Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Safe flea products for cats

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Information night October 19th

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Our information night this year centres on how cats perceive the world - and how you can harness this when integrating your kitten or cat into your household.
Secure your place at our popular annual information night. Phone us on 6251 1444 or email us as soon as possible.

Does my cat need worming?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

All cats are exposed to roundworm sometime in their lives. Queens pass the larvae to their kittens in the milk and cats who hunt - and let's face it all cats are hunters - ingest them in that delicious worm, snail or mouse.
Tapeworm is also found in hunters and also in cats who are fed raw meat.
The flea tapeworm is the most common worm in Australian cats. Cats ingest tapeworm infected fleas during grooming.
At Canberra Cat Vet we recommend deworming of all cats, even if confined indoors, every 3 months and effective flea control if fleas have been found on your cat or in its environment.
Profender is an easy to apply spot-on worm control. If your cat also has fleas then Revolution or Advocate treat both fleas and worms.
Milbemax is a very small worm tablet that many people find easy to administer.
Canberra Cat Vet carries Activyl and Advantage, both excellent flea control spot-ons. We also have Seresto, a new flea control collar that keeps flea numbers down for 8 months.

Paralysis ticks in Canberra

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Paralysis tick
A paralysis tick

Already this year our sister clinic, Hall Vet Surgery, and the Canberra Veterinary Emergency Centre have treated pets with tick paralysis. Several of these pets have not been to the coast and neither have their owners.

Please check your outdoor cats every day by running your fingers through their fur, checking in their ears, armpits, around their faces and under their tails for ticks. We have other types of ticks in our region too. If you find a tick and are not sure whether it is a paralysis tick or not bring it in for identification.

Prevention is much better than cure, especially where ticks are concerned. We recommend Frontline spray, but also suggest Seresto collars, which coastal vets recommend.

Watch this video for the signs of tick envenomation.

Vote for us for Vet Practice of the Year

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thanks to our lovely clients we have been nominated for Vet Practice of the Year! We are one of five practices from all over Australia who have been nominated for the award.

Now we need your votes to win Vet Practice of the Year! Please vote here on the Vet Practice tab

Our winnings go to Pet Rescue ACT, a very worthy local organisation.

Fat kills

Thursday, August 10, 2017


 Fat itself is a serious health threat, particularly in small animals like our beloved cats. We don't do our cats - or our wallets - any favours by letting the cats in our lives accumulate fat.

Killer Chronic Inflammation - fat cells produce toxic compounds (adipokines) which cause chronic inflammation and damage all over the body

Decreased Life Expectancy - pets kept at a lean body mass live an average of 2 years longer and had fewer medical problems. Fat cats suffer more health issues and live shorter lives

Osteoarthritis - overloaded joints break down cartilage leading to arthritis but it also appears the adipokines produced by fat tissue compound the problem.

Diabetes - obesity leads to diabetes and insulin resistance in many cats, especially Burmese cats

Kidney Disease - excess weight in cats leads to high blood pressure, which can directly affect the kidney.

Respiratory Disease - trying to breath with excess fat along the chest wall and abdomen is like having a heavy bag pushing down on your chest. It alters the normal breathing pattern and reduces overall activity.

Cancer - Obesity causes increased cancer rates in mice and men. Not enough studies have been done on cats to confirm the linkage in cats - but it's only a matter of time.

Improve your cat's quality of life - simply

Thursday, August 03, 2017


 Over half of our patients are overweight and many of these are clinically obese. As little as an extra 1% of intake over caloric requirements can result in 25% excess bodyweight by middle age.

Overweight cats risk developing health issues like diabetes, arthritis, breathing difficulties, bladder problems, liver disease, decreased exercise and heat tolerance, and an overall compromised quality of life.

Obesity is caused by overeating and lack of    exercise. Indoor cats eat more and exercise less, often through boredom and lack of opportunities to play and hunt. It’s up to their carers to give them an appropriate amount of food, a good quality diet, exercise and mental stimulation.

When cats are desexed their energy needs decrease by about 30% as their metabolism is more efficient. Depending on their age we recommend you reduce food intake by 20-30%.

If you are concerned about your cats' weight or quality of life discuss it with us at a health check soon.

Peeing blood

Thursday, July 27, 2017
We consider blood in a cat's urine to be an emergency. If it is coupled with straining in the litter box like this poor cat, especially in a male cat, you should contact your vet or the emergency centre immediately.
Blood in the urine indicates either a medical problem, like a urinary tract infection, or an anxiety problem.
Urinary tract infections occur in older cats, particularly older females with kidney disease or constipation problems.
The urethras of young male cats sometimes completely block. If your male or desexed male cat is straining and only producing a few drops of urine, and seems distressed do not hesitate to call a vet. They soon become painful and toxic, and can die.
The most common cause of blood in the urine is anxiety. Sometimes it is difficult to know why our cats are anxious but usually it is to do with another cat. Neighbourhood cats straying into your yard, too many cats in the household, a new cat, or human visitors can trigger anxiety in cats. Anxiety causes bladder inflammation and pain and a vicious cycle of anxiety - inflammation - pain - more anxiety is set up. Pain relief and allaying the anxiety soon helps these stressed cats.
Your vet will tease out the possible causes of the blood in the urine and treat accordingly.

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