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Cruciate ligament surgery – the options

Cruciate ligament surgery – the options

How is a torn cruciate ligament treated? Correction of this problem requires surgery. There are TWO main techniques we can choose from to stabilize the knee joint: 1. Techniques to artificially replace the action of the cruciate ligament A thick nylon thread is placed...

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Skin Treatments and Antibiotic Resistance

Question: I can see my dog's skin has cleared up, so why do I have to bring him back to the vet? When we see your pets for skin infections, we often ask you to come back toward the end of the course of antibiotics so we can re-check the skin. We regularly have people...

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Seperation Anxiety

Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Separation anxiety describes dogs that are overly attached or dependent on family members. During departures or separations they  become extremely anxious and show distress...

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Heart Disease

Heart Disease

How does the heart work? The heart has four chambers. Two upper chambers (Left & Right Atrium) and two lower chambers (Left & Right Ventricle). Blood flows FROM the body into the right atrium, then pumped into the right ventricle. The right ventricle pumps the...

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Fears, Phobias and Anxieties

Fears, Phobias and Anxieties Fear is a physiologic, behavioral and emotional reaction to stimuli that an animal encounters. Physiological reactions include increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate, sweating, trembling, pacing and possibly urination and...

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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV

Is your cat an outdoor cat? Do they tend to get into fights with other cats? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, they are at risk of contracting FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). FIV is spread through saliva, by bite wounds from one cat to the other....

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Otitis Externa – the common ear infection

Otitis Externa – the common ear infection

As summer comes closer, it means trips to the beach, the lake or river. For our furry canine friends, this means endless hours of fun and swimming. With Blackburn Lake not too far from our clinic, we tend to see many ear infections caused by a harmless drip in the...

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Allergic Skin Disease

Allergic Skin Disease

What is “Allergic Skin Disease”? Allergic skin disease involves an allergic reaction in the skin that causes intense itchiness & resultant self-trauma.  The pet will scratch, bite, lick, chew or rub at the affected area causing hair loss & skin damage. The...

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Beware of Snakes

Beware of Snakes

There are already plenty of snakes about so we are asking our clients to be extra vigilant. Different species of snakes possess different types of venom and these can cause varying symptoms that appear anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite. Early signs...

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HOT SPOTS (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

HOT SPOTS (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

A Hot Spot is the common term for an area of skin that suddenly becomes a “hot” area of intense licking or scratching.  It is produced by self-induced trauma as the dog bites, rubs, or scratches at a part of its body in an attempt to alleviate some pain or itch. What...

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