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Eddy's Life Saving Transfusion

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (April 20, 2012)

Rat Poison is very dangerous if ingested by dogs . Eddie found out the hard way when he started bleeding into his chest due to the clotting defects caused by the poison. He had become anaemic due to the blood loss and his breathing was affected. Eddie was treated with Vitamin K, which is an antidote to the rat poison, and received a blood transfusion. He responded well and was able to return home the following day with Vitamin K tablets . This case serves to remind us to ensure that all toxins and chemicals are kept locked away from our pets.


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Dangers of Hairballs

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (April 13, 2012)

Cassie Gibbon, the 14 year-old birman cat came close to setting a record recently, though not one that other cats would be rushing to beat. When she was brought in because of her odd behaviour, huge appetite, vomiting and weight loss, we felt a large mass in her abdomen. Her family gave us permission to surgically investigate the mass, with the intention that if we found an inoperable tumour, we would euthanase her while under the anaesthetic. With her family waiting anxiously in the waiting room and all of us desperate to find something that we could fix, we were greatly relieved to find an enormous hairball that was filling Cassie's stomach. With the hairball removed, Cassie recovered from the surgery beautifully and we hope that she will watch what she eats from now on!


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Maizie and her Wonder Bone!

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (March 30, 2012)

Maizie is 6 month old black labrador retriever. She arrived last week for her desexing proceedure. Her owner asked if we could check her teeth while she was under general anaesthetic as she was noted to have bad breath for the last couple of days. Maizie is a beautiful well natured dog. She was bright and energetic on examination, and externally her teeth looked normal. It wasn't until opening her mouth and smelt her putrid breath that we knew something was wrong. Maize had a stick wedged across the hard palate of her mouth. It must have been there for quite a few days as the palate was deeply eroded, and there was a large amount of pus collected in her mouth. It's not rare for dogs to get bones or sticks stuck in their mouth. In most cases they will paw at their mouth, salivate or have difficulty chewing. This photo shows Maizie after the bone was removed and the area had been cleaned. It healed very quickly and she is still bright and energetic.
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Living with Diabetes

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (Mar 23, 2012)

Meet Tigger. Tigger is a cheeky 11 year old Australian Terrier. Tigger has been a regular visitor to Allambie Vet clinic since August 2010 when he was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. Tigger is a very well loved member of the family however his unsavoury breath has been stretching the friendship for some time. Diabetes is a disease that effects the whole body. Tigger has already had surgery to treat cataracts in his eyes caused by his diabetes. This week he underwent a general anaesthetic to deal with his dental disease. Animals with diabetes have a higher risk of developing dental disease as they are less able to fight off infections. More importantly for Tigger, having dental disease can effect hormonal systems causing his diabetes to be more difficult to control. Tiggers dental disease as severe and he needed to have 16 teeth removed. Despite this, Tigger recovered extremely well and was eating dry food 3 hours after his dental.  Three days on he's eating better than ever. His diabetes will be now monitored closely over the next few months. He'll more than likely require lless insulin resulting in a more stable condition overall.


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Weight Loss

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (Mar 16, 2012):


Check out the very svelte Sally!  Sally is a 6-year-old Labrador, who faced weigh in last week at annual vaccination time and we were very pleased with what the scales had to say.  After a year of hard work, Sally's weight dropped from 35 kg to 25 kg, a total loss of 10 kg or 29 % of her bodyweight.   She achieved this amazing result through her owners’ disciplined approach to her diet which included substitution of some of her low fat biscuits with a lot of low starch vegetables which satisfy her hunger.  It is of great importance to Sally’s long term health especially as her breed is very prone to arthritis.  Her owners are to be congratulated as it has not been easy. They are a fabulous example as we know it can sometimes feel impossible to get our beloved pooches to lose some weight. Well done!


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Cushing's and Age

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (Mar 9, 2012):

“Ralph” Head is a long term friend of Allambie Vet, having first come here at the tender age of 8 weeks! These days he is not far off 13 years old, and as you can see in the picture, still retains plenty of charm when he comes to visit. Ralph’s sensitive skin has made him a regular visitor at Allambie Vet for most of his life. While we love seeing Ralph, unfortunately he has spent more time with us lately than what we would hope. Last year was a turbulent year for Ralph, having been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease and developing mild neurological signs which we suspect may be the early signs of a brain tumour. Although there is uncertainty about his underlying condition and long term outlook, so far he has come nearly 1 year from the time his symptoms were noticed. He is showing some signs of slowing down, but for time being, life is good. We are hopeful and optimistic we can keep seeing him coming in to beg for his liver treats!


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Soft Palate Surgery

FACEBOOK ARTICLE (Mar 2, 2012):

This week at the clinic, little Ruby - the very cute 6-month old black pug - had surgery to correct her narrow airway. Pugs, like Boxers, Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a very short nose, which although endearing, does lead to breathing problems. So, while under a general anaesthetic, we widened her nostrils and shortened her soft palate, which is the tissue in the roof of the mouth that separates the back of the nose from the mouth. These procedures should allow a lot more airflow, which will help her to breathe more easily now and in the future. Though she weighs only as much as a newborn baby, Ruby sailed through the surgery, and enjoyed the close attention she received all afternoon.


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* SENIOR PETS With older pets it often means more regular check ups so that we can detect problems quickly and manage them before they become too troublesome. Ideally, a check up every 6 months is a good place to start.
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* ARTHRITIS - WHAT TO LOOK FOR Osteoarthritis is a chronic and progressive disorder of the joints that results in cartilage damage.  Dogs and cats can both be affected and can show a range of signs such as lameness, stiffness (particularly after rising), behavioural changes (cats especially can become more grumpy due to painful joints) and slowing down during walks.
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* RENAL DISEASE As pet owners, we all remember the excitement of bringing our animal home for the first time. Then our little kitten or puppy grew up, and before we knew it, we had a pet approaching the senior age group. For all pet owners, it’s worthwhile being able to recognize the signs of some common diseases. Today we’ll look at kidney disease, or chronic renal failure (CRF).
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* HEART DISEASE IN CATS Early intervention is important for people with heart disease and it’s just as important for your cats too. Studies have shown that as many as one in six cats have heart disease, even though most appear to be perfectly healthy. Heart disease affects all breeds of cats and is not just a disease of older animals. Some breeds are at a higher risk of developing heart disease. These breeds include Persians, Siamese, Rag Dolls, Main Coon, American shorthair and Sphinx.
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* A CASE STUDY - HUGO Two weeks ago on a Thursday evening, we received a call about an emergency involving the very fluffy, absolutely adorable Hugo. He’s a 12 week-old Golden Retriever puppy who had just been bitten on the head by another dog. His head had instantly swollen, with a lump the size of an orange, and he was bleeding from both his nostrils.
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* ITCHY SKIN The most common cause of itchy skin in dogs and cats is allergy. This can be an allergy to parasites such as fleas (common), allergens in the environment such as grasses, pollens and house dust mites (also common) and food (less common).
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* GRAPE TOXICITY There are many different toxins that can affect our pets. Many of these are toxic to humans and are therefore well known. Others, however are only toxic to animals and owners may be unaware of the risks they pose.
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* RABBITS - A GREAT PET Rabbits are great animals and will make lovely pets. Like any pet, they need access to shelter, exercise and a good diet is essential to keep them healthy.
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* DENTAL CARE The trick with teeth and our pets is that sometimes, even if the teeth look ok, they are hiding a multitude of problems. A simple dental can alert us early to signs there may be a dental dilemma and a full scale and polish with some extractions if required can get our pets back to their chomping best in no time.
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* OBESITY IN OUR PETS Once a pet becomes a little porky, it can be quite tricky to shift the extra weight, especially cats, who can be quite reluctant to go on a walk! Cutting back on treats may not be enough to get your pet slim and trim and simply reducing the amount of their regular diet may mean they are begging for food due to hunger cravings.
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* VET NURSES Veterinary nurses are often underestimated as they work behind the scenes. Not only do nurses have the skills and initiative to help manage critical cases they work tirelessly throughout the day, allowing the clinic to run smoothly.
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* GENETIC FUR LOSS As the weather turns cold, its times like these we wish we had a furry covering like our canine friends! Spare a thought then for the poor dogs of the world afflicted with a rare genetic disease that makes that protective fur coat fall out!
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* WASHING MACHINE CAT Kimba snuggled into the nice warm clothes with the comforting smell of her owner for her afternoon snooze. Suddenly she was woken by the splash of cold water on her face as the world began to spin around her.
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* A CASE STUDY - MAX Legge Perthes disease is seen most commonly in young small breed dogs between 3-12 months of age. It usually presents as slow onset lameness with reduced range of movement and muscle wasting around the hip joint but can suddenly cause severe lameness when the bone collapses.
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* PERMETHRIN TOXICITY IN CATS Some spot on flea products sold at supermarkets, pet stores and veterinary practices contain a chemical called permethrin. While very effective and perfectly safe for dogs, these products can be lethal when used on cats. Small differences in the way a cats liver functions means they are unable to tolerate even small doses of this chemical.
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* A CASE STUDY - FELIX ‘Felix’ had a pretty rough end to 2009. We saw ‘Felix’ on New Years Eve. When he came in to see us he was in quite a state. He was quiet, grumpy, and sore all over. When we checked him over it was clear that he had either been hit by a car or been beaten up by a bigger, tougher opponent.
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* CALICIVIRUS - BUNNIES BEWARE! Recently we’ve been told that the National Parks and Wildlife Service will be releasing rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (calicivirus) in Lane Cove, Ku-ring-gai Chase and Garigal national parks next week. Other Northern Sydney locations will be considered for release of the virus in the future. This is an extremely contagious and often fatal disease of rabbits with the mortality rate being as high as 90% of those affected.
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* FLY STRIKE Flies are annoying – buzzing around our homes and gardens, landing on food and on us – it all gets very irritating. However, for our pets flies can be more than just an annoyance.
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* MOVING HOUSE One of the most stressful events people can experience is moving house. Things can be made a little less stressful however for both you and your pets if you have your beloved furry, finned and feathered ones organized and out of trouble.
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* LUMPS AND BUMPS Lumps and ­bumps, unfortunately go together with getting old. It happens to people, and it also happens to our furry and feathered friends. The challenge, is to determine which lumps are a normal part of ageing and which ones are abnormal, and could cause serious problems.
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* SNAIL BAIT POISONING Unfortunately there is no specific antidote for metaldehyde toxicity and recovery depends on controlling signs of toxicity.
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* SUN SENSE Most of us are pretty sun savvy – we know to cover up, wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. Even with these precautions we often need a dip or a cold shower to keep our temperatures under control! But what about our four-legged friends? They also feel the heat and with many of them having their own ‘fur coat’ they often suffer more than us!
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* DOGZHEIMERS Canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) is a loosely defined syndrome that affects older dogs and has been compared to the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in people. The cause of the CCD is not really known but affected animals have shown a deposition amyloid (a protein) in their brains in patterns very similar to the amyloid plaques found in the brains of human Alzheimer’s patients.
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