Help! My Cat Won’t Eat

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Quick Care Guide

How To Get A Cat To Eat

  1. Try a familiar food first: moist, smelly foods are usually tastier.
  2. Warm the food up to body temperature.
  3. Try flavourings like fish, kangaroo or gravy.
  4. Only happy cats eat, so give them plenty of pats.
  5. Get a vet to check that your cat isn’t sick or stressed.

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Help! My Rabbit Is Sick

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Rapid Care

What To Do When A Rabbit Is Sick

  1. When rabbits get sick they tend to hide serious illnesses until very late so if something is suspected to be wrong it’s best to get it checked by a vet
  2. Common causes of illness in rabbits are gastrointestinal stasis, kidney stones and traumatic injuries

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Jack gets a pacemaker

jack beforeWe’re so excited that one of our patients has a pacemaker that we can’t stop talking about it.

Jack came to us a few months ago with a history of falling over at home. From the moment of his first examination it was clear there was something very wrong with his cardiac rhythm. A good heart creates a rhythm you can dance to but this beat would empty the dance floor. Read more

Help! My Cat Is Constipated

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Emergency Care

How To Treat Constipation In Cats

  1. Beware: more than 50% of male cats who are thought to be constipated actually have a medical emergency.
  2. Straining to poo in a male cat may actually be straining to pee.
  3. Constipation is rarer than urinary obstruction. If a cat is truly constipated, it is usually secondary to another problem.

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Poisoning in a puppy. Yes, the vet’s puppy.

sick puppy

Just to to prove it happens to us all, here is Loki’s recent health emergency and some advice on how to identify and avoid pet poisons.
Four days ago Andrew’s 9 week Jack Russell Terrier was doing his usual morning routine of running around the garden seeing what could be destroyed or eaten. He was of course under supervision but all the same was darting in and out of sight among the bushes. All seemed fine but only ten minutes later he suddenly Read more

Help! My Rabbit Is Injured

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Essential Facts

Why Do Rabbits Get Injured?

  1. Fractures which occur inside are usually the result of falls from handling
  2. Beware also of fights with other rabbits or attacks from other pets
  3. If a rabbit is injured or killed while outside overnight a fox is the likely culprit- foxes are common in all suburbs of Adelaide

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Case study: Zeus’ Pyothorax Story

Zeus is a 12-year old dog who up to recently has been well apart from his arthritis. A month ago, Zeus stopped eating and became rapidly unwell with what appeared to be frequent gagging and vomiting. When we examined him it was clear that there was something very wrong with his chest and in addition he had a high fever and was dehydrated. It was considered likely that he was coughing due to a severe chest infection (oddly enough coughing in dogs often looks like vomiting). Therefore, we admitted him into our hospital for chest radiographs (xrays), sent off blood samples and started him on intravenous fluids. Read more