Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

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

We hope you enjoy your Easter Break! 

We will be open 18th April, Good Friday from 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday as normal 9am - 6pm, and 21st April, Easter Monday 9am - 5pm. We will also be open 25th April, Anzac Day 9am - 5pm. 

Should you have any emergencies out of these times, please contact Perth Vet Emergency on

1300 040 400. They can be found on the corner of Royal Street and Wanneroo Road, Yokine. 

 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Changes to Daycare

02  Why chocolate isn't good for dogs

03  Talking about the stuff you don't want to know about

04  Five ways to exercise your indoor cat

05  How much exercise does my dog need?

06  Tommy - the Blind Agility Dog

01 Changes to Daycare
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Due to the School Holidays over Easter, we will be closing Daycare from (last day) Friday 11th April, starting again Monday 28th April. 

We apologise for any inconvenience 

02 Why chocolate isn't good for dogs
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Don't let chocolate be your dog's next meal

The Easter Bunny is about to make his deliveries and we are delivering a warning message - KEEP ALL CHOCOLATE OUT OF PAW'S REACH!

Cats are less likely to be interested in sweet treats but you should be aware that pets of the canine variety are designed to seek out EVERY morsel of chocolate!

There is a derivative of caffeine in chocolate (called theobromine) that your dog can't digest.

Ingestion might lead to:

  • hyperactivity
  • tremors, panting, racing heart
  • vomiting, diarrhoea
  • seizures and even death

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Check out this handy calculator to give you an idea of the amounts that may be toxic in YOUR dog.

So what do you do if you think your dog has found your secret stash of chocolate?

Seek emergency help as soon as possible. Inducing vomiting and removing the toxic chocolate from your dog's system will give your pooch the best chance at a good outcome. Severe toxicities may require more intensive treatment.  

Remember ALL NIGHT EMERGENCY help is available so if in doubt ... get it out ASAP!

 

 

03 Talking about the stuff you don't want to know about
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Vomiting and diarrhoea. Most people don't want to mention these words, let alone clean it off their carpet!

The truth is, most dogs and cats suffer from either (or both) of these at some point in their life. The most common cause is 'dietary indiscretion' which is just our way of saying your pet ate something he shouldn't!

After withholding food for a few hours (gastric rest), fluids for rehydration and a few days of a bland diet, your pet will most likely recover without a problem.

Occasionally vomiting and diarrhoea can be more serious.  

Here's a guide for when to seek help from us - your pet:

  • Has multiple bouts of diarrhoea
  • Vomits more than once
  • Seems lethargic or is off his food
  • Has been losing weight recently
  • Ingested something he shouldn't

If you have a question or are worried about your furry friend always call us for advice - we can help put your mind to rest, but unfortunately we can't clean your carpet! 

04 Five ways to exercise your indoor cat
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So your indoor kitty has put on some kilos and you know he needs to get some exercise. Unfortunately you can’t exactly put him on a treadmill! How exactly, do you get your indoor cat exercising?

1. Use fun toys instead of food as a treat - focus on items that will really get your cat moving, like a stringed feather on a pole that your cat will never get tired of swatting at

2. Use vertical spaces in your home for your cat to jump on. This could be a window sill, set of empty shelves or a cat tree. Even when you're not home to play with your kitty, he still has an opportunity to burn some energy by jumping

3. Separate food and water bowls so your cat has to get up and burn energy to get from one to the other - using the vertical space works well here 

4. Invest in a laser pointer - even the most lazy cats will find it hard to resist

5. Hide and seek - place your cat's food around the house - make him work hard for his dinner! 

Did someone say you can't put a cat on a treadmill?? 

05 How much exercise does my dog need?
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image source: www.nexercise.com

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Dogs are born to work for a living.  Most are bred for a particular purpose such as hunting, herding livestock or providing protection.

Our companion dogs are mostly Couch Potatoes! They get their food for free in a bowl and are often confined and inactive for most of the day, contributing to behaviour problems and weight gain.

Many pet owners assume that if a dog has access to a yard, he’s getting enough exercise. WRONG! Dogs don’t run laps by themselves -  it’s the interaction with you that counts!

The amount of exercise your dog needs depends on his breed, size, age and the condition of his health. Arthritis, heart and respiratory conditions can all be exacerbated by incorrect levels of exercise.

As a general rule, dogs need 60 minutes of exercise daily. It is best to split this in to morning and evening sessions.  

Focus on these top tips: 

1. Exercise your dog’s brain. Stimulate them with food puzzle toys, hunting for dinner, obedience and trick training, and chew toys instead of excessive physical exercise

2. Play games that make your dog run around such as fetch with balls or hide-and-seek. We do not recommend hours of repetitive ball chasing - this can wear out your dog's joints

3. Socialise with other dogs - this is a great way to stimulate your dog's mind and help him sleep better at night

Ask us for specific information on exercising your individual dog. 

06 Tommy - the Blind Agility Dog
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Meet Tommy and SHARE, it is a wonderful story.


In 2012 I fostered Tommy from DFL Pound Rescue (https://www.facebook.com/DFLrescue ). He had been rescued from the Armadale Pound and another fosterer had problems because Tommy was fighting with her male dog. 

I had 2 girls at that stage (Misty & Fog) and when he arrived they 'explained' his place in the pack and he accepted it very quickly. He wa not only blind but had an inguinal hernia and other gut problems which required extensive vet work, but he proved popular at the vet and in the dog park. Although he's blind, he's not old and is very strong and fast and he needed a firm hand.

After trying to find someone to adopt him, I decided that it was easier if I did. 

Initially I thought I had the skills to train him, as I had done training with Laura previously when I adopted Misty. However, after a couple of encounters in the dog park it was clear Tommy was a tough little scrapper and he'd attack first and ask questions later, so I phoned Laura. 

Her initial response was 'I don't know anything about training blind dogs', but I cajoled her into meeting Tommy and she came up with lots of strategies and he responded very well to them We also signed up for the Canine Companion Masterclass on Saturdays so that Tommy would learn Rally-O and respond effectively to voice command. 

We've been going for over a year and Tommy enjoys it, even if he's a bit lazy at times and would rather lie around and get attention, than follow commands. He's very good at the tunnels and at jumping on the table and going over the A-Frame. The jumps are a bit of a challenge, but he might even manage them one day. 

He might be blind, but he shows no fear of anything or anybody. He assumes that life is fabulous, that people will love him and that if a dog jumps in the river, it must be a duck and wants to be swum after.


Thanks to www.fourpawsphotography.com.au for the wonderful photos!