Our blog is a great place to find valuable information about caring for your pets in Darwin.
What is my pet's Quality of Life?
It is not always easy to judge how your pet is going ,especially when they are a part of the family and when you see them everyday. Subtle changes may go unnoticed and our furry friends can be very good at 'coping' with illness, pain and distress without showing any obvious signs.
The medial luxating patella (also described as a kneecap that slips sideways) is an extremely common problem in toy breed dogs. An owner typically notices a little skip in the dog’s step. The dog may even run on three legs, holding one hind leg up, and then miraculously be back on four legs as if nothing has happened.
In fact, something has happened: the kneecap has slipped out of the smooth…
Dry eye is a common condition seen in dogs. It is also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS. The normal tear reading for a dog is over 15mm/min. Dry eye is diagnosed when the tear reading falls below 10 mm/min.
Clinical signs of dry eye:
- Red eye – varies from mild to severe
- Watery to mucky discharge – thick copious amounts of discharge…
Just like with humans, certain drugs are available over the counter at pharmacies, but other medications require a prescription (these medications usually say “PRESCRIPTION ANIMAL REMEDY” or “PRESCRIPTION ONLY MEDICINE”, and are schedule 4 medications).
Regulations pertaining to prescription medications are in place for the wellbeing of…
Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs
What is diabetes?
During digestion, food is broken down into components that can be used by the body. Carbohydrates (starches) are converted into sugars. Glucose is the most important sugar. After absorption into the bloodstream, glucose provides the body’s cells with energy.