Morley Vetcentre
20 Rudloc Rd
Morley, WA, 6062

info@vetcentre.com.au
www.vetcentre.com.au
Phone: 08 9275 3000
Contents of this newsletter

01  Spring safety

02  CANINE ADVENTURE COURSE – A novel way to play with your dog!!

03  The best type of lunch break

04  Vegan diet for cats?

05  Kidney disease - what to watch out for

06  Baby animals falling asleep

01 Spring safety
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After a chilly winter, now is a great time to get out in the garden. Your pet may wish to keep you company but don't forget these hidden dangers!

  • Snail and Slug Bait: sprinkled on the garden or even stored in the box, these are very attractive to pets. Ingestion of small quantities can be rapidly fatal. Be aware that products that claim they are pet safe have a bitter taste which only acts as a deterrent. Some pets will still eat these highly toxic baits so consider whether these baits are absolutely necessary in your garden
  • Fertiliser: Pets love the smell and taste of some fertilisers and if eaten, these can prove rapidly toxic or even fatal
  • Compost: The garden compost heap is very tasty to your pet but the contents contain bacteria, moulds and toxins, all of which can make your pet very sick
  • Insecticides and weed killers: These are toxic to pets and should be safely stored and locked up
  • Avoid poisonous plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, daffodil bulbs and daphne. Lilies, if ingested, can cause kidney failure in cats so if in doubt - pull them out!
  • Oh, and don't forget that rodent baits are very dangerous and unfortunately attractive to pets. Ingestion causes internal bleeding - sometimes two to three weeks later

If your pet ingests any of the above it is best to contact us IMMEDIATELY for advice.

02 CANINE ADVENTURE COURSE – A novel way to play with your dog!!
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We are excited to announce that our next ‘Canine Adventure Course’ will he held on Saturday, 25th October.

Dogs will have a fabulous time completing 20 fun obstacles; including scrambling over bales of hay, crawling through tunnels, splashing into a pool, negotiating a maze and leaping over logs and tyres. 

The course is completed on lead, so is suitable for dogs of all training abilities. The cost is $25 and includes two rounds plus a fun ‘pairs’ round. Rosettes will be presented to all dogs who participate on the day. Spots are limited so book in soon to avoid disappointment.

To find out more or to enrol, email our dog trainer Laura at dogtrainingmorleyvetcentre@gmail.com or call the clinic on 9275 3000.

03 The best type of lunch break
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We've got a great feel good story for you this month. Earlier this year, The Lost Dogs' Home in Victoria, created The Human Walking Program.

This initiative gave office workers in Melbourne a chance to interact with dogs up for adoption. At the end of the event, every single pup found a new home!

You can read more about it here 

And watch the promotional video on YouTube here

04 Vegan diet for cats?
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Vegan diets may be a suitable choice for some people but what about our feline friends? The simple answer is that a vegan diet is a poor choice for your cat. These diets cannot provide all of the nutrients that your cat requires for a healthy life.

Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that cats require meat in their diet. They have specific nutrient needs that can only be supplied through the ingestion of animal meat.

For example, taurine is a specific amino acid that is required by all cats. Without sufficient amounts of taurine in the diet, cats can experience heart disease, vision problems, and other health issues. Taurine needs to be provided through the diet and is only available through animal sources. Although there are synthetic supplements available these are not recommended.

Vitamin A and Arachidonic acid also need to be provided in the food your cat is eating and these are primarily available through animal sources. 

As a result of these unique dietary requirements, a cat is unable to safely eat a vegan diet. Even with synthetic supplementation, producing a cat food that is complete and fills all of the nutritional needs of a cat is difficult (and dangerous) without adding meat to the diet.

So if you choose to enjoy a vegan diet, please do not expect your cat to eat the same way!

Last year a kitten was admitted to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital after being fed a vegan diet - you can read more here

05 Kidney disease - what to watch out for
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Is your pet is thirstier than usual? Are you filling up their water bowl more often? Have you caught your pet drinking from the shower, the tap or the toilet? An increase in thirst can be one of the first signs of kidney (renal) disease.

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate. As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough water so your pet will urinate more and will drink more to stay hydrated.

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can harm the nephrons, and your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

Other than increased thirst and increased urination watch out for:

  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • lethargy

Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and a measure of your pet's blood pressure may then be necessary. If we detect the kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment with diet modification and medication the better the potential outcome for you and your pet.

If you are worried about your pet's drinking or urination habits you should phone us for advice.

06 Baby animals falling asleep

This video proves that watching a baby animals falling asleep is addictive.  We hope you enjoy it!