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Reducing Stress When Bringing Your Dog to the Vet

Visiting the vet is essential to helping your dog live a long and healthy life. However, for many pets, it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. At McLaren Vale Veterinary Surgery we understand ...
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Gastropexy to prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV)

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) is a life-threatening condition that can affect dogs of all sizes, but primarily affects large and giant breed dogs. GDV is a disease of the stomach, where the st...
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Mushroom Toxicity in Dogs

Mushroom Toxicity in Dogs: A Guide for South Australian Pet Owners As dog owners, we love to spend time with them in the great outdoors. However, as the weather in South Australia becomes cooler, we ...
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Non-Healing Eye Ulcers

Non-healing eye ulcers in dogs, also known as "indolent ulcers" or "spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCED), are a persistent condition affecting the cornea of dogs' eyes. The cornea is...
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Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs

We all love chocolate, especially during Easter. We also love our pets and sharing with them. While chocolate goodies are a delight for us, they can pose serious health risks to our furry companions, ...
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Heart Murmurs in Dogs

What is a Heart Murmur? A heart murmur is an abnormal sound heard during a veterinary examination when listening to your dog's heart with a stethoscope. It is caused by turbulent blood flow within ...
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Pet Water Cremations

At McLaren Vale Veterinary Surgery we understand that end of life decisions for our furry family members are always difficult and emotional. Our loved pets form an integral part of our family, so havi...
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Reducing Stress When Bringing Your Cat to the Vet

At McLaren Vale Veterinary Surgery we understand that bringing your beloved feline friend to the clinic can be a stressful experience for both you and your cat. However, there are several steps you ca...
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Canine Parvovirus

What is Canine Parvovirus? Canine parvovirus, or ‘parvo’ as it is commonly known, is a highly contagious virus that affects dogs, particularly those with weakened immune systems. It primarily attacks...
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Grape, Raisin and Sultana Toxicity in Dogs

Grapes, raisins and sultanas are common household snacks which contain compounds that can be toxic to dogs. Dogs are the only species recorded to suffer from the toxic effects of these fruits, but it ...
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Snake Envenomation

South Australia is home to many venomous snake species. The snakes most common in the southern Adelaide region include Brown Snakes, Black Snakes and occasionally Tiger Snakes. As pet owners and lover...
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Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Testing

Modern anaesthetic drugs used for your pet’s anaesthesia are extremely safe and carry very low risks to a healthy animal. These risks can vary depending on several factors including pre-exising condit...
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Testing Heart Disease in Cats

Heart disease is a common disease of cats. It has been shown to affect approximately 15% of healthy cat populations. Cats are able to hide their heart disease well, making detection of heart disease v...
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