you change the litter often to prevent ammonia build up which can irritate eyes and respiratory tracts. Dirty litter trays also cause pododermatitis.

Can I house my rabbit with other animals, Ascot Vet?

Rabbits enjoy the company of other rabbits. However it can be impossible to group two undesexed girls that are not related. Similarly, two intact boys can be difficult too. In general, you will have more success pairing a desexed boy rabbit to a girl rabbit. Same sex pairing of two desexed rabbits can be difficult but not impossible. If you want more than 2 rabbits, try grouping desexed male rabbits together or with intact female rabbits. Be careful when introducing new rabbit into an established group as fights are common. It is not recommended to house rabbits with guinea pigs as rabbits may harbor bacteria that cause fatal diseases in guinea pigs.

Any toys for them, Ascot Vet?

Mental stimulation can come in the form of chewing and throwing toys around. Rabbits also love to investigate new areas. You can create a fun environment by giving cardboard boxes for them to explore and gnaw. Provide a variety of straws, willow/apple tree branches, hard plastic baby/dog toys and wooden toys for your bunnies to munch on. Try hiding hay in toilet rolls for the rabbit to root out or stuffing dried pinecones with treats to make a "rabbit kong".


If you are looking for a trusted Ascot Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Help! My dog has sore ears, New Farm Vet. Part 2

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Finishing up from yesterday's post on sore ears, today we will look at treatments available to reduce the occurrence of sore ears.

Help! My dog has sore ears, New Farm Vet. 


What can you do if your dog has a recurrent ear infection?

Visit your local vet. He may do an ear examination, take some samples using swabs, conduct allergy trials or refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for further work ups.

What treatments are available?

The goals are to identify the different factors, remove or control pre-disposing and primary factors, reduce inflammation and resolve secondary infections (e.g. bacteria or yeast infection). Generally, your vet may recommend using ear drops that have steroidal, bactericidal and fungicidal properties or oral therapies to control infection and inflammation. These treatments require a re-visit to the vet within 1 week to assess their effectiveness and success. Anti-parasite treatments may take a longer time to see a resolution of the problem. If the second ear examination is satisfactory, your vet may then recommend the use of commercial ear cleaning products with drying agents to keep residual moisture at bay.

It is important that the tympanic membrane (ear drum) is not ruptured before any treatment is given as it can aggravate the problem further. Hence it is important to seek your vet’s advice before you attempt to clean your pet’s ear.

If you are looking for a New Farm Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Help! My dog has sore ears, Teneriffe Vet

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Inflammation of the external ear canal (otitis externa) is a very common problem in dogs. The usual signs of ear problems include head shaking, smelly and dirty ears, itchiness and discharge. Bacteria and yeast are common culprits associated with ear problems. However, it is important to understand that most ear infections are due to an underlying cause. It pays to investigate what is actually causing the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.


Help! My dog has sore ears, Teneriffe Vet.


There are 3 main categories of factors that contribute to ear infections and treatments for them can vary.

Primary factors:

Primary factors directly cause ear infection. Allergies such as atopic dermatitis and food allergy are most commonly associated with recurrent ear infections. Another primary factor is ear mites. It is more common to see these kinds of parasites in cats.  Other factors include irritants / foreign bodies like grass seeds, dirt, sand etc.

Predisposing factors:

These factors increase the risk of an ear infection. Narrow ear canals, long ears and hairy ear canals can impair ventilation and clearance of normal secretions from the ears. It is important to note that the presence of dense hair does not mean your pooch will develop ear problems – plucking of hair from dogs not suffering from ear problems may potentially cause ear problems instead. However, if your pet has recurrent ear infection, then removal of excess hair may help. Excessive moisture, due to high humidity in different country regions or frequent swimming/bathing, may lead to disruption of the ear skin tissue, increasing the risk of an ear infection.

Perpetuating factors:

Perpetuating factors prevent the resolution of ear problems. External ear canals can progressively become narrower due to chronic unresolved ear inflammation as soft tissue within the ear canal increases/thickens. This results in stenotic ear canals. Changes in the luminal diameter, moisture level and warmth within the ear carnal can lead to disruption of ear skin tissue and increase microbial growth. The presence of bacteria and yeast usually does not induce ear problems, but can cause it when there are perpetuating factors favourable to their growth.

We will look at treatments available and preventative methods to reduce the occurrence of sore ears in tomorrow's blog post.

If you are looking for a Teneriffe Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Help! My cat has AIDs, Teneriffe Vet.

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Feline AIDs is a potentially fatal disease that is caused by the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and can interfere with the immune system of your cat.


Help! My cat has AIDs, Teneriffe Vet.


It is reported that between 14% to 29% of Australian cats carry this disease. Infected cats often remain healthy for a number of years and show no sign of the disease until later on in life. Eventually your cat may die from infections because the immune system is unable to fight them off.

FIV is spread from cat to cat mainly through bite wounds. Hence Outdoor cats carry higher risk of contracting the disease through fights. It is unlikely that your cat can be infected through sharing water bowls or mutual grooming with a FIV positive cat even though the virus is shed in high levels through saliva.

These are the symptoms that may suggest that your cat is FIV positive:

Fever, eye lesions, oral lesions, loss of appetite or weight loss, chronic diarrhoea, chronic respiratory disease, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, poor quality of fur, chronic infections and cancers.

So what can you do to prevent feline AIDS?

Change the way you manage your cat. Keep your cat indoors only. If your cat has gotten into a fight with another, get it tested. Consider FIV testing a newly adopted cat that is joinging your household to ensure it is FIV infection free. Talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating your cat against this virus.

If you are looking for a Teneriffe Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Help! My dog has itchy ears, Teneriffe Vet. Part 2.

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Finishing up where we left off yesterday, today we will look at treatments for sore ears.


Help! My dog has itchy ears, Teneriffe Vet.

What can I do if my dog has a recurrent ear infection, Teneriffe Vet?

Visit your local vet. He may do an ear examination, take some samples using swabs, conduct allergy trials or refer you to a veterinary dermatologist for further work ups.

What treatments are available, Teneriffe Vet?

The goals are to identify the different factors, remove or control pre-disposing and primary factors, reduce inflammation and resolve secondary infections (e.g. bacteria or yeast infection). Generally, your vet may recommend using ear drops that have steroidal, bactericidal and fungicidal properties or oral therapies to control infection and inflammation. These treatments require a re-visit to the vet within 1 week to assess their effectiveness and success. Anti-parasite treatments may take a longer time to see a resolution of the problem. If the second ear examination is satisfactory, your vet may then recommend the use of commercial ear cleaning products with drying agents to keep residual moisture at bay.

It is important that the tympanic membrane (ear drum) is not ruptured before any treatment is given as it can aggravate the problem further. Hence it is important to seek your vet’s advice before you attempt to clean your pet’s ear.

If you are looking for a Teneriffe Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Help! My dog has a sore ear, New Farm Vet. Part 1.



Inflammation of the external ear canal (otitis externa) is a very common problem in dogs. The usual signs of ear problems include head shaking, smelly and dirty ears, itchiness and discharge. Bacteria and yeast are common culprits associated with ear problems. However, it is important to understand that most ear infections are due to an underlying cause. It pays to investigate what is actually causing the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.

Help! My dog has a sore ear, New Farm Vet.


There are 3 main categories of factors that contribute to ear infections and treatments for them can vary.

Primary factors:

Primary factors directly cause ear infection. Allergies such as atopic dermatitis and food allergy are most commonly associated with recurrent ear infections. Another primary factor is ear mites. It is more common to see these kinds of parasites in cats.  Other factors include irritants / foreign bodies like grass seeds, dirt, sand etc.

Predisposing factors:

These factors increase the risk of an ear infection. Narrow ear canals, long ears and hairy ear canals can impair ventilation and clearance of normal secretions from the ears. It is important to note that the presence of dense hair does not mean your pooch will develop ear problems – plucking of hair from dogs not suffering from ear problems may potentially cause ear problems instead. However, if your pet has recurrent ear infection, then removal of excess hair may help. Excessive moisture, due to high humidity in different country regions or frequent swimming/bathing, may lead to disruption of the ear skin tissue, increasing the risk of an ear infection.

Perpetuating factors:

Perpetuating factors prevent the resolution of ear problems. External ear canals can progressively become narrower due to chronic unresolved ear inflammation as soft tissue within the ear canal increases/thickens. This results in stenotic ear canals. Changes in the luminal diameter, moisture level and warmth within the ear carnal can lead to disruption of ear skin tissue and increase microbial growth. The presence of bacteria and yeast usually does not induce ear problems, but can cause it when there are perpetuating factors favourable to their growth.

Stay tune for tomorrow's blog on treatment for recurring ear infection.

If you are looking for a New Farm Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Help! My dog has mange, Petrie Terrace Vet.

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Demodectic mange (Demodex canis) is a type of mites that live in the fur follicles of doggies. Some vets consider this type of parasites to be a normal resident of your pooch's skin and it is thought that mange is passed from mother to pups in the first few days of life.

Help! My dog has mites, Petrie Terrace Vet.


Most dogs do not manifest clinical symptoms but if they do, areas of fur-less scaly skin on the face, limbs and chest are commonly detected. Often, young dogs are affected and these patches will resolve by themselves with no treatment of any kind. On the other hand, if your pooch has large areas of skin or his/her entire body covered in scaly hairless patch, then your doggie may be suffering from the more serious "generalized" form of mange infestation. Compromised immune system, hereditary problem, hormonal problems or other underlying health issues are thought to be the cause of "generalized" mange and treatment depends on the age at which your doggie developed this disease.

If you suspect your dog has a mange infestation, seek the advice of your local vet. He/she will perform a skin scraping and hair pluck to confirm the presence of adult mites, their larvae and eggs under the microscope.

What happens if my doggie has mange, Petrie Terrace Vet?


Localised mange usually heals spontaneously within 6-8 weeks where as generalized mange can be more difficult to treat. It may be necessary to search for predisposing factors, such as Cushings disease, neoplasia, other medical diseases causing immunosuppression, before a suitable treatment is considered.

Most mange treatment involves using ivomectin over a period of time to eliminate all cycles of this mite. Be careful if you own a collie or similar breeds sensitive to this type of drug. It is also necessary to use a medicated shampoo, such as Pyoben, to flush the follicles where the mites live. Secondary skin infection can be controlled with oral antibiotics.

Skin scrapings are performed monthly, and treatment is continued until two negative skin scrapings, one month apart, are achieved. Your dog can only be declared mange free if skin scraping done one year later, after the last negative scrape, yield negative results.

If you are looking for a Petrie Terrace Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Help! My ferret has ear mites, Paddington Vet.

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*For my non-QLD readers. Ferrets and rabbits are banned in QLD!

Help! My ferret has ear mites, Paddington Vet!


The ear mite, Otodectes cyanotis, is a common parasite of ferrets. It is highly contagious and can spread to dogs, cats and humans in the same household.

What are the symptoms of ear mites infestation, Paddington Vet?

Head shaking, scratching of ears, fur loss, scabbing of the ear, smelly ears and thick brown earwax are common signs of this infestation. Sometimes, the ferret may become depressed and ill-tempered because of the soreness in the ears. In heavily infested ferrets, running in circles in the direction of the most heavily infected ear or bizarre "spasmodic fits" behaviour is common.


Ear mites can survive outside their host in the environment for up to 4 weeks, so it is crucial to treat the environment your pet lives in, by vacuuming thoroughly and regularly and disposing the content appropriately to prevent re-infestation.

What are the treatment available, Paddington Vet?

Similar to rabbit ear mites infestation, I do not recommend using oil as a treatment to drown the mites out due to their ability to live in the environment. There are many over-the-counter ear mite drops you can purchase from the shops but certain ingredients in these drops can potentially cause more harm, especially to the ear drums. Make a visit to your local vet to confirm that your pet ferret has mites. It is likely that your pet ferret has secondary ear infection that needs antibiotic treatment. Anti-inflammatory medication can also provide much needed pain relief from the soreness in the ears. Your vet will most likely use Selamectin ("Revolution for puppies/kittens) as an anti-parasitic treatment every 2 weeks for 3 treatments to prevent re-infestation. Treat all ferrets, dogs and cats in the same household.

If you are looking for a trusted Paddington Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Help! My dog has pyometra, Spring Hill Vet.

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Pyometra is a life-threatening bacterial infection of the uterus that commonly occurs between 2-10 weeks after a female dog comes out of heat. Girl doggies more than 6 years old are pre-disposed to this illness.

Help! My dog has pyometra, Spring Hill Vet.


Symptoms include lethargy, poor appetite, vomiting, increased drinking and urination or bloody pus discharging from the vulva.

The diagnosis of pyometra is made after thorough history taking, presence of vaginal discharge or visualization of an enlarged, fluid filled uterus seen on xrays or ultrasound. Sometimes your local vet may run blood tests to help diagnose pyometra.

Pyometra is a serious illness, and surgical removal of the infected uterus is the best treatment. Intravenous fluids and antibiotics will be required to aid in the recovery of your pet. If your pooch is a young, valuable breeding bitch, then medical management may be considered. Your local vet may give a series of hormone injections to help the uterus expel the pus. However this method of treatment has considerable risks and your pet may still need surgery at the end of the day.

Prevention is better than cure, so desex your female dog early.

If you are looking for a Spring Hill Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Help! My cat's mouth stinks, Herston Vet. Part 2

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Finishing where we left off yesterday on pet's dental health, today we will be touching on available treatments to resolve a smelly mouth.

Help! My cat's mouth stinks, HerstonVet.

What treatments are available, Herston Vet?


Mild cases of periodontal disease may only require specialized dental diet, daily brushing, giving chew toys/bones or adding water additives to reduce tartar build-up. Toothbrushes can be made simply by wrapping a gauze around your finger or can come as fancy ultrasonic ones. Use pet-specific toothpaste as human toothpaste can cause a tummy upset if given to pets. I recommend all pet owners start getting your furry kids  (particularly if you have puppies) used to having their mouth touched from the moment you bring him or her into your life. This will make it easier to introduce the toothbrush and paste. This goes for cats too.

Moderate to severe periodontal diseases usually require treatment under general anaesthesia. Areas of the tooth under the gum line will be cleaned, as well as the exposed portion using mechanical scaler or ultrasonic cleaning equipment. Necessary extractions are performed when the tooth roots have been destroyed by infection. Depending on the size of the cavity and the level of infection, the socket left after tooth removal may be sewn closed or may be left open to heal. The teeth are finally polished after scaling to “smooth down” the surfaces, making them more resistant to additional plaque formation. Antibiotics may be prescribed by your local vet.

After a dental scale and clean, it is important to continue maintaining the high level of dental hygiene. Give your pets things to chew on (e.g. kibbles, chew toys), the more chewing action, the more cleaning action on their teeth. Avoid giving your pet too much wet food. Does nothing to their teeth.
Daily brushing if possible. If not, try using water addictives that help to reduce bacteria build up in the mouth. Something like a mouthwash but for dogs and cats.

Now you can go ahead and kiss your beloved pet.

If you are looking for a Herston Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.



Help! My dog's mouth stinks, Bowen Hills Vet.

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It may come as a surprise to you, but many owners do not check their pet's mouth regularly. Often when they do, it is because they notice that their pet's mouth stinks. It has been estimated that 90% of dogs and cats over 2 years of age have developed dental disease. The most commonly diagnosed form of dental disease is periodontal disease, which is an infection of the gums. This is often caused by tartar - the buildup of food, bacteria and other residues on your pet’s teeth. Since your pet cannot brush his/her own teeth, tartar will slowly deteriorate your pet’s gum line and potentially allow bacteria to spread into the bloodstream. This can cause life-threatening diseases often involving the heart or kidneys.

Help! My dog's mouth stinks, Bowen Hills Vet.


How do you know your pet may be suffering from dental problems, Bowen Hills Vet?


  • Stinky breath!
  • Red, inflamed or bleeding gums.
  • unwilling to eat dog kibbles
  • Plaques (yellow to brown color) build up on the teeth.
  • Loss of appetite because it hurts whenever your pet eats.
  • Your pet detests it when you touch his/her mouth.
  • Excessive salivation


What can you do if you see any of these indicators, Bowen Hills Vet?

See your local vet to determine if your pet has periodontal disease. Many clinics offer free dental checks by nurses so you don’t have to be out-of-pocket for any unnecessary fees.

Stay tune for tomorrow's blog on treatments available for the smelly breath.

If you are looking for a Bowen Hills Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.


Help! My dog is peeing everywhere, Bowen Hills Vet. Part 2

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Finishing off where we left off yesterday on the topic of urinary incontinence, today we will touch on diagnosing the problem and treatments available.

Help! My dog has an urinary infection, Bowen Hills Vet.


What are the tests my vet could do to find out the main cause(s), Bowen Hills Vet?

Your local vet will most likely collect a urine sample (try to get get some from your pooch before you go see the vet), a urine dipstick analysis and microscopic examination of the urine sample will follow. He/she may go further by doing some blood tests or radiographs to rule out other diseases. In some cases, the urine sample may need culturing to determine the type of bacteria present.

What are the treatments available, Bowen Hills Vet?

Depending on the cause of the incontinence, your vet may prescribe antibiotics to resolve the infection. Sometimes anti-inflammatories are required to reduce bladder inflammation caused by the bacteria. Estrogen therapy may be recommended if your pooch is suffering from hormone-responsive incontinence. However, bear in mind that high doses of estrogen can cause irreversible bone marrow suppression, so if your dog is on estrogen tablets long-term, it may be good to have blood test done yearly. If you are still concerned, try asking for alpha-adrenergic agonist type of drug. Other diseases will require further consultations with your local vet to determine the best course of treatment.

What can I do now to help my dog before I see the vet, Bowen Hills Vet?

Try using dog diapers. There are several types available commercially from reusable ones that you can wash or disposable ones. You can also make your own disposable ones by buying baby nappies and cutting a small hole for your doggie's tail. It is also important not to punish your dog for something she cannot control. Reassure her and give her lots of cuddles before seeing me at the clinic.

If you are looking for a Bowen Hills Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Help! My dog is peeing everywhere, Teneriffe Vet.

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To some people, urinary incontinence old age and the dog is destined to live out his/her life outside the house. However, the many cases I saw involved dogs less than 8 years old and interestingly, a lot of them are girls.

It is important to differentiate incontinence (involuntary urine voiding) from voluntary urination due to behavioral issues (e.g poor toilet-training, territory marking, anxiety etc).

Help! My dog is peeing everywhere, Teneriffe Vet.


Incontinent dogs wet their bed when they are sleeping or relaxed, and urinating inappropriately in the house (e.g. on the dog bed, the carpets they were lying on, in your room etc), or simply just dribbling urine. You may find that your pet reeks of urine, yellow-staining on their fur and the skin around the penis or vulva may be inflamed due to urine scaling.

Behavioral urinary issues include submissive urination, lack of house training or territory marking (male dogs). Take some time to observe your dogs to differentiate between incontinence and behavioral urinary problems.

What are the possible causes of urinary incontinence, Teneriffe Vet?

In some cases, urinary incontinence arose due to an infection in the urinary tract.  Others due to a weak bladder sphincter commonly seen in spayed female dogs. It is also possible that your dog may have ingested excessive amount of water (due to medical or psychological causes) or spinal cord diseases.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

This is a very common cause of urinary incontinence in female dogs of all ages. I commonly see younger indoor dogs developing UTI as they try to keep their urine in till their owners are home. Infection within the bladder causes an increased need to void urine resulting in inappropriate urination around your home. Bear in mind that your dog really wanted to do right by you and has developed this condition due to your current arrangements. If this recurs, it might be important to try out other schedules / arrangements. Other primary diseases that can cause UTI include infantile vagina, bladder stones, impaired immune function (due to Hyperadrenocortism, diabetes, steriod therapy etc), excessive consumption of water and spinal cord diseases.

Hormone responsive incontinence

In my previous post on desexing, I mentioned that up to 1 female dog out of 5 can develop incontinence later in her life. It is postulated that a deficiency of estrogen in spayed females can lead to a weak urethral sphincter. Your female dog may urinate normally when she is awake but wets her bed when she is relaxed or asleep.

Excessive consumption of water (Polydipsia)

Some diseases can cause an increased uptake of water by your pooch. Increased intake = increased output = urinary incontinence. Common causes include Diabetes, Cushing's (Hyperadrenocortism), kidney failure, and usage of corticosteriods.

Spinal cord diseases

These diseases affect the nerves that control the bladder. Trauma frequently can cause neurological urinary incontinence. Other possible causes are spinal tract infections, tumors or inherited neuropathies.


Stay tune for tomorrow's blog on diagnosing the problem and treatment options.

If you are looking for a Teneriffe Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.



Help! My cat is sneezing, Newstead Vet. Part 2

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Continuing from where we left off yesterday on Cat flu, today we will be discussing what types of treatments are available for this disease.

Help! My cat has the flu, Newstead Vet.


What are the treatments available, Newstead Vet?

If it is severe enough, your local vet may decide to admit your cat into the hospital to monitor his/her hydration level and food intake. Antibiotic treatment can help combat secondary bacterial infection. Crusting discharges on the eyes and nose can be cleaned using a wet gauze soaked in saline. Moisturizing eye ointments are useful for the eyes but ensure that the product you're using does not contain steroids as it can aggravate the problem. Your local vet may prescribe further anti-viral treatments and L-lysine to reduce virus replication.

I think my cat might be a chronic snuffler, what can I do next, Newstead Vet?

See your local vet for further diagnostic tests. He or she may do nasal radiographs, a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for FCV /FHV or other tests to rule in/out diseases. It is important to consider vaccinating your other non-infected cats in your household. Isolate your cat if he/she is showing symptoms (feel free to come in to talk to me about some suggestions - I like looking at floor plans so we can talk through some strategies at home).

You should also consider cleaning and disinfecting any food bowls, bedding materials and cages to prevent the spread of FURTD.

Stress is one of the most common reasons why a cat is showing signs of cat flu.

You can help ease the stress levels of your cat by using a variety of methods such as Feliway, identifying the stressor (noises, new guests in the house, feral cats outside the house etc) and removing the stressor if possible. Reducing stress ensures that there is a lower chance of triggering the manifestation of this disease.

I hope this helps you to manage your snuffler cat.

If you are looking for a Newstead Vet, call (7) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.



Help! My cat is sneezing, Fortitude Valley Vet.

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Has your cat been displaying signs of cat flu such as runny nose, weepy eyes, drooling, sneezing, loss of voice, fever, coughing or loss of appetite? Your fluffy kid may have cat flu.


Help! My cat is sneezing, Fortitude Valley Vet.

What is cat flu, Fortitude Valley Vet?


Feline herpes virus (FHV) and calicivirus (FCV) are the most common causes of Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Disease (FURTD), otherwise commonly known as cat flu. Sometimes cat flu can be caused by Feline Chlamydia, a type of bacteria. Both viruses are a major problem for multi-cat environments including the cattery and even in your own home.  FHV, like the human herpes virus, lies dormant in the facial nerves of your cat and manifests symptoms when it is under stress. Cats infected with FHV are lifelong carriers. FCV, on the other hand, can persist in infected cats from weeks to several years.

How do I know if my cat has FHV or FCV, Fortitude Valley Vet?

Cats, especially kittens, generally become anorexic and dehydrated with fever. Serious cases can lead to death so it is important to keep an eye out for these symptoms: sneezing and pus discharging from the nose and eyes.

It is difficult to differentiate the two viruses based on clinical signs but there are some slight differences:

FHV – Eye (corneal ulcer etc) and nasal signs (sneezing and pus discharge) mostly. Pregnant queens can miscarry.

FCV – Oral lesions (ulcers on the tongue, gingival, soft palate, fauces etc) and salivation predominate. Some cats can develop respiratory diseases or lameness.
Infection with either of these viruses at a young age may cause permanent damage resulting in your cat suffering from chronic symptoms. 

Cats suffering from these condition are known as “snufflers”.

Your local vet might derive his/her diagnosis just from your cat’s history and symptoms but some may perform further tests especially for chronic snufflers. Other diseases with similar signs include tumors in the nose, allergic reactions or fungal infection.

Stay tune for tomrrow's blog on Treatments for cat flu.

If you have further questions on cat flu, come see us at Emporium Vet, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. 07 3216 0045

Help! My dog is itchy, Fortitude Valley Vet. Part 2

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Finishing off where we left off yesterday, we will be covering treatment options for an itchy dog.

Help! How to stop my dog from scratching itself, Fortitude Valley Vet?


Treatment


  1. Eradicate fleas - Treat all animals with flea treatments. I prefer oral treatments as topical treatments tend to wash off if you shampoo your pooch. If you have carpets, vacuum regularly. Consider steam-cleaning if you can. Treating fleas is a two step process where you have to treat the pet and the environment. I won't be bothered with "Flea Bombs" as they do not penetrate carpet fibers or underneath floor boards adequately. Getting rid of fleas in your environment can take up to 6 months.
  2. Food trial - It is quite likely that your dog is allergic to one of the 4 main type of proteins (beef, pork, lamb and chicken) commonly found in majority of commercially prepared dog food. Try a hypoallergenic dog food or look out for dog food that do not contain the 4 main type of proteins. You will need to stop giving your doggie treats that are made out of those proteins too. Try a fruit treat instead. A food trial can take up to 8 weeks of continuous feeding of the same food before you notice any improvements.
  3. Investigate atopic dermatitis – This is usually based on the exclusion of other skin allergies. Treatment includes avoidance of potential allergens (plant materials are the most likely reason why your dog is itchy), life-long corticosteroid or immunosuppressant medication, anti-histamines, fish oil, medicated shampoos containing chlorhexidine and miconazole and skin protectants (QV bath oil).
Sometimes your dog may need all of the above treatments as some pets may have more than 1 allergies. Talk to us at Fortitude Valley Vet if you are unsure which type of allergies and respective treatments your dog needs. Dr Nic has special interest in dermatology and can help relieve your pet's itchiness.

Come talk to us at Fortitude Valley Vet and Emporium Pet Lifestyle Store, Brisbane. 07 3216 0045.

Help! My dog is itchy, Fortitude Valley Vet.



Skin Problems are probably one of the most likely reasons why your cuddly four-legged companion would need to see a vet. Diesel, my white staffy, isn't spared from this annoying issue. He's been showing signs of sensitivity since his 2nd year, and it's been something that requires active management.

How to stop my dog from scratching itself, Fortitude Valley Vet?



It is important to note that you cannot cure skin allergies. You have to manage them with appropriate medication and lifestyle changes.

Skin problems can range from mild itching to severe fur loss with inflamed/infected skin. However most skin problems are attributed to allergic reactions and bacteria infection is commonly secondary to this.

Here at Fortitude Valley Vet, the three common allergies seen in dogs are:


  • flea allergy dermatitis, 
  • food allergy  and
  • atopic dermatitis 

Note that your dog's skin problems may also be contact dermatitis or be insect hypersensitivity. 

Usually, if your dog has recurring skin problems that do not seem to go away, it is likely to be caused by one of the three allergies above (or even a combination of the three).

To have a good idea of which specific allergy your pet is most likely to be suffering from, consider the following 4 points:

  1. Age of onset – Atopic dermatitis tends to happen when your furry kid is about 6 months to 6 years of age. Food allergy can happen at any time whether a dog is young or old.
  2. Site of the Allergy - Flea allergy dermatitis tends to cause symptoms from “the pants down”. You will see problems in the lower half of the body including the base of the tail, tummy and groin. Atopic dermatitis and food allergy are similar in presentation except for one difference – food allergy can have gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea. Both type of allergies are mostly confined in the upper body and include the face, ears, feet and armpit.
  3. Seasonality – Are the skin problems worse in spring and summer? Seasonal skin itchiness tends to be caused by flea allergy dermatitis or atopic dermatitis (genetic predisposition to developing a reaction to say, pollen - a common seasonal allergen). Grass and tree pollen in spring and weed pollen in summer and autumn can trigger skin problems in dogs.
  4. Response to corticosteroids – Flea allergy dermatitis and atopic dermatitis often respond well to steroidal medication but food allergies yield variable results.

I hope this gives you a fair idea what your doggy might be suffering from. Some dogs can have all of the above allergies or just one of them.

Stay tune for tomorrow's blog on treatment options for Itchy Skin.

If you have further questions, come see us at Fortitude Valley Vet, Emporium, Brisbane. 07 3216 0045

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We are located in Emporium, Shop 15, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.


Fortitude Valley Vet will provide veterinary care to pets of The Valley, Brisbane, Spring Hill, New Farm, Teneriffe, Newstead, Bowen Hills, Kangaroo Point, Paddington, Petrie Terrace, Woollongabba and surrounding Queensland suburbs.

Help! My new cat doesn't like my cat, New Farm Vet.

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I am passionate about finding forever homes for unwanted pets, especially older animals. I often get questions on how to introduce a new cat into a family where there are existing pets. This is a typical scenario:

"Hi Dr Nic, I have a cat for 5 years and he is very attached to me. Being the only cat in this household, he has never been socialized with other animals. I am thinking of adopting another cat from the shelter but I am worried that the new cat may not get along with my cat.

Do you have any ideas on how to introduce a cat and prevent them from fighting?"

How do I introduce a new cat to my family, New Farm Vet?


It is quite important that prior to adopting a new pet into your life, make sure you go through our Puppy/Kitten Basics Series.

The other important question is to find out if the shelter has a "trial period" for the potential adopted pet where they would gladly take back the new cat if she just does not get along with your current kitty cat. The last thing you need is have pets that fight and squabble day in and out, resulting in stress for yourself and medical problems for them.

I would keep the new cat segregated from your current one in the first week. Make sure the new cat has her own litter box, food and water bowl, places to perch, scratching post and toys. Don't forget to do all the anti-parasitic treatments while the new cat is in "quarantine". You can try letting your resident kitty cat see the new cat across the hallway and gradually let them be around each other for a short while.

Bear in mind that your resident kitty cat probably has a few favourite spots in your home for snoozing and perching. Discourage the new cat from going to these spots and encourage her to find her own special place. You can do this by putting some catnip at these new areas.

I would definitely get Feliway, a cat appeasing pheromone diffuser, which helps with calming and preventing aggression. Start using the diffuser one week before bringing the new cat home and continue for at least 3 months. Feliway also has a spray-on version that you can apply to both your cats' beds or lounging spots to further help reduce stress.

Watch out for any signs of stress-induced illnesses such as cat flu and urinary track infections. Come talk to us if these do occur. Your cats may need some medication.

Good luck!

If you are looking for a New Farm Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet. 


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Need someone to take care of your cat while you are away? 

Ask us how we can help you! 
  • Individual attention and playtime (lots of cuddles and hugging!).
  • Air-conditioned environment.
  • Spacious suites.
  • Premium Vet quality food.
  • veterinary care by Fortitude Valley Vet.

Come and see us at Fortitude Valley Vet, Emporium Pet Outfitters, Brisbane to find out more! (07) 3216 0045.

Puppy Basics 103

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The final series to our Puppy Basics.

How do I take care of a puppy, Herston Vet?

What medical needs do my dog need, Herston Vet?


  • Vaccinations - 3 vaccination shots 4 weeks apart starting from 6-8 weeks old. Core vaccine include distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis (commonly called C3). Non-core vaccine include , Bordetella and Parainfluenza  (together with the C3, it is called C5). An annual vaccination regime is recommended.
  • Worming - Puppies should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old, then monthly till they are 6 months old. Adult cats should be wormed every 3 months.
  • Fleas - Easily treated by monthly topical or oral application.
  • Ticks - Monthly oral or collars.
  • Desexing - Experts claim that desexed female dogs see a dramatically reduction in some diseases such as breast, ovarian, uterine cancers and other uterine infections. Breast cancer in dogs have a higher tendency to be fatal. Castrating dogs also reduce their tendency to roam. 

The legal stuff


  • Microchipping and registration - It is mandatory in some states of Australia. Some councils will refuse to register your cat if it is not microchipped prior to registration.
  • Desexing - An adult cat can have 1 to 8 kittens per litter up to 3 times per year. Do the math and you will find out the reason why there are so many cats at the shelter (not to mention the growing numbers of feral/stray cats!). Up to 38,000 unwanted cats and kittens are euthanized by the RSPCA, so why add to the problem?  It is also important that it may be required by law to desex your cat in some states unless you are a registered breeder.

This wraps up the final series of Puppy Basics. Enjoy your wonderful experiences!

If you are looking for a Herston Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Puppy Basics 102

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Part 2 to our Puppy Basics Series.

Should I adopt a puppy, Bowen Hill Vet?

What are the basics, Bowen Hill Vet?

  • Toileting area - Indoor or outdoor? If indoor, consider using a puppy pee pad or Pet-a-Loo. If outdoor, remember to keep going to the same area to avoid confusion. A babygate is really helpful to confine the puppy to an area until he/she is able to hold wee for a longer period of time.
  • Puppy classes - Sign up for some puppy training classes as soon as your puppy has the second vaccination.
  • Diet - It is important that puppies eat a good quality food product designed for puppies and that it be of a premium quality. I tend to stay away from brands at the lower end of the cost spectrum as they usually use inferior ingredients which miss out on giving your puppy the best possible start in life. As a guide,  puppies should be fed 2-3 times a day till they are almost fully grown. Try not to give them wet food too often as this can increase the risk of getting dental diseases from a lack of chewing. My preference is no raw diet as research has shown multiple times that dogs eating raw diet carry more bacteria and this can have a harmful effect on very young children or similar.
  • Bowls - Change your puppy's water bowl regularly. I like bowls made out of ceramic that is heavy enough not to tilt over when your puppy gets over-zealous during feeding time. 
  • Collar - It is a good idea to get your puppy used to a collar immediately. Remember to put a small identity tag just in case he/she decides to take a stroll out your front / back door.
  • Toys - Too many to describe but you get the idea. I like to start a puppy off with chew toys.
  • Bedding - In the early phase, perhaps a crater/container can be more assuring to a puppy. Some puppies never like that and they prefer a bed close to their owners. 
  • Training aids - Treats, treats and more treats! 
  • Dog health insurance - You certainly don't need trips to the specialist or emergency centers that cost you $5,000. I've learnt from a very early experience with my dogs on how costly such a trip can be. Save yourself the worry and invest in a health insurance package.


Stay tune for the final series of Puppy Basics in tomorrow's blog.

If you are looking for a Bowen Hill Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.

Puppy Basics 101

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Welcoming a dog into your life can take up a lot of time and energy, but the experiences are rewarding. I remembered the joys of cuddling up to them but I also remembered the tears of saying goodbye to my beautiful Dolce. Before you consider adopting a dog, lets make sure we know what we are getting into.

How do I take care of my puppy, New Farm Vet?

What are the hard questions I should ask, New Farm Vet?

  • Why do you want a dog? Getting a puppy for your children because they have begging for months is probably not the best reason.
  • Can you commit to at least 10 years to take care of a dog? I have met beautiful matured dogs that lived up to 16 years old. Will you have time daily to meet your dog's emotional and physical needs?
  • Have you discussed with your family members yet? It shouldn't be just your responsibility to take care of a dog if it lives with other family members. Everyone should chip in.
  • Can you afford a dog? Vet care, training classes, grooming, food, toys, treats, boarding, dog walkers and emergency expenses add up fast. Unlike us, dogs do not have Medicare. 
  • Will your home environment work for your dog? Unlike cats, dogs come in differing sizes and weight and a small shoebox studio might be a little small for a Great Dane!


Are there other questions I should answer, New Farm Vet?


  • Short or long haired? You will need to spend time grooming a beautiful collie daily. There are also grooming expenses to consider if you like your poodle to look all preened and proper for your next picnic outing. 
  • Pure breed or mixed? Pure breeds have more predictable traits that may suit your lifestyle. Greyhounds are known to be a lounge lizard, sleeping their day away. Mixed breeds are just as enchanting and many of clients will attest to that fact.
  • Adopting an adult or puppy? This is really a personal choice. There are many amazing older dogs in the shelter waiting for you to bring them into your life. Why not consider this if you have no age preference. Older dogs are less demanding and most of them already toilet-trained and have some tricks up their sleeves. Puppies are the most demanding in their first year. 


Stay tune for tomorrow's Puppy Basics 102.

If you are looking for a New Farm Vet, call (07) 3216 0045 to make an appointment to see Dr Nic at Fortitude Valley Vet.