Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062
Phone: 08 9275 3000
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On October 14th the staff celebrated Vet Nurse Day. We were spoilt with a special lunch and went to the Movies to see "The Secret Life of Pets"

So have you ever wondered What Vet Nurses do?? Not only do we clean kennels, bath and groom your pets, we also take and run blood samples, administer Intravenous injections and medication, put your pets on IV fluids, assist and prepare for xrays, and surgical procedures from "every day" stuff like cat fight abscesses, sterilisations and dentals to orthopaedic surgery, open cavity surgeries (gastropexy, caesarians, laparotomy). We fight against difficult patients to give them tablets and injections, keep our cool when emergency situations arise such as car accidents, poisonings and dog fights. Vet Nurses are grief counsellors, dietary advisors, animal restrainers, receptionists, and dog trainers. And we all love our "job" and wouldnt trade it for anything in the world. The cuddles we get from our patients make it all worth while!  Thank God for Vet Nurses :) 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Introducing Positive Paws Outdoors

02  Vaccination reminder

03  The silent disease

04  Reconsider your retractable leash

01 Introducing Positive Paws Outdoors
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We are thrilled to be able to offer "Positive Paws Outdoors", a Private Oasis for you and your dog to enjoy together. We strive to provide ALL dogs with an enriched exercise area to play, sniff and explore. Bookings ensure there are no strange dogs or people in the area. It is a private playground for your dog to relax and enjoy.

Positive Paws Outdoors is located Behind the clinic. It is a fully enclosed, fenced area. To book a session (maximum of 3 dogs per booking) please contact the clinic on 92753000. 

02 Vaccination reminder

Is your pet ready for the Christmas holidays? If your pet is boarding over the holiday period and isn’t up to date with his vaccinations now is the time to get things in order.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of a F3 vaccination and dogs a C5 vaccination but it's best to check with the facility your pet is booked in with now - before it's too late!

Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a healthy life.

Our top reasons for vaccinating are as follows:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.

2. Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they protect against.

3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit us (if your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised so you want to make sure they are protected, otherwise they may have to stay in isolation)

Your pet’s health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are necessary and we will determine the most appropriate vaccination program for your pet.

If you have any questions about vaccinations please ask us for the most up to date information. We are more than happy to discuss what your pet needs and why, so call us today.

03 The silent disease

We often refer to kidney disease as the silent killer as it can sneak up on your pet and signs may be subtle and hard to notice. This type of kidney disease is referred to as chronic kidney disease and is something we may detect in an older cat.

In other cases, kidney disease can come on quickly following an insult from a toxin, a certain drug or a disease. This is referred to as acute kidney disease and might for example occur in a dog who has eaten grapes or sultanas that contain a kidney toxin.

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate. As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough water so your pet will urinate more and will drink more to stay hydrated. Surprisingly, your pet may not show any changes on blood tests until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

 Signs to watch out for:

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • lethargy

Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and a measure of your pet's blood pressure may then be necessary. If we detect the kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment with diet modification the better.

There is also now a new medication available that can help reduce protein loss through the kidneys and can help slow the progress of this insidious disease. Ask us if your pet requires this medication.

If you are worried about your pet you should phone us for advice.

04 Reconsider your retractable leash

You probably haven't thought about it but did you know that a retractable leash can be a potential hazard? 

Not only have we heard reports of owners having their fingers severed from these leashes (when a dog suddenly pulls hard and the leash runs quickly through the hand) but these devices can also be dangerous for your dog.

We've witnessed plenty of situations where a dog on a retractable leash is allowed to get too close to an aggressive dog or even head towards a busy road. It is very difficult to be in full control of your dog if you are using one of these leashes so it is hard for us to recommend them.

When it comes to walking your dog, we can advise you on the most suitable leash or harness.