Dr Ingrid Walker has just joined the team at Pet Medical in our Milsons Point clinic and is very much looking forward to getting to know you and your pets. In fact, treating family pets is one of the things Ingrid loves most about veterinary practice. A special interest in veterinary dermatology could have taken her down a path away from day to day contact with pets and their families but instead she chose not to, as she would miss that aspect of veterinary life too much.
Dr Rachel Nugent graduated from Bristol University in 1999 and has been a vet with Pet Medical since it began, nine years ago. Whilst juggling her family and own animals, Rachel works two days a week at our Pet Medical Muswellbrook clinic and also teaches veterinary nursing - small animal and equine at TAFE NSW, Scone campus.
At Pet Medical clinics we are running a free dental check during the month of August. Why are we doing this? Over 80% of aging pets suffer some sort of dental disease and it becomes more severe with age. Animals with dental disease left untreated will lead to teeth that require extraction due to infection within the gums and jawbone. These teeth can be very painful despite animals hiding mouth pain very well. Bacteria in the mouth can cause damage to the heart, liver and kidneys.
Inter-dog aggression is fighting and aggressive behaviour directed from one dog to another dog. The most common cause of inter-dog aggression is food related, but it can be triggered by household changes, and can happen when dogs are fearful or over-excited. It is important to learn to understand dog body language to help predict fights. When these fights occur, always remember, SAFETY FIRST. Never come between two dogs that are fighting as they can injure people very badly without meaning to. Use loud noises, water (like the spray from a hose) or throw a blanket over them and use a broom to separate them. Once they have separated, take the dogs away from each other to prevent another fight breaking out.
SNIP Kitten Rescue rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes unwanted kittens, and provides de-sexing at a reduced cost. This not-for-profit organization was founded by Zarli Kew, head nurse at our Pet Medical Muswellbrook clinic and endorsed by Pet Medical. Over the six years since founding the program, our team at Pet Medical has found homes for over 700 kittens, all of which are fully vet-checked, vaccinated, micro-chipped, de-sexed, wormed and flea treated. Our kittens also come with 4 weeks free pet insurance.
Heartworm is a potentially fatal parasite (Dirofilaria immitis) that lives in the heart and the blood vessels around the heart. What is heartworm disease? Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets and is caused by foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the body. Heartworm disease affects dogs, cats and ferrets, but the dog is a natural host, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring.
Clients so often walk into a consult with myself or any one of our other vets and will say “Fido isn’t eating”, or “Bella just isn’t right!”. What you’re really letting us know is that your pet’s behaviour has changed. Others will let me know that Rover paces and howls and tries to dig out of the yard when fireworks go off, or that Kitty has begun urinating outside her litter tray ever since the new kitten came home. Veterinary behavioural medicine is about recognizing an animals’ emotional state, understanding how this affects their physical health and how these two things join together into the behavioural response we can see.