Popular Cat Series: Bengal History of the Bengal cat The growing attraction of wild cats sparked the efforts of breeders in the United States to create a domestic cat with the appearance of a wild cat in the early 1960’s. The breeding of the Bengal cat, a hybrid of the Asian Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) and the […]
Often, we forget that grooming our dogs is an essential part of keeping them healthy. This is particularly important if you have a breed with a thick or double coat. But paying someone to groom our dog monthly or even fortnightly can be an expensive exercise. In this blog we give you some tips to […]
Caring for a cat at the end of their life is a difficult time for any owner. Yet ensuring that your cat is comfortable and their pain is managed is imperative for quality of life in their final days. Here are our top 5 palliative care tips for cats. Pain management Ensure that your cat […]
You may have experienced aggression from your dog but have you ever wondered why dogs attack? Causes of a dogs’ aggression can range from illness to frustration, however it’s important to understand why they attack to try and avoid injury to you and your family. In today’s blog our Vet Clinic on the Mornington Peninsula […]
History The Chow Chow is a Chinese breed of dog known for pulling sleds, hunting, and guarding. However, the name comes from the Chinese word ‘chou’ meaning edible, as the breed was once believed to be used as a source of food. It was recorded that a Chinese Emperor once owned 5,000 of the breed […]
Did you know your cat’s kidneys manage blood flow, eliminate waste from the blood and balance water, salts and acids, among other things? Unfortunately, kidney disease in cats is not uncommon. However, if treated early you can extend their life quality and expectancy. So how do you know if your cat has a kidney disease?
Kennel cough is a common infection in dogs that is highly contagious, although it’s not normally life threatening. It is also known as Canine cough or Infectious Laryngotrachetitis. It’s important to seek medical attention for you dog if symptoms persist longer than 3 weeks. Our Veterinary Clinic in the Mornington Peninsula can help you, but […]
History The Exotic Shorthair was developed as a short-haired version of the Persian in the late 1950s. This was to improve their body type. The crossbreed gained recognition at cat shows, but unhappy breeders decided to set a breed standard that would disqualify it from their shows. However, they were finally recognised as a breed in 1966, under the […]
To prepare your dog for a flight means a lot of planning and decision making. Dogs can be affected by altitude, stress and change in environment in varying degrees depending on the breed and age. But by considering the following advice you can make the flight comfortable and hassle free for you and your dog. […]
As a pet owner changes in your dog’s appearance can be concerning, in particular its nose. You may question, is it too dry? Is it too wet? Should it be cracked? And these are all good questions. But when it comes to dogs and their noses, there are many factors at play. Dog’s cool their body, sweat, breath and collect information about their environment through their noses. So, when asking ‘why is my dog’s nose dry?’ here are some, but not all, possibilities.
The German Shepherd was bred from different types of shepherd dogs in the early 1800’s and as its name suggests originated in Germany. The breed was taken to the UK where it was renamed the Alsatian to protect it from anti-German sentiments after the First World War.
A cat sitter is the perfect way to have your cat cared for while you’re on holidays. So how do you prepare your cat and house for a cat sitter? Here’s some helpful tips.
Is your dog licking his paws? Or limping? Interdigital cysts are a series of inflamed and often infected tissue between your dog’s toes. They are commonly found on the front paws and can be a result of many different skin conditions, however there are things you can do to treat the problem.
History The early Russian Blue originated from Russia and was brought to Europe in the 1860’s by a navy soldier. They were later bred with the Siamese cat but the modern Russian Blue has no trace of Siamese in their bloodlines. Russian Whites and Russian Blacks were created by breeding with domestic white and black […]
When your cat or dog is sick you may see a change in their appearance or behaviour. It’s these changes that may trigger you to become concerned. Although not all changes are due to illness, it’s best to be aware of what signs can indicate your pet is sick. Diarrhoea This may be one of […]
Bloat in dogs is a common condition where the dogs stomach fills with gas, food or fluids and as a result the dog’s stomach expands. In many cases the stomach will also twist on itself. It’s important to know how to avoid bloat in dogs as it one of the most serious emergency conditions seen […]
History The British Bulldog was originally bred for herding, guarding and baiting bulls as their name suggests. In the 17th century, this breed was fair more athletic with a savage temperament as opposed to today’s lovable and stocky British Bulldog. The breed went into decline when bullbaiting was made illegal in 1835, however a new […]
Moving house is a stressful time for anyone, however for your cat, moving into a new environment can be traumatic. Cats form strong bonds with their environment but with some planning you can make the transition as smooth as possible. So how do you keep your cat safe when moving house? Thoroughly clean the new […]
Unfortunately, hip dysplasia in dogs is common. However, it usually only affects certain breeds that are genetically prone to it. That’s why it’s important to understand hip dysplasia and how it affects your dog before you decide on a breed.
This regal-looking medium-sized cat is thought to originate from Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). It was brought to Britain in the 1860s by British Soldiers, purchased by local traders.
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