Do You Really Need To Brush Your Dog’s Teeth?

Loving pet parents try to stay on top of everything to do with their dog's health, but oral health is one thing that many dog owners neglect without even realising it. It's estimated that more than 80% of dogs show signs of gum disease by their third birthday--so what can you do to help protect your pooch's precious teeth? Choose a diet consisting of mostly dry food. Dry food is better for a dog's teeth than wet food because having something to crunch on helps to clean them--and there's less danger of food particles sticking between the teeth or below the gumline. Read More 

3 Tips To Help Your Dog Tolerate The Cone Of Shame After Desexing

There are several good reasons to consider desexing your dog before they are six months old, and these include health benefits, reducing the chance of unwanted litters, and a considerable saving on your local council dog registration fee. As a first-time dog owner who has not had a pet do the desexing process before, there is one important part of the after-surgery period you need to think about in advance, and that is the wearing of the cone of shame. Read More 

Understanding Ovarian Cysts In Guinea Pigs

Ovarian cysts are a potentially life-threatening condition in guinea pigs. These cysts occur when the follicles in the guinea pig's ovaries do not burst and release an egg during ovulation. Instead, fluid-filled cysts grow at the site of the follicles, and both ovaries tend to be affected. If left untreated, the cysts can grow and eventually burst, which would cause a serious infection known as sepsis that can be fatal. It's not always possible to determine the cause of ovarian cysts, and many are simply a case of a hormone imbalance that leads to your guinea pig producing too much oestrogen. Read More 

Understanding Why It’s Important To Vaccinate Your Puppy

In Australia, there's not a legal requirement to vaccinate your puppy, and puppy owners who choose not to vaccinate are often concerned about the potential side effects of vaccinations. All medications come with a list of potential side effects, but they have gone through rigorous testing to ensure their overall safety before being made available to the general public. Puppy vaccinations are considered safe and any risk is considered low when compared to the benefits on offer. Read More 

Basic Veterinary Surgical Procedures

Animals are exposed to germs and different types of pathogens that cause diseases. While your veterinarian may offer medication for some diseases, in some cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary to stop infections and restore the animal's health. Here are some of the common vet surgery procedures you can expect a veterinarian to perform on your pet. Dental Surgeries Dental surgery is mainly used to fight tooth decay. Dental decay can pose serious health issues to animals, so infected teeth should be extracted before they spread to the healthy teeth and tissue. Read More