Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

We are gearing up for another busy Christmas period. The only day we are closed will be Christmas Day - although staff will be here serving Turkey and Prawns to our boarding pets! 

Opening hours :

Tuesday 24th December 8am - 8pm

Wednesday 25th December Closed

Thursday 26th December (Public Holiday) 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 1st January (Public Holiday) 9am - 5pm

All other days will run as normal Monday - Friday 8am - 8pm and weekends 9am - 6pm. 

Please note, we ask for boarders to be admitted an hour before closing times. 

Naughty or Nice, We would like to wish you and your pets a very happy Christmas and New Year. Stay safe xx

 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  End of an Era

02  Boarding and Grooming

03  Top Christmas tips

04  Fireworks - how to de stress your dog

05  The old stealing beds trick

06  Kitty cautions

07  Help for wildlife

01 End of an Era
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I am very sad to report that after 18 years with Morley Vetcentre, Jamin is leaving us :'(

Jamin has been a major part of the clinic - as a nurse, groomer, Kennel Coordinator and Accounts manager.

We wish her all the best in her new life chapter. We will miss you "Jammo" xx 

02 Boarding and Grooming
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Boarding and Grooming are busier than ever this year! 

Boarding over the Christmas and New Year period is already fully booked. Some people are securing their spots for Next year! 

With all this wonderful, sunny weather, Grooming is booming. Please call a few weeks ahead to ensure you dont miss out on an appointment. 

Thanks for your patience. 

03 Top Christmas tips
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Christmas is a special time of year and it should be a great time for your furry friend too. Here are our top three tips to help keep your pet happy and healthy this Christmas.

 1. Avoid human food

We commonly see pets that have over indulged during the Christmas period so PLEASE resist feeding your pet ham, turkey or fatty left overs - they can cause tummy upsets and pancreatitis. Keep all chocolate and fruit laden Christmas cake out of reach and NEVER feed your pet cooked bones.

2. Watch out for potential hazards

Be on the look out for things your pet might find interesting and tasty! Christmas ornaments, electrical wires, ribbon, string and wrapping paper can all cause a problem if ingested. Candles and burning oils are also dangerous. Remember that ingestion of stems, stamen or the flowers of Christmas lilies can cause kidney failure in cats.

3. Make plans for your pet

Give your pet plenty of love and attention over Christmas - it is a hectic time of year and your pet will pick up on this. Make sure you plan out some fun for your pet on Christmas Day. Stuff their stockings with a new toy to keep them occupied during the day - we have some great treats and Christmas presents available - ask us for more ideas!

 

04 Fireworks - how to de stress your dog
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Music can help distract your dog during fireworks

New Year's Eve almost always involve explosions. Fireworks and firecrackers might help us celebrate the holiday but it can be a very nerve-wracking experience for your dog.

There are several tips for helping your dog survive the noise:

1. Keep your dog indoors during fireworks. Even calmer dogs may get spooked and run away, jump over a fence or dig out

2. Make sure they are wearing an up to date identification tag and are microchipped, just in case they do escape

3. Place them in an interior room with a television or radio turned up so that they are distracted and the noise is dulled

4. If possible have one of their family stay with them during the celebrations

5. Make sure all windows are closed and all exits are secure

6. Dogs prefer a small, dark and secure place to retreat - a blanket over a coffee table can work well

7. Try not to reward and soothe nervous and anxious behaviour - otherwise your dog's patten of behaviour is reinforced

8. If your dog suffers from severe fireworks anxiety speak to us about prescribing a mild sedative to help your dog relax during this particular period

We can also offer advice on desensitisation to fireworks AND thunderstorms. Speak to one of our friendly staff for more information.

05 The old stealing beds trick

Do you often find your cat and dog swapping beds?!  We've found a great video to give you a laugh this month - you can check it out here.

 

We'd love you to share any footage you have of your pets swapping, sharing or fighting over beds! Post them on our My Pet Stories Facebook page

06 Kitty cautions
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You may be surprised!

This month we're alerting you to a few kitty 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 ...

Human medicines - medicines such as panadol and antidepressants a pose a serious threat to your cat, so keep them in a place he can’t get in to 

Common houseplants can be hazardous to your cat's health: lillies, poinsettia and tulips are the main culprits

Some chemicals taste especially good to cats -  keep these and all chemicals locked away: antifreeze (or car coolant), bleach, detergents, fertilizers, herbicides, insect spray (eg. ant rid) and rodent bait

Dog flea and tick medication - A cat that shares a house with a dog that has had supermarket pyrethrin flea treatment is at risk. These can KILL your cat. Ask us for the safest flea prevention for ALL of your pets 

Household products - chicken bones, dental floss, yarn, string, lights and tinsel can lead to intestinal blockages

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

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Many will be driving long distances this holiday season and it is not uncommon to come across injured wildlife along the way.

What should you do?

  • Keep a cardboard box and towel in the boot of your car in case you find an injured animal
  • If you see an animal beside the road pull over only when it is safe to do so and put your hazard lights on
  • Approach the animal carefully and cover it with a towel or blanket to calm it and contain it
  • Stress is the major killer of injured animals so keep handling and disturbance to a minimum
  • Keep it in a dark, quiet and warm place and do not try and feed the animal, however you can offer water
  • Contact a local vet or local wildlife hotline in the appropriate state and they will direct you on what to do next 

Remember to leave out a bowl of water for our wildlife in the hot weather AND keep cats and dogs inside and under control wherever possible.

You can contact Native Animal Rescue in Malaga for advice or give us a call as we are open 7 days.