Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000
Contents of this newsletter

01  Could you recognise heart disease in your pet?

02  Parasites your cat can get living inside

03  Travelling with pets

04  It's time to flip the lip

05  Top tips for keeping Guinea Pigs as pets

01 Could you recognise heart disease in your pet?
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Knowing the early signs of heart disease can make a big difference to your pet’s life. It means you can seek medical help from us and we can then start treatment early, achieving a better quality of life for your best friend.

Heart failure affects the pumping mechanism of the heart. It is often referred to as congestive failure as it results in pooling of blood in the lungs. 

Be aware that cats are very good at hiding signs of heart disease. 

The signs to look out for in dogs and cats:

  • Laboured or fast breathing * most common sign in cats with heart disease 
  • An enlarged abdomen
  • Weight loss or poor appetite
Signs to look out for in dogs:
  • Coughing, especially at night 
  • A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on walks
  • Weakness or fainting associated with exercise
The good news is that there are medications available to help your pet's heart work better. We will initially recommend x-rays and an ultrasound of the heart so we know we are choosing the most suitable medication. 

If you think your pet is showing one or more of the above signs, it is important that we see them for an examination, early treatment can help your pet lead a longer and happier life. 
02 Parasites your cat can get living inside
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Many cat owners believe that keeping their cats indoors protects them from parasites. Unfortunately it's not always true. 

Here are the parasites we still worry about:

Fleas: fleas love living indoors as they are never exposed to freezing temperatures or other adverse weather conditions, making it easy for them to survive. Cats are fastidious groomers and will swallow a flea before you even realise your cat has a flea infestation! 

Tapeworms: Tapeworms are carried by fleas, so this should come as no great surprise. Your cat can get tapeworms by swallowing a flea that is carrying tapeworms. 

Roundworms: These worms may be a problem if there are rodents sneaking in to the home. Cats, being natural predators will hunt mice and rats, even when well-fed.

Heartworms: Heartworms are passed through the bite of an infected mosquito. We all know that pesky mosquitoes can find their way indoors. It only takes one bite to pass the parasite to your cat.

So what can you do to protect your cat? Use a safe and effective flea, heartworm and intestinal worm treatment - the good news is that there are 'all in one' products available. Consult us for the best product for your cat.

There are other dangers living life as an inside cat, click here to see more 

 

03 Travelling with pets
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Going on holiday with your pets can be great fun - even cats can get accustomed to travel.

More and more holiday places are accepting pets so here are some top travel tips:

1. Belt up: put dogs in seat belts and cats in carry cages

2. Wandering: keep your pets in areas where you know they'll be safe - we don't want any escape artists! 

3. Identification tags - include a phone number you could be reached at on holiday - such as your mobile number. Don't forget, your pet MUST be microchipped

4. Take a basic First Aid kit - ask us for the essentials

5. Health: ensure pets are up to date with vaccinations, worming and flea control before you go. Are there are any local diseases that may affect your pet? Paralysis Ticks are found along the east coast of northern Victoria, NSW and into QLD. Ask us for the best tick prevention

6. Keep your pet calm: ask us about a pheromone spray to help your cat or dog feel chilled while travelling

7. Car sick? - we can provide your pet with medication to help prevent motion sickness

8. Thinking about taking your pet on a plane? It's not as hard as you might think check out www.jetpets.com.au

Here are some pet friendly holiday web sites worth checking out:

www.petsplayground.com.au

www.holidayingwithdogs.com.au

04 It's time to flip the lip
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Flip the lip!

Your pet may never have breath that smells like daisies but the foul "doggy breath" we are accustomed to is not normal and may indicate dental disease. An astonishing 80% of dogs and cats over 2 years old have dental disease.

How can this rate be so high we hear you ask? The answer lies in the fact that our pets are not eating what they once did in the wild. Wild food is tough to eat and it acts like a natural dental floss. Much of the food we feed, while nutritious, doesn't require the chomping and chewing needed to keep teeth clean.

Dental disease is painful, may restrict eating and can lead to other diseases.  The good news is that it can be prevented or reversed in most cases.

How do you tell if your pet has dental disease? Flip the lip! Lift your pet's lip and look for discolouration of the teeth and reddened gums. Be sure to look up the back of the mouth too as this is where dental disease loves to hide out.  Other signs might include loss of appetite, drooling and of course, bad breath. 

Here's what to do:

If you notice any of the above signs, make an appointment with us to have a dental check. The earlier we get to see the problem the greater the chance we have to treat it before it becomes irreversible.

 

05 Top tips for keeping Guinea Pigs as pets
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Hay should make up 70% of the Guinea Pig diet, carrots should be considered a treat

Guinea Pigs (Cavies) make great pets - especially for kids before they advance to a dog or cat. Cavies require minimal space and can be housed inside or out. They do not require vaccinations and are relatively inexpensive to feed and keep. 

Here are some top tips:

  1. Cavies are best kept in pairs, preferably the same sex. Two males or two females are the most harmonious combination
  2. Female cavies can breed from the age of 3 weeks, they should not be kept in a cage with a male unless you are breeding from them. Ideal breeding age is 5 months
  3. Healthy cavies have a smooth glossy coat (unless they are rough haired types). They have bright eyes and run about freely
  4. There should be no sign of diarrhoea. Dry, thin and dull coats, sores, walking in a hopping motion and scratching are signs of illhealth- see us if you are worried
  5. Guinea pigs should be kept in a strong dog proof cage for their safety and protection from the elements. Guinea pigs should not be kept on suspended wire floors
  6. Guinea pigs are vegetarians. They need a diet of 70% grass hay, fresh veggies and greens, and good quality pellets only as a treat. They have a high requirement for Vitamin C so ensure that they get a variety of vegetables daily. Check out the Guinea Pig diet pyramid here

For mountains of good information visit www.melbournerabbitclinic.com