Puppy Problems? Don’t Scold it – School it!

Is there anything more loveable than that little bundle of puppyness you chose to make a part of your family? Even the coldest heart would melt after a look from those sorrowful puppy eyes, while even the grumpiest amongst us cannot fail to be cheered up by that constantly wagging tail. Children will cuddle a…
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Pets of a certain age…

We are lucky to see many older animals at the Sugarloaf Animal Hospital.  Many of them we have literally known since they were just babies, freshly arrived to their new home and family.  They may have even attended our famous Puppy Preschool!  But like all living things, Time catches up with our pet, and at a…
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Cats and the veterinary practice

At Sugarloaf Animal Hospital, we recognize that due to your cat’s uniquely feline character and quirks, a trip to the Vet can be hugely stressful for all concerned. No-one wants to take their cat to the Vet – and the cat most certainly doesn’t want to go, just like kids and the dentist! Therefore, under…
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Rabbit Calicivirus Disease RCD in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

Rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) is a very serious infectious disease that can kill pet rabbits in Australia.  There is some confusion about some aspects of this disease, and given some recent publications, now is a good time to clear the air with some good evidence-based information! How to keep these cuties from suffering from Rabbit…
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When dogs attack people – a veterinarian’s perspective

I have been asked many times for my opinion on situations where dogs attack people.  There have been numerous events around Newcastle over the last few months to highlight the high order trauma that is associated with such interactions, including the attack of three people in New Lambton, and the case where police were forced to shoot…
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What do I feed my Eclectus Parrot?

Even in the case of humans, dogs, and cats (species which have been extensively studied) absolute knowledge about all nutrient requirements are not even close to being known.  So how can we possibly know the dietary requirements of all the species of birds held in captivity?  We can not!!  We must base the art of…
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