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Popular dog series: Rottweiler

Posted on: May 29 2024

History Originating in Germany, Rottweilers were initially herding and cart-pulling dogs. They are considered to be among the oldest breeds, assisting Romans in Germany by driving their cattle and guarding outposts. However, today they are beloved family pets and working dogs. At the turn of the century the Rottweiler nearly died out, but dedicated breeders […]

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A Guide to Pet Vaccinations: What You Need to Know

Posted on: Feb 19 2024

For your pet to have a long, healthy life, it is important to ensure that they are protected from infectious diseases that can cause serious health issues or even death. Vaccinations are an important part of pet ownership, and in this guide to pet vaccinations, we explore how they work, how often they’re required and […]

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Popular Dog Series: Collie

Posted on: Jul 15 2023

The Collie originated in the Highland regions of Scotland and down to Northern England, where they were used as herding dogs. They were first exhibited in 1860 at a dog show in Birmingham, England. However, it wasn’t until Queen Victoria visited her Scotland Estate in the 1860’s and fell in love with this breed, that […]

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Dog Training Equipment You Need Now

Posted on: Jun 17 2023

Training your puppy or dog is vital to eliminate problem behaviour, stress at off-leash dog parks and any uncertainty around your dog’s ability to respond to your commands. Beginning training as early as possible will help instil good behaviour and social skills, making the relationship between you and your pooch an enjoyable one. Before you […]

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Does your dog have a grass allergy?

Posted on: Jun 3 2023

Grass allergies in dogs are very common, however, some breeds are more prone to this allergy than others. Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Miniature Schnauzers, Pugs and Retrievers are a few breeds that are often diagnosed with grass allergies. If your dog is licking or scratching more than usual, it may be the first sign of an […]

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The Pro’s & Con’s of Pet Hotels

Posted on: Mar 10 2023

Bringing your pet with you everywhere you go is not always possible. That’s why leaving your pet with trained staff at a Pet Hotel is an appealing option for many. However, all pets react differently to this experience, some positive and some negative. To help you decide if this option is right for you, here are […]

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Popular Dog Series: Groodle

Posted on: Feb 10 2023

History First developed in the 1990’s, the Groodle is a cross-breed of the Poodle and Golden Retriever. Breeders were keen to pair the placid and good-natured temperament of the Golden Retriever with the highly intelligent Poodle. What they produced was the perfect family pet and companion with ‘hybrid vigour’, meaning the new breed is healthier […]

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Top 5 Dog Park Do’s and Don’ts

Posted on: Dec 30 2022

Taking your dog to an off-leash dog park is a great way to ensure your pooch is healthy and well-socialised. However, there are some general dog park rules that every owner should know before embarking on a trip to the off-leash dog park. Here are the top 5 dog park do’s and don’ts to ensure […]

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What is Hypothyroidism in Dogs?

Posted on: Dec 2 2022

Hypothyroidism is a common disease in dogs that result in an underactive thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is controlled by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, and when the glands are not producing enough hormones, the dog’s metabolism slows down. This is commonly caused by either; Lymphocytic Thyroiditis, where the immune […]

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Popular Dog Series: Border Collie

Posted on: Nov 4 2022

History Border collies were bred for sheep herding and originated in 1700’s near the border of England and Scotland. It is believed that the Border Collie’s ancestors were other types of collies such as the Bearded Collie and Scotch Collie. Today, they are still popular working dogs but are also loved family pets. Due to […]

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10 Most Popular Family Dogs

Posted on: Aug 26 2022

Choosing a family dog is big decision. There are many breeds that make great family dogs but to understand which dog is best for your family, you should consider a few factors. The dogs temperament, size, energy levels, safety for all family members, ongoing care and compatibility with other family pets are all important factors. Although, […]

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What is Parvovirus and How to Prevent It

Posted on: Apr 7 2022

Parvovirus or parvo is a highly contagious viral disease that can be life-threatening in unvaccinated puppies and dogs. It can be transmitted by people, animal or objects that make contact with an infected dog’s faeces. Here’s what you need to know. How Does Parvovirus Affect Dogs? Parvo attacks the lining of the small intestine, causing […]

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Popular dog series: Beagle

Posted on: Mar 24 2022

History The Greeks had documented Beagles-like dogs as far back as 400 B.C and the breed had reached England as early as Roman times. Beagles gained popularity in England around the 1300s and were known as ‘Pocket Beagles’ that stood only 9 inches tall. In the mid-1800s American breeders started to import them from England […]

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How to Choose the Right Dog Breed for the Climate

Posted on: Feb 24 2022

If you’re choosing your first dog, it is important to understand how the climate will affect them. In Australia, the difference in weather can impact your dog’s routine and greatly affect your dog’s health if not catered for. While you may think the length of your dog’s coat is a primary consideration, there are several […]

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5 Signs Your Dog Has Allergies

Posted on: Dec 3 2021

Allergies can affect your dog and your dog’s health just like in humans. They can range from foods, environment, insects or drugs and if left untreated, can make your dog very uncomfortable and affect their general well-being. So, how do you know if your dog has an allergy? Here are 5 signs your dog has […]

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How to Introduce Your Dog to Your Baby

Posted on: Nov 19 2021

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time, however, it can be hard for dogs to adjust to the new changes in the household. If you’re a dog owner, there are a few things you need to consider when you introduce your dog to your baby. Familiarise Your Dog with the Nursery Your dog […]

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5 Benefits of Owning a Crossbreed Dog

Posted on: Oct 22 2021

When it comes to choosing the right breed of dog for you or your family, there are a lot of things to consider. These factors can range from the dog’s temperament, your living conditions, your lifestyle or the dog’s price tag. And although you may have a specific breed of dog in mind, there a […]

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Popular Dog Series: Alaskan Malamute

Posted on: Sep 24 2021

Alaskan Malamute History A tribe of Innuit in North Western Alaska called the Mahlemuts, developed a breed of dog for hauling heavy loads in harsh weather – something few breeds could do. Although, unlike their ancestry breeds such as the Samoyed and Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute was built for power, not speed. This trait […]

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Top Tips for Adopting a Rescue Dog

Posted on: Aug 6 2021

Adopting a rescue dog has many benefits, not just for the dog you’re saving but for you as an owner too. Most rescue dogs are usually toilet trained, cheaper than buying a puppy, plus they’ve already developed a personality that you can see and experience before bringing them home. However, if you’re considering adopting a […]

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How To Stop Excessive Dog Barking

Posted on: Jul 9 2021

It is unreasonable to expect a dog to never bark, however excessive barking is a habit that needs to be broken. It not only can cause tension between neighbours, but it can also disrupt your household and often, if not correctly addressed, worsen the issue. If your dog barks excessively, here are a few tips […]

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328 Cranbourne Road, Frankston, VIC, 3199

P: (03) 9789 3444

The Karingal Veterinary Hospital is open 6 days a week.

Our hours are

- 8am-6pm Monday-Friday,
- 9am-5pm Saturday,
- Closed on Sundays,

* We are closed on public holidays.