Hello, my name is Catherine. I have long loved animals and have had several of my own over the years. Sadly, I saw two of my cats suffer with feline cancer, one of my dogs had arthritis, and, of course, we faced the usual calamities and injuries pets often face. However, I have had to navigate this on a relatively restricted budget, and through the years, I have gotten quite proficient at that. I work at a library and love doing research on pets and veterinary care as well as a range of other topics. I also love to write so decided to put my info in a blog. Please, explore and enjoy!
11 December 2018
Cats, like humans, can have problems with bad breath. If your cat suddenly comes up to you for a cuddle and opens its mouth only to unleash a rank smell in your face, then you may wonder where the smell is coming from. While your cat's breath may not always smell sweet, it doesn't normally smell this bad. Why does your cat have bad breath, and do you need to do anything about it?
17 April 2018
Hip dysplasia is a common problem among certain dog breeds, and it often requires surgical intervention if your pooch is to go on living a happy life. Hip dysplasia occurs when the ligaments and soft tissues that stabilize the hip joint become loose during the first few weeks of life. This deforms the hip joint, which will result in significant pain and eventual immobility as the dog ages. If vet surgery and physical therapy are to be successful, you need to bring your dog to a vet as soon as possible.
8 August 2017
If your adopted cat is getting older, you might notice a decrease in their ability to take care of themselves effectively in the grooming department. The good news is, pet groomers are available to take care of even the most basic grooming needs of your cat. Here are four grooming issues your older cat might have that a pet groomer can help with. Smelly Cats and Prevention If your cat has dental issues or sores in their mouth, they might not be as on top of cleaning as they once were.
28 July 2016
Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is a painful and potentially vision-threatening condition in cats. But what causes the problem, what signs should you watch out for, and how is the condition treated? Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis) Dry eye is a condition where the cat's eye does not produce tears. This lack of lubrication in the eye can lead to inflammation of the cornea and eventually, if the condition is left untreated, blindness. Chronic dry eye leaves the cat with a sticky, yellow discharge oozing from the affected eye, which in the summer months can attract flies, making the cat vulnerable to infections.
28 July 2016
Although rabies is not endemic in Australia, it is carried by some species of bats found in Queensland and is present elsewhere around the world. The rabies virus can be prevented by having your dog vaccinated, which is essential if you are planning on travelling with your pet to a part of the world where the disease is known to be present. Read on to find out why having your pet vaccinated against rabies is so important.