Pet Care

28 October 2019
It’s Spring, the season of adorable baby animals, and that means kittens are going to be out in abundance! Already, we have been inundated with requests from kind members of the public to help with small kittens that have been found in sheds and under houses. If you find yourself with a surprise family in …
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18 October 2019
Pardon the pun, but you don’t have to be blind to see that your pet’s eyes are very important! Eye issues can be serious. That’s why, if you notice anything unusual about your pet’s eyes, it’s best to have them checked out ASAP. Conditions like conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, uveitis and glaucoma can be very painful …
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19 September 2019
If your pet is thirstier than usual it could be a sign of kidney disease. The increase in thirst may only be subtle but if you find yourself filling up the water bowl more regularly or even notice your pet drinking from the shower recess, you should arrange a check-up with us. When it comes …
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16 August 2019
You don’t need us to tell you that an episode of itchy and scratchy can be extremely frustrating for your pet. If the cycle of itch, scratch, rub and lick it continues, it can leave your pet feeling uncomfortable, frustrated and downright miserable. Not to mention the need for ongoing veterinary visits and medication! A …
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18 July 2019
There’s no doubt about it when it comes to dental disease it can really stink! But don’t be tempted to simply turn your head away, as bad breath can be a sign that your furry friend is suffering from dental disease, a sneaky condition that likes to creep up on them. As the disease progresses, …
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18 June 2019
When it comes to your pet, you might think that carrying a few extra kilos isn't a big deal. Unfortunately, even slightly overweight pets are at an increased risk of developing a host of diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, respiratory disorders and diabetes.
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17 January 2019
Welcome to 2019! This time of year is one where many begin to reconsider their lifestyles and decide to put their health first. At our East Kew veterinary clinic, we believe it should be no different for your dog (did you know that 40% of dogs in Australia are overweight or obese?) To help with …
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13 December 2018
During summer, most of our pet patients visit our East Kew veterinary clinic because they have been overexposed to the harsh sun. In this blog, we are explaining the different health consequences that this exposure can have on your pet. We’ve also put together a quick 5-step grooming guide for owners to care for their …
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13 December 2018
In December, our Balwyn vet sees a lot of patients with tummy upsets which can often be traced back to too many rich festive foods. Ideally, pets should not ever be fed processed foods as their stomachs have not evolved to digest them and so eating them often leads to diarrhoea and/or vomiting.   However, there …
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13 December 2018
Summer is finally just around the corner! For our pets, this often means a lot of time outside in the sun. Unfortunately, this does put our much-loved furry friends at a greater risk of heatstroke. In fact, during the summer months, our North Balwyn veterinary hospital is often visited by worried pet owners who aren’t …
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4 December 2018
Separation anxiety is a common psychological condition which pets can suffer from when separated from their owner. Both cats and dogs can suffer from separation anxiety and it can manifest at any time over the course of your pet’s life. There are a number of events which can trigger separation anxiety including a traumatic event …
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16 November 2018
We’ve all heard the phrase, “First impressions are everything.” But did you know that this age-old adage applies to the animal kingdom, too? Many people ask our vet in East Kew how they should go about introducing their new puppy to a cat, so we decided to give you a guide in this blog.   …
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30 October 2018
Spring season is allergy season for pets so keep an eye out for skin irritations and inflammation, excessive scratching and respiratory issues. In particular, we want to highlight three types of allergies which land pets in our clinic around this time of year: Grass allergies The pollen from grass can cause an allergic reaction in …
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13 September 2018
  On July 26th 2018, the Victorian Government officially declared feral cats to be a pest species on public land. This means that trapping, baiting and possibly bounties can be put into place in order to manage feral cat populations. It’s thought that Australia’s feral cat population first began establishing itself in the 17th century …
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9 August 2018
As a pet owner, it is imperative to know what kinds of foods are appropriate for your cat or dog. Whether you should feed your pet wet or dry food has been hotly debated among the pet community for quite some time. However, the knowledgeable vets at our East Kew veterinary clinic prefer to recommend …
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29 June 2018
The dog park can be a great way to allow your pet to have some physical and mental stimulation away from home, as well as meeting other dog owners. However, there are some basic rules you should be aware of. Knowing the basic rules (as well as the ones applicable to different dog parks) will …
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13 June 2018
Driving with a pet in the car can be a fun or stressful experience, depending on how well you prepare. In this blog, we’ll be talking about how to ensure your pet has a safe and happy car trip. Harness As much as you may want to have your dog on your lap during the …
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9 May 2018
Pet treats are labelled ‘treats’ for a reason – they taste great for our furry friends! However, giving your pet treats that serve additional purposes is a clever way to tackle a problem while rewarding your pet. Today, we’ve compiled three useful recipes for dog treats you can easily make yourself.     Fresh Breath Dog Biscuits …
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30 April 2018
As pet owners, we often need to be prepared for accidents and illnesses will occur with our beloved furry family members. In an emergency, you will want to make sure your pet has the best chance of survival. Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. …
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26 March 2018
While we may be aware of what can poison us, we can’t always say the same about knowing exactly what will harm our pets – especially since they generally seem willing to give anything a go. Today, we’re assessing some things we might have in our homes that could be bad news for pets.   …
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31 January 2018
If you’re a dog owner, you’ll be familiar with the pleading stare that your pet trains on you every time you have something tasty they want to eat. As a loving pet parent, these situations can be hard to navigate, as you don’t want to deprive your dog of enjoyable treats but you know that …
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29 January 2018
Snakes! As we are heading out to enjoy the warmer weather, so are the snakes that we share our parks and river areas with. Snakes seek out warm places to sun themselves as well as an ongoing supply of food and sometimes travel into homes and yards in search for these. During these searches snakes …
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25 January 2018
Cats spend approximately 40 per cent of their lives as seniors. It’s therefore important that they eat the correct food to maintain optimal health. Senior cats have different nutritional requirements than their younger counterparts. Well in this week’s blog, we give you our advice on how to how feed a senior cat to ensure they …
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27 November 2017
Spring is already upon us, and with so much pollen in the air many of us use of hay fever medication to keep allergies at bay. But what about your pets? For cats and dogs, it’s a little more complicated to minimise the problems that come with environmental allergies. In this week’s article, we’ll be …
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24 November 2017
Introducing a furry friend into your home can be an incredibly exciting time, but it’s important that you make an informed decision about the right pet for your family. Among other factors, your family size, housing situation and amount of time you’ll be able to dedicate to your pet will impact this choice. In this …
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24 November 2017
The age-old battle between the animal kingdom’s greatest ‘enemies’ has been exaggerated in pop culture but has never actually been scientifically proven . Nonetheless, introducing a new puppy to your household if you already have a cat can be a sticky diplomatic situation and a stressful time for both pets and owners. In this blog, …
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24 November 2017
  Today, the dog food industry is immense and can be overwhelming to even experienced pet owners. With an enormous variety of diet options available, it can be hard to decide what’s best for your pet and source quality products that give your dog all the nutrients it needs to enjoy a long and healthy …
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8 December 2016
October to March is snake season in Melbourne – our pets are most at risk from tiger and brown snakes. To avoid you or your pet being bitten: Control mice and other vermin which may attract snakes (but be very careful if you are using poisons as bait) Keep a tidy, well maintained garden and …
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8 December 2016
Along with all the benefits of living in the most liveable city in the world, not having to worry about the paralysis tick was an added bonus. Unfortunately, thanks to climate change, they have arrived on our doorstep. I don’t want to be an alarmist and worry pet owners unnecessarily, the risk is still very …
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8 December 2016
The warmer months provide a great opportunity for us to get out into the sunshine with our pets! With the heat comes a few potential dangers – here are some of the more common things to be mindful of over the summer months: Heatstroke is a common problem seen in both dogs and cats during …
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19 July 2016
We love to see senior pets! Dogs and cats age seven times faster than humans, so it is vitally important that your senior pet has an annual or twice annual health check. Health checks in senior pets often identify health problems that owners simply aren’t aware of. For example, we often see untreated dental problems …
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19 July 2016
– Keep them active. Arthritis is extremely common in our ageing pets and with the colder weather their joints can start aching. Regular low impact exercise is extremely important – the last thing we want is for those joints to freeze up. A visit to your trusted vet may be in order to provide some …
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13 July 2016
Kids love pets, and studies show that owning a pet creates plenty of benefits, such as encouraging respect for living things and even improved academic performance when a pet is kept in the classroom. Owning a pet can also foster a sense of responsibility in your children, but only if someone else doesn’t end up …
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16 March 2016
Rabbits make great pets. They are lovable, inquisitive creatures that are full of personality. Rabbits are a good alternative to cats and dogs but what else should you know when you’re considering a bunny buddy? Rabbits can live outside in a run or as house trained indoor companions that can even sit with you on …
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16 March 2016
The best part of Easter is the sweet treats that fill your house, but not for your pet! Cats and dogs should avoid the types of Easter foods you’ll be snacking on. Every year we warn pet owners on the seriousness of chocolate poisoning. But why is chocolate so bad? Surely a little bit won’t …
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16 March 2016
As veterinarians we can always give medicines to stop that itch, but not all of these medicines are safe to use long term. What we need to do is work together (pet owner and vet) to find out why they are itching. Below are some simple tips and first steps to help reduce that itch: …
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16 March 2016
Meet Macy Macy is an Airedale Terrier, who is almost five years old. Her best trick is a classic – it’s where she pretends not to hear Dr Kevin’s call or instructions. That is, until the treats come out and then her ears are magically open! Macy is relatively healthy aside from a sensitive stomach …
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8 January 2016
Cooling off at the beach is a great way to turn your hot dog into a cool dog. As long as it isn’t too hot and you have plenty of water on hand, a trip to the beach with your dog can be an amazing way to spend a summer’s day. Below we have listed …
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8 January 2016
Our very own Dr. Kevin provides 5 top tips for keeping your pets happy this summer. Build the exercise up slowly The New Year is here, and it’s time to step back into our exercise routines (or start new ones!). Australians love Summer and so do our dogs. More daylight means more hours to spend …
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11 December 2015
Jacinta from Vets on Parker spent a week helping sick and mistreated elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand last month. Read on to follow her adventure. As some of you may know, I spent an eye opening week volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai Thailand last month. The …
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11 December 2015
We all love a treat over Christmas, but making sure your pet has the right ones is important. It’s normal to go a bit over the top with food over the festive period, but whist you’re being merry it’s important to make sure your pet doesn’t join in. The following items are bad for your …
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14 July 2015
Did you know about the “Hay & Veggies” diet? Offer an unlimited amount of fresh grass, grass hay and weeds to your rabbit. The “Hay and Veggies” diet consists of lots of hay, fresh grass, weeds and fibrous grasses, plus a large and varied selection of greens and vegetables every single day. This is undoubtedly …
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Preparing For Surgery
2 April 2015
Vets on Balwyn provides the highest quality of care for your pet. As your pet has been booked in for surgery or anaesthesia we would like to inform you of the extra-care options available. Intravenous fluid therapy General anaesthesia or heavy sedation causes a pronounced drop in blood pressure. Coupled with surgery this can have …
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1 April 2015
When you think about it, it’s amazing that any pet learns housetraining manners at all. When your pet’s bowels say ‘Now!’, your pet has to put into motion several complex thought patterns; where to go, how to get there, and how to let its owner know if it needs to go outside. What if there …
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31 March 2015
Protect the health of your cat or dog with expert dental care from Vets on Balwyn pet dentist services More than 80% of dogs and cats in Australia are silently suffering from painful dental disease. Tartar and calculus build up on our pet’s teeth occurs due to lack of chewing and tooth overcrowding. This leads to …
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31 March 2015
Microchipping It is highly recommended that you microchip your pet. Microchips provide a permanent form of identification for your pet that cannot be changed or removed. This identification lasts for the life of your pet. In Victoria, microchipping is compulsory for cats and dogs. If your pet has been stolen and then later recovered, ownership …
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20 March 2015
Rabbits are great pets! They are a great alternative to cats and dogs and with time and commitment they can be a great addition to your family. Rabbits can live outside in a run or a superb indoor companion that can even sit with you on the sofa. Rabbits can even be trained to use …
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20 March 2015
We love to see senior pets! Dogs and cats age seven times faster than humans, so it is vitally important that your senior pet has an annual or twice annual health check. Health checks in senior pets often identify health problems that owners simply aren’t aware of. For example, we often see untreated dental disease. …
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20 March 2015
The first few months of a kitten’s life are very important for both you and your kitten. As well as learning proper behaviour and being socialised, there are some important health needs to attend to. 1. Vaccinations Your kitten should receive a number of vaccinations depending on the age of your kitten and the type …
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20 March 2015
The first few months of a puppy’s life are very important for both you and your puppy. As well as learning proper behaviour and being socialised, there are some important health needs to attend to. 1. Vaccinations Your puppy should receive a number of vaccinations depending on the age of your puppy and the type …
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