How Do I Register And Microchip My Pet?

Registering and microchipping your pet are two processes that every pet owner is legally obliged to complete. At the end of the day, doing so ultimately helps to keep your pet safe should they ever go missing. But how does registering and microchipping work? In today’s blog, our vet in Casey is giving you all the information you need to get started.


How to register your pet

The first thing that needs to be done in the registration process is actually microchipping – not registering. A microchip is about as small as a grain of rice and is implanted just under your pet’s skin. Your pet’s electronic number is stored within the microchip in case they get lost. A microchip can only be implanted by someone who is authorised, such as a vet or an animal welfare organisation.

After this, you simply register your pet with your local council. You will be required to provide your pet’s microchip number on the registration form. The council will then send you a unique identification tag within two weeks of completing the form. Your pet must wear this at all times.


Renewing your registration

In Melbourne, the date of registration renewal every year is the 10th of April. That means you need to ensure your pet’s registration has been renewed before that date. Renewing after this date may incur an infringement.


Staying up-to-date with details

If any of your details happen to change after registering and microchipping your pet, you’ll need to do the following:

If you’ve moved councils, you’ll also need to provide a copy of your original registration certificate in order to transition your pet’s registration to the new council.


Book an appointment with a vet in Casey

Not sure about where to microchip your pet? Vets in Cranbourne is a vet in Casey that can provide all the information you’ll need about microchipping and registration. We also provide a range of other pet services, including general check-ups, dental care, de-sexing and other types of surgery too.

For any more questions you may have about caring for your pet, please get in touch with our vet in Casey on (03) 5995 3444 today, or book an appointment with us online.

The Christmas Treats That Aren’t Pet-Friendly

In December, our Cranbourne vet sees a lot of patients with tummy upsets which can often be traced back to too many rich festive foods. Ideally, pets should not ever be fed processed foods as their stomachs have not evolved to digest them and so eating them often leads to diarrhoea and/or vomiting.


However, there are some festive ingredients (and inedible) which can cause more serious health issues including:

  • Candy wrappers/toothpicks/skewers: If something smells good, your pet will eat it, even if it’s not edible. These are just some of the things that can get swallowed and stuck in your pet’s oesophagus or intestines.
  • Poinsettias: These traditional flowers are toxic to dogs and cats, so keep them out of reach or out of the house altogether if your pet likes to nibble on plants.
  • Raw or undercooked meats: The bacteria in raw or undercooked meat makes pets sick too! If you do give your pet some meat over the festive season, it should be boneless and without seasoning- lean cuts like chicken breast are ideal.
  • Dough: Once ingested, the raw dough will continue to rise in your pet’s stomach and it can cause life-threatening bloat or alcohol poisoning (from the yeast).
  • Alcohol, tea and coffee: Whilst tea leaves and coffee are only likely to cause a stomach upset, alcohol is toxic to pets and can be lethal even in small amounts.
  • Sage: Toxic to cats, this herb can cause central nervous problems.

Has your pet consumed any of the above? We recommend you book an appointment with our Cranbourne vet clinic immediately.

Protecting Your Pets From The Sun

During summer, most of our pet patients visit our Cranbourne veterinary clinic because they have been overexposed to the harsh sun. In this blog, we are explaining the different health consequences that this exposure can have on your pet. We’ve also put together a quick 5-step grooming guide for owners to care for their pets during summer.


Pets can get sunburnt too! Whilst any breed of animal can get sunburnt, pets with white or lightly pigmented hair are particularly susceptible. Sun damage usually occurs where your pet’s hair coat is at its thinnest. For cats and rabbits, sunburn is most common on the tips of the ears, eyelids and noses; for dogs, sunburn is most common on muzzles, armpits, abdomens and groins.

Like humans, sunburnt pets will have skin that looks red and flaky. Longer term sun damage shows up as thickened or scarred skin with ulceration and crusting. This skin is also susceptible to secondary bacterial infections and sun cancers may also develop.


How to protect your pet from the sun – slip, slop, shade

  • If you have an all-white or light coloured dog, or they have a thin coat, invest in sun-protective clothing. (Yes, they make sun shirts for pets!) Just make sure they don’t overheat in them.
  • Use a pet-specific sunscreen (available in our East Kew veterinary clinic) to ward off sunburn. Apply as directed to vulnerable areas twice a day.
  • Try to keep your pets out of the sun between 10am and 4pm. UV rays are at their strongest between these times so keep them in a well-shaded area of your yard or inside under the air con.


Pad burn

Did you know: When the air temperature is 25°C, the temperature of asphalt in the sun is 51°C. You can fry an egg at 55°C so imagine what that feels like on your dog’s feet!

The pads of your dog’s feet are as thick as the skin on the soles of your own feet, so walking your dog on surfaces like asphalt, concrete and brick during the summer months can burn the skin in as little as 60 seconds.

The best way to test if the pavement is too hot for walking your dog is to press your own hand onto the surface for 7-8 seconds. If it’s uncomfortable for you, then it will be uncomfortable for your dog.

Other summer walking tips to keep in mind:

  • Walk your dog in the morning rather than the evening, as asphalt retains heat.
  • Walk on dirt or grass paths which don’t soak up the heat at the same rate.
  • Consider investing in protective booties for your dog.


Our summer grooming guide

  1. Get your dog a summer cut but make sure they are not shaved all the way down to the skin as this makes them susceptible to sunburn.
  2. Cats typically do not need to be shaved unless they are unable to groom themselves.
  3. Bathe your dog once every few weeks using pet-friendly shampoo. Bathing more often or with products meant for humans can cause irritation.
  4. Check in between your dog’s paw pads after they have been playing outdoors – burrs and grass seeds can work their way into the skin and cause irritation or infection.
  5. Summer is flea and tick season! Make sure your pet is up to date with their parasite control and chat with your vet if you’re planning on taking your pet to the beach (other parts of Victoria and Australia are home to different kinds of parasites).

Vets in Cranbourne is a Cranbourne veterinary clinic that is dedicated to supporting our community with helpful veterinary advice and services. Please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at our clinic today!

Dry Food vs. Wet Food: Which Is Better For My Pet?

Whether you have a cat or a dog, you’ll want to know about both dry and canned pet food, simply because of the dizzying number of choices available. Today, we have put together a quick guide weighing up the key benefits and downsides to both, and which you should choose.


About dry pet food

Pet owners of both cats and dogs often opt for dry pet food for a few different reasons, such as:

  • It is less expensive when compared to canned food
  • It has a long shelf life and can be bought and stored in larger quantities, making it far more convenient
  • It can be left out for your pet to eat as they please
  • Because it is hard and dry, it scrapes tartar and plaque, which is better for dental health.


About canned pet food

Canned pet food is beneficial because it contains a lot more water than dry food; hence, it is often referred to as ‘wet food’. The hydration helps to alleviate dehydration as well as kidney or urinary problems in both cats and dogs. Therefore, wet food is often recommended for pets with these issues.

There are, however, some cons to canned pet food:

  • It must be refrigerated and can be stored for no more than a week, which can be inconvenient
  • It is more expensive than dry food
  • Wet food leads to more gastrointestinal disturbances, such as diarrhea
  • Pets predisposed to dental issues will need more attentive dental care, as wet food is sticky and does not fight plaque or tartar.


So: dry food or wet food?

After weighing up these pros and cons, it is clear to see that dry pet food holds more benefits than wet food. Not only is it easier to store and more affordable to purchase, but the health and dental benefits outnumber those of wet food.

While research is essential, each pet is different. Therefore, it is also a good idea to ask your vet what kind of food your pet should be eating. Looking for a vet in Cranbourne? Our veterinary clinic is fully equipped with the medical equipment and skills necessary to treat your pet. Just give us a call today on (03) 5995 3444 to schedule an appointment with a vet in Cranbourne.

Treat Your Dog: 3 Helpful DIY Treats

The fact that there are so many regular dog treats on the market means that, for many, it’s easy to pick and choose which ones to buy. But for some, it isn’t that simple. What if your dog is allergic to most treats? Or diabetic? In these cases, DIY treats might be your best option. Today, we’ve collected three DIY recipes to help you out.


Hypoallergenic Dog Biscuits – for dogs that are allergic to most treats


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup oats
  • 1 cup rice flour


  • Preheat the oven to 175˚C and lightly grease a cookie tray lined with baking paper
  • Combine all ingredients apart from the water in a bowl and mix well until it is combined
  • Add a teaspoon of water at a time until the dough is formed
  • Roll out the dough at around 6mm thickness on a floured surface and cut into cookie shapes as desired
  • Place cookies on the lined tray and bake for 12 minutes or until slightly browned on the undersides
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry


Fresh Breath Dog Biscuits – improves the smell of your dog’s breath


  • 2 ½ cups of oats
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ cup mint, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water


  • Preheat the oven to 160˚C and line a cookie tray with baking paper
  • Pulse the oats in a blender until they reach a consistency that resembles flour
  • Whisk together the mint, parsley, egg, water and oil in a large bowl
  • Add the oat flour to the wet ingredients, stirring to combine
  • Knead the dough and flatten it on a floured surface until it is around 3mm thick
  • Cut out the cookie dough into the shapes you’d like
  • Place the cookies on the tray 1-2cm apart and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden and crispy
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry


Diabetic-Friendly Dog Biscuits – for dogs that are diabetic


  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 600g beef liver, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 175˚C and line a 25 x 40cm jellyroll pan with baking paper
  • Pulse the liver in a food processor until it is finely chopped
  • Add the eggs and flour in the processor until the mix is smooth
  • Spread the mix evenly in the pan
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the centre is firm
  • Cool completely and cut into squares – the biscuits should feel spongey
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge


Looking for a vet in Casey? Vets in Cranbourne is here to help. We are a local veterinary clinic devoted to caring for your pets’ health. Call us on (03) 5995 3444 today to schedule an appointment.

 This article has been written courtesy of Wide Open Pets and recipes listed on their website.

Dos and Don’ts of Dog Park Etiquette

The dog park is the perfect place for you and your dog to make new friends while getting some fresh air and exercise. In order to make the experience fun and peaceful for everybody, there are rules and etiquettes you should follow. If you’re not sure what they are, don’t stress. In this blog, we are going through the do’s and don’ts of visiting a dog park.


Dog park do’s

  • Pick up after your dog. Leaving your dog’s poo in a public place makes it less enjoyable for other users and there are also all sorts of diseases and parasites in dog faeces that can be dangerous for other animals as well as the environment.
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times. It’s easy to get distracted when chatting with other owners, so make sure you’re checking on your dog while you are doing so.
  • Intervene carefully when playing gets a little too rough.
  • Leave if your dog becomes aggressive or anxious. Keep an eye on your dog’s behaviour and if you are struggling to keep them under control then it’s time to leave.
  • Supervise your children around animals (including your own). Take the time to teach them how to approach dogs and how to respect them. If a child that isn’t yours approaches your dog, don’t assume that they know how to safely engage with it and provide instructions if appropriate.
  • Be careful entering and leaving the park. Make sure you’re not accidentally leaving with an extra dog.

Dog park don’ts

  • Bring a dog that is in heat or isn’t de-sexed or vaccinated. You’ll be putting your pet and other’s dogs at risk of unwanted diseases and pregnancies.
  • Bring a dog that hasn’t been socialised or is anxious around other dogs. A dog park can be a lively place, so if your dog isn’t used to it they might lash out or become distressed. Puppy school is a great way to introduce your puppy to other dogs in a safe environment.
  • Bring a dog that doesn’t play well with others. Your dog might be lovely towards you but if they are aggressive or overbearing they are bound to stir trouble in the dog park.
  • Don’t bring food as this might cause tension between dogs. This is because dogs can get aggressive when protecting their food.
  • Pick up a small dog when they are frightened. The dog chasing yours might jump at you, knocking you over, or even bite you.

If you’d like to start going to a dog park but you are struggling with your dog’s behaviour, we offer dog obedience services at our Cranbourne veterinary clinic. If you have any questions or want to book an appointment, please call us on (03) 5995 3444.


Common Household Pet Toxins

As pet owners, it is our duty to take extra care to ensure our pets don’t come into contact with poisons – especially if those toxins are perfectly harmless to humans. Today we’ve compiled a list of toxins commonly found in the household that can be deadly for pets. Is there anything on the list in your home?



The best way to avoid having your pets coming into contact with harmful plants is to keep the houseplants in a separate – or better yet, inaccessible – area to your pets.

Here are just a few common houseplants that can be deadly news for your pet:

  • Lilies
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Florida Beauty
  • Devil’s Ivy
  • Yucca

Before purchasing a new plant, you should consider whether it affects cats or dogs. The few plants mentioned above are only a handful from the list; therefore, it’s important to conduct your research on the other kinds of plants that are toxic to your pets.



Again, you should be consulting your vet or conducting research to find out a full list of harmful human foods for cats and dogs.

However, the most common toxic foods include:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Salt
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Avocadoes

You should also beware of unnatural ingredients found in human foods. For example, Xylitol (found in sugar-free gum) is another common and harmful toxin.


Human medication

As with plants, the best way to guarantee your pet doesn’t come into contact with your medication is to keep it hidden or inaccessible, preferably in high cupboards. Medication suitable for humans can cause severe health issues for pets. For example, medicines like Advil are actually a common cause of gastrointestinal ulcers in cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and ferrets.

Other common medications to keep out of reach include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Paracetamol
  • Cold medicines
  • Muscle relaxants



 Rodenticides include rat and mouse bait. But they don’t just attract rodent pests; they can smell appealing to your pets, too. Even if your pet doesn’t directly consume a rodenticide, they can still be affected. If your cat eats a poisoned rat, for example, your pet can indirectly ingest the rodenticide.

You should take extreme caution and care when placing baits. Set the traps in spots your pets can’t access or perhaps get your pest problem professionally treated to avoid impacting your pet.


What do I do if my pet has ingested a toxin?

 There are a few steps you should take as soon as you notice your pet has ingested or chewed anything harmful:

  • Collect labels and packaging in a zip-lock bag. This will help your vet identify the toxin involved.
  • Collect remnants of the poisonous substance, even if it has been chewed or vomited. Again, this helps with identification, especially if there’s no packaging.
  • Contact a vet as soon as possible. This is extremely important, as symptoms of poisoning may not show until hours or days later.

At Vets in Cranbourne, we pride ourselves on our friendliness, expert advice and professional treatment. If you are concerned about your pet, do not hesitate to call us today on (03) 5995 3444.


Snake Bites: Will Curiosity Kill The Cat?

Did you know that 21 out of the world’s top 25 most venomous snakes live in Australia? Whilst we are incredibly lucky to have such a wide range of unique reptiles in our country, these beautiful creatures can also be dangerous when provoked, and in Australia, around 6,500 pets are bitten by snakes each year. In this blog, we’ll be giving you a few tips on how to keep your curious pet safe from snakes over the summer months and what to do in the case of a bite.


Take precautions

Make no mistake, a bite from a venomous snake is a veterinary emergency. Snakes are attracted to areas that have shelter and a good source of prey so you can make your backyard less attractive to reptiles by keeping your grass trimmed, removing any sort of rubbish or refuse in your yard, and properly storing animal feed, seeds, and other food sources so they don’t attract rodents.


Don’t assume that your pet will automatically perceive a snake as a danger, if your pet hasn’t seen a snake before, they will probably be curious and try to inspect or play with it. Keep your dog on a leash during walks through bushland and parks and ensure they are well trained so that if you do see them sniffing around a reptile in your backyard, you can call them in. During the summer months, it’s also better to keep your cat inside as much as possible to avoid them roaming and getting into trouble.


Watch out for danger signs

If your pet is unlucky enough to go head to head with a snake, they may collapse or vomit soon after being bitten. Other common early signs include; dilated pupils, hind leg weakness, and shallow or rapid breathing. A snake bite can eventually lead to a number of serious conditions like paralysis, coma, and potentially death, so it’s absolutely vital to get your pet to a vet ASAP.  Cats can often have more delayed symptoms compared to dogs so don’t assume if they are fine in the first hour that they haven’t been bitten.


What to do

Don’t put yourself in danger to try and identify the type of snake – any snake bite should be treated as an emergency. Try to keep calm and carry your pet to the car, then head straight to your closest vet. If you have someone with you ask them to call the vet to warn them you are on your way. It’s important that your pet remains as still and calm as possible to prevent the flow of venom. Attempting DIY first aid will only waste time, so focus on getting your cat or dog to the vet immediately.


The good news is that 91% of cats and 75% of dogs treated the same day for venomous bites survive. So if you’re concerned your pet may have been bitten, don’t delay – get them to the vet for treatment. Vets in Cranbourne are your local friendly veterinary practice, so for expert advice and professional treatment, get in touch by calling (03) 5995 3444.



What You Need To Know About Desexing Your Dog Or Cat

Many pet owners choose to desex their dog or cat to prevent them from breeding. There are also many other benefits to desexing your pet at an early age, such as the prevention of testicular cancer and prostatic disease in male dogs and a reduced risk of life threatening uterus infections as well as mammary/breast cancer in females. But when is the best time to desex your pet and what do you need to know? In this week’s blog, we break down why you should desex your pet, and provide information about the desexing procedure.

Why desex your pet?

The main reason pet owners choose to desex their pet is to prevent unwanted breeding. Veterinary professionals recommend that all pets need to be desexed at five to six months of age for their own health and wellbeing, as well as to avoid unwelcome offspring. Desexing your cat or dog can also prevent mammary/breast and testicular cancer as well as prostatic disease and life threatening uterus infections.

Vets in Cranbourne recommend desexing all family pets

It is important that all pet owners educate themselves on the facts of desexing. At Vets in Cranbourne, we advise desexing for all our family pets at five to six months of age, although we are happy to discuss with owners their concerns and if required, make an adjustment to this on a case by case basis.

Whilst the idea of a litter of puppies or kittens might sound cute, caring for and rehoming baby animals takes a lot of work and is a task best left to licensed breeders. Unwanted litters result in thousands of animals being abandoned every year, which pose a threat to wildlife and contribute to Victoria’s serious feral cat problem.

What to expect when your pet goes in for their desexing procedure

At our Cranbourne clinic, desexing procedures are typically day procedures where your pet will be admitted in the morning and discharged in the afternoon. In the lead up to the procedure, your pet will need to fast from 10:00pm the night before surgery (water is fine) to ensure the anaesthesia can be safely administered.

After the procedure, your pet may be a little groggy and uninterested in food. This is perfectly normal after sedation and nothing to worry about. Set your pet up in a warm, quiet room where they can rest and recover. For the first 24 hours, cats should be kept inside and dogs should only be let out for supervised toilet breaks. After this period is over, we still recommend keeping your cat indoors and not taking your dog for walks until after the stitches are removed.

Our licensed professionals have years of experience in desexing cats and dogs. For more information on desexing your pet, please get in touch with us today by calling (03) 5995 3444.




Festive foods that are bad for your pets

We all love a treat over Christmas, but making sure your pet has the right ones is important.

It’s normal to go a bit over the top with food over the festive period, but whist you’re being merry it’s important to make sure your pet doesn’t join in. The following items are bad for your pet and should be kept away.


Most people know that chocolate can be toxic for cats and dogs, but with the sweet stuff likely to be floating around over the season it’s important that it is out of their reach.

Raw or undercooked turkey

For many it’s a tradition to have turkey on Christmas day, but as you’re preparing the bird it’s important to make sure your pets don’t get near any raw or undercooked meat. Should they have any of your cooked turkey make sure it is boneless.


Those who will be celebrating the end of the year with a glass of champagne should be vigilant none gets near their pet as alcohol can lead to a lot of nasty symptoms, including vomiting and breathing difficulties.

Wrapping paper

Wrapping can lead to intestinal obstructions if a pet digests it. It is also important to keep any plastic bags or covers out of reach as pets can suffocate if they get stuck in them.

Via:: Dr Kevin Pet Advice