Mosman Vet Blog

October is a wonderful time of year in Sydney, with the wet winter days slowly giving way to longer warmer days heralding the onset of spring. Whilst the sunshine puts a spring into the step of most Sydney-siders, it also marks the start of a dangerous time of the year for our four legged friends – Tick Season. 

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Imagine you get home from work to find the builders/pool guy/gardeners left the gate to the back garden open and little Freddy the Cavoodle has taken himself off for a walk and not returned. Worse still you live on a busy main road. 

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Dog ownership is popular in Australia. Of the 7.5 million households that own pets in this country, a good deal of these are home to a canine companion. For the most part, we consider the relationship with our canine companions a fairly simple one-  we provide food, water, shelter, exercise and attention in exchange for companionship and perhaps the opportunity to teach our children a sense of responsibility of caring for another living being. Few of us really consider how profound some of the benefits of owning a dog can be.

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Dental disease is one of the most common problems affecting our pets, with recent data suggesting 85% of pets over the age of 3 years have some degree of periodontal disease – no surprise really given that our furry friends do not brush their teeth! Not only does dental disease cause bad breath, pain, loss of teeth and poor appetite, it can also contribute to heart disease and kidney disease which explains why Vets take dental health so seriously. All pets should have their teeth examined every year at their general health check. 

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Canine arthritis is a common, debilitating problem for many dogs. Treatment and management can be complex and confusing for pet owners because there are so many options and products on the market. Below are some of the best management techniques and treatments available.

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