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Cleo’s Christmas 2nd Chance

“We are so pleased we took Cleo to the vet that afternoon as we hate to think what might have been…Don’t ever take your pets for granted as they can’t tell you what’s wrong”, Julie says.


Three days till Christmas the house is decorated, the presents are wrapped, all the holiday plans are underway, what can possibly go wrong?  Unfortunately for Cleo’s family, Christmas 2016 brought more than they bargained for.

11 year old Cleo the Kelpie was the dream dog from the start for owners Julie and Stuart. She had a wonderful temperament & loved nothing more than attending the yearly Kelpie muster with her son Slider & her human family.

Just days before Christmas, Julie was about to take Cleo out for her daily walk when she found her lying down near the front door very weak and uninterested in her walk which was quite out of character. Her owners became very concerned at this character change & increasingly so after offering Cleo her favourite treats, she would lay there motionless. A feeling of panic kicked in for owners Julie & Stuart.

Julie immediately took Cleo in to see Dr. Kay at Menai Animal Hospital for some testing and was given the terrible news that Cleo had a large mass in her spleen. Cleo would need urgent lifesaving surgery to have her spleen removed for her to have any chance of survival.

 “It was an anxious time for us as she is a special part of our family and not having her with us over Christmas was very difficult”, Julie says.

Cleo was in a critical situation, her spleen had ruptured due to the size of the mass. Dr Kay & her team did everything they could. It was a long surgery, Cleo had a large amount of internal bleeding & her spleen had to be removed.

Cleo made it through the surgery but was not out of the woods yet, Cleo remained in critical care for days following on from her surgery to ensure there was no further internal bleeding & she was able to eat & pass food.

Finally Dr Kay cleared Cleo to go home on strict bed rest & medication, her owners were over the moon to have her home. With each day that went by, Cleo had a glimpse of joy back in her eye. Her owners could see an improvement and every day she seemed more like herself again.

“We are so pleased we took Cleo to the vet that afternoon as we hate to think what might have been…Don’t ever take your pets for granted as they can’t tell you what’s wrong”, Julie says.

Cleo is now a happy, healthy 12-year-old who runs around with her son Slider as if nothing had every happened. Thanks to Dr Kay & her team, Cleo will enjoy a much longer, happier & comfortable life.

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Owning a Pet Benefits Your Health

Owning a is fun and pleasurable, but most people are unaware of the positive benefits when owning a furry friend. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or even that goldfish in your living room, they all play a part in many of our daily lives and help both our emotional and physical needs.

 Relieves stress and anxiety

Whether your stressed out from work, relationships, friends or anything life throws at you, be assured that your pet will never judge you and will be there for support even though they have no idea why you’re upset. Stroking a pet has been proven as an antidote to stress; with researchers finding that people talking to and petting a dog have lower blood pressure than when they interact with another person.

Increases happiness and well-being

Let’s face it, who isn’t happy when they see those smiling faces waiting for you at the door when you get home from work? The presence of a pet is positive for our emotional well-being and enhancing our emotions like, happiness, laughter and compassion. Even when we have a bad day, coming home and seeing those wagging tails puts a big smile on our face.

Exercise, weight loss and motivation

With the growing concern of obesity in both Adults and children, the remedy could be simpler than you think. Australian research shows those who own a dog are more active and outgoing than those who don’t, improving their overall health status. Taking your dog for a walk every day not only gives you a purpose and a responsibility, but deceases your chance of weight gain and obesity dramatically.  Owning a pet can also increase family bonding time, giving children a more positive outlook on life and increases their well-being.

Responsibility for Kids

Owning pets are an integral part of Australian childhood. I’m sure everyone remembers the feeling of joy and excitement the day they brought their first pet home. Although research shows that families with children are more likely to own a pet, people of all ages feel happy when a pet is around. For children, pets are more than a playmate and best friend, but also play a beneficial role in a child’s development. Unfortunately, adolescent teens experience feelings of stress, boredom, despair and depression. However, studies show these signs were decreased significantly when owning a pet. Pets can teach children social and nurturing skills which in turn can reduce stress and loneliness.

Less lonely/elderly

Just like children, owning a pet can have a positive outlook for people. In particular, those who live in a nursing home or aged care facility show a positive reaction to assistance dogs or companion dogs brought in to interact with them. Not only is there a lift in the atmosphere, but people interact more and seem to be having fun. Those who still live in their own home have the luxury of owning a pet which can provide a sense of comfort while helping those who feel lonely or are in despair.


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Keeping Your Dogs Teeth Clean

thumbnail_IMAG0296Just like humans, your dogs dental routine should be done on a regular basis to avoid discomfort and costly surgery. Routine vaccinations and other minor procedures are common in everyday clinics and owners are usually shocked and surprised to see the oral damage done in their dog’s mouth.

Infected gums and rotting tooth sockets are among other alarming symptoms that can lead to further health concerns and may require dental surgery with the possibly of loosing teeth.

The best way to prevent this is to get your dog used to getting their teeth brushed.


  1. Get your dog used to you touching their mouth and introduce any toothpaste you may be using. (Never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs) By regularly touching your dog’s mouth, you will make the teeth brushing process easier. When firstly using doggy toothpaste, put some on the tip of your finger and let them lick it off so they can get a taste of it. Most doggy toothpaste has a pleasant taste that dogs would usually enjoy. If you don’t have doggy toothpaste, either water or chicken broth will be a good alternative.


  1. Using either a rubber finger or children’s toothbrush, put a small amount of doggy toothpaste on the brush and start along the gum line of your dog’s mouth. Gently massage the gum and teeth in a slow motion without pressing to hard or too soft. It may take a few tries before your dog gets used to the feeling.


  1. Rubber chew toys such as kongs can assist with your dog’s dental health. Apply your doggy toothpaste in the grooves or surface of the toy and let them chew. This gives a similar feeling to you brushing their teeth.


  1. Dental chews and products can help with preventing further build-up of plaque and tarter.


Here are some products to keep your dog smiling:




  • Prevents plaque buildup
  • Fresh breathgreenies
  • Healthy gums


  • Tasty chew
  • Easily digested
  • No toothbrush needed
  • Easy way to brush teeth
  • Easily stored

Tooth brush


  • Used with dog friendly toothpaste
  • Can be in toothbrush or finger form
  • Freshens breathtoothbrush
  • Good for gums
  • Soft bristles


  • Gets hard to reach places
  • Long lasting
  • Portable
  • Easy to store



  • Rubber coating
  • Stores treatskong
  • Can be used for training
  • Boredom buster


  • Strong teeth
  • Fun toy
  • Strong gums

Fruit & Vegetables


  • Apples, carrots, watermelon, sweet potato and asparagus are all applehealthy treat alternatives that also help lessen the tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth.


  • Tasty Treat alternative
  • Not high in fat and good for weight control
  • Variety to choose from
  • Nutritious



  • Easy to chew
  • Dual action approach
  • Clean teeth and freshen breathoravet
  • The first and only dental hygiene product for dogs that contain delmopinol.
  • Comes in different sized Dental Hygiene Chews.


  • Tasty
  • Easy to digest
  • Affordable

Plaque Off


  • Powder form can be added to wet or dry food
  • Prevents tartar, gingivitis and bad breath
  • Can be used on dogs and cats
  • Softens and removes existing tartar build up and prevents new tartar from formingplaque off
  • Reduces gum disease.


  • Stronger teeth
  • Happier dog
  • No more discomfort
  • Affordable

If you are still experiencing dental problems or have any concerns after trying these products, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email about any questions you may have.

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Cemotherapy & Other cancer treatments for your pet

Million Paws Walk 2017


It’s that pawfect time of year again and registrations are now open at the RSPCA for the 2017 Million Paws Walk.

It’s a day for dog lovers to show off their pooch and have lots of fun while also raising money for those in need. Dog lovers everywhere gather and show support to help fight against animal cruelty and raise money by either walking, donations or merchandise sales.

The event will be held on Sunday 21st May and will be held in 22 different locations across NSW. To check where your location will be please visit the RSPCA website.

All funds made at the Million Paws Walk will be raised 100% through activities on the day. You may even decide to throw your own event at home to make donations and help contribute to the event. All funds made on the day will go directly towards helping abused, neglected or unwanted animals making it the largest yearly event by the RSPCA.

Your involvement in Million Paws Walk will help an estimated 35,000 or more animals who are turned into the RSPCA every year. Your contribution will also help on the road inspectors to run education and support programs to give an insight on animal welfare and help those understand why it is important to keep our animals safe and protected.

There will also be a new challenge event that has never been seen in the history of Million Paws Walk. Beginning from 20th April to the 20th May, you can take the Million Paws Challenge to see if you and your fury friend can conquer walking a million paws. Whilst doing this you can get sponsors from either family or friends to congratulate you on your efforts. Not only will this help the event, but you will get extra fit too!

So if you’re looking to shed those extra pounds or just looking for a fun day out with the family and of course your pooch, then come on down for a day of fabulous filled fun. Even if you don’t have a fur baby at home, still come along as there will be lots of activities for you to enjoy.

Register now, try something new and help transform the lives of our furry friends as you are the voice for them to have a better life.

You’d be barking mad to miss out!

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Best Pets for Apartment Living



So, you’ve decided to take the next step in your life and buy your first apartment or maybe your two-story house with the big backyard and pool has gotten a little hard to handle and you want something cosy.

Whatever the reason may be, keep in mind that it isn’t just yourself looking for a home but your four-legged friend too. Let’s face it, they are the king or queen of the house!


If you are planning on moving in an apartment with your pooch there are some things to keep in mind as it will be a big change for not only yourself, but for them too. Make sure you are prepared to make some small adjustments to ensure both you and your canine are happy and safe in your new lifestyle.



As most apartments are small with little roaming room for pets to explore, your daily exercise routine may be extended. This is because your furry friend won’t have the luxury of a garden or backyard to burn off that extra energy.


First thing to consider is what breed of dog you have. Obviously, your exercise routine will differ from keeping a Chihuahua in an apartment than say a German Shepherd which will need a little more than a short stroll to the park. Other high energy breeds such as border collies and cattle dogs wouldn’t be recommended for apartment living due to their high energy and exercise requirements.


However, if you are set on getting a larger breed there are a few exceptions. You might not believe it, but Great Dane’s can be great apartment dwellers due to their relaxed and rather laid back nature giving them their nickname ‘lounge lizards’. A short stroll to the park every day and a spot next to you on the couch would do just fine for them.


Smaller dogs don’t need as much exercise but still do need that daily stroll around the block to keep them healthy and happy. Some breeds to consider would be Chihuahuas, Poodles and Maltese Terriers. Mostly because they are considered ‘velcro’ breeds and tend to love nothing more than a spot on your lap next to the heater watching their favourite TV show.


Boredom Busters

Always make sure you have lots of items to keep your dog busy when leaving the house. Boredom busters such kongs filled with their favourite treat is great as well as their favourite toys. Chewable bones are also good however keep them to a minimum as some bones like raw hides and pigs ears have a high fat content and should be given only on occasion. Without these boredom busters you are likely to come home to a house make over and a stressed out pooch.


Giving these treats and toys not only promotes excitement, but is excellent for energy draining fun for your pet before they hear the excitement of your keys jiggling in the door. By doing this regularly your pet will be too occupied to miss you too much and will be more relaxed throughout the day.


Over the Counter Medication

If you’ve tried everything above and find it isn’t working for you there is an alternative option. Adaptil is a safe relaxant for dogs and can be used to make travel, visits to groomer or being home alone less stressful. Its convenient spray bottle makes it easy to use and apply especially when you’re on the go. To use just spray Adaptil using 8-10 pumps about 15 minutes prior to travel or leaving the house on your dog’s bedding, inside crates, in the car or kennels. If you have any concerns regarding Adaptil please call your local vet and feel free to ask any questions you may have.


So, it’s good news for all the apartment dwellers out there that wish to own a furry friend. If you are willing to put in the time and commitment, a dog CAN be kept in an apartment and still be as healthy and happy as any other pet. If you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to call your local vet and ask them any questions you may have.


Other Pet alternatives

If you’re not set on getting a dog but are still looking for a pet, there are other alternatives that make great apartment dwellers.



If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed and independent yet will still cuddle up to you on the couch, why not have a furry feline as a roommate?

Cats are usually quieter and less active than a dog, especially if you don’t have the time to go for a walk every day. A nice scratching post, a litter tray, a few cat friendly toys and a water dish should do just fine until you get home. If you want a cat that is going to be a little more interactive, some good choices would be a Ragdoll or Burmese which can act almost dog-like with their playful nature. However, there are many breeds to choose from depending on the appearance and characteristics of the cat you would like.







Birds Bird Care

Birds are a great choice for apartments as most don’t require as much attention as a dog but still need daily interaction and socialization. It also depends on which bird you’re considering getting as some require more care than others. Budgies and cockatiels are a good choice as an apartment bird as they are quite small, less vocal and don’t need as much daily interaction than other larger birds. If you want something bigger like a cockatoo or a macaw, be prepared for a lot more work and daily interaction as these birds crave human attention and socialization. They are very smart and need activities like puzzles and brain busters to keep them occupied as well as human interaction. Without these boredom busters, your cockatoo or macaw will become very destructive, loud and may even pluck their feathers due to a lack of attention. Before buying a bird please do your research on the specific care requirements needed for the specific bird you are after.








If you want something more scaly than furry, then a reptile may be the pet for you. Same with birds, the care requirement will depend on which reptile you get. Most are easy to care for if you aren’t grossed out by insects or dead mice. Some choices may be snakes, turtles or bearded dragons. Again, please do your research on what reptile you want to get. If you want something that is more social, friendly, easy to feed and can sit with you on the couch watching TV, then a bearded dragon would be a great choice. Often nicknamed ‘beardies’, these scaly friends are often referred to as the puppy dogs of the reptile world with their calm and somewhat quirky nature. Beardies are the perfect choice for a beginner reptile and would do very well in apartment living,



Choosing the right pet for you and your lifestyle can be difficult, but with the right time and research you might just find one that’s perfect for you!


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