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I Hurt it On The Grape Vine

Toxic to dog: grapes, raisins and sultanas

Grapes, raisins and currants can be toxic to dogs (and possibly cats and ferrets as well).

The Signs

Vomiting and diarrhoea are usually the first signs, often developing within hours of ingestion and the vomitus or stools may contain pieces of the fruit. Other symptoms include abnormal drinking and urination, not eating, abdominal pain and lethargy.

How to Care for Guinea Pigs

3 little guinea pigs on green grass chewing on a green stick vegetable

Guinea Pigs can make great little pets. They are social rodents, originally from the Andes in South America and are a domesticated descendant of a wild species of cavy. They were introduced to Europe in the 16th century and their social nature, docility and ease of care has made these affectionate rodents popular pets ever since.

Snake Bites in Animals in the Illawarra

Along with BBQ, sunscreen and tourists, hot weather also brings out the snakes around the Illawarra.

There are a number of species that inhabit our part of the coast and escarpment, from non-venomous Diamond Pythons to the mildly venomous Golden Crown Snakes as well as some highly toxic individuals. While there are small pockets of Copperheads and Brown Snakes in the area, the majority of snake bite pets that we see have been bitten by the generally shy, Red Bellied Black Snake.

What Has Happened To My Pet’s Eye?

sore eye in a dog

An ulcer is a discontinuity or break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions.

The cornea is a clear, thin membrane at the front of the eye. Corneal ulcers occur fairly frequently in pets and are often the result of a scratch from a twig or a fight. Other causes include reduced tear production leading to drying of the eye, infection and anatomical issues.

Why is my old cat losing weight? Part 3

The signs of hyperthyroidism are increased appetite and weight loss. There is an old tabby cat's head looking to the lower right.


Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 from the thyroid glands. It is usually caused by a non-cancerous tumor of the gland, the cause of these tumors are not known but environmental and dietary factors may play a role.

Thyroid hormones influence many of the bodies organs so the effects of overproduction are felt throughout the body.

The signs

Initially the signs are subtle but progress over time. Affected cats:


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