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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner many people will be lucky enough to receive flowers from loved ones. But spare a thought for the effect that this could have on your fluffy four-legged friends. Lilies in particular can be extremely poisonous or even fatal, especially to cats.

With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting a long hot dry summer, it is important to remember that grass seeds can give your pet a lot of grief.

With a hot summer approaching, it is important to remember the basics on how to keep your pets safe this season. Dogs, cats and especially rabbits and guinea pigs are prone to heat stress like we are. Spending prolonged periods of time in very hot and poor ventilated environment can cause heat stress in no time. 

The importance of diet in a long and healthy life

In the wild, rabbits mainly eat grass! They graze for many hours a day, and their entire digestive tract is able to process large amounts of fibrous material such as plants.

This is going to be another hot year for Adelaide and with the weather warming up there are always unwanted guests, snakes. Contrary to common belief snakes can be found even in more populated areas of the city especially if the food supply is short. 

What is the point of neutering my rabbit?

The average life expectancy of a rabbit is 6-14 years. We would like to keep your rabbits as healthy and as happy as possible!

Day by day we are all getting older and older. Our pets are no exception.

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome is a scientific name for the condition commonly known as dementia. It may occur in any pet and typically affects older pets over 11 years of age. Unlucky ones can start showing symptoms as early as 6 years of age. Scientific literature states that more then 50% of dogs and cats will be affected with dementia. It tends to be progressive with over 50% of dogs getting worse after 12 months of being diagnosed.

Feline tooth resorption is a very common dental problem in cats. Over half of the cat population over 5 years of age will have at least one tooth affected. Abyssinian, Siamese and Persian cats seem to be having more problems than other breeds but any breed, including humble domestic short haired, can be affected.

At our Salisbury Park Hospital we see a large range of exotic pets. I have gathered  together the histories of some of these pets for the last 4-5 months to give you an insight into the types of exotic pets we see and  why they are brought to the clinic. I have included only reptiles, birds and water dwelling species for this analysis.  

Acupuncture is by definition the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body to achieve therapy and homeostasis (balance).  It is based on a holistic concept of diagnosis and treatment and the acknowledgement of the body's ability to repair itself.

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