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:

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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 […]

How to avoid visiting the emergency vets at Christmas

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Christmas can be one of the busiest times of year for emergency vet visits, but there are a few common things that can be prevented. This list may be useful in making sure you are as prepared as possible. We will be closed on the public holidays and Saturdays through the Christmas period. However if […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When should I protect my pet against paralysis ticks?

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When is “tick season”? In our area (Far Northern Beaches NSW and South Eastern Gold Coast) paralysis ticks are found all year round. It may surprise you to hear our peak tick season starts in July! That’s right, mid winter! That’s when we start to see the tick cases coming in. They will continue to […]

What to expect from surgery at Tweed Coast Vet.

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Your pet is in safe hands at Tweed Coast Vet. With one surgical theatre for major procedures, and an additional two for minor procedures we are able to take care of almost all of your pets needs. All of our surgery rooms are well equipped with adjustable tables, fluid pumps, and equipment to monitor breathing […]

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 […]

Yearly Health Checks

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Your pet’s yearly health checks are an essential part of caring for your pet’s well being because our pets age so much more quickly than we do. On average there are about 7 dog years to every human year (although that can change depending on a dog’s size). Each year we recommend coming in for […]