Why is the veterinary suicide rate so high?

Posted Posted in General Pet Advice

There has been another suicide in the veterinary industry over last week (September 2021 at date of publishing). It’s making news on TV and across social media. And my friends have been asking me “why is the veterinary suicide rate so high?” Apparently veterinarians have one of the highest suicide rate of any profession (3 […]

Is Pet Insurance ‘worth it’?

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Many people ask us whether they should get pet insurance. It is a hard question to answer, and we cannot tell you what would be appropriate for your pet. We also can’t provide a comparison of pet insurance companies. But from our perspective, treating a pet is much easier with pet insurance. We don’t have […]

Testing for Cushing’s Disease:

Posted Posted in General Pet Advice, Medical Discussions

There are several parts to testing for Cushing’s disease. A normal blood test does not usually test for cortisol levels, or ACTH levels. But it can show elevated enzymes that are usually linked to the liver (usually called Alkaline Phosphatase). When liver enzymes in your pet are elevated, we often recommend an ultrasound to ensure […]

Help! My pet has Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions – what does that mean?

Posted Posted in General Pet Advice, Medical Discussions, Pet Dentistry

Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (ORLs also known as Tooth Resorptions TRs) can be a really difficult diagnosis to understand. If you have been told your pet has resorptive lesisons, you have probably also been given a lot of information to process. This page is designed to help you work understand the diagnosis and its’ implications. What […]

Registering and desexing cats and dogs from July 2020.

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In an effort to encourage responsible pet ownership and desexing of pets, the Office of Local Governments has passed legislation that imposes penalties on people who desex their pets later than 4 months for cats and 6 months for dogs. But I am worried that will be bad for my pet? There are certainly some […]

What are retained deciduous teeth?

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The root of the deciduous teeth resorb in order for the teeth to become loose and fall out. This allows the permanent teeth to erupt normally.When deciduous (baby) teeth don’t fall out to make way for the permanent teeth, they are called retained deciduous teeth. Retained deciduous teeth should be extracted surgically soon after they […]

Additional ways to prevent dental disease in your pet.

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“My pet WON’T let me clean their teeth!”“I don’t have the time to clean my pet’s teeth!” You’re right, you’re right. Every pet is different and some pets just WILL NOT allow you to clean their teeth. Even with our fancy step-by-step guide Don’t despair and give up! Anything is better than nothing.  Every little […]

How to clean your pet’s teeth

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(A step-by-step guide for the reluctant pet… or owner!) Wouldn’t it be great if your pet had opposable thumbs and cleaned their own teeth? You’d save so much in vet bills, their breath wouldn’t stink, they’d make less mess eating, and be less fussy with their food.Life would be bliss! Firstly, lets get the bad […]

Parasite protection for your pet

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Sample plans for puppy/dog prophylaxis. There are 2 main options when it comes to making sure you have all of your dog’s medications under control. Along with an annual trip to the vet, you will also need to give your pet medication on a monthly or a 3 monthly basis. We have given a sample […]

At what age should I desex my dog?

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At what age should I desex my dog? This is a complicated question. If you are thinking about breeding from your dog, you should not desex them, as it is not a procedure we are able to undo. Please get a vet to examine your pet and make sure they are suitable for breeding. For […]

Reproduction in Dogs

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At what age will my dog first come into season? Most dogs reach sexual maturity and begin to cycle around 6 months of age, but this can vary in individuals. Large dog breeds often reach maturity much later – sometimes even as late as 12 months, while smaller breed dogs can come on heat as […]

Separation Anxiety

Posted Posted in Behavioural issues, General Pet Advice

Separation anxiety is becoming more and more common. As our pets become a part of the family they become more attached to us and it can become quite stressful in some circumstances when you need to go to work and leave your pet behind. Our first step in managing separation anxiety is always behavioural modification […]

Coronavirus and Pets?

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You may have heard a bit about COVID-19 and pets in the media. We are still learning, as the situation unfolds, but we do know a few things about COVID-19 and your pets. Dogs The doggy coronavirus (Canine CoV) that we occasionally vaccinate for in puppies is completely different to COVID-19. It is not related […]

Dog Toys!

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So, you want to spoil your pet rotten? And have been told to avoid various kinds of toys for various reasons? What is a safe toy for your dog? As vets, we see toys causing two main types of problems: a) The toy is too easy to break, and ends up wedged in your dogs […]

Christmas treat ideas for dogs

Posted Posted in General Pet Advice, Nutrition and your pet

Wondering what to do for your pet this Christmas? Confused about which treats are safe and healthy? Perhaps worried about organic dog food? Or pondering whether your cat should be vegan? Or just desperate to know how to avoid emergency vet trips on Christmas day? Read on! Treats for dogs at Christmas? Lets get this […]

Storm Advice

Posted Posted in Behavioural issues, General Pet Advice

Does a storm phobia send you and your dog crazy during a storm? Here are some great tips on keeping your pet calm during a storm. At Tweed Coast Vet we understand summer can be a time of constant stress, worrying if there is a storm coming, and not knowing if your pet will still […]

Cat Vaccinations

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CORE VACCINATIONS (These make up an F3 vaccination) Panluekopenia  This virus has also been called ‘cat parvo’ in the media. Similarly to parvo in dogs, it causes bloody vomitting and diarrhoea in cats. It also wipes out the cats immune system. Fortunately we see it rarely as it is preventable simply by vaccinating your pet. […]

Dog Vaccinations

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At Tweed Coast Vet, Cabarita, we have tried to keep things simple for you. We keep up-to-date with the latest research and guidelines released by the Australian Veterinary Association, so that you don’t have to. This page explains about preventable diseases in DOGS.  For information on cats, please check out the CAT VACCINATION page. We […]