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! 

Choking in horses - how to recognise and what to do




While not particularly common, choking in horses when it occurs can be a very alarming condition to deal with. Thankfully, unlike humans who stop breathing when they choke, this isn't the case with horses.

It is important to move quickly and get your horse the help he needs.  Aside from the stress your horse will feel, we don’t want the blockage to damage your horse permanently and cause life-threatening issues.


What are

Desexing your pet - what you need to know

This week's Hey Doc with Dr Leigh focuses on desexing your pet and what you need to know. If you haven't read our other article on "when it's best to neuter your male dog" then head over there after you've listened to this tutorial.

In this session, Dr Leigh will go over the pros and cons of desexing and how to figure out the best time to do this. As always, if you

When to neuter a dog? What age is best

Just this past weekend I was asked by a friend “when is the best time to neuter my dog?” In the past, I would have quickly replied “oh around 6-9 mths old would be best”, but now, with studies looking at the relationship between neutering and health of our dogs, that advice may well be regarded as obsolete.
Just quickly, when we talk about a neutered dog we are referring to a male

Oh no my dog has eaten rat bait - what now?


Whether you noticed that your dog has eaten rat bait, or you are highly suspicious that your dog has eaten rat bait there are a few things you need to be aware of so that your pet's life is not at risk.

Rat bait can kill any animal, and it can even harm your pet when not ingested directly. Many vets see cases where the cat or the dog has consumed the rat

Is the pet food you're feeding harming your pet?
Grain free is the buzzword for pet food. Forget “raw food” and “kibble”. It’s all about the grain free.

That’s the thing.

However, grain free has a dark and dirty secret. It isn't quite the pet food that you thought it was cracked up to be. What you might think it is....that healthy pet food option for your cat and dog, may actually be doing more harm than good.  

Like it or not, grain free might actually

How to tell if you have a sick foal?
Breeding horses is a long and expensive process so it's vital that you recognise if you have a sick foal. In this Hey Doc tutorial Dr Leigh will discuss what a normal foal looks like and how to recognise if you have a sick foal. The quicker you can recognise the health problems of a foal the quicker you can have a vet instigate treatment for a better outcome. 
Health problems in newborn

What does paralysis tick do to dogs and cats?
If you live in Australia, especially along the eastern seaboard then you need to be aware of the tick  Ixodes holocyclusis otherwise known as the paralysis tick. These ticks inject a toxin into the dog or cat (also farm animals) when it feeds. The paralysis tick toxin causes paralysis of muscles and can result in death if emergency treatment with anti-serum isn’t given.


Where are paralysis ticks found?
THere really isn't a particular

Dental caries in horses: How to prevent holes in your horse's teeth?
Dental caries in horses! What? Do horses get cavities? They sure do. A hole in a tooth is called a carie and horses are just as prone to these as us humans.

In this Hey Doc tutorial, Dr Leigh discusses dental caries in horses with Dr Kirsten Jackson BSc BVMS (Hons) MANZCVS (Equine Dentistry) from Dental Vet in Perth, Australia.

Peripheral caries is a fairly severe form of dental decay in

Download your own heart disease monitoring form


Heart disease monitoring is crucial to ensure your pet is enjoying a good quality of life. Keeping an eye on your pet is crucial when they have heart disease and also as they get older and heart disease hasn't yet been diagnosed. Often there are subtle signs that we just don't notice until it's too late.



Our online vets have created a form that helps you to keep a record of your pet's behaviours,

How to recognise & manage heart disease in your pet
Heart disease or heart failure is a common cause of death in our pets. Sadly, often it has gone unrecognised because owners aren't familiar with the signs and symptoms of heart disease. It's not about turning you all into veterinarians, but it's about giving you the tools to monitor your pets so that when something is amiss, you consult a veterinarian for further advice.



In this tutorial, Dr Leigh discusses the symptoms

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