Gungahlin Vet Hospital

Petcare Info

Keeping cats indoors

Most cats love to spend time outdoors.  They experience a great deal of mental and physical stimulation. Cats in the wild experience weather changes, move around to find food and water, interact with other animals, and mark their territory. Their lives are enriched by complexity, unpredictability, and choice; and they exert a degree of control over their lives. However, the big wide world is a dangerous place for domestic cats. Here at Gungahlin Veterinary Hospital we see numerous cases of cat…

New Vaccine Schedules for Dogs

For more than 20 years the routine vaccination for most dogs in Australia has been the ubiquitous "C5" - a single injection delivering vaccine designed to protect against Distemper, Canine Hepatitis (Adenovirus), Parvovirus, Parainflueneza and Bordetella (these latter two commonly called "kennel cough" or "canine cough"). This type of vaccine had to be delivered three times to puppies, ideally at 6, 12 and 16 weeks of age and has proven to be very effective. Some vets still use and recommend th…

Pet Insurance

It’s easy to think that “it could never happen to my pet”, but we all know that dogs and cats can get sick despite our best efforts, and that accidents happen. Dr Hayward’s own cat came to us when the RSPCA picked him up off the road after an accident. A young stray Burmese cross, he had a fractured hip, fractured thigh, and skin injuries. After a pin and wires were placed in his thigh, and his hip was removed, this cat, now called Simeon, lived in the living room in a crate for 6 weeks,…

Arthritis

Cold weather and stiff joints seem to go together. However, arthritis doesn’t just affect humans – arthritis is just as painful and movement limiting for our pets as it can be for us, especially in the colder months. Arthritis is extremely common, with surveys showing that as many as one dog in five, and up to 80% of aged cats, actively suffer from this very debilitating condition. Unfortunately, most pets are very stoic, and do not show the pain and discomfort they are suffering. This is e…