Gungahlin Vet Hospital

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Aggression in cats After Separation

Unfortunately, it is quite common for cats which may have lived harmoniously together for months or years to be very aggressive when reintroduced after a period of separation. The separation may be as short as a few hours, such as a visit to the vet. This is not a status (dominance) issue, but rather a form of Territorial Aggression and is associated with lack of recognition of the smells on the returning cat’s fur. Aggression can be profound, and very upsetting to observe. Signs: Staring …

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…

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…