Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000

Our very own Head Nurse Tracey has been nominated for this year's Vet Nurse of the Year. We wish her all the best, we think she is pretty tops! The winner will be announced on Vet Nurse Day, October 12th. We will keep you posted on how she goes.

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Tracey walking with a lioness in Africa

Contents of this newsletter

01  MASTER CLASS CANINE OLYMPICS 2012

02  Who’s been sleeping in my bin?

03  Overcoming cat carrier stress

04  Parasite control just got a lot easier

05  Puppy proof your home

06  Prescription pets?

01 MASTER CLASS CANINE OLYMPICS 2012
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Leaping the Hurdles to get their Gold Medal

In keeping with the 2012 London Olympics theme, our Master Class had their own version of some fun Olympic Events. The dogs enjoyed the 100 metre sprint (recalls), hurdles (agility jumps), weightlifting (puppy push ups), doggy dressage (Rally Obedience exercises), artistic gymnastics (jumping through hoops, weaving through legs etc!), the luge (agility tunnels) and the shot put (shot put was a tasty doggy treat and the dog that caught the most treats won!)

02 Who’s been sleeping in my bin?

This line may not have been included in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but it certainly applies to this charming video below. 

Thoughtful locals in a small town in America, having apparently noticed that a trio of bear cubs had become stuck in a skip, set out on a rescue mission to free these little cuties. 

With mumma bear close by (and probably not best pleased that her kids have got themselves in to trouble), the couple carefully reverse their ute to the roadside skip.

The lady in the back of the car then lowers a ladder into the receptacle so that the cubs can climb out – and it isn’t long before they pop their heads up out of the bin.

The three little bears are soon seen heading off with their mother (without having eaten any porridge). 

Apparently one witty YouTube commentator wrote: “Who would throw away three perfectly good bears?”

Click here or on the image below to watch the video on YouTube

03 Overcoming cat carrier stress
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Getting your cat in to a carrier can be a very stressful event and can certainly put you off taking your cat to the vet. The problems often begin as soon as your cat sees the carrier and whoosh...she’s off and hiding under the bed.

From your cat’s point of view nothing good really follows being shoved in to a carrier. Dogs leave the house for pleasurable walks but cats are invariably taken somewhere a lot less exciting.

Some tips:

  1. Leave the carrier out in a readily accessible part of your house so it smells like home (rather than moth balls or the dusty garage!). This will also give your cat the chance to rub her scent on the carrier. Feliway spray (that contains feel good feline facial phermones may also help in this instance- ask us for more information).

  2. Get your cat to associate the carrier with good things. Place a portion of food in the carrier or ‘special’ treats. You can even close the door for a few minutes while she’s inside. You can then use the same process when a trip to the vet is on the cards.

  3. Vary your cues. Cats are very smart and may think... “hmmm, i usually get my treats in the evenings why am I getting it in the morning? And why does my owner have her car keys in her hand? That’s it, I’m outta here!”

  4. When you return home from a carrier outing with your cat continue on with your routine as usual, returning the carrier to its normal place. Eventually your cat will willingly return to the crime scene and she should soon view the carrier as a normal part of her life.

Remember: it is illegal and dangerous to have your cat unsecured in the car. Ask us for more advice on the best carrier for your cat.

04 Parasite control just got a lot easier
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In dogs, controlling parasites is important - for your pet's health and your family's. But it can also be hard work - juggling different treatments and remembering to treat. Panoramis – a beef flavoured chewable tablet - makes parasite control a lot easier.

The big three parasites are fleas, heartworm and intestinal worms. Each of these has a different life cycle and requires a special approach to control:

  1. Fleas - cause flea allergy dermatitis
  2. Heartworm disease – can kill your dog
  3. Hookworm, roundworm and whipworm - are intestinal worms that infest the gut

Panoramis works on all three. Talk to us about the best way to keep your pet parasite free. 

Panoramis is a monthly chewable tablet for dogs that treats, prevents and controls fleas, prevents heartwormdisease and treats and controls adult hookworm, roundworm and whipworm. For a video testimonial click here

05 Puppy proof your home
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Ah, little puppies. So cute, cuddly and curious! If you have a new puppy you will be dealing with toilet training, a few sleepless nights and all the other joys of puppyhood but have you thought about puppy proofing your house?

Our younger dogs are most at risk for at home poisonings. Here are some top tips to make sure your house is puppy (and dog) proof:

  • Keep medications out of reach of your pet. This includes their medications and yours. Don't leave your handbag in reach of your furry friend (many contain dangerous contents like chocolate, chewing gum that contains xylitol, prescription medications, ibuprofen, asthma inhalers and coins- all very attractive to your pooch)
  • Store your rubbish in a secured cupboard and make sure the lid is secure. If you have a nosey dog, install baby locks on cabinets that contain house cleaning solutions
  • DON’T use mouse or rat poisons OR snail bait and and throw out any old packets you may have lying around
  • Keep your dog out of the garage - oil, windscreen wiper fluid and antifreeze (for those driving up to the ski fields) are all dangerous. A few ingested drops of antifreeze can cause kidney failure
  • Keep electronic cords hidden behind furniture or under carpet. Biting into an electrical cord can result in burns to the mouth
  • Fence off your compost 
  • Have emergency veterinary numbers stored in your phone and download the pet poisons app for more information on what’s poisonous in your household
If you think your pet may have ingested something poisonous call us immediately for advice. 
06 Prescription pets?
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New research that shows having a pet is helpful for women living with chronic illness has reinforced the need to recognise the role pets have in health maintenance.

The report, published in Women’s Health Issues, asked women participating in the research to identify the roles that helped them in managing their illness. Unexpectedly, being a pet owner was one of the top five helpful roles that emerged. 

The report revealed that pets help people to take time out from our day to day activities, even if it is something as simple as stroking a cat or taking a dog for a walk. For someone suffering from a chronic illness, this time out can be a powerful intervention and offers the opportunity to engage with other people or create a positive mindset.

This is great research as having hard data is critical to making policy-makers listen. Building on this body of research helps support the fact that pets need to be planned for in the same way as recreation opportunities or open spaces are planned for to help improve our quality of life.

You can read the full report here