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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! 

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

Equine dentistry: How to care for your horse's teeth
In this tutorial, Dr Leigh speaks with equine dental vet Dr Olivia James BVSc(hons) MANZCVSc (Eq dentistry) Diplomate ICEVO CMAVA of Australian Veterinary Equine Dentistry, all about equine dentistry.

Horses differ from us and many other animals in that their teeth continually erupt. This means that horses require regular dental care to ensure that their mouth and teeth are functional and not causing pain.

Dr Olivia is a credentialed resident in advanced standing for AVDC (American veterinary

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

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

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