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Here you will find lots of animal health articles written by our online vets to help you learn more about specific health problems as well as caring for your pets and/or horses. 
You will find articles on the following:

  • dog health
  • cat health
  • horse health
  • pocket pet health

So grab a cuppa and settle in to learn more about pet care and your animal’s health. If you find an interesting article don’t forget to share it on Facebook and Pinterest so your friends can learn more too! 

Oestrus manipulation in fillies and mares
Many vets recommend the use of altrenogest products for oestrus manipulation in fillies and mares who have behavioural problems that are thought to be linked to the reproductive cycle. This treatment is particularly relevant and useful in racing and competition mares who might otherwise be referred to as "stroppy mares".
Mare hormones and the oestrus cycle
For some mares coming into season or oestrus results in an undeniable change in behaviour that prevents them performing at their

Hey Doc: What's the best teeth care for my pet?
In this week's Hey Doc tutorial Dr Leigh is joined by Dr Aaron Forsayeth from Advanced Animal Dentistry to talk all about our pets teeth.

We will cover:
1. Does my dog or cat need a dental cleaning?

2. Reasons why your pet needs a dental?

3. What dental disease is?

4. How to get tartar off dogs or cats teeth?

5. How do dental chews work?

6. Dental diets and do they work?

Lots of information will be

Top reasons why our pets need dental care
Our pet's dental care needs to be a top priority because just like us, poor dental hygiene can lead to disease and ill health. Over 85% of dogs and 70% of cats from the age of 3 years suffer from dental disease. We can prevent this by utilising at home teeth cleaning methods and having regular professional dentals performed by our vets. In this article, we focus on what you can do at home to help

Hey Doc: Horse breeding Tips for breeding your mare
In this Hey Doc tutorial Dr Leigh speaks with guest, specialist equine reproduction vet Dr Simon Robinson from Victorian Equine Group, all about horse breeding tips for breeding your mare.

Many of us would love to breed a foal so if this is you, take a listen and learn what you need to prepare to have a successful outcome.

Learn more about:

What you need to consider prior to breeding your mare

Artificial insemination

Pet Obesity: Why it's a problem for your pet
Our world is in the midst of a pet obesity crisis.  There are some pretty scary statistics when it comes to our pet's obesity problem! According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs are affected. The sad thing about this is that obesity is the greatest risk to our pet's health and wellbeing that there is.

Luckily, obesity is a problem that

Hey Doc: Ask Dr Leigh July 3 2018
On the first Tuesday of every month Dr Leigh answers your questions for free in the series Hey Doc: Ask the vet with Dr Leigh.

Ask any question about your cat, dog, horse or pocket pet.

This month Dr Leigh discusses:
1. Selenium supplementation in horses
2. How to stop dogs from licking each other's ears?
3. How to contain a cat to inside only?
4. What to do for a dog that has gone acutely lame?
5. After a

Diagnosis of lumps and bumps on skin of dogs and cats
Finding a lump or bump on the skin of our pets can be a little frightening. What if it's cancer? Diagnosis of lumps and bumps is vitally important so that you know what is going on and can decide what the best course of treatment is for your pet. In this article, I discuss how vets diagnose lumps and bumps on the skin of dogs and cats. 
Could the lump be skin

Signs of dementia in pets and how you can delay progression
Our pets are living longer than ever before due to advances in veterinary medicine, sadly this means we are seeing more signs of dementia.

In this tutorial, Dr Leigh discusses what the signs and symptoms of dementia are for cats and dogs, and the steps we can take to slow progression of this cognitive dysfunction.

We need to remember it's not just old dogs and old cats that might show signs of

When do we worry about lumps and bumps on skin of our pets?
As you have probably heard me say before, prevention is better than cure, well in this circumstance we might not be able to prevent, but we can certainly look out for and act immediately when we see lumps and bumps on skin of our pets.

In this FB Live session, Dr Leigh discusses why getting to know your pet and its lumps and bumps on skin are crucial for

Colic symptoms in horses
One of the scariest and deadliest problems horse owners and carers must deal with is colic. Knowing what colic symptoms are in horses is absolutely vital.

If you know your horse's normal vital signs, then you will recognise colic symptoms and be on the alert for other problems.

In this talk Dr Leigh discusses the following:
What is colic?
Colic symptoms
Normal vital signs in horses
Colic definition
Signs of colic
Types of colic
How colic is treated

If you wish to read more about colic in horses,

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