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Pet Care Tips From Kirrawee Veterinary Hospital

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Why You Need to Vaccinate Your Puppy Before You Walk It

Believe it or not, taking your new puppy for a walk can have grave consequences. These consequences, however, are easy to avoid with a simple vaccination.

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What Does It Mean If Your Puppy is Limping?

Puppies are more likely to injure themselves than adult dogs. Puppies are not fully developed, and their bodies are still growing and getting stronger as they play. Sometimes, puppies may overdo it and injure themselves with a muscle sprain, dislocation or ligament tears.

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5 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe on the Beach

Taking your dog to the beach is a great way to spend the weekend, especially if they like running and swimming. But, running around in the sun and swimming in the ocean can get your dog in trouble too, if you're not careful. 

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5 Things to Ask at Your Pet's First Vet Appointment

Your vet should be a trusted resource for answers to all your questions about your pet's health. Whether you have specific health concerns or questions about further pet care options, your vet is on your team when it comes to keeping your pet healthy and happy. 

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5 Things You Need Before Bringing a Kitten Home

Getting a kitten home for the first time is overwhelming for new cat owners. First, there's an overwhelming joy you're feeling about your new family member. You may also have questions about how to prepare your car, your home and your family for the new arrival. 

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How to Stop Cats from Scratching Furniture

Scratching is natural for cats. They do it when they’re playing, when they’re stretching, when they’re grooming and, sometimes, they even scratch when they’re purring or feeling happy. People commonly mistake cats using their claws as a sign of a bad attitude when in fact, they’re just doing what comes naturally.

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What to Do If You See Wildlife on The Road

Every year thousands of native animals are killed on Australian roads. Wildlife like echidnas, koalas, and kangaroos all live near urban areas in our country and can be easily injured or killed on our roads. Wildlife on roads is also a safety concern for drivers and passengers. 

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How Often Does Your Puppy Need a Bath?

When it comes to keeping your pup clean, a good rule of thumb is to opt for a bath around once a month. Of course, this is dependent on the type of breed you have and their specific, individual behaviour. For example, if they are prone to rolling around in the mud, you’ll have to bathe your puppy more often. Or if your puppy is prone to dry skin, you may need to wait longer between baths. Just be sure to choose a puppy shampoo that is gentle on their sensitive skin.

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How to Keep Your Aging Dog Comfortable

It can be difficult to watch your beloved dog get older and lose some of their energy and physical ability. However, there are plenty of fun things to do with an old dog and ways you can keep them comfortable in their old age. Below we offer some of our top tips for senior dog enrichment. 

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4 Signs Your Cat Should See a Vet

Regular check-ups are important for your cat’s health. However, your cat may exhibit certain symptoms that make you wonder whether they require a trip to the veterinarian or whether you should wait and see. While it is always a good idea to err on the side of caution and take your cat to your vet if your cat is lethargic and weak, here are 4 other signs you definitely shouldn't ignore.

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What to Look for in a New Vet?

Finding a vet for your dog or cat with whom you can build a relationship is essential. Whether you've just moved, got your first pet, or had an unpleasant experience elsewhere, you want to know your pet is in safe hands with your new vet. Below, we look at how to find a good veterinarian and some of the key qualities to look for in a new vet.

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What is separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is when a pet experiences distress and anxiety when it is separated from its owner. The problem may occur when there is partial absence of the owner (separated by barriers/doors) or complete absence of the owner (left home alone).

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Why Should You Vaccinate Your Cat?

Without vaccinations, your cat is vulnerable to a wide range of infectious diseases. Some of these diseases can be fatal while others have an effect on your cat’s health for the rest of its life. Vaccinations are an ongoing commitment that you make when you choose to get a pet.

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Common Preventable Diseases in Dogs

Unfortunately, dogs are vulnerable to a wide range of diseases. Some of them are fought with vaccinations and medicine while others require environmental changes. We see many common diseases and illnesses in dogs that are preventable, so the Kirrawee Veterinary Hospital team is here to give valuable advice.

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Why Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?

There are countless benefits to vaccinating your dogs and cats, and the number one reason is to give you peace of mind that they are protected against life-threatening and painful diseases.

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Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Patellar luxation is a common condition in dogs of all ages. It occurs when the dog’s kneecap, called the patella, dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone (femur). This condition can be painful and restrictive for dogs, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. In this article, the Kirrawee Veterinary Hospital team

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Musculoskeletal Disorders in Dogs

For agile and active dogs, nothing is more frustrating than suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder. These disorders hinder a dog’s ability to move and they range in severity and permanence. There are a number of different musculoskeletal disorders and each has its own causes, symptoms and treatments.

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Common Feline Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders in cats can be broken down into three distinct categories: bones, joints and muscles. A cat’s ability to see, breathe, urinate and eat all rely on the muscles, joints and bones in their body. This is why musculoskeletal disorders can be so detrimental to a cat’s quality of life.

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Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. This is a common condition for dogs as they age, and it can be a painful disease that severely impacts their quality of life. Luckily, there are ways to manage and treat osteoarthritis in dogs.

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Causes and Treatment of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

If your dog is a larger breed, you’ve probably heard the term “hip dysplasia” before; however, this is a serious condition that every pet owner needs to recognise. Hip dysplasia is a deformity in the hip joint that appears when dogs are in their early growth stages. In this article, Kirrawee Veterinary Hospital is exploring the causes and current treatments of hip dysplasia in dogs.

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