Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

 Labour Day Long Weekend

Yes we will be open on Monday 3rd March from 9am - 5pm. We hope you enjoy your long weekend 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Do You Know What A Yellow Dog Is?

02  Starting off on the right foot

03  When good behaviour goes bad

04  Courteous cats

05  Better behaviour is in the air

06  Testing teenagers

01 Do You Know What A Yellow Dog Is?
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The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. It hopes to educate the public and dog owners to identify dogs needing space, promote appropriate contact of dogs and assist dog parents to identify their dogs as needing more space. 

Yellow Dogs are dogs who need a bit "more room" than an average dog. - they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; are in service; or other reasons specific to the dog.

So if you see a dog wearing a yellow lead or collar, ribbon or bandana, please give this dog the space that he needs. We have yellow leads for sale at the clinic for any of your beloved dogs that just need a little bit more space! 

02 Starting off on the right foot
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If you are planning on adding a new furry member to your family you will want a well behaved one! 

Good behaviour starts from before you choose your new friend and here are some tips for getting started on the right track. 

  • Choose a breed appropriate to your lifestyle. Problem behaviour is not uncommon in pets kept in the wrong environment. Be honest with yourself - for example how much exercise will you be able to give a dog? 
  • Check out their relatives. Try to meet mum and dad. Are they well behaved? Can you recognise any anxiety or behaviour issues in the family?
  • Spend as much time as possible with a litter before you make a choice. You might feel sorry for the smallest and quietest puppy or kitten in the corner but it is best to choose a friendly and confident animal who will make a good family pet. 
  • Plan plan plan. The first six months are critical when starting out. Will you have time to put in essential training such as puppy pre school? Are you and your family going to be able to be consistent with training?
  • Are you going to be able to provide your pet with essential health care, diet and grooming to make their life happy and comfortable? 

We are always here to help you plan and can answer any questions when it comes to choosing the right pet for your family - ask one of our friendly team today.

 

 

03 When good behaviour goes bad
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So you might have a perfectly behaved and well behaved pooch but all of a sudden things change. Has toilet training gone out the window? Is your dog suddenly fearful of other dogs? Are they freaking out when you leave the house for five minutes?

Behavioural problems in adulthood are very common. Separation anxiety, storm phobia and fear aggression can all raise their ugly heads at any point in your dog's life. 

This is where a medical examination with us is absolutely essential.  Is your dog suddenly urinating in the house? We need to rule out medical problems such as a urinary tract infection or urinary incontinence. 

Perhaps your dog has started growling at you when he is picked up - have you thought your dog might be in pain with the onset of arthritis? 

Many behavioural changes in our senior pets are associated with dementia - ask us about a specific diet available to help slow down the progression of these signs.

There are plenty of tools we have available to help you and your pooch along the way. Don't suffer in silence - arrange an appointment with us as soon as possible. 

Unfortunately we are not sure we can help this dog when it comes to bad behaviour ... 

04 Courteous cats
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People who think you can't train a cat haven't tried hard enough! Whether it’s a new kitten or an older cat that you’re introducing into your household, training should begin as soon as you bring your feline friend home.

Here are our top tips:

1. Be patient - cats are intelligent and trainable animals - keep training sessions to less than 2–3 minutes and use rewards such as praise and food such as cooked chicken or small amounts of butter or vegemite on your finger or a spoon. Train your cat to come when he's called or sit for a treat

2. Cats like company - they are social creatures and need companionship. Pick your kitten up from early on to help him understand that he is safe in your arms. Cats also need to feel comfortable with other cats, so the earlier you can begin socialising your cat with others the better. Kittens often like a playmate and two kittens together are usually good for each other

3. Provide natural stimulation such as a scratching post - this is a normal behaviour used for communication. Place it where the cat will use it, usually a prominent area or in front of where the cat has already started to scratch (such as the corner of the couch!)

 

05 Better behaviour is in the air
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A puppy wearing an Adaptil collar

Pheromones are used in the animal kingdom to communicate. They are released between members of the same species in different situations.

There are now products available both for dogs and cats that contain a synthetic version of the pheromones used to reduce stress and produce a feeling of security. 

We are able to provide you with these products - Feliway for cats and Adaptil for dogs. 

Indications for use in cats include: inappropriate urine marking, scratching the furniture, reduced desire to interact or play, moving house with your cat, introduction of a new family member (pet or baby), or traveling with your cat. 

Adaptil helps to reassure and comfort dogs so that they can cope with changes in their environment - such as re-homing, car travel and during fireworks. It can also help reduce fear or prevent fear, anxiety and stress-related signs in puppies and adult dogs.

Both Feliway and Adaptil are available in a diffuser and a spray. Adaptil is also available in a collar. Only we will be able to advise you on the most suitable product for your pet so ask us for the most accurate information. 

06 Testing teenagers
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Surviving the canine adolescent stage can be challenging. Your shoes and couch may be destroyed and your nerves tested when it comes to toilet training but don't give up - best behaviour stems from here. Whilst the time before 16 weeks of age is crucial, consistent training and rewarding good behaviour must continue beyond this. 

Socialisation with other dogs (both big and small) is perhaps the most important ingredient for success. Controlled on leash and off leash time helps your dog become socially confident and will allow you to relax at the park in the years to come. 

Introduce your dog to different noises (the vacuum, children squeeling, motorbikes), multiple car trips as well as short and long stints at home alone. We can recommend some great boredom busters to keep your pet stimulated while you head out. You want your dog to learn to be happy during 'alone time'. 

Practise positive reinforcement. Reward your dog for good behaviour. Be consistent and get the whole family on board. Ignore (never punish) the undesirable behaviour. Be patient and kind to your furry friend, they only want to please and even though you might not want to hear it, there is no such thing as bad behaviour. It is simply normal doggy behaviour but in an inappropriate setting. 

Ask us for more information - we will help you tame your teenager!