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* TOXOPLASMOSIS Toxoplasmosis is a protozoal infection that cats are susceptible to. Interpretation of the result can be a little complicated because a single positive blood test doesn’t differentiate between an infection some time ago (with possible immunity) and a current infection.
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* MITES A recent trip to the clinic for little “Teddy” revealed that there’s more to this playful pug than meets the eye! “Teddy” is a bright and happy normal 6-month-old pup, but he had small patches of fur missing under his neck. Free of itch, redness or irritation, there was no obvious cause for these hairless spots.
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* A CASE STUDY - PICI We recently treated an 11-year-old Hungarian Puli (yes, the dog breed which looks like a mop). He came on a Monday a few weeks ago with a number of problems: a number of his lymph nodes were enlarged; he was coughing; and he had a very high temperature. He was extremely unwell.
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* MICROCHIPPING When someone acquires a new puppy or kitten they are often inundated with information from various sources. The breeder or pet shop has their information to give, the vet has their information, and then neighbours, friends and people that you meet in the street are also often keen to pass on their views. One thing that can easily get overlooked is ensuring that your pet’s microchipping and registration are completed. This is a three-step process.
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* CATARACTS A cataract is a change in the lens that renders it completely opaque and if involving the entire lens will result in blindness. A pet may be born with a cataract (congenital) or it may develop with age due to a genetic predisposition or other causes which include diabetes, inflammation, trauma, dietary deficiencies, electric shock or toxin.
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* KITTEN KINDY Why should puppies get all the fun? Most kittens love to socialise too! The critical socialisation period for kittens is between 6 and 14 weeks of age. Beyond 16 weeks of age, many of these apparently harmless bundles of fur tend to become a little more hostile towards their new ‘fur friends’. That’s why it’s important to socialise new kittens when they are still young.
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* A CASE STUDY - MISSY We saw a 3-month-old female Staffordshire Terrier called Missy a few months ago. She had been vomiting for three days, was quiet and not at all interested in food. If a 3-month-old Staffy doesn’t want to eat, you certainly know it is unwell.
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* SIGNS OF PAIN The ability to identify what can be subtle behavioural changes that may indicate pain or illness is one of the real benefits of a close pet-owner bond. When an owner has a good understanding of their pet’s normal behaviour, they are more likely to notice these changes earlier.
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* HERNIA Tabitha had been missing for 3 days and when her owners finally found her under the house she was not in a good way, refusing to eat anything. Tabitha was very affectionate when being examined despite a large swelling under her tummy and some wounds on her left back leg. The swelling was painful to touch and the skin very bruised. We were concerned that Tabitha may have been hit by a car and she was admitted for further evaluation.
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* WILDLIFE Sydney weather can be confusing not just for people! As we struggle to decide between wearing a t-shirt or a puffy jacket each day, our native wildlife are equally confused.
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* AN OLDER CAT WITH A YOUNG VIEW ON LIFE Over the past year we have been treating a 23-year-old cat called Paris for chronic renal failure. As well as renal failure, Paris has high blood pressure that also requires treatment. She has been remarkably stable over this time and despite her age, Paris is remarkably well. She is a very reluctant patient though. Every time Paris comes in she clings to her owner for dear life. She particularly dislikes having her blood pressure taken.
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* COMPOST POISONING Like most Jack Russell Terriers, Rippa loves to stick her nose into all sorts of trouble. However, when she decided to “help” her Dad with the gardening he thought her innocent digging and eating compost was pretty harmless.
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* EARLY SEASON FOR TICKS It may only be July but in the last week, several clinics in the area have already seen cases of tick paralysis.
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* BLOOD TESTS Blood vessels traverse through every single organ in the body, picking up information and small clues along the way about health and disease. By sampling some of this precious blood we can analyse the different components of the cells and molecules. Doing this helps us to decipher which parts of the body are sick and what might be causing the problem.
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* NOSE BLEEDS We saw an old Maltese Terrier earlier this week called ‘Ellie’. She has been having intermittent nose bleeds (called epistaxis) for the past six months with her most recent bleed being last weekend. There are a number of things that need to be considered when we see a dog with epistaxis. Broadly speaking epistaxis can be caused by either local disease (disease within the nose) or systemic disease (disease elsewhere in the body).
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* ARTHRITIS IN WINTER As the temperature drops and the nights in particular get cooler, it is likely that not only will we find it harder to get up in the morning, but our pets will too. We can certainly understand the motivation to stay wrapped up in their blanky as very reasonable behaviour.
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* PNEUMONIA We often hear the term pneumonia used to describe a severe lung disease in people but what does it actually mean and how does it relate to our pets? Pneumonia is by definition inflammation of the lung tissue. This is most often due to bacterial infection but can also be caused by fungal or parasitic infection, a foreign body in the chest or an allergic process.
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* 25 YEARS AT ALLAMBIE VET CLINIC Written by Brian Mills -- Owner and Founder of Allambie Vet Clinic.
Twenty-Five years ago to the day, my wife and I opened the doors to Allambie Vet. It is interesting to think about the changes that have taken place in pet health care over that time. Probably the most important change is that pets have moved out of the back yard and are now firmly entrenched in our living rooms as part of the family.

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* BE FREE OF THE FLEA Fleas. Just the thought of these tiny insects, with mouthparts specially designed for piercing skin and sucking blood makes most people itch. These resilient insects are flightless and are no more than 2-3mm in length, yet they cause enormous anguish and trauma to our furry friends.
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* JAW CANCER Monty came in to see us as his owner had noticed a small lump on his gum at the front of his jaw. After a biopsy, the results came back as a squamous cell carcinoma. This is a type of cancer that is usually very aggressive locally. It can grow into the bone of the jaw and spread to local lymph nodes, however, it is less likely to spread to the rest of the body. If we could show it hadn’t spread, then removing it could be curative.
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* SKIN ALLERGIES Skin allergies can be divided into four broad causes. Contact allergies occur due to direct contact with hairless skin, flea allergy occurs secondary to flea bites, and atopy is an inhalant allergy that occurs due to an allergy to various pollens and insects. The final allergy that we see quite infrequently is a food allergy.
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* INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD) Occasional vomiting and diarrhoea can be standard for many dogs and cats. Cats groom themselves and get hairballs and dogs eat all sorts of ridiculous things they shouldn’t. If, however, you are cleaning up a vomit pile increasingly often or have not seen a normal stool from your pet in a while, it is possible they may be suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
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* THEODORE EASY AND HIS EATING HABITS Young dogs especially are interested in putting everything into their mouths - just like young children. Rocks, pieces of tennis balls, corncobs, socks, blanket pieces, soft toys - these are just a few of the objects we have removed from dogs at surgery. Theodore was no exception...
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* A WEEK OF SURGERY CASES One of the most rewarding things about being a vet is seeing some surgery cases that have great outcomes for both the animal and the owner. The other week here was interesting as we had a number of rewarding surgeries.
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* CALICIVIRUS POLYARTHRITIS Calicivirus arthritis is a rare form of arthritis that occurs following a kitten’s first exposure to the virus, and occurs with this particular virus because it has an affinity for joint tissue
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* EASTER EGGS Can you imagine sitting in front of a bowl of chocolate Easter eggs and not helping yourself to at least one?  Neither can your pet dog so please make sure that this Easter they have no access to the plethora of chocolate available.
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* EATING POO One surely would not argue with the fact that one of the most anti-social behaviours our beloved canine companions can have is their propensity to eat poo. Luckily most canine characters have more refined taste and have never sampled these ‘pre-digested’ delicacies, but many others seem to be almost driven by them - and the fresher the better!
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* CASE STUDY - CHEETAH CHEATS DEATH It was a Burmese kitten earlier this month that had been hit by a car late at night. Initially she was taken to the after hours clinic, but was transferred to us the following morning. Her name is Cheetah and she is 6-months-old.
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* MAST CELL TUMOURS Mast cell tumours (MCT) are a very common cancer seen in dogs. A mast cell is a special type of blood cell that is normally involved in the body’s response to allergens and inflammation. Sometimes these cells can become cancerous and develop into mast cell tumour.
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* WELCOMING YOUR NEW KITTEN New kittens are great fun! Whether you have a cat already and are getting a new addition to the family or whether you are getting your first kitten, socialization should be a priority.
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