New Townsville Residents

Welcome To Townsville from Western Suburbs Vet Clinic! If you have just moved to the area and are looking for a local vet in Townsville, we would be delighted to welcome you to our clinic. Don’t wait until you need a vet urgently – please pop in to meet us, register your pets, and we […]

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Cyclone Preparation in Queensland

Giant Cyclone Yasi Cyclones are a fact of life in North Queensland! Every year between November and April coastal regions like Townsville risk being hit by one. We can’t get complacent because of an average or below average outlook. We must not relax because Townsville survived Yasi remarkably well – we will get another sometime, […]

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Surviving Summer

As the days get warmer and summer creeps nearer it’s time to start thinking about ways to help our pets make it safely and comfortably through the hotter months. Our dogs and cats are often left outside to deal with the heat while we head off to our airconditioned workplaces. There are many things we […]

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Heartworm – Dogs

Heartworm Disease Is A REAL Risk In the last few months, we’ve seen an increase in pets without heartworm protection. This can be for many reasons such as owners that have moved from southern states and didn’t realize the year-round risk here in Queensland. Owners can lapse in giving monthly preventatives. Many cat owners don’t […]

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Dog Ticks

The tick we are discussing here is the Brown Dog Tick (Ripicephalus sanguineus). Brown dog ticks are very common in coastal Queensland anywhere north of Rockhampton. Brown Dog Tick infestations can be a VERY BIG household problem in allTownsville suburbs. It is important to point out here, before going any further, that the common Brown […]

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Snake Bites

While I don’t pretend to be an expert herpetologist, I do have a lot of experience in snake bite treatment of pet animals over these past 30 years or so now. It is a pity really that snakes get such bad press because they are in many ways remarkable creatures. How often do we hear […]

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Heat Stress

Background Normal heat dissipating mechanisms can not compensate for excessive heat load. Excessive heat load can be caused by a whole range of things. When body temperature rises above a critical level, generalized cellular necrosis begins to occur and normal thermoregulatory mechanisms stop operating. The critical temperature for organ failure is 42.7C. In our hot […]

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Cane Toads

Background to Cane Toads in Australia Cane Toads were introduced into Australia in 1935 in an attempt to eliminate various cane pests. The main idea was that the old Bufo would eat all the cane beetles and everyone would live happily ever after. It didn’t work out all that well and (as everyone now knows, […]

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