Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062
Phone: 08 9275 3000
Contents of this newsletter

01  Pet and baby competition

02  City To Surf

03  Could you recognise heart disease in your best friend?

04  Should I take out Pet insurance?

05  Case Study: Zac the kitten

06  Why prevent heartworm disease?

01 Pet and baby competition

We received some great photos in response to our book promotion last month. Two of our lucky entrants have won a signed copy of "How to Introduce your Dog to your Baby" - find out more about the book at


02 City To Surf
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An Enthusiastic Bunch of our staff will be participating in this year's Active City to Surf on Sunday 26th August. We will be completing the 4km walk/run and 12km walk, and all fundraising will go to Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia (BOSA). If you would like to help our team fundraise for this great cause, you can pledge by going to our team website  or donate at the clinic. We appreciate your support.

For more information on how you can help the orangutans, check out the BOSA website

03 Could you recognise heart disease in your best friend?

Jimmy the ten year old Cavalier was usually a very active dog but had lately been slowing down on his evening walk. A persistent cough started to worry his owners so a health check up was in order.

An examination revealed a heart murmur which simply confirms there is abnormal blood flow in the heart. An underlying cause was discovered with an ultrasound; a thickened valve in between the two heart chambers.

Almost 1 in 10 dogs seen by vets suffer from heart disease. Knowing the early signs of heart failure can make a big difference to your dog’s life. It means you can seek medical help from us early and improve your dog's quality of life. 

Some signs to look out for:

• Coughing, especially at night

• Laboured or fast breathing 

• A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on walks 

• An enlarged abdomen 

• Weight loss or poor appetite 

• Weakness or fainting associated with exercise 

Without treatment, heart failure will become progressively worse. Thankfully Jimmy is now receiving daily medication to reduce the stress on his heart and is doing very well. He is energetic and is no longer coughing. He will however need regular check ups to assess his progress.

If you think your dog may be showing signs of heart disease, arrange a health check up with us as soon as you can.

04 Should I take out Pet insurance?

No one likes to think about their furry friend getting sick or being injured in an accident but being prepared can save you thousands of dollars as well as unnecessary emotional distress.

Advances in veterinary medicine mean more can be done for your pet’s health than ever before. Cats and dogs, like humans can receive ultrasound and x-rays, diagnostic and laboratory tests, arthritis treatment, major surgery, and cancer treatment.

Having pet insurance helps to alleviate the stress associated with deciding to undertake these treatments, especially in emergency situations when your pet needs them the most. 

There are increasingly more and more insurance companies offering different policies for your pet. Some offer cover for accidents and injury but there may also be an option for routine veterinary care benefits such as vaccinations.

As with any insurance policy, it is important that you read the fine print carefully so you don't get any nasty surprises.

05 Case Study: Zac the kitten

Zac is a 17 week old Persian. He loves playing on the furniture and chasing his toys but one afternoon he jumped off the couch and was unable to move his right fore leg.

He was examined and x-rays of his limbs were taken. Unfortunately Zac had fractured his leg but examination also revealed a more serious problem; a calcium deficiency. 

From the day Zac had arrived home from the breeder he had only wanted to eat his raw kangaroo meat and wasn't interested in his kitten dry food. Although cats are meat eaters, raw meat alone is NOT enough to provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy cat. If you imagine a cat in the wild, when they catch their prey they eat the entire animal not just the meat!

After plenty of cage rest and pain relief, Zac's fracture has now healed. He is receiving calcium supplementation and eating a balanced veterinary approved diet.

When you are feeding your cat, ask us for a suitable diet that is 'complete and balanced' as a good diet is one of the most important things you can do for your cat's health. 

06 Why prevent heartworm disease?

The prevention of heartworm disease is one of the most important things that you must do for your pet. Heartworm is the most dangerous of all the worms, and an intestinal ‘all wormer' tablet does not prevent heartworm infection.

Mosquitoes spread heartworm and wherever there are mosquitoes, there is the risk of heartworm. When the mosquito feeds on your pet's blood, larvae enter the blood stream. These larvae mature into worms that can reach up to an astounding 30 cm in length. The worms eventually become lodged in your pet's heart leading to heart failure and sometimes death. Dogs are more commonly affected by heartworm disease but cats may also be at risk. 

This disease is definitely a case of prevention is better than cure. Getting your pet started on the right heartworm medication can be confusing, especially with so many choices on the market.

There are topical treatments, oral treatments and an injection for dogs. Ask us for the most suitable prevention for your pet.