Dr. Kristi Green’s Blog

Coping with Cruciate Disease

Many lame dogs have more in common with AFL footballers than you would think! At the clinic we frequently examine dogs that are suddenly limping or sore in one of their back legs. Often the diagnosis made is a damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee...

How to help your itchy pet!

Skin disease is such a prevalent problem in both dogs and cats and can often be very frustrating for the pet, their owner and the vet. Itchy skin can often be due to an underlying allergy with a secondary infection from the pets scratching and licking making the itch...

Feline Urinary Syndrome is No Fun!

Urinary problems in cats can range from behavioural spraying to serious medical diseases including the commonly diagnosed Feline Urinary Syndrome (FUS). Signs of FUS include frequent straining to urinate, blood in the urine and urinating in strange places around the...

Solving the puzzle of seizures in pets.

Seizuring is a disturbing but relatively common condition seen in pet dogs and only occasionally in cats. A seizure is extremely distressing for both pets and their owners and veterinary attention should be sought immediately.  Episodes may range from a few seconds of...

Protecting your Pooch from Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus (CPV) is a life threatening gastrointestinal disease that continues to be prevalent in the dog population. There is a very effective vaccine that is given as a course to puppies and on a regular annual or triennial basis to adult dogs. Unfortunately...

Lumps and Bumps in Pets

Lumps in dogs and cats occur in all shapes and sizes and in all locations ranging from the skin, mouth, toes and eyelids. Naturally the common question vets are asked when seeing a pet with a lump is “What is it?”. This is a very good question but not one we can...

Preventing Parasites in your Pet

Parasite treatment is often considered a priority in summer with owners concerned about fleas, however parasites are actually prevalent at all times of the year. Skin problems caused by flea-bite allergy are a common parasite related problem treated by the vet. A...

Dealing with Diabetes in pets

While many of us have a friend or family member with Diabetes Mellitus, it is less commonly known that dogs and cats can also develop this disease. Diabetes is associated with the poor production or uptake of the hormone insulin which controls blood glucose or sugar...

What to feed our pampered pets!

The old adage “you are what you eat” applies just as well to pets as it does to us. For this reason, providing a good quality diet is one of the most important things we can do as owners. Some pet foods could be considered the equivalent of junk food, while home...

Don’t be a bunny and give your pet chocolate!

Easter is here and my children cannot wait to enjoy some yummy chocolate eggs. There will however be NO Easter eggs for my two Cavaliers Charlie and Lola, as chocolate is a life threatening toxin to pets. Chocolate poisoning is caused by the methylxanthine alkaloids...

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