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

We have four cats in our family.  They are all domestic short haired moggies, and their personalities are as complex and wonderful as the other members of our family!  So I feel a deep personal investment in advocating for the well-being of cats.  And there are trends identified in surveys here in Australia and also in America which lead…
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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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Feeding as a Method of Attracting Wildlife to your Garden

While working as a veterinarian and an animal health and welfare advocate, I make a big effort to upset people as little as possible.  But one topic I discuss is more likely to upset good people more than any other.  Feeding wildlife!!  There is no doubt it makes people feel really good, but it is almost always…
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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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