Category Archives: Pet Care

Kennel Cough in Dogs!

Canine infectious diseases are rife in Bali, partly due to the huge ‘reservoir’ of infection that is the stray dog population and partly due to low levels of vaccination and preventative vet care among pet owners comparative to Western countries. One of the most common infectious diseases we see at Sunset Vet is Kennel Cough (also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis). Kennel Cough is an umbrella term for upper respiratory infection and can have multiple causes, the most common being the bacterium Bordetella bronchiseptica (found in around 80% cases), followed by canine parainfluenza virus (around 40% cases), and to a ... [ Read More ]

Help, My Dog Has Eaten Rat Poison!

Rats (and mice) are everywhere in Bali. Waste management deficiencies have led to an explosion in the rat population, which in turn brings diseases that can be transmitted to humans and dogs via rat urine such as Leptospirosis, and also draws snakes into residential areas. Some people inevitably turn to rat poison to remove the rats from their homes, but unwittingly end up poisoning their pet if it either consumes some of the poison directly, or eats a rat/mouse that had previously ingested the poison. The latter becomes more likely when considering that a rat that eats rat poison, prior ... [ Read More ]

“HOT SPOTS” a common skin problem for dogs in Bali

Hot Spots are definitely in the top 10 most frequent issues for dogs coming to Sunset Vet. The hot and humid Bali climate is the perfect environment for this canine skin problem to thrive. Hot spots can occur in any breed, but Golden Retrievers seem to get them most often, followed by Rottweilers and other large breeds. Bali Dogs rarely suffer from this problem as they have evolved to adapt to the climate through natural selection. Also known as Acute Moist Dermatitis or Moist Eczema, Hot Spots can seemingly appear spontaneously anywhere on a dogs body and the area involved ... [ Read More ]

Is Your Dog Scared of Fireworks?

The sound of fireworks is frequently heard in Bali, not only at events like New Years Eve but even at regular parties and weddings. At Sunset Vet we are frequently asked for ‘something to give my dog to knock him/her out’. Although it may not bother us humans too much, noise fears or phobias are among the most common of all behavioural problems in dogs yet are frequently ineffectively managed. They are most easily treated with early identification and intervention where possible.   So what are the signs to look out for? – Inappetance- Increased restlessness, shaking or trembling- Hiding- Panting- ... [ Read More ]


It is quite common for cats to present at Sunset Vet with a chronic cough or wheeze. The problem may be constant or just recur from time to time, and can range from mild to severe. Clinically the disease may resemble human asthma, but the term feline asthma can be misleading, as there are a number of different possible causes. Here we look at what those underlying causes can be, and the different forms of treatment available to affected cats. Cats usually present with one or all the following signs: Coughing Wheezing Difficulty breathing A minority of cases will have the classic human status asthmaticus, ... [ Read More ]

Feeding Your Pet Rabbit

Many people in the West keep rabbits rather than dogs and cats because rabbits can be happily left at home alone all day while their owners are out at work. They are less common as pets in Bali and perhaps more likely to end up in the cooking pot, but they do make lovely pets! Though often happy on their own, they are by nature social creatures that enjoy the company of their owners and other animals in the household. They are best kept in pairs because they form strong bonds with each other. They will play with toys, seek out ... [ Read More ]


There are several different types of flea, but the most common in Bali and worldwide is Ctenocephalides felis felis, also known as the cat flea. Though it is called the cat flea, it is the species most often found on dogs as well. Unless your pet has a severe infestation, he/she is probably not bothered by the odd flea, unless he/she has a flea allergy. However, since these unpleasant insects also bite humans we are, not surprisingly, somewhat intolerant of them. It is not always obvious when your pet has a flea problem. You may see an adult flea crawling around ... [ Read More ]


Hip dysplasia remains one of the commonest orthopaedic diseases of dogs that we see here in Bali at Sunset Vet. This is due to the unregulated nature of dog breeding in Indonesia, and almost total lack of hip scoring by breeders. Hip dysplasia is often confused with osteoarthritis of the hips in older dogs, which is incorrect; hip dysplasia is a developmental disease that can start within the first few weeks of life, whereas osteoarthritis is the consequence. Dogs with hip dysplasia usually fall into two categories when first being presented to the veterinarian for this condition: When they are ... [ Read More ]


There are several reasons to get your pet microchipped. The main reason is that while collars with tags can and do fall off, a microchip is permanent. Ear tattoos are also not a reliable means of identification, so a microchip is the only way of proving beyond doubt that a lost/stolen pet actually belongs to you. The second reason is that if you ever plan to travel across borders with your dog in the future, a microchip is the first step in the pet transport documentation process. Dogs that Wander Off Some dogs are escape artists or get carried away ... [ Read More ]


  Of the ailments pets can suffer from in Bali worms may not be the most dangerous, but they are one of the most unpleasant from an owners perspective. They not only cause weight loss and mild diarrhea in your pet, they are also unsightly and some of them can be transmitted to humans! There are 4 different types of worms that affect dogs and cats: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. These very greatly in both the part of the intestinal tract that they live in and the effect they have on the animal.   Roundworms (Toxocara species) These worms ... [ Read More ]