Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

We will be Open on the WA Public Holiday (Formerly known as Foundation Day) on Monday 3rd June from 9am - 5pm, should you need us :) 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Entertainment Books

02  Juanita Found a Home!

03  Winter Chills

04  Furry Friends For Life

05  Is your pet trying to tell you something?

06  Protect your dog from deadly Parvovirus

07  Jim's injured knee

08  Smart cats

01 Entertainment Books
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We are happy to announce we will be selling the Entertainment Books once again this year. 

For just $65 the books are jam packed with discounts to restaurants, for hotel accomodation, attractions and activities.

And this year's fundraising will go to SAFE (Save Animals from Euthanasia). The SAFE group helps rehome pets that have been abandoned or neglected and rely heavily on volunteers and foster carers. 

To find out more information about how to help SAFE - visit their website www.safeperth.com.au 

02 Juanita Found a Home!
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We are so happy to announce that lovely little Juanita found a beautiful home - we wish her all the best and hope there are many years of happiness together with her new family. Thankyou to everyone who shared her story and photo. 

03 Winter Chills
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If you are cleaning out your linen cupboard, we would love to have your old blankets and towels!

04 Furry Friends For Life
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This picture was sent to us by one of our clients. Conneticut the Malamute loves to swim in the pool and will jump in whenever the pool gate is left open. Whiskas the rabbit wanted to give it a go one day, She jumped out of her mum's arms straight into the pool with Conneticut!  The two have a lovely relationship. Conneticut nudges Whiskas with his nose and follows her around the back yard, and the bunny has never cared about dogs before. She is so relaxed and runs up to Conneticut to sit between his front legs when he is in a drop. They took a little time getting used to each other initially, but now the pair are inseparable. Thanks Lois for sharing your story with us :) 

05 Is your pet trying to tell you something?
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Have you noticed your pet is thirstier than usual? Are you filling up their water bowl more often? Is you cat drinking from places he shouldn't? An increase in thirst can be a sign of kidney disease.

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 and your pet needs to drink more to stay hydrated. 

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can damage the Nephrons. The scary thing is, your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these Nephrons are damaged.

Early intervention is the key to managing the disease so regular blood and urine tests are a great way for us to monitor your pet's kidney function. If we detect their kidneys are not working properly we can initiate treatment early with diet modification and medication. 

If you have noticed a change in your pet's thirst your pet might be trying to tell you something - so arrange an appointment with us. 

 

06 Protect your dog from deadly Parvovirus
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We are calling on all dog and puppy owners to make sure their precious pooches are up to date with their vaccinations after reports of a number of Parvovirus outbreaks.

Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread by oral or nasal contact with contaminated faeces, a contaminated environment or contaminated objects. This extremely resilient virus can even survive on objects like clothing, shoes and the floor for five months or longer!

Young puppies and dogs that have never been vaccinated are susceptible to the deadly virus with death in around 80 per cent of untreated cases. All puppies from six weeks of age should be vaccinated against Parvovirus.

There have been over four thousand cases of Parvovirus across Australia over the past three years - jump on to the pet disease surveillance website www.diseasewatchdog.org for more info. 

If your dog is unvaccinated and shows signs of lethargy, vomiting or diarrhoea, call us immediately. Early treatment is essential in improving the chance of survival.

We've got a heartwarming puppy video for you this month! 


07 Jim's injured knee
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Jim the chocolate labrador loves running around and playing ball with the kids. Unfortunately one afternoon he pulled up sore and was unable to place in weight on his right hind leg. 

A veterinary examination revealed pain in his stifle (equivalent to our knee). There was suspicion Jim had damaged his cranial cruciate ligament - an injury common in footballers and many dogs!

The cruciate ligament is vital for correct function of the knee joint. Some dogs can acutely rupture the ligament while in others, the ligament's strength can deteriorate over time. 

The best way to diagnose a cranial cruciate problem is to sedate or anaesthetise a dog so they are completely relaxed and the joint can be inspected for any laxity. (If the ligament is damaged or ruptured the knee is very unstable). Radiographs of the knees and hips should also be performed to ensure everything else is in working order. 

The best treatment for a cruciate rupture is surgery to stabilise the joint. Dogs, such as in Jim's case require an operation to change the angle of the joint and provide stability in the future. 

Jim's surgery was a great success but he needed a strict recovery and rehabilitation program. He is now back playing (conservatively) with the kids and has many happy years ahead. 

08 Smart cats
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We know cats are smart but did you know any of these facts?

Cats are super smellers. The cat's sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than a human’s

Cats have amazing night vision. Their eyes have the ability to reflect light as it passes through the retina, providing them with optimal night vision

Cats have rotating ears. Their ears can rotate in various degrees and their intuitive hearing make the cat a very successful hunter by pinpointing the exact location of their prey

Cats have 3D whisker technology. When triggered, the nerves in the whisker base send the brain a three - dimensional map of their surroundings!

Check out this smart kitty cat and if you've seen an intelligent feline let us know on the My Pet Stories Facebook Page.