Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital Blog

Author: Created: 8/09/2013 6:02 PM
Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital Blog
By qvhvet on 3/04/2016 4:56 PM

We all know just how catchy yawning can be (gaping Mexican wave), and it turns out so does the humble budgie.

Journal Animal Cognition shows that contagious yawning occurs between budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).

By qvhvet on 11/01/2016 5:28 PM

Heatstroke in animals is a killer and can happen frighteningly fast.

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Unlike humans dogs do not cool off by sweating through their skin. The only way they can lower their body temperature is to pant, and sweat a little bit through their paws. To pant effectively, they rely on the air around them being cooler than their own temperature; this allows the heat in their moist breath to dissipate and be removed into the environment. They also rely on the environment being a little dry. The air they exhale is 41oC which is why they rapidly over heat in cars.

By qvhvet on 24/11/2015 4:03 PM

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The holidays can also be a dangerous time for kittens — not to mention for your holiday decor. Kittens can get into trouble when their curiosity leads them to steal food not meant for them, bat at candle flames, tug on twinkly tinsel or climb the Christmas tree. I’m here to share some tips to help ensure that you and your kitten have a safe and breakage-free holiday season.

By qvhvet on 26/10/2015 11:05 PM
 

In Canberra and Queanbeyan dog parks or on the streets and even in your own backyard, dog fights can be common. Although dogfights look and sound frightening, most of them end with no damage to either party. Because dogs are capable of seriously injuring each other, much of their aggression is ritualized. Arguing dogs might growl fiercely, bark, snap and show their teeth—or even bite each other’s faces or loose neck skin. However, most dogfights, especially those between well-socialized dogs, don’t result in injury. A dogfight is usually the equivalent of a brief, heated argument with a friend or family member. There may be a lot of spit and noise, but actual damage, aside from the odd scratch or scrape, is relatively rare.

 

Is It a Real Fight or Just Good Fun?

 

Normal dog play can seem pretty violent, especially to new dog parents. In fact, when some dogs play, they often look and sound like they’re trying to kill each other! Dogs use their mouths to interact, communicate and explore their world, and a certain amount of growling, snapping and gnawing on one another is to be expected during playtime. If your dog is playing with another and you can’t tell if you’re witnessing rough play or an actual battle, watch the dogs’ bodies. Playing dogs don’t look rigid or stiff. Instead, they appear loose and bouncy, usually with wagging tails and happy faces.

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By qvhvet on 9/09/2014 8:41 PM

 

Dogs bark for many different reasons. But sometimes it becomes a problem and can be a stressful time for owners and the dogs themselves. Find out why your dog may be barking.

By qvhvet on 17/06/2014 9:51 PM

Have you ever gotten up in the morning or come home from work at night to be greeted by a pile of vomited food on the floor? If your cat vomits undigested food a short time after eating, they may have an underlying issue, but not necessarily.

By qvhvet on 10/02/2014 8:08 PM

Studies show that your dog does miss you when you're gone.

By qvhvet on 3/02/2014 7:29 PM

Urinary tract disorders range from annoying to life-threatening.
Here are some symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

By qvhvet on 27/01/2014 5:05 PM

Why does your dog always lick, lick, lick ?