Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

Soon the local councils all over WA will be implimenting their new Cat Laws. 

All domestic cats in WA over the age of 6 months of age will need to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with their local council.

What it means for you - if your cat is already sterilised and microchipped, we can provide you with a sterilisation certificate for the council and record the microchip number should you have misplaced it.

For those that are not already microchipped, it is an easy proceedure. The owner just needs to fill in a registration form and then we implant the microchip your pet via an injection, under the skin. 

Currently the cost for microchipping is $60. 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Don't turn a blind eye to vaccination

02  Surprise doggy dangers

03  Can I bathe my cat?

04  All creatures great and small

05  Companions for all

01 Don't turn a blind eye to vaccination
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Vaccination is a hot topic in the pet world. Even if your pet doesn’t have contact with other pets, he should be vaccinated - it might just save his life!

Why is vaccination is so important?

1) Protects against preventable diseases - many dangerous and fatal diseases are completely avoidable with the correct vaccinations

2) Boarding - if you ever plan to board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations - what would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option?

3) Visits to the vet hospital - if your pet has to stay in hospital he needs to be vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected 

4) Vaccinations save money - they are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they protect against

Your pet’s health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are deemed necessary – we will help you to make an informed decision about which vaccinations are needed. 

If you have any questions always ask us – we will give you the correct and relevant information.

Remember - if you are planning to board your pet over the Christmas holidays avoid the rush and make sure all vaccinations are up to date now!

 

02 Surprise doggy dangers
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This month we thought we'd alert you to a handful of doggy dangers you might not have thought about. 

Please note that this list is not complete - these are just a few of the hazards we find people forget about or are not aware of ... 

  • Macadamia nuts - cause weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Avocados - lead to a stomach upset - the pip can also cause an obstruction if ingested
  • Grapes, Sultanas and Raisins - induce kidney failure in some dogs
  • Onions, leeks, garlic and chives - ingestion leads to destruction of red blood cells 
  • Chewing gum - contains Xylitol - can cause weakness and seizures 
  • Apricot, cherry and peach pips and apple seeds - contain cyanide and may cause poisoning
  • Corn on the cob - the corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine causing a blockage
  • Chocolate - you've probably heard this before, but remember chocolate is toxic to dogs and ingestion of just a small amount can be fatal - cooking chocolate and dark chocolate are the most dangerous

If you think your dog might have ingested something toxic - phone us immediately for advice. 

Stay tuned - next month we will cover cautions for kitties ....

03 Can I bathe my cat?
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Yes, you can bathe your cat. But the real question is, do you need to? 

Cats are completely equipped to take care of their own personal hygiene - they have a rough surface on the top of their tongue and this acts as a brush!

Unfortunately some cats are better at grooming themselves than others! You may need to groom your cat from time to time to help remove dead hair and prevent matting.

Always check under the arms and down around the bottom - particularly if your cat is a little overweight and has trouble reaching all the nooks and crannies! Be aware that a lack of personal grooming can be a sign of illness or pain so if you notice a change in your cat's appearance you should arrange a check up with us. 

If you do need to bathe your cat be sure to use a pet shampoo, get someone to help you and take things very slowly as not all cats like water!

Oh - and if you need some advice on giving your cat some affection to win them back after a bath we have found some great tips for you here

 

04 All creatures great and small
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People trust their pets more than their friends...

IT IS OFFICIAL!!  Australia is pet crazy with about 2 million more pets than people. The figures were released in a new report - A State of the Pet Nation.

We know how much you love your pets so we weren't surprised to find that owners trust their pets more than their friends and that nearly 90 per cent of pet owners regard their dog or cat as part of the family. 

Interestingly, Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with approximately 25 million pets in about 63 per cent of the nation's homes. South Australia has more pets than any other state, with about 75 per cent of households owning a pet.

In Australia there are:

  • 4.2 million pet dogs
  • 3.3 million pet cats 
  • 10.7 million pet fish
  • 4.8 million pet birds, from budgerigars to chickens

You can read the report here

 

05 Companions for all
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The dog might be man’s best friend but he can also be a horse’s best friend. As a pack animal, the horse generally prefers the company of other animals and if they can't share their life with another equine, a dog is a wonderful companion for a horse. 

Horses bond well with other animals and can become deeply attached to their companions. For many years, race horses have had companion animals to help them remain settled while moving to different race meets. Did you ever hear about Black Caviar's companions - Andy, a 29-year-old pony, and Billy the goat? You can read more here.

 And with Spring racing in the air, we thought we'd share a little equine vs canine video with you.