Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000
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It is currently baby bird season in Perth. You may see a baby bird on the ground unable to fly and apparently distressed. Have a look around, is there a nest in a nearby tree? Are adult birds hanging around?

Baby birds often fall out of the nest when they become mobile but they cannot yet fly. The parents will continue to feed the baby and take care of it on the ground.

If you are worried about predators or nearby roads you can place the baby bird back in the nest or if you are unable to reach it put them in a hanging basket or ice cream container and hang it from a tree branch or patio rafter in the vicinity of where you found the bird. This way the baby is safe from predators but the parents can still feed and care for it.

Native Animal Rescue are at capacity at the moment with Wildlife cases. We are happy to care for wildlife, however, with the number of baby birds we are seeing lately, this is the advice they gave us. Thanks for your help. 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Pets and Fireworks

02  What to do if your pet starts to feel the heat

03  Snakes about!

04  How to prevent flies annoying your pet

01 Pets and Fireworks
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Depending where you are, Some Councils have been putting on Fireworks for Australia Day. Although we may appreciate the pretty lights, this can be a scary night for our pets.  

There are several tips for helping your dog survive the noise:

1. Keep your dog indoors during fireworks. Even calmer dogs may get spooked and run away, jump over a fence or dig out

2. Make sure they are wearing an up to date identification tag and are microchipped, just in case they do escape

3. Place them in an interior room with a television or radio turned up so that they are distracted and the noise is dulled

4. If possible have one of their family stay with them during the celebrations

5. Make sure all windows are closed and all exits are secure

6. Dogs prefer a small, dark and secure place to retreat - a blanket over a coffee table can work well

7. Try not to reward and soothe nervous and anxious behaviour - otherwise your dog's patten of behaviour is reinforced 

8. If your dog suffers from severe fireworks anxiety speak to us about prescribing a mild sedative to help your dog relax during this particular period

We can also offer advice on desensitisation to fireworks AND thunderstorms. Speak to one of our friendly staff for more information.

02 What to do if your pet starts to feel the heat
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Our pets can’t sweat all over their bodies like humans can. They rely on panting to get rid of the hot air and only produce a small amount of sweat through their footpads. This makes them extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion in hot and humid conditions.

Heat exhaustion can be particularly dangerous and even fatal so it’s important to be able to recognise the signs and know what to do.

Watch out for:

  • Excessive panting
  • Exaggerated and noisy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Drooling
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Vomiting 

What to do if you suspect heat exhaustion:

  • Bring your pet to us immediately (or seek emergency veterinary care)
  • On your way here you can cool your pet by applying wet towels to hairless parts of your pet’s body (groins or paws)
  • Place your pet in front of the air conditioner or a fan while you are in the car

If you are ever worried about your pet in the heat call us for advice

03 Snakes about!
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Dogs and cats are curious creatures and at this time of year they can sometimes be found harassing a snake.

Different species of snakes possess different types of venom so if your pet is bitten, signs can appear anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite.  

The early signs of snake bite include:

  • Enlarged pupils
  • Salivation
  • Vomiting
  • Hind limb weakness
  • Rapid breathing

How can you help your pet survive a snake bite?

  1. Seek veterinary attention immediately
  2. Keep your pet as STILL AS POSSIBLE - this is critical to help reduce movement of the venom around the body
  3. Try to keep the bite site below the level of the heart and remove your pet’s collar

Even if you only suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake you should see a vet. It is better that your pet is checked over rather than wait and be sorry.

DO NOT try treatment options such as cold packs, ice, tourniquets, alcohol, bleeding the wound and trying to suck out venom in place of getting your pet to the vet - they are a waste of VERY precious time.

Please never attempt to kill, handle or capture the snake – you could also end up getting bitten.

04 How to prevent flies annoying your pet
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Flies are proving to be a real problem this summer. Populations are at an all time high and these annoying insects can really bother you and your pet. Some fly species will actually bite around your pet’s ears and nose causing painful and infected sores.

Here are some things you can do at home to help your pet:

1. Ask us about the very effective topical treatments available to help repel flies and prevent fly bites

2. Clean up your backyard (dog faeces, rubbish) to prevent flies being attracted to the smells

3. Don’t leave pet food or dog bones out - they will attract flies 

4. Make sure your pet has a place to escape the flies such as a kennel or a cool room

5. Remove any dried blood from fly bites as the blood will simply attract more flies.

Phone us for more information on protecting your pet from all pesky parasites this summer. We are the best people to give you advice on the most effective products available for your pet.