Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

Wow!! August was defintely a busy month for us! We celebrated RSPCA Cupcake Day and raised $107 in donations.

We have a few of the Entertainment Books left, most of them have found homes - $13 from every book sold goes to SAFE (Save Animals From Euthanasia).

Some of the more eager staff burnt off the cupcakes in the 12km City to Surf funrun and made it to the finish line.  HUGE Well done to Moe (Laura's husband) who completed his first ever Marathon Run - thats 42km!!! We collected over $700 in donations for our charity, Assistance Dogs Australia. We also have a raffle full of awesome goodies valued over $500. The winner of the hamper will be announced this week.  

 

Thanks for all your generous donations - On behalf of the MVC team :) 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Public Holiday

02  Happy Father's Day

03  Help your pet age gracefully

04  Caring for a senior pet

05  Keep your pet safe in the garden

06  Adopting a senior "kitty-zen"

07  Mighty mites

01 Public Holiday
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Although the Queen had her real birthday in April, she is kind enough to give us a public holiday this month! We will be open on Monday 30th September from 9am - 5pm. Please note a surcharge does apply. 

02 Happy Father's Day
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Happy Father's Day to all the fur dads out there :) we hope you get spoilt on your special day 

03 Help your pet age gracefully
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Most people don’t realise it but dogs and cats are classified as senior when they reach 8 years of age. Our senior pets require special attention to help keep them on all four paws and allow them to live a quality life. 

A yearly check is essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in humans) and we aim to pick up on any changes and act quickly. 

These changes may be obvious such as accidents around the house, hearing problems or stiff legs. Beyond the changes you can see, there can be much more going on internally, such as a slowing metabolism and changing of nutritional requirements. 

Here are a few things you might notice at home:

  •  Changes in appetite or thirst
  •  Increasing or decreasing weight
  •  Loss of housetraining
  •  Difficulty climbing stairs or getting into the car
  •  A cough
  •  New lumps
  •  Bad breath
  •  Changes in sleeping patterns
  •  Occasional vomiting or diarrhoea 

It is easy to put any one of the above signs down to 'getting old', however any of these symptoms may indicate an underlying age related disease - many of which can be treated.

Blood and urine tests, blood pressure checks, eye checks, arthritis checks and weight checks are all important for a senior pet. We look for changes in trends over the senior years and adjust treatment programs and nutrition as necessary.

If you want to help your senior pet age gracefully make sure you ask us for more information. After the many years of joy they have brought you, you owe it to them!

04 Caring for a senior pet
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There are a few things you need to think about as your pet ages. Apart from a regular health check here are some tips to improve their quality of life.

Diet: Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with nutrient excesses or deficiencies, or changes in nutrient intake and quality. We recommend your senior pet is fed a complete and balanced premium food suitable for mature pet. These help to maintain ideal body condition and improve your best friend's quality and longevity of life.

Sleeping arrangements: As our pets grow older, they are less tolerant of very hot or very cold weather. Always provide a soft and warm bed away from cold drafts. Arthritic pets need a mattress style bed they can sink their bony joints in to. Cats may prefer their bedding closer to the floor for easier access.

Exercise and mobility: It is important that our senior pets maintain mobility and muscle mass in their later years. Dogs should have consistent levels of daily exercise - never let your pet over do it as they are likely to pull up sore - slow and steady is the key. Some dogs have trouble on slippery floors such as polished boards. Think about providing non slip matting or a rug. Arthritic cats that are having trouble jumping up on furniture will appreciate a ramp or a foot stool to help them.

Grooming: Our senior pets can forget how to groom themselves and arthritic cats can be too stiff to turn around and groom their coat. Look out for matts - especially under the arm pits and around the bottom. Nails can become long and painfully ingrown, check these regularly. 

We can help you with any of the above, just ask us for more information. 

05 Keep your pet safe in the garden
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The blossom is blooming and now is a great time to get out in the garden. Your pet may wish to keep you company and offer advice but remember there are many hidden dangers.

Snail and Slug Bait: Sprinkled on the garden or even in the box, these are very attractive to pets. Ingestion of small quantities can be rapidly fatal. Be aware that products that claim they are pet safe are bitter and only act as a deterrent. Some pets will still eat these highly toxic baits so consider if these baits are necessary in your garden (boiling water will kill some weeds)

Fertiliser: Pets love the smell and taste of some fertilisers and if eaten, these can prove rapidly toxic or even fatal

Compost: The garden compost heap is very attractive to your pet but the contents contain bacteria, moulds and toxins all of which can make your pet very sick

Insecticides and weed killers: These are toxic to pets and should be safely stored and locked up

Avoid poisonous plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, daffodil bulbs and daphne. Lilies, if ingested can cause kidney failure in cats so if in doubt - pull them out! 

Oh and don't forget that rodent baits are very dangerous and unfortunately very attractive to pets. Ingestion causes internal bleeding - sometimes two to three weeks later

IF YOUR PET INGESTS ANY OF THE ABOVE IT IS BEST TO CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY FOR ADVICE

Check out Simon's Cat getting up to mischief in Spring.

06 Adopting a senior "kitty-zen"
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If you are thinking of adding a feline friend to your family you should consider adopting a senior cat. There are plenty of bonuses when adopting a senior kitty and you'll end up with a great companion.

9 Reasons Senior Cats Rule 

  1. When senior cats are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it
  2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family
  3. You can teach an old cat new tricks. Senior cats have the attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
  4. A senior cat may very well already know basic household etiquette - such as not attacking your feet at night
  5. In particular, senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is
  6. A senior cat won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting
  7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they need lots of stimulation
  8. Speaking of relaxing - senior cats make great napping buddies
  9. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for - when you adopt a senior cat, you’re saving a life (or 9!) 
 
07 Mighty mites
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Lulu after her treatment

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Demodex mite under the microscope

Lulu the twelve month old Staffie was looking a little moth eaten. She was losing hair around her eyes, feet, and back legs and had smelly and scaly skin. 

A deep skin scrape and a microscopic examination revealed the culprit - the demodex mite.

Demodex mites are normal inhabitants of dog skin. In a healthy animal, the mites are few in number and do not cause skin problems. In some cases and certain breeds, the mites can take over, leading to "mange" or demodicosis.

Demodicosis can be localised - small patches affected, or generalized - large areas of the dog's face, feet and body - such as in Lulu's case.

Demodex mites are typically seen in puppies and young dogs less than two years old. Thankfully many young dog cases "outgrow" demodicosis as their immune system gets stronger and keeps the Demodex mite population in control. Some puppies will however need veterinary help to overcome the demodicosis. 

If an adult dog breaks out with demodicosis, we will want to look for reasons why the immune system may be weakened - such as hormonal imbalances or even prolonged corticosteriod use. 

Lulu required a course of injections to help kill the mites - this took a couple of months and resolution was not confirmed until we had two negative skin scrapes. 

There are many possible causes of hair loss in your pet - call us for an appointment so we can work on diagnosing the problem.