Travelling With Pets

Ever now and then we hit the roads and fly the skies to visit our family and friends. Because pets are often considered members of the family as well, more and more animals are traveling too. To make the trip easy, safe, and enjoyable, make sure you consider a few things and prepare in advance. […]

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Pets and Cyclones in Queensland

2011 Richard Murray BVSc, MSc, FAVA A representative from WSVC attended the Urban Animal Management conference in Canberra a few years ago, where our key note speaker was one John Snyder from the Humane Society of the Unites States (HSUS). That conference was in October and just following on from the Hurricane Katrina disaster in […]

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On Strays, Straying and Pet Identification

Straying animals create issues relevant to public safety, animal welfare and public amenity. They also cause big problems about who is responsible for their care and who is going to have to pick up the tab if and when they get injured and need treatment. In the absence of an owner, making decisions about what […]

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Lumps and Bumps

Many things in life are unavoidable – and ageing has got to be up there at the top of the list. Sometimes the signs of ageing are subtle – a little bit of grey hair here, a little less spring in the step, a little twinge in the bones as we bend over past our […]

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Chocolate Toxicity In Pets

Alana Dowdell, DVM As Easter approaches, the temptation of chocolate can be overwhelming for us, as well as our pets. While our waistlines expand, the consequences for dogs and cats are much more severe as they cannot properly metabolize the stimulants in chocolate. Theobromine and caffeine are the main problems; these chemicals are also found […]

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Summer, Worms and Heartworm

Summer is back again already and one day soon (oh please, very soon) it’s going to rain again. We love the rain – suddenly everything around town that spends most of the year looking brown springs back to green overnight. But it’s not only our tropical plants and grasses that love the rain. Rain and […]

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Problems With Overweight Pets

  Obesity is a relatively common problem with urban pet animals. Most pets will in fact become overweight in time unless they are actively prevented from doing so. But it is not as simple as it seems and this article is intended to clarify the complexity. Energy represents an important concept for the dog and cat, […]

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Pet Heaven In Bluewater

2004 Richard Murray BVSc, MSc, FAVA I have, for a long time, thought that a proper pet cemetery was something that Townsville really needed. The emotional attachment to pets is real and often deep. Anybody who has lost a pet animal that they cared about, naturally wants the resting place of that deceased companion to […]

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Frank’s New Pet

Frank was lonely and he decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he finally bought a centipede, which came in a little white box. Frank decided he would start […]

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Microchips For Pet Identification

Microchips are another means of identification for linking pet animals with their owners. People who opt for having microchips implanted in their pet animals do so because they want that extra level of identification protection that microchips offer. We check chips at the clinic for anyone who wants us to so they can be sure […]

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