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5 tips for a healthy cat

As with most things, prevention is better than cure, so here are 5 ways you can keep your cat healthy and happy.

  1. Groom your cat regularly. Whether your cat has long or short fur, they will benefit from regular brushing or combing. This helps to remove dead hair so they don’t ingest it while self-grooming.
  2. Make sure they drink plenty of fresh water, which is essential for your cat’s good health. Provide a fresh supply of water every day.
  3. Keep your cat’s teeth clean. Like humans, cats can develop tartar on their teeth, leading to gum disease and decay. It can be difficult to brush a cat’s teeth so to it’s best to schedule a cleaning session with your vet once a year.
  4. One of the most common health issues seen by vets in cats is being overweight. It's very easy to overfeed a cat but try to be firm and keep an eye on their waistline!
  5. Make sure you schedule an annual visit to your vet for a check-up. Being proactive will catch any problems early before they turn into big, potentially expensive ones.


How to spot ticks and fleas that drive your pet crazy

The soft, warm fur of dogs and cats is like a 5-star hotel for ticks and fleas. These insects feed on your pet’s blood and can cause a range of health problems, some of them serious.

Ticks and fleas are both parasites that feed on your dog’s or cat’s blood and can cause a lot of discomfort and more serious health problems.

Flea warning signs for dogs include:

  • Dark specks (flea droppings) in their fur
  • White specks (flea eggs) in their fur
  • Excessive licking or scratching
  • Scabs or spots on the skin

Flea warning signs for cats include:

  • Lots of scratching
  • Hair loss
  • Small, dark dots on their belly that move (the fleas)

How to spot ticks

Ticks are much larger than fleas and can usually be seen or felt when you examine your pet. Ticks are found more commonly on dogs and will usually attach near the head, neck, ears or paws. On cats, they're usually found around the ears and eyes.

Ticks can carry diseases that are difficult to treat, so early recognition of tick bites is important. You should always consult a vet if you have any concerns about your pet.

The key to controlling fleas and ticks is prevention. There is a wide range of options available for flea and tick treatment, and not all of them may be suitable for your pet. Contact your local vet to make sure that you are getting the most suitable prevention treatment for your pet.



4 ways to great doggy dental hygiene

Healthy teeth are as important to dogs as they are to humans. Dogs need their teeth so that they can eat and chew properly, but 3 out of 4 dogs over the age of 3 years have some degree of periodontal disease. Left untreated, this can lead to heart, liver and kidney problems.

Here are 4 important ways you can look after your dog’s teeth.

  • Tooth brushing – just like us, dogs need their teeth brushed at least 3 times a week. Start with a gentle wipe with a cloth and when they are used to this, move onto a dog toothbrush dipped in warm water. Once they are used to the brush, add a specialist canine toothpaste.
  • Dry dog food – this allows the dog to chew and scrub off the bacterial plaque, while also stimulating the gums. They can also enjoy a regular dog chew which can help to clean their teeth.
  • Raw bones - treating your dog to a raw bone will minimise the risk of dental disease and keep your pet busy as well.
  • Regular dental checks – visit your local vet for a regular check-up and professional clean, if necessary.

Signs of dental problems include:

  • Consistently bad doggy breath
  • Difficulty eating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding and/or red gums
  • Yellow-brown tartar build-up on the teeth
  • Drooling


Vet Services

We haven’t located a recommended Little Aussie vet for your local community yet. So to help you in the meantime, here are a few vets near your home that you can choose from. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

Greenwood Veterinary Clinic

Greenwood Village Shopping Centre, 10/18 Calectasia St
Greenwood
9448 7555
www.greenwoodvet.com.au
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Warwick Veterinary Hospital

7/639 Beach Road
Warwick
9243 1997
www.warwickvethospital.com.au
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Sorrento Animal Hospital

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Duncraig Veterinary Hospital

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Padbury Vet Clinic

75 Gibson Avenue
Padbury
9307 8811
www.padburyvetclinic.com.au
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