Entries by Braden

Blood Tests Results within 15 Minutes.

One of the great things about living in Bunbury is being away from the hustle and bustle of Perth. However, this used to create a problem with running blood tests, particularly when animals were very sick. We either had to wait until the next day to receive the results (which may be too late), or […]

Petsure Pet Health Monitor

Have you ever wondered which breed of dog was the most expensive to own? Or which breed is most likely to eat socks? The Petsure Pet Health Monitor report is full of interesting facts and figures. From the most popular dog and cat names through to the risk of various medical conditions in certain breeds, […]

What to do when you have a flea problem.

Flea control is one of the most common topics our nurses are asked about. With a wide range of products on the market, it can be very confusing to pet owners. The most important thing to understand about controlling fleas is that they spend very little of their life on pets. They only spend around […]

Why does my cat urinate outside its litter tray?

This is a fairly common problem which doesn’t always have a straight forward answer. We tend to approach inappropriate urination in cats in a fairly methodical way, as it can be a sign of a major underlying problem. Give the cat a thorough health check. There is a large range of conditions which might make […]

What does it cost to see a vet?

Wednesday night I was on call, covering several practices in the greater Bunbury region. At around 8pm the phone rang, and the person on the other end of the phone told me they had a sick puppy and were looking for a vet who bulk bills. They had no money at all to pay for […]

What Can I Do To Help My Arthritic Dog?

As the proud owner of a poorly-constructed dog, I have had a lot of first-hand experience in treating arthritis. When we first rescued Marvin, we noticed that one front leg was held at a strange angle when he was lying down. We took some xrays of his joints and diagnosed him with Elbow Dysplasia, and […]

Why you shouldn’t delay brachycephalic airway surgery.

Two weeks ago, I performed surgery on a brachycephalic (short-faced) dog to improve it’s breathing. I shortened the soft palate, removed the laryngeal saccules, and opened the nostrils. The surgery went well, and I expected a great result. Two weeks later, the dog was still struggling to breathe normally so we anaesthetised the dog again […]

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus – Bloat

This radiograph shows what a little kid might call the “bottom sign”. That might sound funny, but this is actually one of the most serious conditions we see as vets. This radiograph tells us that this dog has a twisted stomach, and it needs emergency treatment. This condition is called Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), […]

What to do when the vet is closed.

What to do when the vet is closed. In the perfect world, pets would only ever need a vet during office hours. However, we never hear anyone say “at least Fluffy chose a good time to get sick”. Our pets can get sick or injured at any time of the day or night, so we […]

Avoiding a trip to the vet this Christmas

Let’s face it. No one wants to take their pet to the vet over the Christmas break. And you vet probably wants a bit of time off as well. But every year, we see the same Christmas related problems. Here are our top tips for avoiding a trip to the vet this Christmas. Don’t feed […]