Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

We recently ran a competition on Facebook to Name and Shame your pet. We had some great entries and it was very hard to pick a winner.

Congratulations to Issy, the beagle x spaniel for being the funniest naughty pet! She won a Kong prize pack. 

All dogs love having a job to do, so why not throw away their food bowl and feed all their food and treats out of fun, interactive toys. Kongs, Wobblers and treat balls are all great ways to keep your dog entertained throughout the day. Try the "no food bowl" challenge for a week and see if you notice a difference in your dogs 'naughty' behaviours.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  What Every Dog Owner Needs To Know

02  5 snacks to guarantee a portly pet

03  Pets suffering in silence

04  Boot scooting - without the boots

05  Can my pet get the flu?

06  Chilli keeps the peace

01 What Every Dog Owner Needs To Know
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We are proud to present a Pet Owner Seminar on Dog Behaviour, Dog Park Ettiquette, Low Stress Handling, First Aid and other Doggy dilemmas.

It will be held at the Morley Sports and Recreation Centre, Corner of Wellington Road and Mangini Street, Morley on Wednesday, 24th July from 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm.

Tickets are only $10 and ALL proceeds will be donated to the Guide Dogs Association of WA. 

Book Tickets soon as spots are limited - sorry they will not be available at the door. 

02 5 snacks to guarantee a portly pet
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The Vet - told me I was fat, so I ate him!

It may be tempting to feed your pet human food but keep these figures in mind when you think you can't say to those adorable eyes

1. A piece of cheese

A 30gm piece of cheese is equivalent to 1 and 1/2 chocolate bars for a human! A 30gm slice of cheese constitutes about a third of a 10kg dog’s daily required calories

2. A hot dog

One hot dog for is the caloric equivalent of three hamburgers for a person. That single hot dog may not look like much but it has around 175 calories, which is about a third of what a 10kg dog should be consuming

3. A cookie 

One small cookie for a 10kg dog is the caloric equivalent of an entire hamburger for a person - chocolate chip cookies are a definite no-no since chocolate is harmful, and even toxic, to dogs.

4. Peanut Butter

A tablespoon of peanut butter is equivalent to cheese in calories, packing around 94 calories. A 10kg dog would only have to eat three tablespoons to reach half his daily calorie requirements

5. A cup of milk

One cup of milk for a cat is the caloric equivalent of five chocolate bars for a person. AND neither dogs nor cats should drink milk because it they can't digest lactose so it may cause an upset stomach

 

Drop in at any time and we'll weigh your pet. If you would like some extra help, please speak to Amanda - our friendly Pet Weight Loss Consultant 

Here's a dog that will do anything for a snack....

 

03 Pets suffering in silence
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Are you finding it hard to get out of bed on these cold winter mornings? Have you thought about how your pet is feeling?

Our pets suffer more from arthritis during the colder weather so now is a great time for an arthritis check with us. Most of the signs of arthritis are subtle and can sneak up on your pet over many years.

Signs might include but are not limited to:

Dogs:

  • difficulty jumping in to the car or up on furniture 
  • stiffness especially in the morning
  • difficulty getting up or lying down

Cats:

  • hesitant to jump up or down from your lap or from the furniture
  • ungraceful landing when jumping down
  • reluctant to climb the back fence or climb trees
  • Scruffy coat - no longer able to groom comfortably

PLEASE don't put arthritis down to 'he's just getting old' as there is is plenty we can do to slow the progression of the disease and help your pet live a pain free life!

It is important we rule out any other problems first so a consultation with us is essential. We can then discuss a suitable treatment plan for your furry friend so you have many more happy and active years together.

Book an appointment today and we'll establish whether your pet has arthritis.

04 Boot scooting - without the boots
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Have you ever witnessed your dog dragging his bottom along the ground? In the veterinary world this embarrassing doggy performance is known as 'scooting' and it is generally an indication that your dog has irritated anal glands. 

The anal glands are located on either side of your dog's anus. Each gland holds a small amount of a foul smelling brown liquid that your pet uses as a doggie calling card.

Pardon the details but when your dog passes a poo, the anal glands receive pressure and fluid is released, along with your dog's custom scent. Most dogs won’t have a problem with the glands, but if they are not sufficiently expressed, they become impacted and uncomfortable. Your dog will then attempt to relieve the irritation by rubbing them (along your carpet in most cases!) For some dogs, infection can develop leading to a nasty abscess that requires surgery.

Other warning signs to watch out for:

  • A foul or fishy odour
  • Licking or chewing the bottom
  • Soft stools or diarrhoea 

If you notice these signs, the glands may need to be manually expressed by us. If the glands continue to cause problems, they may need to be removed entirely. 

Anal gland problems can be linked to quality of diet as some foods use cereal fillers, which produce soft stools. This doesn’t provide the necessary pressure to naturally express the gland.

Premium quality dog foods produce a firmer stool and assist natural anal gland expression and are therefore a better choice for your pet - we can advise you on the best choice of diet for your pet. 

 

05 Can my pet get the flu?
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It's about now that we are either wishing we had got the flu injection or looking at others and being thankful we did!  What about for our pets- can they get the flu?

The answer is yes - in their own way - dogs can catch Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) and cats can suffer from Cat Flu. Although they can get these infections at any time of the year, they're more common in winter.

Canine Cough: is a highly contagious disease that's passed from dog to dog by moisture droplets. If not vaccinated, it's most likely your pet will catch this in the local park from another dog (or at boarding kennels). Vaccination is simple, effective and given annually. Your dog may still contract the cough but will be protected against the worst strains. 

Cat Flu: is also highly contagious but unlike Canine Cough, can cause severe illness, especially in elderly cats or kittens. Vaccination is highly effective and while it won't always prevent cats from developing flu, it helps reduce the severity of the condition. Flu vaccinations are given annually.

If you're unsure about whether your pets are currently protected against these diseases, please call us.

06 Chilli keeps the peace
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We received a wonderful story from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) this month. It takes us to Tanzania where WSPA is working with local people to protect communities and live in harmony with elephants. 

In Tanzania, people have been taking over land once only inhabited by animals and conflict has arisen when elephants have raided their farms and destroyed their tasty crops.

One large elephant is capable of quickly destroying a whole field and villagers have been forced to take drastic action, including setting painful snares and hunting and killing elephants.

Amazingly, with their long and sensitive noses, these giant creatures despise the smell and sensation of chilli! So an ingenious solution has been devised to develop and install chilli fences. These fences safely, humanely and effectively deter elephants. 

Villagers are trained to construct and maintain sustainable fences as well as harvest and sell surplus chilli powder.

Since the chilli fences have been installed, villagers have seen a significant decrease in the incidents of elephants wreaking havoc on the already fragile livelihood of farmers in Tanzania.

Helping the elephants has helped local people too, as many farmers have been able to expand their farms and produce good crops, earning more income to support their families. This is a great example of how a little bit of thought enables people and animals to exist in harmony. Find out more information here.