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December 2011
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1. Sanford Website now iphone friendly
2. Pet of the month competition
3. Pet of the Month winner for October
4. Merry Christmas to all of our clients and patients!
5. Safety tips for Christmas cheer
6. Case Study: Feline Chlamydia
7. Tips for happy travels
8. Preventing the dreaded grass seed abscess

1. Sanford Website now iphone friendly


The Sanford Vet Website is now iphone friendly. Yes, this means that you can check in on the website direct from your iphone. The site will re-configure to suit your phone. Got an issue about your pet- why not enter your query keywords in the search field and it will bring up all related articles on the topic. Still unsure? Send us an email from the contact us page or click on the phone number to connected to us directly. Try it today.

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2. Pet of the month competition


Sanford Veterinary Clinic and ‘Cammi' the Clinic cat with a bit of help from Vet Nurse Samantha would love you to enter your pet in our ‘Pet of the month' Competition. We will upload your pet's photo entry 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 they 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 our email newsletter that we send our clients. Subscribe to our newsletter direct from our website www.sanfordvet.com.au. Also winners will be uploaded to our new website Photo Gallery (check out the past winners) as well as featured on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing your pet's photos and short description sometime soon.

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3. Pet of the Month winner for October


Cammi the clinic cat and all the team at Sanford Veterinary Clinic would like to congratulate ‘Tazz & Zala' winner of the Pet of the Month photo competition for October, sent in by Maggie and Clare! Tazz is the ferret and she is 3 years old. Zala is a Siberian Husky and she is 6 months old. They get on very well and love to play. They won RC K9 dog food, Dog ball thrower, Dog paw candle, Frontline notepad, dog/ferret bowl, dog lead, two toys and Rogz stickers!! Enjoy!

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4. Merry Christmas to all of our clients and patients!

It is time for our annual Christmas pet photo competition. Pull out the camera and the reindeer ears and then snap away and send your pet photos to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We'll publish them all on our My Pet Stories website and My Pet Stories on Facebook. We’ve got some great prizes for the most popular entries.

Christmas rules for dogs:

Humans may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations.

Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

  1. Don't pee on the tree
  2. Don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
  3. If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open
  4. Don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny looking hole in the wall to the tree

Happy Christmas!

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5. Safety tips for Christmas cheer

When it comes to writing a Christmas list for your pet, don’t forget to keep safety at the top.

Potential dangers to watch out for:

1. Fatty foods: Sausages, left over ham and crackling are examples of foods that can cause vomiting, diarrhoea or even pancreatitis (a very painful and potentially serious condition)

2. Cooked bones and BBQ skewers:
may cause bowel blockages or perforations if ingested

3. Onions, macadamias, grapes and sultanas are all toxic:
these are commonly found in foods eaten at Christmas so beware of feeding leftovers, especially the Christmas pudding!

4. Chocolate: it's highly poisonous for dogs and even a small amount of chocolate can be toxic. Read more here

5. Ribbon:
wrappings can cause gut blockages if swallowed by any of our pets

6. Christmas ornaments and lights: cats, kittens and inquisitive dogs, may chew or swallow these

7. Toxic flowers: the leaves and flowers from plants of the lily (Liliaceae) family including Asian, Day, Easter, Glory, Japanese Show, Peace, Red, Rubrum, Stargaszer, Tiger and Wood lilies are highly toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure if ingested.

Here's a great video of a cat getting up to all sorts of mischief at Christmas.

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6. Case Study: Feline Chlamydia

Patient: Dudley
Species: Feline
Age: 10 months
Signs: Left eye: squinting, yellow discharge, red, painful and swollen conjunctiva (the lining of the eye)

After a veterinary examination, Dudley was found to have an elevated temperature (fever), he was also sneezing and had a clear discharge from his nostrils. Due to his stuffy nose, he couldn’t smell his food very well so he didn’t feel like eating.

All of Dudley’s signs were indicating that he was suffering from Chlamydia. This can be confirmed with an eye swab that is sent to the laboratory for testing.

Dudley probably contracted the infection from his mum during birth but adult cats can also become infected if they come in to contact with a cat that is shedding the bacteria from their respiratory tract.

Antibiotic treatment in the form of an oral paste helped Dudley feel better in no time at all. Dudley was also kept away from other cats to prevent spread of the infection.

Chlamydia can cause recurring infections so the most important measure for preventing disease is regular vaccination. Vaccination is especially important in groups of cats or for cats visiting catteries. Ask us for more information about Chlamydia.

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7. Tips for happy travels

If you are lucky enough to be travelling with your pet these Christmas holidays here are a few things you should think about:

  • If your pet is on medication have you got enough to last you through the holiday period? You should organise this well in advance
  • Take a copy of your pet’s health history with you including a current vaccination certificate
  • Do you have a good supply of your pet’s usual diet? Sudden changes in diet can cause tummy upsets - not something you want to deal with on a holiday!
  • Tick prevention is essential if you are visiting a paralysis tick area. Click here to see a paralysis tick location map or ask us to help you
  • Make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag with up to date phone numbers and that microchip details are current
  • Do you have details of a veterinarian in the area you are visiting just in case your pet became sick or injured?
  • If your pet suffers from motion sickness ask us for the most appropriate motion sickness medication. A pheromone spray can also help reduce your pet’s anxiety on car trips
  • Never leave your pet unattended in the car. Even if it is not an extremely hot day, the temperature inside a car can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes

Happy holidays!

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8. Preventing the dreaded grass seed abscess

After abundant grass growth this spring, it is bound to be a nasty grass seed season.

The tip of a grass seed is pointy and very sharp. Grass seeds love to bury in to your dog’s skin and it is common for us to remove multiple seeds at once.

In your pet, a grass seed can migrate for example, from under the paw out between the toes. If the seed does not exit, a painful abscess can lead to the need for surgery to remove the seed or remnants.

It is also not uncommon for a grass seed to end up in your dog’s ear canal causing intense head shaking. If you notice your dog is shaking his head or appears itchy around the ears, a check up with us is essential to rule out the presence of a grass seed.

Keeping your dog’s fur clipped short can help prevent grass seed problems. You should arrange to have your dog clipped now, before it is too late.

Regular checks for grass seeds are essential; concentrate under the paws, between the toes, around the ears and in the armpit region. A keen eye will prevent grass seeds becoming a problem.

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Sanford Vet clinic

42 Sanford St
Geraldton, WA 6530

PH: 9921 1797





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