Great Tails and News Blog

'Great Tails' and What's News in our Blog

 

Come along and follow our 'Great Tails', stories of interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes educational cases of your fantastic animals and their hoomans.

 

 

In the Great Tails and Blog you'll also find What's News, stories and articles of what's happening in the larger world of animal health and well-being.  So you've a new pet - find out something new here.  Want to know what's happening seasonally - watch out for seasonal blog posts. 

We're open for suggestions, so if you have news or a story worth telling, send us a line via our Contact Page.

Dr Keith says “Most of all — enjoy your pets and living in the Highlands!”

Dr Keith's Animal Stories and Veterinary Hints 


‘Filmhound’ and ‘The Broken Paw’

The next time you enter the front door of Mittagong Vet Hospital, you might notice two new ‘friends’ greeting you... ‘Filmhound’ and ‘The Broken Paw’ are two exquisite little reproduction artworks by ...
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ANZAC Day 2022 - In Honour to whom honour is due.

In commemoration of Anzac Day, we honour those who served & those in service today. We also regard those facing conflict, & the work of caring for one another, including animals, in times of war. Thi...
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Chocolate Toxicity and your pets.

Mittagong Veterinary Hospital wish you a safe and Happy Easter Holiday! Chocolate Toxicity Pets are commonly exposed to chocolate particularly around holidays such as Easter, Halloween and Christma...
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Billy the Biter!

‘Billy the Biter’ says G’day! Dr Keith met with baby Billy this week. It was ‘love at first bite’ for Dr Keith, this adorable bare-nosed wombat & Highlands local, also has a bit of a reputation for be...
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Florence says Grab Discounted Nexgard Spectra with Your Dog's Next Vaccination!

The playdates are lining up for Florence the Bulldog because she’s protected from all the parasitic nasties (...& they've heard she’s ‘got a 6 pack’). Your pooch can now be as popular & healthy as Flo...
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Boris the Cat.

'Blocked Cats' Did you know that blocked bladders are very common in cats? (But not necessarily black cats). This incredibly painful and potentially fatal condition is especially prevalent in male ca...
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Monday Smile Day - even when your name's Trouble!

Trouble the Chihuahua-cross has a huge, beautiful smile! Even bigger than Julia Roberts! Trouble smiled through today at The Dogtors and reminded us why it’s so important to smile, even on Mondays. S...
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Buzandi the Gorilla Turns 30yo! (30 year Challenge)

Since 1991 Mittagong Vet has proudly displayed a souvenir poster of a baby gorilla named Buzandi in our hospital. Generations of clients & pets have been watched over during consults by baby Buzandi f...
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Pet Dental Care

Just like human beings, dogs, cats and other pets need to have their teeth taken care of in order to maintain great dental health throughout their lives. Strong, healthy teeth will help them chew and ...
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Are Dog Vaccinations Really Necessary?

We all love our dogs. Regardless of their size, they have a gigantic place in our hearts. We buy them the best food we can afford, spend our free time walking and playing with them and groom them regu...
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Summer Fun in the Sun with your Fur-Baby at the Beach!

Summer finally arrived this year, just in time for the Christmas holidays! There's nothing better at this time than to visit the beach with your dog. Don’t spoil a great day out though by being ill-pr...
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All About Pet Desexing

Care and nurturing are key elements to keeping your beloved pet happy and healthy. As a result, sometimes it’s necessary to book them in for a procedure that may not be pleasant in the moment — but th...
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Nexgard Summer -Snap Your Pet!

Photo Competition and Win Prizes of Nexgard/Spectra I’m excited to let you know about our summer photo competition. This December and January, Mittagong Vet Hospital and NexGard are offering some g...
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Nexgard Spectra Special!

Who doesn’t love a freebie?  Get a one-month tasty chew FREE  NexGard Spectra when you buy NexGard Spectra or NexGard (3 or 6 months) at Mittagong Vet Hospital. Woohoo! Your pooch will get full prot...
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“My name is Rosie and I’m Not Allowed to Chase Snakes Anymore!”

“My name is Rosie, and I’m not allowed to chase snakes anymore.” Rosie’s a very lucky tabby cat! She loves downtime in the garden, sunbaking, and exploring the great outdoors beyond the back-fence (a...
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Pugs Squared!

Meet Hank & Hector, local stylish Pug-lads. They each spent a day at Mittagong Vet this week. Don’t panic! It was just some routine ‘Pug-business’ (well actually castration) with Dr Keith. ‘Multum in...
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Monday's Kookaburra Morning!

Kookie Monday! This cute little Kookaburra was brought in to Mittagong Vet today by a very kind person. Found on the side of the road, laying down, and clearly stunned by something. Thank you kind...
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Black Cat Awareness Month!

October is Black Cat Awareness Month. YES, it’s a real thing! Promoting black cat adoption in shelters & raising awareness of these lovable domestic ‘panthers’. Sadly, black cats today suffer lower...
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Roy (the boy) Deserves his Bravery Award!

Please welcome Roy the Corgi! Roy certainly earned his Bravery Award today, having the ‘royal jewels’ surgically removed (otherwise called castration!)by Dr Keith at Mittagong Veterinary Hospital! He...
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Do I need to Microchip my Dog and/or Cat?

Microchipping A microchip is a permanent form of pet identification that is inserted under the skin. Overview Microchipping is a legal requirement NSW. Each microchip has a unique, electronic ide...
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Friday Superstar - New Mum Pebbles!

Post Caesarian Mum and bubs - Friday Superstar! A mighty congratulation to proud mum Pebbles and her baby girls, the beautiful Tenterfield Terriers. Pebbles needed emergency medical intervention this...
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Does my pet need an 'Annual Health Check'?

Annual Health Check:Mittagong Veterinary Hospital and Clinic Your pet deserves a special day every year. What happens at an annual health check? We all know how important staying healthy is to a l...
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Snakes and Pets Don't Mix! Snake 'Season Has Arrived'.

Snakebites Snakes are prevalent during the warmer months between October and April.  Overview Snakes will generally try to avoid people and pets. However, on occasions, pets will try to harass a sn...
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The Rules of Play in Our Local Parks.

The Rules of Play. Dogs in our local parks.  As a general rule of thumb your dog must be: Well socialised with other dogs and people. Up to date with vaccinations. Be on regular parasite control ...
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Ticks and what you need to know!

The Australian Paralysis Tick Advisory Panel recommends the year-round use of isoxazoline based acaricides for all dogs and cats that are living in, or travelling to known paralysis tick regions.   Pl...
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Veterinary Nurses Day

Today is Vet Nurse Day! A day to celebrate, appreciate and remember the hard work and dedication of our vet nurses. Mittagong Vet Hospital is very fortunate to have an amazing team of nurses; Nurse E...
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'Can do', for Nundo

Please welcome Nundu; the magical black beast from the Southern Highlands’ own wizarding world and your Tuesday featured-feline at Mittagong Vet! Nundu’s are described by author J.K. Rowling in her 2...
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Today we welcome Winston & Pickles, the Scottie dogs, to the Mittagong HQ of Scotland Yard!

Today we welcome Winston & Pickles, the Scottie dogs, to the Mittagong HQ of Scotland Yard! The feisty Tweens kept bedazzling us with their rugby-grapple-tackles and scrums. Dr Keith’s Scotties Ellie...
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Thursday Featured-Felines

Introducing our Thursday featured-felines; ‘The Pensive Girls’: Lucy Dolores the ragdoll and Lucy the ‘domestique’ shorthair grey.  Miss Lucy Dolores had her Springtime Kitty-haircut; she now looks a...
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Big Trev!

Meet Big Trev, the blue Staffy! We dare you to find a happier dog in the Highlands today.  Impossible! Big Trev’s colouring may be ‘Blue’ but there’s absolutely nothing down about this big boy. Just...
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Happy Ferret Friday!

Happy Ferret Friday! Meet Luna & Piettro, Mittagong’s sable & fawn dynamic-polecat-duo. Modern folks can be a bit undecided about the ferret, however, these little darlings’ ancestors were once very ...
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Mighty Minnie the Maltese

Meet Minnie the Maltese Terrier puppy.  Minnie dazzled the staff at Mittagong Vet this week in her snazzy sparkly soft-pink activewear (she’s bang on-trend and going places in that outfit).  Minnie ...
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TerraCycle Wednesday

TerraCycle Awareness Recycling Packaging Program with Royal Canin Our clinic-cat ‘Bruce the Grey’ is super impressed we’ve got yet another box of  Royal Canin recycling being shipped to TerraCycle Au...
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Ringtail Possum Magic!

Viewer Warning! This image contains extremely adorable content of a baby Ringtail Possum. This little baby Ringtail Possum was brought into Mittagong Vet this weekend by a wonderful local. Found on i...
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Mary Oliver Honours Dogs Poetically

Today we celebrate the International Day of the Dog! Which other domesticated beast has so fondly captured our hearts & imaginations? For over 15,000 years, the care & companionship we’ve developed &...
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Desexing? Who? Me?

“OMG: Woe is me...” Dachy Lydia was completely forlorn whilst brother Bernard incredulous (& a bit discombobulated) when dropped off for their desexing to Mittagong Vet.   Sorry but your Hooman book...
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Paralysis Ticks - Southern Highlands and Beyond

Paralysis Ticks - Southern Highlands and Beyond Did you know that parasitic ticks are their most toxic at the start of the 'season' - being the beginning of Spring?  (Late August to early September)....
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Ticks and Nexgard Promotion 2021

Dear Valued clients & pets During lock down and moving into spring, we may want to enjoy more walks with our dogs. Our local nature reserves are an excellent place to de-stress and ‘get away from it ...
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Great Tails

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New Cat Desexing Laws

News Cat Desexing Laws July 2020 Below is information provided by the NSW Department of Local Government: New Laws for Desexing Cats at 4 months of age. Introduction of annual permits for non-dese...
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