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Four Hidden Summer Dangers

Four Hidden Summer Dangers

1. Check under the car Don't forget to check under your car before you drive off - cats, in particular, like to seek out the shade provided by a car and are often asleep, putting them at risk of being run over. A toot of the horn before you move the car is always a...

How to Prevent Heatstroke

How to Prevent Heatstroke

It's not just flat-faced dogs that are susceptible to the heat. ANY pet can overheat and end up suffering from heatstroke. Heatstroke (also known as heat exhaustion or heat stress), can occur very rapidly and if not treated can be fatal. Signs your pet might be...

Flat-Faced Breeds and the Heat

Flat-Faced Breeds and the Heat

It's time to crank the air-conditioning for certain breeds such as the Pug, French Bulldog, British bull dogs and many other breeds with flat faces. These dogs (known as Brachycephalic breeds) are not very well designed for our hot summer months and are very...

The Sweaty Dog

The Sweaty Dog

Contrary to popular belief dogs do have sweat glands. They have two types in fact, apocrine sweat glands and merocrine (also called eccrine) sweat glands, but both only produce a very small amount of sweat which is not very effective in body cooling. 1. Apocrine...

Firework Fear

Firework Fear

As the New Year approaches, it's important to know that colourful, loud fireworks can be pretty scary for cats and dogs to handle. Fireworks can distress pets to the point of causing them to flee or injure themselves and keeping them calm and safe is incredibly...

Slip, Slop, Slap!

Slip, Slop, Slap!

Familiar words for anyone who lives in Australia - we're all too aware of the need for sun protection for us. But did you know that some pets need sun protection as well? Consider sun protection if your pet: Is light in colour or has a thin coat Is fond of sunbathing...

Summer Travel with Pets

Summer Travel with Pets

The holidays are here and while many of you are leaving your pets with house sitters or in kennels, you may choose to take your furry friend with you. Traveling with pets can be great fun, but does need a lot of planning. Is your pet healthy? Road trips and travel can...

Pets are for life!

Pets are for life!

Christmas is a time of giving - and sometimes it's tempting to give the gift of a furry pet. But this time of year, we'd like to remind everyone that a pet for Christmas isn't a pet only for Christmas. The Christmas period can be a great time to think about getting a...

The Twelve Pet Hazards of Christmas

The Twelve Pet Hazards of Christmas

Happy December! The silly season is upon us, and while it can be great fun for people, there are a few hazards to be mindful of to keep our furry friends safe these holidays. Christmas leftovers: Most Christmas foods are too rich for our pets and can cause...

Wild and Wonderful

At Brandon Park we're often brought wildlife by members of the public - birds and possums are frequently seen around the clinic being fostered by our volunteer vets and vet nurses. Most of our cases are successes and are passed on to wildlife carers after a day or two...

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