Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

For those of you that are unaware, Laura is now officially on maternity leave, so she will be having a break from Grooming and Dog Training.

The good news is, that Grooming will be available as usual, our lovely grooming ladies are still taking bookings although they are booked for a few weeks. Book early to avoid missing out, especially as we come into the warmer months. 

Dog Training and Puppy classes will be taken by Natasha, however Master Class Agility training will be on hold until Laura returns. 

If you have any questions about grooming or dog training, please ask one of our friendly staff.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  New Website

02  Vet Nurse’s Day

03  What wee can tell us

04  An ideal kitty toilet

05  Toilet training the pooch

06  A reminder about kids and dogs

07  A lion or a dog?

01 New Website
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Have you seen our New and Improved Website yet?

We have had a long overdue facelift... check it out at www.vetcentre.com.au

Keep an eye out for our monthly blog. Please feel free to drop us an email with any suggestions you may have 

02 Vet Nurse’s Day
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Help us celebrate Vet Nurse’s Day on Friday 11th October.

Our staff will be in 'fun scrubs' instead of our normal blue uniform.

Ask for a 'behind the scenes' tour of the clinic and a sneak peak of what we actually get up to in the treatment room!

Thanks for your support and for making our job so enjoyable :) 

03 What wee can tell us
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Urinary tract problems are not uncommon in our pets. Infection, inflammation, crystals and urinary tract growths are all seen on a regular basis.  Thankfully a small amount of urine can give us plenty of information about your pet's internal health and rule out problems such as kidney disease and diabetes. 

Collecting urine at home might sound a bit scary - we recommend that you catch the urine in a clean and dry shallow container and bring it to us as soon as possible. If you don't succeed we will collect urine using a very small needle (don't worry, your pet won't feel it). This procedure is called a cystocentesis and is necessary if we need to collect urine without contamination - especially when looking for bacteria. 

Signs to look out for at home that may indicate a urinary tract problem include:

  • Urinating more than usual
  • Straining to urinate
  • Urgency urinating
  • Urinating in unusual or inappropriate places
  • Blood in the urine
  • Incontinence

Xrays and ultrasound are further tools we have available to look for abnormalities in the urinary tract and we will advise you if these tests are necessary for your pet. 

Male cats are particularly good at getting themselves in to trouble - due to their anatomy they are prone to urinary obstruction - a potentially life threatening situation.

If you think your pet's urination habits have changed it is best to phone us for advice.

 

04 An ideal kitty toilet
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Keeping a litter tray clean is essential

Cats are fastidious creatures when it comes to toileting. Providing your cat with the ideal set up indoors can be a challenge but there are some golden rules you should follow.

  1. Be sure to provide a tray for every cat in the house plus an additional tray. If you have two cats, you should have three trays
  2. Place the tray somewhere peaceful and quiet- not in a hallway or near where the dog sleeps
  3. Don’t place food and water too close to the tray - cats don't like to eliminate where they eat
  4. Remove faeces from the tray every day and change the litter entirely every 2-3 days - keeping the tray clean is essential
  5. Only ever wash the tray out with warm water, never use cleaning chemicals
  6. Use a litter that is fragrance free and don't use plastic liners as cats hate these! (newspaper on the base works well)
  7. Many cats despise a covered tray as it traps in all the smells - would you like to toilet in an enclosed box?
  8. Cats are very clean creatures and prefer deep litter and a large tray to toilet so they can bury their urine and faeces - this is usually why a sandpit is very attractive
If you think your cat isn't happy with his toilet you should ask us for advice - there may be other issues going on such as anxiety or a medical condition. We will be able to help you help your feline friend feel happy on the potty again. 
05 Toilet training the pooch
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Crate training can help establish good toileting habits

These toilet training tips should help you and your dog survive the training process with as few accidents as possible. Remember - keep a watchful eye and establish a routine that sets your dog up to succeed.

Consider crate training

Using a crate can reinforce the feeding and walking schedule you set for your dog. Dogs instinctively know not to soil their sleeping area so your dog will quickly learn to hold on

Leave a stool in the soiling area

For the first week or two leave one of your dog’s stools in the area you’ve marked for soiling - serves as a scent post. Once your dog can consistently recognise the spot and know what he’s supposed to do toilet training will become easier

Feed your dog a premium quality diet

This tip ensures your dog doesn’t suffer from diarrhoea or constipation both of which can hamper training. Feed a premium quality dog food as recommended by us - this will keep your dog happy and regular

Carry your puppy outside

After a long night of holding on your puppy may be inclined to go as soon as you lead him away from his bed. Carry him outside in the mornings to avoid unnecessary accidents

Always use positive reinforcement

Make a huge fuss when your dog does the right thing - reward him with treats - he'll want to keep pleasing you



06 A reminder about kids and dogs
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There was recently a brilliant article shared on social media titled Why supervising dogs and kids doesn't work. The article, written by an American dog trainer Robin Bennett brings up some excellent points. She notes that the problem with most cases of dogs biting children is not due a lack of supervision but is that no one has taught parents what they should be watching out for.

Some of her suggestions are a good reminder and are important for all people to read - not just mothers. 

Watch for these three really easy to see stress signals in your dog. All of them indicate you should intervene and separate the child and dog:

  • Yawning other than when waking up
  • Half-moon eye –  you can see the whites of the outer edges of your dog’s eyes
  • Lip licking - not in the context of eating food

To read the full article click here

07 A lion or a dog?
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A zoo in China recently tried to pass a dog off as a lion in one of its exhibits. The dog - a Tibetan mastiff started barking, alerting the visitors that something was amiss. 

Tibetan mastiffs are a rare breed of dog found in China and other parts of Asia but are imported to Europe and even Australia. A world record was set in 2011 when an 11-month-old Tibetan mastiff male puppy gained the title of the world's most expensive dog after being bought for an astounding 10 million yuan ($1.5 million)!

They are classified as a giant breed and can range from 55 to 80 kgs. The Tibetan mastiff is a member of the working group. They were originally used for guarding villages and monasteries and their livestock. Today they are guard dogs, companions and seen in the show ring.

Given their size, they might be good protectors, but they are also fond of lazing around - much like a lion!