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South Australia certainly gets its fair share of natural disasters and the rule of thumb when it comes to safety is that if it’s not safe for you then it’s not safe for your pets. There are a number of events that will require you to prepare for an emergency and they can range from heat waves, blackouts and bush fires, to storms and floods.

Although the consequences can be similar, knowing the risks and being prepared are important steps in helping your pets to survive and cope in emergencies. As they can come with little or no warning the best time to start getting ready is now, and thinking about what you’ll need in various scenarios will help your preparedness when facing them.

Allergies are just as common in pets as they are in humans and similarly they can cause significant suffering, however unlike humans, dogs are less likely to overcome allergies over time. Symptoms in dogs include itching and excessive scratching and grooming, watery eyes, sneezing, and flaky skin. You might observe your dog rubbing on the carpet, or chewing affected areas such as around their groin and belly, and under their armpits.

Microchips are an effective way for pets to be reunited with their owners if lost, and vets and shelters routinely examine strays for microchips. They are a permanent ID and last the life of the pet. They are read by passing a scanner over the animal that reads the microchip’s unique code. Collars and identification tags are a simple and straightforward way to add identification to your pet and most can be trained successfully to wear them, but some animals resist them and they can come off.  

Birds can be beautiful and interesting pets, and while they can be a good option for some households they won’t suit all. Birds are generally easier to keep than pets such as dogs and cats; They don’t need walking and the practicalities regarding toileting are less confronting to many compared with litter trays and cleaning up the lawn, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have their own special needs and things that some people would find challenging.

 

Most owners don’t routinely look in their animal’s mouths; it can be very difficult to get a really good look, especially towards the back of the mouth (where many dental issues can occur). Therefore we recommend you see your vet for regular dental checks, so that any problems can be quickly identified.

Its applications are for osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease and some ligament and tendon conditions.

Cats over the age of 7 that are overweight are more prone to developing arthritis, though it can occur at any age, weight and activity level. Cats that have had injuries to their bones or joints when younger can develop arthritis early as a result of this. Often it is the spine, hips or elbows that are the most affected joints in cats.

 

The decision was made, Susie needed to have this tumour removed from her chest. Our surgical team at Northgate Vet Hospital got this complicated task in their hands. It took us a couple of hours to remove a lung lobe affected by the tumour. Once we opened Susie's chest we had to breathe for her with ventilator because her lungs would collapse without our help. 

Limping or lameness is one of the most common reasons we see pets for at vet clinics. Limping may range from a slight favouring of a paw or limb, stiffness when getting up or after running around or even completely avoiding all weight on the leg or paw. Limping can happen in almost all species of animal ranging from cats and dogs, through to guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards and even birds. Some pets may also hide or choose to lie in their beds more if they have a problem with their leg instead of just limping.

Your pet’s microchip is a vital point of contact between you and your pet, it is your pet’s lifeline back home in case of emergency or if your pet were to go missing. You have already made the right choice by microchipping your pet, but in order for the microchip to be of benefit you must make sure you have completed the following:

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