Puppy Training

Puppy Training

Like humans dogs are very social creatures. In a wild state, they live as part of a pack that works as an effective hunting and puppy-rearing unit. Conflict is rare, and although much ritual posturing and communication goes on to ensure that all pack members...

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Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning

We recommend having a plan in place of where you are going to go and what you are going to do in case your pet needs emergency treatment, touch wood you will never have to use it. Have the vet clinics number handy, ideally on your mobile and on your home phone, or...

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Arthritis In Pets

Arthritis In Pets

It’s getting c...c...c...cold! Winter has well and truly set in. It’s this time of year you may notice your old dog or cat has a little more trouble getting up after lying, or rising from a sitting position. They may appear a little depressed and reluctant to go for...

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How is Your Furry Family`s Breath Lately?

How is Your Furry Family`s Breath Lately?

Did you know that an estimated 80% of cats and dogs over the age of 3YEARS! have dental disease? Most owners never take a look in their pet’s mouth and we don’t blame you, but we would love to! Most pets are reluctant to have your hand in their mouth and resent your...

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Heartworm in Dogs and Cats in South Australia

Heartworm in Dogs and Cats in South Australia

Unfortunately, it’s as scary as it sounds: worms that live in your dog’s heart and major blood vessels of the chest! Heartworm doesn’t need dog to dog contact it is transmitted via mosquitoes. Heartworm disease regularly kills dogs in many parts of Australia, that...

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Bondi Vet and Mclaren Vale Award

Bondi Vet and Mclaren Vale Award

Familypet Vet welcomes Dr Lizzie Davies Lizzie grew up in Blackwood and has 11 years experience. She has worked and travelled in different parts of Australia and the UK. She just returned from Queensland and says she is happy to be back in SA. She is not missing the...

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Special Pet

Special Pet

VEGAS A big congratulations goes to a very special, loving and brave mum named “Vegas”, a four-year old American Staffordshire. She came into the McLaren Vale FamilyPet Vet clinic on a Tuesday afternoon after she was having some difficulties delivering her second...

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Clinic News

Clinic News

A new Vet! Welcome Dr. Lizzie Davis! Lizzie has joined our team as she returns to her home state after living and working as a Veterinary Surgeon in Queensland for 4 years. Her skills are high, her work is thorough and her smile is contagious. Lizzie will be working...

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Common Dog Poisonings

Common Dog Poisonings

Foods: Chocolate – especially dark chocolate Caffeine Onions/Garlic – causes anaemia Grapes, raisins and sultanas – causes renal failure Avocado Macadamia nuts Nutmeg Highly fatty food e.g. pork/bacon Mouldy foods Artificial sweeteners e.g. what’s found in Extra...

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Aggression in puppies

Aggression in puppies

Dogs and puppies can sometimes get very protective over their objects or food, and even their owners and territory, and this can lead to aggression. To avoid aggression in puppies for objects and food, it is a great idea to condition your puppy to being touched and...

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Common Behavioural Problems:

Common Behavioural Problems:

*Chewing             *Jumping         *Barking *Digging           *Mouthing Chewing: All puppies and most adolescent dogs will chew on just about anything they can find around the house and yard. Here are some tips to help with this behavioural problem. Do not allow...

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Beginning Puppy Training:

Beginning Puppy Training:

Set the house rules from the beginning, train your puppy to do things you’ll want it to do when they are adults. Dogs do not attempt to gain control over other dogs or their owners. The days of “alpha rolls” and using physical force or dominance to show your dog ‘who...

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Toilet Training Your Puppy:

Toilet Training Your Puppy:

Praise your puppy immediately after they go where you want them to, with food and cuddles (this one is the key to toilet training your puppy!). Never use punishment. Take your puppy outside within 15 minutes of eating and drinking and when wakes from a nap. Take your...

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Socialisation

Socialisation

It is very important to socialise your puppy with as many good experiences as much as possible. These may include: Social gatherings, events, loud noises. Cars, motorbikes. Home appliances such as hair dryer, vacuum, lawn mower, washing machine etc. Different kinds of...

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Children and Puppies:

Children and Puppies:

It is difficult to raise and train a puppy in a family with young children. We admire anyone who takes on this challenge! The golden rule is to supervise or separate. No child should be left unsupervised with any dog/puppy. Control the way children behave around...

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