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:
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and for many of us, that means spending some quality time with our loved ones – be they two or four-legged, furred or not! However, for people in multi-pet households, it’s not always rainbows and roses; it can be especially difficult when two partners make the decision to move in together and subsequently, move the two fur-babies in together as well. It would be nice to assume that introducing new animals to each other and a new environment is as easy as throwing them in together and expecting them to just get along but unfortunately it is just not that simple. They are essentially step-kids and their whole world is being turned upside down, so here are a few tips to try and ease that tricky transition…
When the hot weather arrives, everyone heads outside and enjoys alcohol and BBQ food. We would just like to remind pet owners that BBQ food has potential risks for pets.