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Newtown Veterinary Clinic
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Flea or Tick Control
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Rat Bait Poisoning
Costs of Owning a Dog
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Resource Checklist for a Cat Friendly home
When your pet is old and sick
Itching and Allergies in Dogs
GRASS SEEDS IN DOGS (and cats)
How do I know if it is an EMERGENCY?
Fireworks and Pets
Chocolate Toxicity Calculator
FLEAS- Not just an annoying parasite
Signs of Heart Disease in dogs
Everything you wanted to know about Snake Bites
Obesity and exercise intolerance
Joint disease in obese pets
Unwillingness to accept commercial diets
Increased Anaesthetic and Surgical Risks
Diabetes in obese pets
Glossary of Terms
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How to brush your dogs teeth.
Weight Loss Program
Does your pet have love handles?
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Could it be arthritis?
Pet Age Scale
It’s a squirmy wormy subject
Form for Tafe Students
Fleas are most often seen during the warmer months but as we keep our homes nice and warm throughout winter, we see fleas all year round. Only a small part of the adult flea population actually lives on your pet. The fleas’ eggs and larvae live in the environment and can survive for up to a year, so it is important to not only treat your animal directly for fleas but also decontaminate the environment as well. Wash your pet’s bedding using the hottest cycle and regularly vacuum/clean carpets. We do not recommend flea collars or flea shampoos alone as they fail to address the environmental flea infestation.
Fleas will tend to jump onto your pet only to feed and then jump off again. Dogs and cats can have a reaction to flea saliva resulting in a skin condition called Flea Allergy Dermatitis or FAD. Treatment of FAD can be complicated and veterinary consultation is recommended.
Some signs that your pet may have fleas include:
Scratching, biting and hair loss, especially at the base of the tail and rump
You may see fleas (especially over the rump and in the groin region)
It can be difficult to find the fleas, but is relatively easy to check for flea dirt. Simply moisten a cotton ball, part your pet’s fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. If the cotton ball takes on black specs surrounded by a reddish area, this may be flea dirt and can indicate that your pet has fleas.
Warning: Some non-veterinary brands of flea treatments for dogs are potentially lethal when applied to cats. Always seek veterinary advice about the best flea treatments for your pet.
Please call us to discuss an appropriate flea control program for your pet.
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