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Wed, 07/03/2013 - 07:55

Planning a trip this summer? Having a hard time finding a pet sitter? Travelling with your pet can be challenging but if you are well-prepared it can be hassle-free and it makes your holiday much more enjoyable to have your furry family member with you.

If you are planning to travel internationally, be aware that each country has its own restrictions and laws for pets brought into...

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 08:55

At Hillside Veterinary Hospital we have recently started to clean our patients’ teeth with sedation only, as opposed to under general anesthesia.  We find that in most cases we are able to do a good full mouth assessment, cleaning, and polishing both above and below the gum line without having to completely anesthetize the patient.  It is easier on their bodies and easier on their owner’s...

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 07:24

The most common types of intestinal parasites seen in dogs and cats in Victoria are roundworms and tapeworms.


Roundworms are typically “spaghetti” like in shape, and can be acquired via one of 4 routes:

consuming worm eggs in soil contaminated by dog, cat, or racoon feces consuming prey (usually a rodent) that is carrying larval worms encysted in its...
Tue, 05/28/2013 - 07:16

Kennel cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is characterized by a harsh, hacking cough which sounds like “something stuck in my dog’s throat”.  Some dogs will expel a foamy mucous when they cough, which can also be confused with vomiting.  It is caused by viruses or bacteria which dogs acquire through direct contact with infected dogs or their respiratory secretions.  Kennel cough is a...

Mon, 05/06/2013 - 09:12

What are ticks?

Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of animals, including dogs, cats and humans. They tend to live in tall grass and woods. Here is a detailed video about ticks and their life cycle.

How to remove a tick

There are many stories circulating about easy ways to remove ticks including using Vaseline and butter, burning or freezing and even using...