Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000
Contents of this newsletter

01  Winter Woolies Competition

02  How To Introduce Your Dog To Your Baby

03  Baby News

04  Cat Adoption

05  Caring for our senior citizens

06  Does my pet have dementia or am I losing my mind?

07  Oscar's mysterious weight loss

01 Winter Woolies Competition
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Heidi in her winter hoodie

We received some great entries to our Winter Woolies competition.

To see the top entries (these photos received the most 'likes') go to My Pet Stories Facebook page

We hope they brighten your Winter day!

02 How To Introduce Your Dog To Your Baby
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Expectant parents who are concerned about how their dog will respond to their new baby have much to gain from implementing key preventative measures. These include early socialisation and training of your dog and responsible selection of dogs that are destined for homes with children.

Uncovering the mysteries of why your dog behaves like it does can be the difference between a dog that proves a headache and one that is a happy addition to the family.

Even though your dog is a very loved member of your family doesn’t denote they come preprogrammed to be automatically safe or that they understand how to behave appropriately amongst babies and children.  

With many families raising children in conjunction with their family dog, the issue for safety cannot be underestimated. Should problems first appear, early behavioural intervention is essential.

The key to bringing down the rate of dog attacks is to teach people how to read the behaviour patterns of dogs, including reading what their facial expressions mean and observing subtle body language signs.

No matter what breed or size, every dog has the potential for aggression, and it’s up to you as dog owner and parent to do everything in our power to reduce the risk of an attack.

‘How to introduce your dog to your baby’ looks at the vital signs that pre-empts a problem, shows descriptive photos of dog behaviour and raises a greater awareness of safety around dogs.

All the movements, postures and facial expressions about our dogs are telling us something; so, by understanding these signs, we can have two-way communication and strengthen our bond with our best friend and keep situations safe between babies and children.

If you have cause for concern about your dog’s reaction to your infant, seek professional assistance immediately. The more closely you can observe and correctly interpret dog’s body language the more you can enjoy positive interactions.

Increase the likelihood of living safely and harmoniously by learning to ‘think dog’ and gaining a sounder understanding of what makes our canine companions tick.

We’ve got 2 signed copies of the book How to Introduce your Baby to your Dog to give away. Go to our Facebook Page and upload a photo of your dog and your pregnancy or current family and go in to the draw to win a copy (RRP $24.95).

Kathy's other books are also available from us or on her website. Kathy is a local author and well respected Dog Behavioural Consultant.

 

03 Baby News
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Congratulations to Nurse Natasha and her husband Kim on the birth of their son Jamie Axl Boston.

Born Monday 28th May 2012 at 1:26pm, weight 3.67, length 50cm & head circumference 35cm. Little brother to Cooper. Welcome to the MVC family.

04 Cat Adoption
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If you are thinking about adding a new furry feline friend into your home, then please consider one of our kitties who are looking for their second chance at life! We regularly have cats and kittens of different ages patiently waiting for their forever home, so why not drop us a line on 9275 3000 and enquire about who we have at the moment, or come visit us and see them for yourself!

Our adoption package includes sterilisation, vaccinations, microchipping, and up to date defleaing and deworming. Come and save a life today!

05 Caring for our senior citizens
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This month we are focussing on our senior pets. Many people are not aware that they are living with a senior pet and may be surprised to learn that dogs and cats are classifed as senior citizens when they reach 7 or 8 years of age.

There may be obvious changes such as grey hairs around the muzzle, accidents around the house, hearing problems or stiff legs.

But beyond the changes you can see, there can be much more going on, such as a slowing metabolism and changing nutritional requirements. It is easy to put any one of the following signs down to 'getting old', however any of these symptoms may indicate an underlying age related disease:

  • A cough
 
  • New lumps
 
  • Bad breath
 
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
 
  • Occasional vomiting or diarrhoea 
  • Changes in appetite or thirst
 
  • Increasing or decreasing weight 
  • Loss of housetraining 
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into the car
 

A regular health check with us is the key to picking up on any problems early and there is much we can do to help. Monitoring of your senior pet with blood and urine tests, blood pressure, eye, arthritis and weight checks are all important. Keep reading on to learn more about some of the common problems we see in our senior patients. 

Call us to make an appointment for your senior pet to ensure you have the happy and healthy years together that your best friend deserves. 

06 Does my pet have dementia or am I losing my mind?
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It is well known that ageing takes a toll on our entire body including our brain and the same goes for our pets. So if you think your pet may be acting a little senile don't worry, you are not losing your mind.

Research confirms that our pets suffer from dementia too and the disease that affects dogs (known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) has many similarities to Alzheimer's disease in humans.  

The signs of canine dementia can be classified by the acronym DISHA: 

D: Disorientation: dogs often end up stuck in a corner or go to the hinge side of the door to be let out

I: Interaction: lack or decreased levels of interaction with family members or other pets 

S: Sleep pattern is disturbed

H: House training is lost

A: Activity levels decreased 

While canine dementia has been recognised for some time, there is now increasing evidence that cats may suffer from senility too. 



Signs commonly include:

  • vocalising more or in an odd manner
  • failure to groom themselves
  • forgetting how to use a litter tray
  • appearing agitated particularly when they should be sleeping

The most important point to remember is that there are many other diseases that can lead to any of the signs of dementia so diagnosis involves assessment of your pet and elimination of other diseases. 



Thankfully we have a few treatment options up our sleeve so ask us about the prescription diets we have available as well as a medication that may help improve brain function.

07 Oscar's mysterious weight loss
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Oscar is a scrawny but loveable 12 year old long haired cat who is always in search of a feed. He occasionally vomits but his owners had put this down to hairballs.

A check up revealed Oscar had lost nearly 15% of his body weight in the past year despite his ravenous appetite and regular supper at the neighbour's house. 

A blood test confirmed that Oscar was suffering from Hyperthyroidism, a disease that is not uncommon in older cats. The thyroid hormone has a role in nearly every organ in the body. Over production results in an out of control metabolic rate, upsetting the regulation of carbohydrates, fats, and protein as well as the function of the heart. Hyperthyroidism can lead to heart failure so detection and treatment are essential. 

Common signs to watch out for: 

• Weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite

• Poor coat quality

• Vomiting (don't just put this down to hairballs!)

• Increased thirst and urination

There are different options for the treatment of hyperthyroidism and the treatment of individual patients depends on how well the kidneys and the heart are functioning.  

Oscar has commenced twice daily treatment and he no longer feels the need to visit the neighbour's house for a midnight snack. Most importantly, his organs are not under the stress of of excess circulating thyroid hormone. He will be monitored closely with regular blood and urine tests and we know he will be living a longer and healthier life.