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September 2011
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1. Pet of the month competition
2. Green thumbs and safe paws
3. Alert Alert!
4. Case study: canine coronavirus
5. Where has all the wildlife gone? The extinction crisis in Northern Australia
6. Five good reasons to scoop the poop

1. Pet of the month competition

Sanford Veterinary Clinic and ‘Cammi' the Clinic cat would love you to enter your pet in our new ‘Pet of the month' Competition. Each month we will upload your pet's photo onto our Facebook page with a short description of them. You can do this by sending your photo to our email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Each month we choose one winner and you will receive fantastic prizes. The prizes can include; dog or cat biscuits, flea products, shampoos, beds and some fun toys for your pet. Your pet's photo and a short story will then be published in the next month's newsletter that we send our clients through email. To ensure you get the newsletter go to our website www.sanfordvet.com.au and enter in your email address. We look forward to seeing your pet's photos sometime soon.

Pet of the Month winner for July


Cammi the clinic cat and all the team at Sanford Veterinary Clinic would like to congratulate ‘Gypsy' winner of the Pet of the Month photo competition for July, sent in by her owner Jo! Gypsy is obviously a bit of a style hound. They have won a Dog Ball, Dog Bowl, Frontlone Notepad, a Dog Ball Thrower, Frontline Umbrella and a new Dog name tag with lead!!! Enjoy!

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2. Green thumbs and safe paws

With the buds blooming and the sun sparkling it is a good time to get out in the garden. Your pet may wish to help out with you but remember there are many hidden dangers:

Snail and Slug Bait: On the garden or in the box, these are very attractive to pets. Ingestion of small quantities can be rapidly fatal. Products that claim they are pet safe are bitter and only act as a deterrent. Some pets will still eat these highly toxic baits so consider if these baits are 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 attractive to your pet but the contents contain bacteria, moulds and toxins all of which can make your pet very sick

Rat and mouse baits: These are very toxic and unfortunately very attractive to pets. Ingestion causes internal bleeding and your pet can become unwell before you are even aware

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 are poisonous to cats so it is best to avoid these too


Does your pet like to help out in the garden? Click here to see a dog that does!

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3. Alert Alert!

Recently there has been a rodent plague in many parts of Australia and our pets are at risk. Rat and mouse baits have been placed in many areas, around houses, sheds, factories and shops. As a result, vets are seeing many poisoned pets, often some time after the bait has been eaten.

Dogs that are let off leash and allowed to scavenge are particularly at risk but cats that ingest poisoned rodents are also in danger.

Rat and mouse baits, also known as rodenticides are anticoagulants. Ingestion of even a small amount of a rodenticide can cause internal bleeding and eventually death if not treated immediately.

Signs of toxicity may occur 4-7 days (or longer) after ingestion and might include:

  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Nose bleeds
  • Bruising
  • Blood in the stools or in urine
  • Profuse bleeding from wounds
  • Seizures

Call us if your think your pet is displaying any of these signs.

If you see your pet ingest bait you should visit us immediately. If we can induce vomiting before your pet shows any signs of toxicity, the outcome is likely to be better.


The potentially fatal paralysis tick is out and about again especially along the east coast of Australia.

If you are travelling with your pet to a tick prone area or live in one of these areas make sure you have tick prevention under control.

Ask us about the best prevention for your pet.

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4. Case study: canine coronavirus

Patient: Max
Species: Canine
Breed: Pug
Age: 9 months
Signs: vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite 

A veterinary examination revealed that Max was very dehydrated. He was immediately admitted for intensive rehydration via an intravenous drip. Tests of a faecal sample at the laboratory confirmed that Max was infected with canine coronavirus.

This disease is highly contagious and is spread via the faeces of infected dogs. The virus invades the intestine and damages the brush like “villi” that are responsible for normal function of the gut.

In most cases, the signs of this disease are only mild and death is rare. There are however potential risks for complications as infection with coronavirus makes the intestinal cells more susceptible to canine parvovirus infection, a very serious and potentially fatal disease.

Thankfully Max was not infected with parvovirus and made a slow but successful recovery to a happy and healthy dog.

There is vaccine available to help prevent against Canine coronavirus. Puppies are more susceptible to the virus as are the dogs that are at increased risk of exposure (such as breeding dogs or show dogs).

Ask us for more information and if a vaccination is required for your dog.

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5. Where has all the wildlife gone? The extinction crisis in Northern Australia

There has been a catastrophic decline in the diversity and abundance of small mammals across northern Australia. Even iconic areas, such as Kakadu National Park, have not escaped this extinction crisis with the abundance of small mammals in Kakadu having declined by 75% in the last 15 years.

The precise causes of the decline are likely to involve the interaction of altered fire regimes, feral herbivores and feral cats. Urgent intervention is required if we are to reverse this decline and prevent further extinctions.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is securing the future of Australia’s threatened wildlife through its commitment to science and practical approach to on ground conservation. Their Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley is the only protected area in northern Australia to have recorded an increase in native mammal populations.

AWC is now seeking to replicate its success at Mornington with its Northern Mammal Recovery Project by carrying out a series of large-scale land management interventions at sanctuaries in key regions across northern Australia. You can read more in their latest newsletter Wildlife Matters.

September is Biodiversity month and AWC needs your help. To donate and to read more about the AWC visit www.australianwildlife.org.

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6. Five good reasons to scoop the poop

  1. Rainwater washes pet waste directly into our river systems and the sea which can affect our flora and fauna
  2. Dog poo may contain harmful organisms (such as E.coli and Giardia, roundworms and hookworms) that can be transmitted to humans and other animals if ingested
  3. It is the law in most urban and suburban areas
  4. Cleaning up daily in your yard can help prevent odours
  5. No one likes to step in dog poo and your neighbours will appreciate you!

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Sanford Vet clinic

42 Sanford St
Geraldton, WA 6530

PH: 9921 1797

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