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kateosalty

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Kate Opitz is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with many years experience working in the Pet Care industry. Originally from Melbourne, she has travelled far and wide across Australia, living in the Northern Territory whilst working with dogs in remote Aboriginal communities and then managing a small vet hospital in Darwin.


The proud owner of a beautiful boxer, Kate has a true and equal love for not only cats and dogs, but all living creatures. She has spent time volunteering overseas with everything from bears to monkeys to tigers, and has always been involved with rescue groups here- fostering and caring for animals in need.


Kate now spends her time travelling in her van, working in vet clinics around Australia, but plans to eventually settle in Melbourne with her family- both human and furry :)

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Time For A Doggie Dental? Know The Drill!

We've all heard the statistics, around 70% of pets over the age of three already have some form of dental disease.  Dental problems can vary from a buildup of plaque and some redness of the gums all the way through to severe gum disease resulting in extensive inflammation and infection. This is very painful and if not caught until later stages will often require expensive procedures and treatments to fix. It’s amazing what our pets can be hiding in there so be sure to inspect your pet’s mouth regularly; you may be surprised at what you find!

So your pet has bad breath, red gums or some yellow plaque? Time for a dental. August is dental month and most vet clinics will have some kind of promotion or discount offer on dentals and/or dental products, so it's a great time to get on top of that bad doggy breath. Ask for a free dental check and a discount on any necessary procedures.

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All things itchy! Skin stuff explained

Why is my dog itchy?
Ongoing skin issues are one of the trickiest things to deal with and treat effectively. Not only is the constant scratching annoying for us, it is even more annoying for the poor pooches enduring it.  If the itching is not caused by parasites or a food allergy its most likely what's referred to as "atopy", which may as well translate to "allergic to air".  Of course, this is not exactly the case; it's the things within the air that are causing our canine friends to scratch.

How do I know if my dog has atopy?
Atopy in dogs is comparable to human hay fever.  Whilst hayfever causes a runny nose and sneezing for us, it causes itchy skin for our dogs. There is no test to say "yes, your dog has atopy", it is diagnosed by a vet who has analysed your pets individual history and symptoms and is based on the findings of a physical examination.

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