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September is senior pet health month at Harradine Vets



By the age of eight our pets are entering their senior years. As our pets age the risk of arthritis, obesity, diabetes, dental disease, heart disease and other serious conditions increase with time.

Early detection is the key to management of these diseases. We recommend regular health checks (once to twice yearly) to assess your pets health condition. In addition to thorough physical examination some of the tools we use to manage your senior pet include:

  • Establishing baseline blood work
  • Urinalysis
  • Dental treatment
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Arthritis management including pain relief, Zydex or Pentosan injections and nutritional supplements

For the month of September we are offering 10% off arthritis supplements and joint health diets. We will also have sample packs for your pets.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Presentation Evening

We are please to invite you to an informative Equine Gastric Ulcer Presentation with refreshments.

When: Monday 26th August Where: Harradine and Associates Veterinary Hospital Time 6.30pm

IF YOU ARE INTERSESTED in attending please forward your name and details to  or leave your details with our reception staff on 9796 5800

Is your horse showing any of the following signs:

  • Decreased performance
  • Attitude changes
  • Reluctance to work
  • Poor body condition
  • Reduced appetite
  • intermittent colic
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor coat
  • Windsucking
  • Resistance to girthing up
  • Resistance to riding aids

Then this FREE information event on Equine Gastric Ulcers (EGUS) is a must for you.

The following will be covered at this presentation.

  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Types of Gastric Ulcers
  • Diagnosis
  • Grading
  • Management
  • Treatment

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Household dangers

Pet Proofing your home: Just as parents ‘childproof’ so should pet owners ‘pet proof’ for their four legged friends of the family.  Cats and dogs are naturally curious and love to explore their environment with their paws claws and mouths, but they don’t know what is dangerous and what is not … Its up to you to make your home a safe pet friendly environment. The following tips can help ensure that your pet enjoys a long, happy and accident free life in your care.

  • Don’t let young pets out on balconies or high decking areas.
  • Many household plants, including lilies, dieffenbachia, philodendrons, ivy and many more plants are extremely poisonous if eaten. Remove these plants or put them out of reach in hanging baskets.
  • Rat and snail baits are extremely tempting for dogs to eat, yet they very poisonous, potentially fatal and should not be accessible at any time.
  • Puppies and kittens love to chew when teething, so unplug, remove or cover electrical cords.
  • Plastic bags may be fun to play with but they can suffocate.
  • If your pet can put something in their mouth, they probably will. Don’t leave small, sharp, easily swallowed objects lying around.
  • Keep pets away from lawns and gardens treated with snail bait and chemicals.
  • Paint, petrol and other dangerous chemicals should be stored out of reach.
  • Cover swimming pools, spas and ponds- your pet might fall in and drown.
  • Never leave fishing tackle around. Dogs love the smell of old bait and will happily chew on a fish hook.
  • Keep pets away from spiders and snakes. If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake please head straight to your veterinarian. Let the hospital know you are on the way as this will allow an emergency team to be on stand by.

Follow these simple guidelines to keep your pets healthy and out of danger.


Cycads, Zamia and Sago Palm Toxicity

Unfortunately we have had an increase in the number of dogs ingesting these potentially deadly plants. All parts of these plants are poisonous, especially the seeds. These seeds contain large amounts poison called cycasin. It does not take much of this seed to result in the poisoning of pets sometimes only 2 seeds will cause gastrointestinal issues, possible liver failure and affect the central nervous system. even death.

Dogs typically present with non specific signs such as vomiting and lethargy, changes in the urine and possible liver failure. These signs are obviously non-specific to the ingestion of the seeds.

Unfortunately the survival rate for Cycad, Zamia and Sago palm poisoning in dogs is not very high. Long term recovery could be further complicated by chronic liver failure.

If you have any of these plants in your garden, play it safe and remove them.

With any poisoning the sooner you get your pet  veterinary attention the better.