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  • Cats Can Age Gracefully

    Just as humans get greyer hair, more wrinkles and bouts of arthritis, senior pets develop a variety of signs suggesting they too are aging. Unlike a fellow human, our feline friends can't take res... read more
  • Cleaning your Pets Teeth

    SO WHY DO MY PETS TEETH NEED CLEANING? Dental disease is one of the most common ailments seen by vets.   It presents as one or more of the following:  gingivitis (inflammation of the g... read more
  • Diarrhoea

    What is Diarrhoea? Diarrhoea is defined as an alteration in the normal pattern of defecation resulting in the passing of soft, unformed faeces, with an increased water content, or an increased freque... read more
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease - (FLUTD)

    What is FLUTD? In the majority of cats with signs of lower urinary tract disease (LUTD), the cause is unknown and these cats are characterised as having idiopathic lower urinary tract disease or fe... read more
  • How to brush your pet's teeth

    Good dental care is essential for your pet's health and happiness. Just like you, your pet needs to receive daily dental care at home. It's ideal to begin home care when your pet is young howe... read more
  • Kidney Disease In Cats

    Excessive thirst generally leads to increased urination and in our feline friends this can be symptomatic of some serious disease including; kidney failure, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism (overact... read more
  • Medicating our Feline Friends

    Medicating our feline friends is a job that is often approached with much apprehension and reluctance by most cat owners which is completely understandable.  Medicating a cat can be very stressfu... read more
  • Pets Get Diabetes Too

    Diabetes mellitus is a common disorder in both people and pets due to a combination of lifestyle and other predisposing factors. In dogs and cats, diabetes cannot be cured but there are various ways t... read more
  • Vaccinating your Cat

    Our pets offer us love, affection and friendship unconditionally; they are an important part of our lives and our families. Just like any other family member their health and wellbeing is no doubt imp... read more
  • Cats Go Crazy For Catnip

    Catnip also known as Catmint is a herb related to the mint family and has an unusual phenomenon among cats, it has the ability to cause an amazing reaction that can alter your cat's behaviour. Onl... read more
  • Toilet Troubles

    Toilet Troubles in Cats is Reason for Concern Cats are usually more than happy to use their litter box inside or dig in the dirt after a meal or a drink. However, many cats fall victim to feli... read more
  • Vaccinating your Dog

    Our pets offer us love, affection and friendship unconditionally; they are an important part of our lives and our families. Just like any other family member their health and well-being is no doubt im... read more
  • Future Assurance Is Pet Insurance

    It's every pet parent’s worst nightmare to find themselves in an emergency situation with their beloved pet. Such accidents can be physically traumatic for pets and emotionally shocking for ... read more
  • Aural Haematoma

    What is an Aural Haematoma? Each one of your pet’s ear lobes (pinna) is made up of two layers of opposing skin held together with fibrous tissue and with nerves and blood vessels running betwee... read more
  • ATOPY - Canine Airborn Allegy

    What is Atopy? Atopy is a common skin disease causing itchiness in the dog.  It is a reaction by an individual animal’s body to airborne pollens from grasses, weeds, trees, mould spores ... read more
  • Hyposensitisation

    What is Hyposensitisation? Hyposensitisation is a course of allergy “shots” and is recommended when an allergy to pollens, moulds or dust mites has been diagnosed. The aim of hyposensi... read more
  • Ringworm

    What is Ringworm? Ringworm is a fungal infection of the outer layers of the skin, hair and nails.  In animals Microsporum sp. and Trichophyton sp. Are the most commonly seen.  They are clas... read more
  • Arthritis in Pets

    What is Arthritis? Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. When arthritis occurs the cartilage lining of the joint wears down, resulting in inflammation and pain. The cartilage lining... read more
  • Cardiomyopathy in Pets

    What is Cardiomyopathy? Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle.  It occurs in both dogs and cats and there are a number of different types. Types and causes of Cardiomyopathy There ar... read more
  • Heat stress can be fatal

    Heat stress can be fatal, unlike humans, most animals can’t sweat to reduce body heat. Instead, dogs and cats lose heat by panting but there is a limit as to how much they can cool themselves do... read more
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)

    Infections of the external ear canal (outer ear) by bacteria or yeast, is one of the most common types of infections seen in dogs and cats.  It is called otitis externa.  Some breeds, partic... read more
  • Prostatic Disease

    What is the prostate? The prostate is a gland located in the pelvis behind the urinary bladder of male dogs.  The urethra passes through it shortly after leaving the bladder.  The purpose o... read more
  • Giardia

    What is Giardia? Giardia is a tiny microscopic protozoan parasite that is infectious to both humans and pets all over the world.  Giardia have  whip-like structures called “flagella... read more
  • Hookworm and your pet

    What are Hookworm? There are 2 species of hookworm which affect dogs and cats in Australia – Ancylostoma spp and Uncinaria spp.  The adult worms are tiny worms, 16mm long and very thin, ... read more
  • Cavy Dental Care

    Ever wonder why your cavy is always gnawing on something? Guinea Pigs teeth are continuously growing throughout their life and in a healthy guinea pig, the biting, chewing, gnawing and grinding of foo... read more
  • Identifying if your cat has been in a cat fight

    Is your cat the bully or the victim in your neighbourhood? Inside every cuddly kitty there may be a ferocious, territorial lion and while we know that cats live longer and healthier lives if they... read more
  • 7 Key Signs of Ageing

    It's easy to forget that our pets are ageing seven times faster than us! As our pets get older, they are more susceptible to age-related diseases. Many things in life are unavoidable (like tax... read more
  • Identify If Your Cat Is Living With Arthritis

    Our feline friends are known to be quite active and agile but as they age it is inevitable that they will start to slow down.  Many cats can remain very healthy and vibrant during their senior ye... read more
  • A Wee Problem

    Often we see cats presented for urinating in the house or in other inappropriate areas such as the bath, laundry, washing basket etc.  There are a number of reasons that our seemingly well-behave... read more
  • Mammary Gland Tumours

    The topic of breast cancer and the awareness that surrounds it can be a sensitive health issue for many people, and one that has no doubt touched the lives of many of our clients and their families. P... read more
  • Pet Obesity

    Pet Obesity What is obesity? Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder seen in cats and dogs. In Australia, it's estimated that 40% of cats are considered obese. ‘Obe... read more
  • Bladder Stones (Urinary Calculi)

    What are they? Calculi or bladder stones are rock-like collections of minerals that form in the urinary bladder.  They may be in the form of a large, single stone or as multiple small stones lik... read more
  • Ticks

    Everything you need to know about paralysis ticks! What are paralysis ticks? Ticks are small parasites that inhabit mainly scrubby areas in the warmer, humid months of the year.  The... read more
  • Fleas

    Fleas and your Pet Do you struggle keeping your pet flea free all year round? Don't be alarmed because you are not the only one! Although the warmer months tend to be when fleas are getting re... read more
  • The Cost of Great Veterinary Care Explained

    I feel like I’m spending more on my pet’s health care than on my own. In comparison with other professional services including human healthcare, you will find veterinary fees are not exce... read more
  • Stings and Bites - First Aid Tips

    Ouch! If you have ever experienced a bee or wasp sting or even an ant bite you can understand how much it hurts, and it’s the same for our pets. If your pet has been stung by a bee or bitten by ... read more
  • Cane Toad Poisoning

    Australia has some of the world's most poisonous animals and one that poses a threat to our pets and our wildlife is the Cane Toad. Cane toads tend to be most prevalent in the warmer months althou... read more
  • How to handle sick or injured wildlife

    It’s inevitable that after a natural disaster many wildlife animals become displaced from their natural environments and often become injured or sick as a result. What to do if you come acros... read more
  • Travelling with Pets and Staying Sane

    With the Easter holidays upon us, our minds turn to a relaxing holiday. Greencross Vet, Dr Helen Harvey, shares  her tips on travelling with family and pets and enjoying your holiday together. ... read more
  • Senior Pet Diseases

      The importance of regular wellness checks Our pets age more rapidly than we do - the common rule of thumb is 7 animal years for every human year  and their risk of developing disease... read more
  • Winter Warming Tips

    Winter Warming Tips As temperatures continue to drop we find ourselves rugging up with warm jackets, scarves and extra blankets on our beds to keep us warm at night.  But what about our pets, ... read more
  • Dental Grading Chart

    Periodontal disease is a common disease, and is the leading cause of early tooth loss in cats and dogs. Left untreated abscesses and bacteraemia can lead to heart, liver and kidney problems. Cl... read more
  • Anxiety And Our Feline Friends

    Our cats are sensitive souls. Beneath an exterior that is sometimes aloof, confident, or independent, internally they are prone to some surprising stresses in the course of their serene lives. Cats... read more
  • The Importance of Regular Grooming

    Regular grooming is important for their health and wellbeing, not just their appearance.It is also an important part of owning a pet. Often it is overlooked with particular breeds but whether you are ... read more
  • Intestinal Worms

    Intestinal worms are parasites that all pet owners should worry about. Regular routine worming is so important yet it is often overlooked. As a rule, all puppies and kittens need to be wormed eve... read more
  • The Dangers Spring Can Bring

    Spring has sprung and while there are many reasons to celebrate the arrival of warm sunshine and bright blooming flowers, it’s important to be mindful of the hidden dangers they may have in stor... read more
  • My pet won't stop licking it's paws!

    A dog licking at their paws is a common complaint seen amongst our vets and the common question asked from the pet parent is ‘why is my pet continually licking its paws?’     ... read more
  • Is your pet afraid of thunderstorms?

    For many of our four legged companions, thunderstorms, they can be very traumatic often presenting a range of behaviours that we would not ordinarily see in our pets including; hiding under furniture,... read more
  • 10 Tips for cat transporting

    Please NEVER drive with your cat unrestrained in the car. Choose a solid carrier. The best types are those that have an opening at the top or where the top half can be removed. This provides easy ac... read more
  • Anaesthetics and your pet

    During a pets life they can have a number of anaesthetics especially when you consider the common procedures that we perform on a daily basis such as; x-rays, dentistry, wound repair and lump removals... read more
  • Is your cat bored?

    Is your cat living in an enriched and fun environment?  Due to environmental and health factors, cats are increasingly being kept in a 100% indoor environment. This lifestyle certainly has m... read more
  • Introducing a pet into the family

      Having a new pet join the family is a rewarding and exciting time. We understand the joy that a new pet will bring you and your family.  We also understand that it can be challenging an... read more
  • When is the right time to say goodbye?

    Euthanasia is a controversial issue and has many definitions but when it comes to our pets it literally means a quiet, gentle and painless way of passing away…   The decision to let ... read more
  • Grass Seeds and Your Pet

    It may come as a surprise but little, tiny grass seeds can create big problems for our pets.  Grass seeds commonly migrate under the skin and burrow their way between a pet's toes, in their e... read more
  • Feline Asthma

    Family pets, especially our feline friends are often blamed for allergies and breathing problems in people. Did you know, that our household environment can trigger allergies in cats? Research has sho... read more
  • Allergic Dermatitis in Pets

    Does your pet suffer from the ‘Summer Itch’? What is Allergic Dermatitis? Allergic Dermatitis in dogs and cats is a very common, yet often a misunderstood disease.  It ha... read more
  • Feline Respiratory Disease

    Feline Respiratory Disease, also referred to as Cat Flu is a common disease seen in unvaccinated cats. It can affect cats of all ages, but tends to be particularly severe in kittens and purebred cats.... read more
  • Should I Desex My Pet?

    Deciding on whether to have your pet desexed or not is a question that every pet parent asks. At Greencross Vets we do recommend that all pets be desesxed. Not only are there are a number of health be... read more
  • What is your pets breath telling you?

    What is your pet’s breath telling you? It’s hard to believe that more than 80% of our dog and cat patients over three years of age have some form of dental disease. While many people be... read more
  • First Aid Tip - Gum Colour and Refill Time

    The colour of your pet’s gums can tell a lot about their health. The gum colour in dogs and cats can vary, generally healthy gums should be a pale pink to pink colour.    Being f... read more
  • Can I give my pet Nurofen?

    The simple answer is NO. All it takes is just one little Ibuprofen tablet such as Nurophen to cause extreme toxicity to a dog or cat. Our homes are filled with common substances and medications tha... read more
  • My dog is scratching but doesn’t have fleas – what’s wrong?

    If your dog is scratching excessively it’s extremely important to visit your local Greencross Vets right away because the problem can escalate quickly. Dr Sae Namekata-Wales from Greenc... read more
  • How do I prevent fleas, ticks and heartworm?

    Small parasites can lead to big problems for your pet that are difficult to treat. So when it comes to fleas, ticks and heartworm, it’s important to prevent them altogether. Fleas Fleas&... read more
  • Snake Bites and Your Pet

    Australia houses some of the most venomous snakes, some of which account for the majority of snake bites amongst our four legged companions. In the warmer months, snakes become much more active, and w... read more
  • Why do cats eat grass?

    While there’s no single reason cats may supplement their diets with grass, it is generally not a concern. However, if you do notice your cat eating lots of grass, ensure you seek help from a vet... read more
  • My cat always attacks me. Why?

    Aggression is a natural part of many animals’ survival instincts – it can come from fear, pain or even something thye learned from you. Here are some tips if your cat is prone to aggressio... read more
  • Why is my cat losing weight?

    There may be many reasons your cat is losing weight. Greencross Vets DR Roslyn Lui explains some of the reasons.    Medical reasons If your cat has suddenly lost more than 10 per... read more
  • Cat Fight Wounds and Abscesses

    Most infected wounds and abscesses in cats are caused by bites sustained during cat fights.  They are more common in male cats than females and most common in undesexed males. Why do cats fig... read more
  • Good pets deserve great rewards

    Great quality pet care should be available to all pets. With this in mind, Greencross Vets are proud to be joining the Petbarn Friends For Life loyalty program offering the highest standard of pet car... read more
  • Top 5 tips if your pet is afraid of storms

    Many pets feel anxious during thunderstorms, when both loud noises such as thunder and heavy rain and lightning flashes can make them feel unsettled.    1. Provide your pet with a sa... read more
  • My cat doesn't purr. Is that strange?

    There are several reasons why your cat might not purr. In order to understand why your cat doesn’t purr, you first need to understand the mechanism and physiology of purring.    ... read more
  • Why is my cat panting?

    Unlike dogs, cats do not pant rapidly to cool down. So if your cat is panting, it’s not normal, and almost always a cause for concern.   A cat’s normal breathing rhythm should... read more
  • 5 tips for noise-phobic pets

    Whether it’s the loud bangs of New Year’s Eve fireworks, or the sound of guests celebrating the festive season, not all pets are happy getting into the spirit of things and can get scared.... read more
  • Tips for overcoming water fear

    Greencross Vets’ Behaviour Services Manager Serena Dean gives us her top tips on helping pets overcome their fear of water.  1. Experiences A bad experience may have prompted your pet... read more
  • What to do if you find a snake in your home

    It’s not an uncommon occurrence for snakes of various species to find their way into people’s homes. Here’s what to do should you find one.   If you see a snake in your ho... read more
  • Are bones safe for my dog?

    While you may consider dogs and bones an inseparable pair, you should only give a dog a bone under certain circumstances. Avoid putting your pet at risk with these tips.   Bones do have d... read more
  • Can a pet have too many treats?

    Our pets’ little bodies aren’t used to being overloaded. I don’t recommend changing any habits too much during the holidays – just because you’re eating more, doesn&rsquo... read more
  • Eat, Play, Love your pet to a healthy weight

    Over 40% of Australian pets are overweight and at high risk of health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiac and respiratory disease. Even poor coat quality and skin problems can be a symptom o... read more
  • What's a healthy weight for my dog?

    Your dog's weight can fluctuate, just like that of humans, usually due to too much or too little food, or over- or under-exercising. Use this infographic to check for signs of a weight problem in ... read more
  • What's a healthy weight for my cat?

    Your cat's weight can fluctuate, just like that of humans, usually due to too much or too little food, or over- or under-exercising. Use this infographic to check for signs of a weight problem in ... read more
  • The risks for overweight pets

    We know the rate of obesity in humans has been slowly increasing as research tells us it has close to doubled between 1980 and 2008. Unfortunately, as the rate of obesity in humans has steadily increa... read more
  • My pet hates visiting the vet. How can I make it better?

    Putting off a visit to the vet may seem like an easier option at the time, but it could leave your pet with serious health issues that may become complicated to treat.   We know bringing your p... read more
  • When should I call the vet?

    Your pet is an integral part of your family. They need love, attention and regular medical attention. If you notice any of the following signs, call your local Greencross Vets  as soon as possibl... read more
  • What to ask before adopting

    Welcoming a pet into your family is known to improve potential pet parents’ lives. When you’re considering adopting an animal, however, there are a few things you should ask before you tak... read more
  • Why is my dog coughing?

    Coughing can be a symptom of a wide range of underlying health conditions so it's wise to take your pet to your local Greencross Vets  for a thorough examination.    Dr Josh... read more
  • Are you over feeding your cat?

    It can be difficult for cat parents to know whether their cat has a weight problem. Dr Veronica Monaghan from Greencross Vets Chermside talks about the problems with overfeeding.   How mu... read more
  • Dealing with bereavement

    Saying goodbye to a pet is something that most of us have had to go through at some point. Greencross Vets Ballarat Grief Support Facilitator Nikki Catley offers some words.   Your pet is... read more
  • How can I get my pet to swallow their tablets?

    It can be frustrating when you're trying your hardest to help your sick pet, and it's trying its hardest to avoid taking its medicine. As strange as it sounds, it could be time to reach for th... read more
  • Should I get my pet desexed?

    There are numerous health and social benefits to having your pet desexed, but you'll also decrease the number of unwanted puppies and kittens that find themselves homeless or in shelters across Au... read more
  • What is Parvovirus?

    Parvovirus: Commonly called Parvo Parvovirus is nasty disease that can present itself in two different forms. The more common form is the intestinal form, which shows symptoms such as severe v... read more
  • Caring for a pet with special needs

    Not all pets are treated equally. Some require more attention and medical care than their more able-bodied brothers and sisters – fortunately, they have pet-owners like you.   Dr Jess... read more
  • Why are dogs noses wet?

    Smell is your dog's most refined sense. To help keep that sense as sharp as possible, they keep their noses wet – which also helps keep them cool.   Your individual smell not on... read more
  • What to do if your pet eats chocolate?

    Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which in larger amounts is especially dangerous because pets can’t break it down and eliminate it the same way humans can.   It can build ... read more
  • If I put my cat on a diet, will it still love me?

    It’s true that cats have a reputation for being able to get what they want. They know how to act in order to get what they want, and they’re particularly good communicators with their huma... read more
  • What causes canine cough?

    Like human coughs, canine cough  can be caused by a number of different viral and bacterial infections. Your cat or dog may pick up a cough after inhaling bacteria or virus particles in the air, ... read more
  • What is the gunk that gets stuck in a dog's eye?

    To help you identify the “good gunk” from the “bad gunk”, Dr Chris Blair from Greencross Vets Faulconbridge has the following tips: Good gunk “Normal eye gunk is ... read more
  • When to let your pet go

    Vets don't want to see the bond broken between you and your pet anymore than you do. And while you may not like what you hear, there's no better counsel to seek for your pet than your Greencro... read more
  • How do I stop my dog from farting?

    When it comes to dogs excessively farting, Dr Chris Blair from Greencross Vets Faulconbridge says he commonly treats three causes. Without a diagnosis from a vet, it can be difficult to determine... read more
  • Why is my dog vomting?

    Your dog could vomit for a variety of reasons. The key is to work out whether it was simply a once-off regurgitation or vomit, or a serious health issue that requires a medical check-up.   ... read more
  • Can my dog eat leftover bones?

    First and foremost, if you suspect your dog has a health problem from chewing on a bone, take it into your local Greencross Vets  as soon as possible.   Dr Adam Sternberg from Greenc... read more
  • How can prescription diets help your pet?

    Prescription diets are formulated for the medical needs of pets. Pets need to be diagnosed with a particular problem or disease before the vet can, as part of the medical management plan, describe the... read more
  • Keeping your dog safe from disease

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  • Why do dogs eat grass?

    There are numerous reasons why your dog may be eating grass. It might be trying to add fibre to its diet; it could be trying to induce vomiting, or simply looking for a distraction.   Hea... read more
  • My pet vomits after eating

    When your dog or cat vomits, he or she is ejecting food from the mouth that has been in the stomach. This can be a natural defence that protects your pet when they have eaten something they shouldn&rs... read more
  • What diseases can my cat give me?

    Cats, as opposed to dogs, are fastidiously clean creatures. But you'll still have to employ a few sanitary solutions yourself if you want to avoid catching a disease off the family feline. &nb... read more
  • What to look out for with your pet in winter

    While Australian winters tend to be quite mild, it’s worthwhile paying attention to the comfort of your pet, especially when it comes to shelter, diet and exercise.   Arthritis &nbs... read more
  • When does my pet become a "senior"?

    Did you know that dogs and cats age at a rate that’s seven times faster than the ageing rate for humans? That means that by the time they’re seven years of age, they’re considered to... read more
  • Caring for a senior pet

    Watching our pets grow older is a comforting and rewarding experience. It’s hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the yard or jumping from one piece of furniture to another, i... read more
  • What happens as my dog gets older?

    Learning to identify the signs of ageing of your dog is important for the prevention and early detection of disease and illness.  ... read more
  • What happens as my cat gets older?

    Learning to identify the signs of ageing in your cat is important for the prevention and early detection of disease and illness.  ... read more
  • How can I tell if my pet is feeling the cold?

    It can be hard to tell when your pet is cold as, unfortunately, they can’t tell us in so many words. We speak to Greencross vet Dr Tessa Jongejans to find out what to look for in cats, dogs and ... read more
  • Exercising with older pets

    If your playful dog or cat is starting to get on in years, it may be time to rethink their exercise routine. Exercise is essential for senior pets but needs to be adjusted to their capability level. ... read more
  • Living with a golden oldie

    What is life like living with an older pet? Whether your furry friend is getting older or you’ve adopted a senior pet, life with a golden oldie is great. Here’s what to expect.   ... read more
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  • Signs your pet has a dental problem

    From bad breath to discolouration of teeth, there are a few signs that point to dental problems in your pet.    Monitoring your pet’s health comes with the territory of being a... read more
  • Should you brush your dog's teeth?

    It’s an everyday practice for humans to brush their teeth twice a day, but many pet owners don’t realise that dental hygiene for their dog is equally important.    Pets c... read more
  • Puppy Development Life Stages

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  • Smelly breath isn't normal

    Smelly breath can be a sign of dental disease. If left untreated it can result in heart, liver and kidney health problems.   ... read more
  • Common household pet poisons

    There are many household items that can be toxic for your pets, and it’s important to know what they are and what to do if your pet ingests one.    From your leftover chocolate d... read more
  • Caring for your cat's teeth

    Nothing is worse than a cat with smelly breath. Know the signs of dental disease and how to prevent tartar.   One of the easiest and best ways to care for your cat’s teeth is to provi... read more
  • Are raw meat and vegetables good for my pet?

    Fresh food is healthy for humans, but is it good for our pets? Discover the potential risks of providing your pet with raw meat and vegetables.   It can be difficult to know which food is... read more
  • Common Household Dangers for Pets

    Many common household items can pose a serious threat to our canine companions and feline friends. Our pets are naturally curious and their hunting instincts may lead them to tasting, chewing and r... read more
  • Why do our pets need blood tests?

    Blood tests are a simple yet important procedure that can be carried out quickly and often during a consultation. In preparation, your veterinarian will clip a small amount of hair from your pet's... read more
  • Springtime bites and stings

    If you have ever experienced a bee or wasp sting, or even an ant bite you can understand how much it hurts and it’s the same for our pets.  It can be difficult to know if a bite or a sti... read more

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