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Get advice on your pet's health in Glen Waverley

At Glenvale Veterinary Clinic, we treat a range of health conditions, many of which are commonly present across the animals we see. With this in mind, we’ve included some information on these below. If you’re concerned about your pet, please contact us immediately, although we advise regular check-ups to keep your pet in optimal condition.

Whether it’s offering advice on weight issues, vaccinations, skin conditions or anything else, our team can provide professional intervention that will ensure the best outcome for your pet.

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COMMON PET HEALTH CONDITIONS

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Obesity

  • Contributes to arthritis, diabetes, breathing difficulties, cancer, heat stress, and grooming difficulties (especially cats and rabbits).
  • Diet plays the major role
  • Exercise plays a very minor role

Skin conditions, including ears

  • Allergies are very common
  • Caused by insects, diet and substances in the environment
  • Contribute to scratching, hair loss, body odour and skin infections
  • Rarely can be cured but can work on control
  • Major cause of ear disease
  • Swellings can be anywhere. Some can spread (malignant cancers), while others don’t (benign cancers, cysts and infections). Often, a biopsy is necessary to diagnose which type is present.

Dental

  • Teeth in the wrong place
  • Baby (primary) teeth not falling out
  • Build-up of calculus and plaque on the teeth, causing gum disease and bad breath

Arthritis

  • Affects almost all pets at some time
  • Painful and reduces movement
  • Obesity a major cause
  • Can improve with medication, diet and sometimes surgery

Kidney disease

  • Very common, especially in cats
  • Watch for increased thirst, reduced appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Regular urine testing is worthwhile
  • Early treatment helps to prevent major loss of kidney cells

Vomiting in cats

  • Often thought of as ‘normal’
  • Skin conditions, including ears 

Prevention

Vaccination for these diseases considered significantly debilitating and/or hard to treat

  • Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Bordatella and Parainfluenza (C5)
  • Cats: Enteritis and Flu (Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus) (F3)
  • Outdoor cats: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
  • Catteries: Chlamydia and Leukaemia
  • Rabbits - Calicivirus

Parasite control

  • Gastrointestinal: Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm and Tapeworm
  • Heartworm
  • Fleas

Diet

  • Puppies and kittens: Calcium supplemented food for the first one year of life
  • Adults (dogs, cats, rabbits): Don’t overfeed. Overweight pets increase the risk of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heat stress, breathing difficulties and exercise intolerance.

Behaviour

  • Socialisation is so important especially in the first 4-5 months of life to prevent behaviour problems such as anxiety, fear aggression, inability to mix with other dogs and people.
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Pet insurance

  • For those unexpected accidents and illnesses. Most used from birth to three years, then eight years onwards. Don’t wait for pre-existing conditions to prevent future successful claims. 

Call us today on 03 9802 9103  for more information about our pet health services in Glen Waverley.

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