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Change of name

Did you know that we have changed our name? Dr Bruce Syme, our owner and senior veterinarian has decided to change the name of the veterinary clinic. After much consideration, we have chosen “Healthy Pets Veterinary Clinic” as our new clinic name. We think it reflects what we strive to achieve everyday. The name change will commence from 1st July 2017…

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Dental hygiene

Dental disease is one of the most common reasons that your dog or cat may require costly surgical and medical treatment. Recent statistics in Australia have shown that 60% of pets over the age of 3 have some degree of dental disease that will require veterinary attention – and veterinary dental treatments generally involve a full general anaesthetic. These procedures…

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Chocolate toxicity in dogs

It is hard to believe for many people that something as yummy as chocolate, which is generally so harmless to people, can be quite toxic, and indeed lethal to dogs. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine, and it can cause both neurological and cardiac toxicity to dogs when ingested in sufficient quantities. Theobromine is most concentrated in raw cocoa…

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Anal gland problems

Anal glands are two small scent glands, located under the skin on either side of the rectum. They are present in both dogs and cats. They are designed to empty their secretion onto the animal’s bowel motions, being stimulated to contract by the stretching of the anal sphincter muscle when faeces are passed. If your dog has never had a…

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Annual vaccinations – are they really necessary ?

For the many years the veterinary profession has been staunch advocates of a yearly vaccination protocol for dogs and cats, and this has been fundamentally driven by the pharmaceutical companies that produce the vaccines. The vaccines that have been produced have only ever given a 12 month efficacy statement, and it is this fact that has under-pinned the science of…

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Obesity in pets

Obesity is caused by two prime factors – excessive intake of calories, and reduced activity (burning of calories). Dogs are certainly less active than they were 20 years ago, when roaming the streets (and turning over the odd rubbish bin) was standard practice. These days dogs are confined to the yard, and exercised on lead (which hardly gets the heart…

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