Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

Our "What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know" Client Information Night was a great success! Thanks to all who joined us on the night. We raised $830 for the Guide Dogs Association of Western Australia. We hope to run similar nights in the future. If you have any ideas on topics, please let us know. 

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Laura, Dr Mac and Brodie with Margie and Gidgee from the Guide Dogs Association WA

Contents of this newsletter

01  Microchipping Week

02  RSPCA Cupcake Day

03  Dental disease 101

04  Gold standard dental care

05  Jake's little lump

06  Celebrating your best friend

01 Microchipping Week
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Is your pet microchipped? Microchipping your pet will soon be compulsory in Perth effective November 2013 for cats and 2014 for dogs. 

Thanks to Homesafe ID, We will be offering discounted Microchips from Monday 5th August to Friday 9th August for just $28 (normal price of $58 - saving of $30!!!!) 

Pets need to be 8 weeks of age or older. No further discounts apply. 

Keep your pet's safe. Make an appointment with us to take advantage of this great offer.

02 RSPCA Cupcake Day
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We will be putting on our aprons and channelling our inner Master Chef for this year's RSPCA cupcake day! 

Monday 19th August, come and see us and try our "PAWesome" cupcakes for a donation. There will even be some for our four legged pals :) 

03 Dental disease 101
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Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see in veterinary practice. If you put together a group of ten dogs, as many as eight of them will have dental disease!

We want to do our best to prevent this problem - here's what you should know: 

What causes dental disease?

Our pets don't clean their teeth like they used to. A lack of chewing sinew and muscle (from a wild catch) allows plaque and tartar build up around teeth. Bacteria breed around the tooth. This leads to inflammation and eventual loss of the attachments that hold the teeth in place. 

What problems are associated with dental disease?

Kidney disease, heart disease and liver disease can all be associated with dental disease. The increased bacteria in the mouth end up circulating in the body. An unhealthy mouth leads to an unhealthy body. 

What is the best treatment?

Many dogs and cats need a general anaesthetic to assess the teeth and clean thoroughly under the gum line. Teeth that cannot be saved are generally removed to prevent problems in the future. 

Why is prevention so important?

Prevention is the key with dental disease. Wet and soft food diets are notorious for allowing plaque and tartar to accumulate. It is vital that your pet is on a premium quality diet that helps to clean their teeth as they chew. Speak to us to find out the most appropriate diet for your pet. 

Book an appointment today and we'll assess your pet's dental health.

 

04 Gold standard dental care
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Did you know that brushing your pet's teeth is considered gold standard dental care? Brushing your pet's teeth at least twice a week will help to prevent tartar accumulation and aid in the prevention of dental disease. 

Here's what you need:

1. Patience - take things slowly. It will take your pet time to get used to this new routine

2. A pet tooth brush, a baby's toothbrush or finger brush - ask us for the best recommendation and size for your pet

3. Use a tasty flavoured toothpaste - try poultry or beef flavoured! Never use human toothpaste - this can be toxic 

4. Treats and positive encouragement for your pet

How to do it:

1. Position yourself and your pet so that you can access your pet's teeth comfortably

2. Lift your pet’s upper lip and begin to brush in a circular motion, much like you would brush your own teeth

3. Make sure you brush where the tooth meets the gum line and don't forget to get the very back teeth - these are the places your pet is most likely to develop problems

Watch this video for more information. 

A general tip:

Make a habit of checking your pet's mouth for any tartar or smelly breath - for example when you are sitting on the couch or grooming your pet.

Ask us for help if you are struggling to brush your pet's teeth. 

05 Jake's little lump
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Jake the 10 year old labrador is a typical friendly lab who loves his family and loves his food.

Recently, his owners noticed a strange little lump that had appeared on his skin near his shoulder. A visit to the vet was in order. 

A small sample of cells was taken using a needle (technically known as a fine needle aspirate). This sample was placed on a slide and had special stains applied and was examined under a microscope. A large number of granular cells were seen - giving the possible diagnosis of a mast cell tumour. 

Mast cells are special cells that are normally found distributed throughout the body and help an animal respond to inflammation and allergies. Sometimes there are a cancerous proliferation of these cells leading to the formation of a tumour. Some of these tumours can be very aggressive and spread elsewhere in the body. 

Mast cell tumours are commonly referred to as 'the great pretenders' because their appearance can be varied, from a wart-like nodule to a soft lump to an ulcerated skin mass. The only way to diagnose them accurately and decifer how aggressive they are is to take a small biopsy under a general anaesthetic and have this assessed by a pathologist. 

Thankfully Jake's biopsy indicated that the lump was a low grade mast cell tumour and it was removed with a second surgery. The lump was then sent to the pathologist to ensure it had been removed entirely. In higher grade tumours it is necessary to remove large amounts of tissue surrounding the tumour to ensure 'clean' margins. 

If you notice a new lump or bump on your pet you should arrange an appointment with us. All lumps should be checked by fine needle aspiration to rule out the presence of any nasty looking cells.

 

 

06 Celebrating your best friend

August 4th is International Friendship Day and what better time to celebrate your best friend - your pet! 

Here are five reasons why dogs are man's best friend (we don't want cat owners to be offended so we've included a cat in here too).

1. They think that everything you say is funny!

2. The birthday gift you gave them is always perfect

3. They love long walks on the beach

4. They are willing to help you with your work

5. They (and the cat) are always happy to welcome you home!

Why is your pet your best friend? Share your thoughts on The My Pet Stories Facebook Page.