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Common Pet Myths Exposed

People are often misinformed when it comes to their pet's wellbeing. To uncover the facts, Dr. Melissa Meehan reveals the truth about some common myths...

Can humans get cat flu?

No. Cat flu comes from a virus found only in cats and cannot be passed onto humans. It can be a serious illness in cats that causes symptoms similar to a head cold. Fortunately, an annual vaccine is available to prevent your cat from getting sick.

Can dogs see in colour?

Sort of. Dogs can only see the world in yellow, blue and different shades of grey. They have less light receptor cones in their retinas than humans; therefore can only see a limited colour range.

Can dogs and cats have vegetarian diets?

No. In the wild dogs and cats eat animal proteins, fats and carbohydrates. A diet lacking animal proteins can result in serious dietary deficiencies and health problems for your pet. A balanced diet is best.

Can you give milk to cats?

Yes. You can give milk to cats but must ensure it is lactose free to prevent any tummy upsets.

Does a wet nose mean a healthy dog?

Not necessarily. Dogs have wet noses and often a dry nose does indicate illness. However, a wet or dry nose does not always indicate the health of your dog and you should consult a vet if concerned.

Do all pets need vaccination and worming?

Yes. Pets can pick up viruses from many different sources even if they never leave the house or mix with other animals.

Do animals fake illness?

No. Pets are more likely to act as though nothing is wrong. If your pet shows any signs of illness, take them to the vet.

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Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.