6 tips to prevent fleas on dogsWhen dog lovers are asked what they dread most about the summer months, the topic that comes up most is fleas! Fleas are tiny little parasites, but they can lead to serious health problems if not treated. This week, Dr James Ross discusses what to look for and the best ways to prevent fleas on dogs.

What are the symptoms of fleas?

You will likely notice excessive licking, unexpected movements, and scratching. Surprisingly, it’s the flea’s saliva that is particularly irritating, not just the bites.

You may see fleas running on your pet’s stomach or by using a flea comb at the base of the tail. Or you may see flea dirt where he has lain. You can test these black “crumbs” by putting them on a damp tissue: if they turn reddish-brown, that is your dog’s dried blood!

Secondary problems such as hair loss, miliary dermatitis and behavioural issues may also arise. Because fleas are a host to tapeworm, if your dogs have fleas, they probably have tapeworm too. Tapeworm can cause restlessness and diarrhoea in children. So give your dog an intestinal worming tablet if you see scooting or suspect worms.

Where did the fleas come from?

Any visiting pet or wandering cat can drop hundreds of eggs at your house or in your garden. Fleas like shady areas like under the deck so keep these areas cleared of debris.

Another common area for infestations is in the grass at the local park. Remember, fleas do not jump from dog to dog, they jump onto your dog directly from the environment.

Why are fleas so hard to get rid of?

The flea has a complex and cleverly adapted life cycle which can resist treatments at various stages. It is also incredibly fast. In the right conditions, fleas can go from being an egg to being an egg layer in a week! One female flea on your dog can lay 50 tiny (0.5mm) white eggs in a day! If there are 10 fleas, that’s 15,000 eggs in a month!

If you end up with flea eggs in the house, they can hatch up to 6 months later, so regular prevention is the key.

What should we do to prevent fleas?

  1. Use a monthly topspot – Treat every animal in the house YEAR ROUND with a monthly topspot, (buy a vet brand, not a supermarket brand).
  2. Be extra cautious in summer – Remember to increase the dose of your monthly topspot to once a fortnight during summer making sure it covers for ticks as well as fleas.
  3. Keep your pup dry – If your dog is a swimmer, make sure you use a waterproof treatment or keep the dog dry for two days each side of a topspot squirt.
  4. Use a fast-acting tablet –  If you still see live fleas it is because the topical treatment can’t keep up with the number of them! In this case, use an additional fast-acting monthly Comfortis® tablet with food.
  5. Frequently vacuum carpeting, rugs and furniture or any other places your pet is around, including your car. This will clean up as many immature fleas as possible. Dump bags or vacuum canisters immediately.
  6. Wash all bedding regularly in hot water including any blankets. Hang them in direct sunlight if possible. Don’t forget your own bedding too!

Cheers for now from all of us at The Barracks Vet Surgery

Barracks Vet Surgery

About James:

Dr James Ross BVSc (Hons) MRCVS is the principal veterinarian at The Barracks Vet Surgery in Mosman providing a unique, high quality veterinary experience for the pets and owners of Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay & the surrounding suburbs of the Lower North Shore.

Website: www.barracksvet.com.au
Email: admin@barracksvet.com.au
(02) 9969 1100 2A Best Avenue MOSMAN NSW 2088


 

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top 5 dog treat toys treats a la bark organic dog treatsTreat dispensing dog toys should be a staple in every dog parent’s toolbox! They offer your pup with mental stimulation and help relieve boredom which can mitigate a lot of common behaviourial problems, whilst also providing hours of energy burning fun!

There are a number of dog treat dispensing dog toys which can be used in conjunction with your favourite dog treats. We have picked our top 5 favourites!

1. The Kong

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Every dog should have one of these in their toy box! The KONG Classic is the perfect dog treat toy made from a super-bouncy, natural rubber compound. It is super tough so is perfect for pups that love to chew! Simply fill with your dog’s favourite treats or even Peanut Butter!

2. Nina Ottoson Dog Tornado

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The Nina Ottoson Dog Tornado is the ultimate dog treat toy challenge! Made of four layers of spinning discs, the layers contain compartments where dog treats can be hidden. Your pup’s challenge is to learn to spin the layers with their nose or paw to find the noms! To increase difficulty, you can place the white plastic blocks on some of the compartments. Perfect for the extra smart pup!

Watch the video to see how it works!

 

3. Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Eggplant

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This tough and bouncy dog treat toy is a whole lot of fun! It features a special reinforced Treat Spot™ that will delight chewers with the interactive challenge of getting at the healthy dog treats you stash inside! They threw in some peppermint scent to ensure your pup loves the smell as much as the feel. Double noms!

4. The Monster Ball

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The Monster Treat Ball is unevenly weighted so it bounces in unexpected directions everywhere! Tuck your favourite dog treats in it’s mouth and let it massages your pup’s gums, providing hours of entertainment!  It even has a a delicious vanilla scent!

5. The Tux

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Tux is the combination of a stuffable and toassable dog treat toy. Tux is pliable, nontoxic, and even floats on water. Simply stuff the Tux with your pup’s favourite treats! The Tux can be stuffed with dry biscuits or with sticky favourites like Peanut Butter. It is even dishwasher safe for easy cleaning!

 

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pancreatitis in dogs christmas safetyWe know how tempting it is to give your dog a taste of your Christmas dinner but it’s very important to only choose safe foods to give to your pup! Foods that are high in fat can cause vomiting and diarrhea and Pancreatitis can often follow (yikes!). This week on the blog, Dr James Ross from Barracks Vet Surgery talks to us about Acute Pancreatitis and what to look for to make sure your pup is safe this Christmas!

Acute pancreatitis can affect dogs or cats. What is it?
Acute pancreatitis is the sudden onset of inflammation of the pancreas (as opposed to chronic pancreatitis which is a similar but ongoing condition). It is usually associated with cranial abdominal pain (typified by a bowing or hunched posture) and persistent vomiting.

What is it caused by?
Often it follows a “dietary indiscretion” such as raiding a bin or being given rich, fatty food (which is common around Christmas time). In these cases digestive enzymes activate whilst still inside the pancreas, causing painful self-digestion.

Other causes of pancreatitis include infection, injury to the abdomen, ingestion of medications and insecticides intended to control fleas and ticks, such as organophosphates.

What are some symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs?
Many pets will hide the symptoms lest they appear vulnerable to competitors or predators. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should visit a Vet without delay.

• Persistent vomiting.

• Anorexia (lack of appetite, not eating).

• Cranial abdominal pain (may crouch or bow down).

• Dehydration (the skin may “tent” when lifted, eyes may appear sunken, gums tacky).

• Shock – (Which is when the body reduces blood flow to extremities).

Other signs include: cold extremities/ears, rapid heart rate, slow shallow breathing, slow capillary refill time, (the time it takes pinkness to return when you press your finger against the pet’s gum), cold dry mucous membranes, possibly collapse and convulsions.

What is the treatment for pancreatitis in dogs?
A blood test will give a diagnosis. Treatment is a combination of withholding all food plus medicating with painkillers, anti-nausea and antibiotic medications, and possibly IV fluids. Accompanying diseases will also need to be ruled out. After this, water and then food will be very slowly re-introduced, and a strictly bland, low fat diet will begin.

What is the moral of this story?
This Christmas, please remember, no ham, fatty foods or treats off the bbq. Even a mouthful can cause your pet great pain and cost you lots of dollars at the Vet. Treats a la Bark organic dog treats are a much safe alternative!

Cheers for now from all of us at The Barracks Vet Surgery

Barracks Vet Surgery

About James:

Dr James Ross BVSc (Hons) MRCVS is the principal veterinarian at The Barracks Vet Surgery in Mosman providing a unique, high quality veterinary experience for the pets and owners of Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay & the surrounding suburbs of the Lower North Shore.

Website: www.barracksvet.com.au
Email: admin@barracksvet.com.au
(02) 9969 1100
2A Best Avenue MOSMAN NSW 2088


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We are delighted to announce that Treats a la Bark Organic Raspberry & Carob Barkscotti has been hand picked for the “Man’s Best Friend” Bindle Box.

Bindle BoxBindle was founded by Catherine Blackford in Melbourne and engages local artisans to produce Australian, hand-made, tailored gift packages which are beautifully presented. There are Bindles for every occasion and every part of the creation is Australian – the products within the Bindles; the boxes that contain them; the hand that wrapped them. We are absolutely honored to be a part of Bindle.

The “Man’s Best Friend” Bindle is the perfect way to pamper your pup for their unconditional love.

Also included is: Best in Park Bedford lead, Murchison Hume In Between Clean.

 

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Recently, we stumbled upon Moush, founded by 2 sisters Emilia and Vivian, which is a Sydney based company helping you capture the memories of your life in the most fun and unique way. They can turn your digital images into exciting and customised pieces of art for your space! We at Treats a la Bark know that we are forever trying to capture the wonderful memories of our dogs. Not only are our dog’s memories centred around their photos but also in their special details such as their quirky habits, favourite food and favourite toys. With this in mind, Moush have a range of typography designs to help you capture your dog’s image and special details in a most fun and artistic way. The beauty of Moush’s pet art is that you can send through even an Iphone photo which can be created into a completely personalised and unique art work for your home! With many different designs to choose from, there is an artwork for any one out there looking to have a keepsake forever in their home. We had one created for Rufio and were absolutely blown away at how awesome it looks! We opted for the 40x40cm canvas. Perfect for sitting on our desk! Moush Pet Art Treats a la Bark organic dog treats Moush Pet Art Treats a la Bark Organic Dog Treats Moush Pet Art Treats a la Bark Organic Dog Treats Moush Pet Art Treats a la Bark organic dog treats Creating your own pet art (or any other art for that matter) is easy! Here’s how it works: Step 1 Choose a Category – Kids, Pets, Weddings, Fun & Love (Bespoke has separate process) Step 2 Choose a Design – There are a range of Designs for you to choose from. Step 3 Personalise & Upload – Upload your image, add your words. Step 4 Process, Print, Package, Post – Moush will design your product. Send it to you for your review. Print it once approved. Package it and post it to you. Tada! Moush is offering a special deal for all Treats a la Bark customers! Simply enter the code ” treatsalabark99″ at the check out and get  any 40×40 cm canvas for  just $99 or 30% OFF any other size!

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travelling overseas with your dogLately it seems that many of us are transferring overseas to pursue work opportunities. This can throw the most organised person into turmoil as they orchestrate the seemingly infinite number of tasks involved. Many people can’t bear to think of leaving their dog behind so bring their dog with them! This week Dr James Ross has tips on travelling overseas with your dog.

1. Research & Plan Ahead
One of the jobs that should be handled early when travelling overseas with your dog is arranging pet transportation. Some preparations need to be started seven months before departure! AQIS, The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, has strict requirements for animals leaving and entering Australia. Different laws apply to each overseas destination, but most involve some time spent in confinement at their destination. It’s also important to check what breeds airlines carry. Some airlines have restrictions on certain breeds such as snub-nosed dogs like pugs so check with the carrier to make sure whether your dog is allowed to travel with them.

2. Make sure all vaccinations are up to date
There are many forms that need to be completed and returned prior to your dog’s trip such as vaccination records for boarding and relevant veterinary documentation for International shipments. As a priority, your dog’s vaccinations, flea treatments and worming should be up to date.  In many cases, correct preparation can make the difference whether a pet is penned for a few weeks or many months. For most pets, a six month quarantine is just too isolating to be considered kind.

3. Calculate costs
Costs can be significant so be prepared. Depending on the country you can expect to pay between $1000-$3000 each way for one pet!

4. Consider a pet relocation company
There are AQIS accredited vets such as Dr James,  in liaison with accredited pet transportation companies who will help you navigate the system and satisfy all medical, documentary and crating requirements.

5. Tips for your dog during travel
Dr James suggests only offering your dog water for the 12 hours before travel so that they are not further stressed by soiling themselves or becoming airsick in transit. A light treat is ok. Sedation is not recommended as animals are unable to brace themselves and may be bruised by the sides of their crate when moved, and unable to move away from spilt water etc. However there are homeopathic vet products such as Feliway, Adaptil and Homeopet which will calm and reassure the pet during the trip. Another good idea is to include your dog’s favourite toy in the crate or even a piece of your clothing which will have your scent on it. This can help relax your pup by providing them with some form of familiarity.

With the proper preparation, travelling overseas with your dog can be a fantastic experience!

Cheers for now from all of us at The Barracks Vet Surgery

Barracks Vet SurgeryAbout James:

Dr James Ross BVSc (Hons) MRCVS is the principal veterinarian at The Barracks Vet Surgery in Mosman providing a unique, high quality veterinary experience for the pets and owners of Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay & the surrounding suburbs of the Lower North Shore.

Website: www.barracksvet.com.au
Email: admin@barracksvet.com.au
(02) 9969 1100
2A Best Avenue MOSMAN NSW 2088


Treats a la Bark organic dog treats Pretty Fluffy hand picked vendorWe were extremely excited to be contacted by the wonderful Serena and Soda from Pretty Fluffy. They recently launched their Shopping Guides on their website and we are absolutely stoked that Treats a la Bark has been chosen as a hand picked vendor!
With each vendor hand picked by Pretty Fluffy editors, the Pretty Fluffy Shopping Guides feature the best of the best vendors for the discerning dog owner. Since their launch last month, the Shopping Guides are quickly becoming one of the most popular features of their site.
It is an absolute honor that Treats a la Bark organic dog treats has been chosen as a hand picked vendor for the Dog Treats category.
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Thanks so much Serena & Soda!

 


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Who doesn’t love a good personalised present? A personalised gift makes birthdays and xmas just that little bit more special. Recently, we stumbled across IdPet which specialises in canine individuality and personality with a range of personalised pet products that are designed and locally printed in Melbourne. They are the first of its kind in Australia, to offer various personalised items including collars, leads, bowls, placemats, toys, treat bags and more! IdPet aims to highlight every pet’s individual personality to showcase to the world.

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All IdPet products have been put to the test by IdPet’s C.E.O, Max the Spoodle dog.

 

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Katrina and Max from IDPet were kind enough to send Rufio a personalised treat bag! Fits lots of Treats a la Bark noms in it perfectly!

They have a new and exciting range coming out for Christmas so keep your eyes peeled!!

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For more information, visit www.idpet.com.au.

 

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Ticks are a dreaded enemy – none of us wants to find a tick on our dogs.  They are the most dangerous of parasites that can infest your dog and they kill. With the warmers months fast approaching, it is important to be aware of the dangers of ticks to your pup. This month, Dr James Ross runs through effective tick prevention and treatment advice.

tick prevention and treatment for dogsAustralia is home to a number of black, brown or grey species of ticks, one of which is the devastating grey “paralysis” tick (ixodes holocyclus). Ticks are tiny parasites which attach to animals (and people), inject a toxin and draw a blood meal. After feeding they become engorged. They thrive in bushland where they enjoy intermediary hosts such as possums, and can drop on to your pet from shrubs.

Tick Prevention

There are only two effective topspot treatments available – Frontline & Advantic, and each must be applied fortnightly. Frontline is safe for both dogs and cats, but Advantix can be fatal to cats so it is best not to use on dogs who live with a cat.

Even if you are punctual with applying the topspot, you should still do a tick search every day as ticks may attach temporarily despite the treatment. Simply run your hands all over your pet’s skin, paying particular attention to the shoulders and head where 80% of attachments occur. However every crevice, such as between the toes, is worth searching.

We also recommend you buy a pair of inexpensive “tick twisters” to remove any ticks easily. It’s a wise idea to keep one at home and one in the car.

Signs of Tick Poisoning

The classic symptoms of tick poisoning are weakness in the back legs, a hoarse bark or meow, lethargy and gagging or vomiting. The greatest danger is from respiratory paralysis. Those animals which are treated with a tick serum and recover must be kept quiet for weeks afterwards to reduce stress.

What to do if you see a tick on your dog

Using your “tick twister”, slide the feet of the twister beneath the tick and rotate as you lift. This will disengage the mouth parts which have burrowed under the skin. Put the tick in a small clear bag or attach it to sticky tape to stop it escaping! Then bring both the tick and the dog to your vet immediately as the symptoms can worsen even after the tick is removed.

Be safe with your pup and remember if you have any questions about tick paralysis, talk to your veterinarian.

Cheers for now from all of us at The Barracks Vet Surgery.

About James:
Barracks Vet SurgeryDr James Ross BVSc (Hons) MRCVS is the principal veterinarian at The Barracks Vet Surgery in Mosman providing a unique, high quality veterinary experience for the pets and owners of Mosman, Cremorne, Neutral Bay & the surrounding suburbs of the Lower North Shore.
Website: www.barracksvet.com.au
Email: admin@barracksvet.com.au
(02) 9969 1100
2A Best Avenue MOSMAN NSW 2088