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April 2011
IN THIS ISSUE

1. Do you look like your pet competition
2. Heartworm alert
3. Keeping our pets safe over Easter
4. Controlling canine cough
5. Flood victim survives kangaroo attack



1. Do you look like your pet competition

This is the hilarious winning entry following our Do you look like your pet competition.

Congratulations to Lyn and Crash the Chinois Chinese Crested from New South Wales. Lyn wins a copy of Adam Elliot's The A -Z of Unfortunate Dogs. 

You can see other entries at www.mypetstories.com.au



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2. Heartworm alert

Following the floods across eastern Australia, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is warning pet owners to make sure their dog is protected against heartworm disease.

This potentially fatal disease is spread from animal to animal by the bite of a mosquito. The floods have created perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes leading to an explosion in the numbers of these biting bugs and an increased risk of the disease.

According to the American Heartworm Society, hurricanes Katrina and Rita saw an estimated 60 percent of the pets displaced by Hurricane Katrina likely to have been infected with the heartworm.

Sadly, once a dog has been infected with heartworm, treatment can become difficult and the outcome can be potentially fatal.

The good news is, prevention is easy and options include:

  • Once yearly heartworm injection
  • Monthly topical treatments
  • Monthly oral treatments


If your dog is not up to date with heartworm prevention, a simple test at the clinic is required and treatment can be resumed. A repeat test will be required 6 to 9 months later.

We will advise you on the best heartworm prevention for your dog.



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3. Keeping our pets safe over Easter

The Easter bunny is getting ready for his big delivery and just like kids, our pets love to hunt for chocolate goodies.

Chocolate is toxic to animals as it contains theobromine. Theobromine is a caffeine derivative that cannot be metabolised by our pets and dogs are particularly at risk.

Potentially fatal amounts of chocolate for a 10kg dog:

70g baker’s chocolate
200g semi sweet/dark chocolate
600g milk chocolate

Symptoms from any amount of chocolate ingestion include hyperactivity, tremors, racing heartbeat, and seizures. In some cases it can lead to death. If your pet ingests chocolate you need to call us immediately as we may be able to reduce toxicity by inducing vomiting.

Other Easter safety tips:

  • Have special chew treats to occupy your pet during egg hunts
  • Make a note of where your chocolate is hidden so that the pets don't find them at a later date
  • Pets love to explore with their mouths so keep gifts and left over alcohol out of reach

Although flowers make lovely gifts at Easter, certain species of lilies such as the Easter lily and the Tiger lily can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.

Talk to us if you need more information.



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4. Controlling canine cough

Canine cough is a highly contagious disease caused by many different organisms including Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus. The disease spreads quickly in areas where dogs socialise. These may include; parks, grooming salons, obedience classes, dog shows and boarding kennels (the reason it used to be referred to as Kennel Cough).

Common signs:

  • A harsh hacking cough often finished with gagging; to see an example on YouTube CLICK HERE
  • Cough is often made worse by exercise or pressure on the throat
  • Fever, reduced appetite and lethargy (less common)

Veterinary examination of your dog is important so that we can rule out more serious problems such as lung disease, a collapsing windpipe or even heart disease. Some cases of canine cough may require treatment with antibiotics, antiinflammatories and cough suppressants.

Vaccination will significantly reduce the severity of Canine Cough and is a requirement for any dog that stays at a boarding kennel. Vaccines are available in either an intranasal or an injectable form and we will guide you on the best option for your dog.

Do you plan to board your pet over the Easter holiday period? Remember: your dog or cat must be up to date with vaccinations so check with us before it is too late.



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5. Flood victim survives kangaroo attack

There have been many heartbreaking stories over the past few months following the floods but some of the survival stories have been just as moving.

One remarkable story is of a kelpie, Carrie who not only survived the floods in Queensland but also managed to survive a Kangaroo attack. Carrie and her family were cut off by floodwaters for two days until a helicopter transported the brave dog to a veterinary clinic in Chinchilla.

Carrie is pictured on the left following life saving surgery.

You can read more about this remarkable survival story here



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  Sanford Vet clinic


42 Sanford St
Geraldton, WA 6530

PH: 9921 1797


www.sanfordvet.com.au
 

 

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