Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000
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Should your pet do something silly (like sneak into your chocolate stash) over the Easter Break... these are our opening hours 

Thursday 13th April 8am - 8pm

Friday 14th April (Good Friday) 9am - 5pm

Saturday 15th April 9am - 6pm

Sunday 16th April (Easter Sunday) 9am - 6pm

Monday 17th April (Easter Monday) 9am - 5pm 

Please contact our good friends at Perth Vet Emergency out of these hours on 1300 040 400

We wish you a happy Easter Break 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Canine Adventure Course - Just for Kids

02  Canine Adventure Course

03  Annual Easter Bunny alert

04  Cushing's disease case study

05  Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know

06  Top three tips for preventing rat bait toxicity

07  Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

01 Canine Adventure Course - Just for Kids
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Kids have always LOVED participating in our Canine Adventure Course, so this year they have an event for them - KIDS and THE FAMILY DOG - fun for the WHOLE family!! 

The course is made up of 20 fun and novel obstacles - from haybales, to ball pits, logs, tyres and mazes! 

The course is completed ON LEAD and is suitable for dogs at all training levels. Kids and dogs are welcome to explore the course together, however we do require an adult to be holding on to the end of the dog's lead.

One hour sessions are available on both the Wednesday and Thursday (school holiday's!!) morning. 

19th and 20th April

The cost is $25 per dog (kids are FREE) and includes:

  • Explore our Canine Adventure Course
  • Learn how to speak doggie
  • Discover fun games for dogs and kids 
  • Create awesome dog toys

To book a spot, please email us at dogtrainingmorleyvetcentre@gmail.com

Our events usually Book Out, so please register soon to avoid missing out! 

Check out the Video of what to expect on the course! 

02 Canine Adventure Course
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Our popular event is back for 2017. Skip the morning stroll and give your dog a fun workout instead! 

One hour Sessions are available on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April.

The cost is $25 per dog and this gives you Three goes around the course.

To secure your spot, please Email dogtrainingmorleyvetcentre@gmail.com - This event is always Books Out so register soon! 

**if you have children and would like to attend - please check out the above article - running during school holidays. 

Check out what to expect in this Video 

03 Annual Easter Bunny alert
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As the Easter Bunny gears up to make his deliveries, it is our job to remind you keep ALL chocolate out of paw's reach.

Our canine friends are specifically designed to seek out any morsel of chocolate - big or small, wrapped or unwrapped!

The problem is, chocolate contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine and dogs have trouble digesting this ingredient.

Scarily, theobromine ingestion can be fatal in some dogs. 

Watch out for:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors, panting and a racing heart
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Seizures

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is - but if your dog finds your Easter egg stash, it's best to call us immediately as ANY amount of ANY type of chocolate (white and milk included) can cause a problem.

In most cases, if we are able to make your dog vomit we can prevent any nasty follow on effects. 

Don't forget: sultanas and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs so you'll also need to keep hot cross buns off their menu this Easter. 

If you are worried about your pet this Easter you should ask us for advice. 

04 Cushing's disease case study
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Jimmy is a 9 year old Maltese cross. This boisterous little man was thirstier than normal and had suddenly started to wee in the house. His owners noticed he had a bit of a pot belly but had put this down to Jimmy getting older.

A veterinary examination was just what the doctor ordered and blood and urine testing revealed that Jimmy had an endocrine disorder known as Cushing's disease.

Cushing's is a common endocrine disease seen in dogs. It is slow and progressive and is caused by the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is a normal hormone produced by the adrenal gland and is essential for normal body function. However in some animals this gland produces too much cortisol and this can have a serious impact on your pet’s quality of life.

Sometimes Cushing's can be caused by an external source of cortisol, such as the long term administration of cortisone.

Common symptoms of Cushing's disease include:

  • Excessive thirst, appetite and urination
  • Pot belly
  • Skin problems, thin skin and hair loss
  • Heat intolerance and excessive panting
  • Lethargy

Jimmy has now commenced daily medication and requires close and careful monitoring but he is thankfully doing very well.

This is just another reason why we need to perform regular health checks on your pet. If we are able to detect and commence treatment early we can slow the progression of diseases and help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

If you have any concerns about your pet, please call us to arrange a check up. 

05 Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know
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The poison used to kill rats and mice interferes with blood clotting. These products are just as toxic to dogs and cats, and alarmingly your pets may even seek these poisons out.

What to do if your pet finds rat bait:

If you know that your pet has eaten rat bait, have them checked a vet as soon as possible. If seen immediately, your pet can be made to vomit which reduces toxin absorption. Sometimes blood tests, or administration of an antidote may be necessary.

If your pet is showing signs of bleeding, they may require supportive care, transfusion of blood products and the antidote.

Clinical signs are usually present anywhere from 1 to 7 days after ingestion (depending on type and amount of poison ingested).

How to know if your pet has eaten rat bait:

  • Your pet may be quiet or lethargic
  • A cough or breathing problems (if they bleed into the lungs)
  • They may collapse
  • Sometimes there will be visible signs of bleeding (in urine, nose bleeds)

If you think your pet might have eaten rat bait, please phone us immediately for advice.

06 Top three tips for preventing rat bait toxicity
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Sadly, we often see pets that have eaten rat bait. This can be extremely upsetting especially when ingestion can often be prevented. 

Here are our top tips for prevention rat bait toxicity: 

1. The first, and probably most obvious, is do not have rodenticide products on your property. And what about your neighbour's place? If you've moved to a new property, have you thoroughly checked it is safe?

2. Ensure that places you visit with your pet (friend's houses, holiday rentals) are rat bait free. That means always check for rat bait before letting your pet loose in a new environment.

3. If you must have rat bait, please store packets of these poisons in a secure place away from animals and children.

Don't forget that your pet may actively seek out rat bait - dogs have knack for getting under the house and cats love to explore the ceiling.

We are always here to offer advice and help - phone us if you are worried.  

07 Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

Ever wonder if 15 cats could live happily together? This video is proof that they can.

We think this house is pretty amazing and it just goes to show that cats can live harmoniously together if they are provided with the right environment and enough litter trays! We also love that all of these cats have been rescued from a shelter.

This heartwarming story will bring a smile to your face and might even inspire you to do some renovating - check it out!

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