Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

We hope you had a safe and enjoyable Christmas and didnt over indulge too much :)

Should you need us, we will be open 9am - 5pm on the public holidays (New Years day and Australia Day Public Holiday). 

Please keep your pets safe during the fireworks - we often have scared and lost pets bought in to us this time of year. Make sure your pet has a collar and tag on, or better yet, has been microchipped so we can get them back to you safe and sound. 

The Staff at Morley Vet would like to wish you all the best for the New Year.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Top tips for a safe New Year

02  Best beach behaviour

03  Mistakes new dog owners make

04  Top 3 funniest looking cat breeds

05  Cat diaries

01 Top tips for a safe New Year
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As the New Year rolls in so do some potential hazards for your pet. Remember these top tips to make sure your pet has a Happy New Year!

1. Heatstroke

Our pets can overheat very easily. Always make sure your pet has access to substantial shade and plenty of fresh water. Never exercise your pet in the heat of the day and NEVER leave your pet in your car, even if it is just for a few minutes. A 25 degree day can lead to a car cabin temperature of near 50 degrees in just 30 minutes. 

2. Parasite Prevention

Pesky parasites are out and about at this time of the year. Fleas, flies, disease carrying mosquitoes and ticks want to party with your pet so you need to be on top of prevention. Prevention is easy - just ask us! 

3. Snakes 

The warmer weather means snakes may be out enjoying the sunshine. Take care walking your dog - especially around bodies of water or near long grass. Curious cats are also at risk. Signs of snake bite include dilated pupils, drooling, trembling and collapse. 

 

02 Best beach behaviour
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Taking your pooch to the beach on a hot summer's day is a great way to relax, enjoy the sunshine and cool off. No one likes to cause a scene so don't forget your beach etiquette! 

  • Remember that not all beaches are dog friendly. Check with your local council before you go. Find out if your dog is allowed off leash

  • Always make sure you are in control of your dog, never let your dog bound up to strangers or annoy others

  • Always pick up your dog's poo - no one likes to go swimming with a 'Barker's Egg'!

  • Keep dogs off dunes and native vegetation areas. Shore birds nest along the high tide mark and will not breed if disturbed. Look out for signs warning you of sensitive nesting areas

  • Take care near the water, dogs that swim in the surf can easily drown if they are swept under by a wave; consider a canine friendly life jacket 

  • Don't let your dog eat any dead fish or birds, these can be toxic if ingested (such as the puffer fish)
03 Mistakes new dog owners make
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Bringing home a new pup is an exciting time.  Whether it is your first time as a dog owner or you are a seasoned pro, there's lots to consider. 

Avoid these three common mistakes:

1. Not anticipating the amount of responsibility involved

Dogs need plenty of attention, playtime, feeding, walks, veterinary care and lots of love. Many dogs end up in shelters because people don't anticipate the level of care involved. Remember that dogs deserve the same amount of loyalty they give you!

2. Lack of training

Short training sessions using positive reinforcement is one of the best ways you can bond with your pet. Dogs aren't mind readers but they respond brilliantly to positive rewards - they can even be taught to drive - check this out

A small amount of positive reinforcement dog training will set your dog up for life!

3. Lack of socialisation

Socialisation is one of the most important things you can do for your canine friend. This is especially important in young pups as it sets them up for life. Give your pup small doses of time with other dogs, children and adults.  

For heaps of helpful tips on dog training, check out Dog Star Daily or speak to one of our Trainers or Nurses for advice.

04 Top 3 funniest looking cat breeds
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Last month we introduced you to 3 funny looking canines, now meet the felines! 

1. Sphynx: This naked little guy has very little hair and originated in Toronto in 1966. The very first Sphynx was apparently nicknamed 'Prune'! Because the Sphynx cats have no coat to keep them warm they huddle up against other animals and people. They even tend to cuddle up and sleep with their owners under the covers!

 

2. Scottish Fold: The Scottish Fold is a breed of cat with gene mutation that causes its ears to bend forward and down towards the front of its head. The original Scottish Fold was a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm in Scotland in 1961. These little furballs are playful and affectionate and make great pets. 

 

3. Manx: The Manx has long hind legs, a very small tail and appears to hop so some suggest it is the offspring of a cat and a rabbit! But the Manx has a natural spine mutation leading to either none or a very short tail. Manx cats are known as skilled, fearless hunters that will take down much larger prey and thus they are often sought by farmers with rodent problems.

05 Cat diaries

Here's a treat for all you cat lovers out there. We thought we'd share this little film with you. It is the first movie ever filmed by cats. Enjoy!