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    Ticks and paralysis – what’s the link?

    When an animal becomes paralysed, the first assumption is usually a motor vehicle accident, a victim of snakebite or that they got into some poison. While they are both plausible explanations for paralysis, there is another possibility that sits closer to your pet and is often overlooked, as the culprit is the size of a poppy or sesame seed (even harder to see if your pet has a long coat!). After all, some might think ‘can a small organism cause such a significant effect on a bigger organism than itself?’. The answer is yes - though more commonly associated with itchiness and blood loss, ticks can cause paralysis which can be fatal to your pet. 

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    Overactive thyroids in cats

    Hyperthyroidism is the most common hormone disease of cats. It’s caused by and over-active thyroid gland and affects cats over the age of 8. It’s rare in other species so the focus here will be on cats. It’s important to catch this condition early as if treatment is started early, it’s usually successful. If left it can cause serious, life-threatening illness. 

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    1080 and pets – what to watch out for

    1080 in this case does not refer to full high definition video, but the catalogue number of the poison sodium fluoroacetate (or more commonly referred to as “ten eighty”). While banned in most countries worldwide, 1080 is available in Australia under strict regulations by government agencies. A white tasteless powder (that looks like flour) and highly toxic to most species. It is used to control a range of pest animals (such as foxes, rabbits, feral pigs) in Australia. For example, 1080 has been used in large-scale eradication programs in Australia such as in May 2005 for control of wallabies on King’s Island and in 2011 for the eradication of red foxes in Tasmania. The most recent program involving 1080 was initiated in 2018 to control the population of feral cats in Kangaroo Island. 

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    Getting the spa treatment at home – how to trim your dog’s nails!

    During these unprecedented times, we are trying to minimise our movement and exposure to the outside world. This may mean limited walkies and as such, your dog’s nails won’t be wearing themselves down. Going to the vet for nail trims may also take a back seat. But fear not, with the right guidance and tools, you’ll be a master in no time and your dog will very soon have their own personal beautician!

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    Why is my dog stinking?

    Smell is a very powerful sense. Smells can evoke memories, influence your mood, affect your hunger levels, relationships and work performance. We tend to be captivated by things or people who smell good whilst shy away from foul and pungent “smellies”. To put this into context, we would be less inclined to interact with a smelly dog. To prevent your dog’s smell from driving everyone crazy and away, we have to get to the bottom of the causes of offensive smells. 

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    Why does my vet always want to take blood samples?

    A common association people have with a visit to the doctors is getting pricked by needles. And perhaps this is how your pet associates going to the vet as well. We as humans understand that being stabbed by needles in order to draw blood is an unpleasant experience and yet must decide whether we would subject our pets to the same. So are vets perhaps vampires in disguise? Why does your vet always request permission to obtain blood samples and what is the obsession with blood tests?

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