“Family” Changes

In this newsletter we farewell someone who is not so much a staff member, but a GVH institution. After many years of being a member of our little family, our practice manager Elisabeth Parrague has decided to seek greener pastures in the halcyon pastures of retirement. After so many years with us Lis is a [...]

Flea Control during the Winter Months

A common misconception is that fleas die off during the autumn/winter period when the outside temperature drops. As a result, many pet owners cease using flea control during this time.   The warm, heated home however provides the perfect environment for fleas to breed. Like many parasites, flea populations are strongly influenced by seasonal conditions. [...]

Children and dogs

Studies have found that children left unsupervised with dogs are at a high risk of being involved in an incident. This was often found to be with family or known dogs, and many times followed harassment, inappropriate handling or accidental/deliberate stepping on the dog by the child. Sometimes young children want to chastise dogs and [...]

Just some thoughts…

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something  

Did you know…

A group of cats is called a clowder. A male cat is called a Tom and a female cat is called a Molly, or Queen while young cats are called kittens. If left alone, a dog will spend up to 3 hours a day remarking its scent posts. Cat milk is 10% protein where [...]

Letter from the cat: Day 983 of my captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. [...]

Did you hear the one about…

Talking Dog for Sale He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a black dog just sitting there. "You talk?" he asks. "Yep" the dog replies. "So, what's your story?" The dog looks up and says, "Well, I discovered [...]

Comings and Goings

It is with heavy hearts that we recently bid farewell to vet Deepa Gopinath.  She has decided to devote the next little while to studying for her MBA at Macquarie Uni, and then who knows what will lay ahead for her.  Deepa will be filling in for us occasionally, so you may still see her [...]

It’s Spring time – Allergy time

Its springtime, the flowers are blooming, the grass is growing, the birds are nesting, people are sneezing and dogs are scratching. Is this all related? Well, the birds nesting isn’t, but the rest is.   Spring and Summer is when we most often see “allergic inhalant disease” (or atopy). This is a disease where the immune [...]

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