Season’s Greetings

It’s that time of year again- to wish all our friends a peaceful Christmas, a happy Hanukah, a joyful New Year. We at GVH are particularly excited about the new phase we are entering in 2011, having during this past year finally completed our renovations.   We hope that you all get to spend some [...]

Our Open Day

The tenth hour of the tenth month of the year twenty ten saw the beginning of the gala GVH Open Day. And what a day it was! Despite some threatening weather conditions early in the morning, by the time we started the celebrations we were blessed with glorious sunshine. Hundreds of clients took up the [...]

Butt Out

Passive smoking can be harmful to dogs!   All mammals (dogs, cats, humans etc) have similar respiratory systems – basically a series of connected tubes which get smaller and smaller. There are nostrils, nasal cavity and trachea which make the UPPER respiratory tract, and the lungs which make the lower respiratory tract. In the lungs [...]

Snail Bait (Metaldehyde) Poisoning

Snail bait poisoning, also known as ‘shake and bake syndrome’, occurs when pets ingest snail or slug bait that contains the drug metaldehyde. It is a relatively common poisoning seen in veterinary practice. All animals are susceptible and as little as 1 teaspoon per 4.5kg body weight can be fatal in fifty percent of pets. [...]

Some Special Open Day Guests

We were delighted on our Open Day to have the company of Julie and her dog Beau, who came along for the day with Julie’s parents Margaret and Alan.   Beau is eleven years old and has been Julie’s very best friend ever since he joined their family eleven years ago. The two of them [...]

Special Recognition

As many of our clients know, GVH staff member Gayl O’Grady is responsible for what we think is one of the best “Puppy Pre-School” programmes around. After starting with us here as a receptionist, Gayl became interested in dog training and behaviour and completed the Delta Society trainers course.   Having firmly established our Puppy [...]

Tick Tick Ticks

It’s that time of the year that dog and cat owners need to think about reinstituting tick control. Anyone who has ever had a pet suffer from tick paralysis will agree that prevention is better than cure. Unfortunately, there are no products available that can provide 100% protection against ticks. This is because ticks complete [...]

A Sad Farewell

Many of you who attended our Open Day will have seen Indianna the Golden Retriever (pictured here) doing the rounds of the dog show.    Indianna won a prize in the "Grande Parade" category, a new award to a trophy cabinet which already included "Best in Show" award at last year's Moocooboola Festival.   We [...]

Vet 2011

So what is VET 2011?   The world’s first veterinary school was founded in Lyon, France, in 1761, shortly followed by the Alfort veterinary school, near Paris, in 1764, both of them at the initiative of French veterinarian Claude BOURGELAT.   This means that 2011 will mark the 250th world anniversary of veterinary education.   [...]

Fun Stuff

FIND A WORD From the list below find the hidden words in the grid. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU FROM THE STAFF AT GVH DOGS CATS BIRDS GUINEA PIGS Can you find the missing 5 letter word…??? _ _ _ _ _ Hint: the first letter is [...]

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