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FIV Oct 2011

October 2011
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1. The neighbourhood wanderer
2. A fine way to fight fleas
3. A gentle reminder
4. Feeding your pet for optimum health
5. Creating a pet and plant balance

1. The neighbourhood wanderer

Monty the moggie is a well known neighbourhood wanderer and is always out and about looking for trouble. One Saturday night, Monty picked a fight with Tom the tabby and came off second best.

He visited the clinic fluffed up, painful and grumpy. He had a fever and a nasty wound on the side of his face. Cat fight bites and scratches can be painful and almost always become infected. We commonly see a puncture wound that closes over and forms a nasty, bacterial laden abscess under the skin a few days later. The sooner we treat a cat that has been in a cat fight the better as we may be able to avert the need for surgery.

The warmer weather brings more cats out and creates competition over territory and females. We see more cat fight wounds and abscesses at this time of the year so keep your cat locked up and out of trouble!

Monty’s wounds were extensive and he required a general anaesthetic to flush the wound. A drain was placed to help prevent fluid forming under the skin and antibiotics and pain relief were essential for a speedy recovery.

If your cat ventures outside it is important to vaccinate to prevent against Feline Immunodeficiency virus. This is spread via cat bites. Thankfully Monty was protected. Ask us about vaccination today.

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2. A fine way to fight fleas

As the weather starts to warm up and daily temperatures rise, fleas begin to hatch and infest your pet and home. By the time you notice your dog scratching, it’s too late. In ideal conditions, just 10 female fleas can multiply to more than 250,000 fleas in only a month!

Thankfully, there is a great product available for dogs that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations for a full month. Comfortis® starts killing fleas within 30 minutes and is 100 per cent effective within just four hours!

Dogs love the taste of the beef-flavoured chewable tablets and you will love that Comfortis doesn’t rub or wash off - making it ideal for those of you with young children or other pets in the home, or for those who dislike the inconvenience or messiness of topical treatments

Read more here and ask us about Comfortis® today before the fleas make a meal of your dog.

Click here to see a great video of a dog enjoying the great outdoors.

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3. A gentle reminder

Believe it or not, the summer holidays are just around the corner. If you haven’t done so already, you need to book your pet in for boarding now as these facilities fill up very quickly over Christmas.

If your pet isn’t up to date with their vaccinations they may require two injections a month apart before they are allowed to board. This means you need to get in now! Call us for an appointment or if you need to make sure your pet is up to date. There is nothing fun about being turned away when you are on your way to the airport.

Cats generally require a minimum of a F3 vaccination but some catteries require a F4 vaccination. Dogs need to be up to date with their C5 vaccination.

Don’t forget to take your pet’s vaccination certificate with you when you admit your pet for boarding. Worming and flea control must also be up to date prior to admission. We are more than happy to discuss what your pet needs so call us today to prevent any extra Christmas rush stress!

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4. Feeding your pet for optimum health

Feeding a balanced commercial diet recommended by us is the top tip for a healthy pet. These premium foods are highly digestible and you get great value for money.

Due to their high quality ingredients and excellent quality control your pet will suffer less tummy upsets, maintain and healthy weight and a great coat and there will be less poo for you to pick up.

Here are some other top tips for feeding your pet:

  • Keep human food and table scraps off the menu
  • Introduce a new diet over 5-7 days, gradually increasing the percentage of the new food to prevent any tummy upsets
  • To control calories measure out the quantity required, don’t just top up the bowl
  • Avoid creating a fussy dog; leave their meal down for 15-20 minutes, taking up what is not eaten and offering later
  • Cats prefer to be fed ad lib but be careful not to overfeed

Puppies and kittens have different nutritional requirements to an adult dog or cat, and pets with a history of urinary tract disease or arthritis may also require a specific diet. Ask us for advice about the best diet for your pet.


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5. Creating a pet and plant balance

With Spring upon us, Australians should look forward to a great gardening season ahead.

Whether your garden is big or small, here are some great tips for creating the perfect pet and plant balance:

  1. Make outdoor areas secure so your pet can’t escape. For dogs this includes fencing that can’t be jumped over or dug under. Cats can be kept secure in an enclosure that allows them to enjoy the fresh air without leaving your property
  2. Grassed areas are a great option in a small outdoor area. Dogs and cats love to lie on grass, especially in warm weather
  3. Section off a separate area of your garden for pet toileting
  4. Always provide access to water and shelter against extreme heat or cold for any pet that is outside
  5. Be aware of toxic materials that can be an everyday part of gardening and use only pet safe products
  6. Many common garden plants are toxic to cats and dogs; further information is available at www.petnet.com.au

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42 Sanford St
Geraldton, WA 6530

PH: 9921 1797



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