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Sanford     Veterinary clinic
    42 Sanford St
    Geraldton, WA, 6530
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    Phone: (08)     9921 1797





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Regular customers may have noticed a friendly new face at     Sanford Veterinary Clinic recently.  We are pleased and     excited to welcome Dr Tara Nash to Geraldton and Sanford Vet.


Tara and husband to be, Matt have made the move to the     west coast from Dubbo in NSW and say that Geraldton and it's great climate,     friendly people and fantastic beaches are Australia's best kept secret.


Tara is enjoying meeting regular and new clients and their     pets, investigating and resolving interesting cases and ensuring great     health outcomes for our much loved pets.


Already Tara has been fishing and explored the Abrolhos     Islands.  In her spare time she enjoys, reading, the beach, movies and     hanging out with her pets Jazz & Yoda.





Have     you met Dr Tara Nash yet?






Contents of this newsletter
      01  'Pet of the Month' Winner for May
      02  Expecting? Tell your dog you’re pregnant and win!
      03  Caring for our senior citizens
      04  Save on Senior Health Assesment
      05  Does my pet have dementia or am I losing my mind?
      06  Oscar's mysterious weight loss






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01     'Pet of the Month' Winner for May






Pet of the Month winner for May!



THANK YOU to to everyone who sent in Pet of the Month     photos... They were all great and we found it very hard to pick a winner     but the prize goes to super sweet kitty 'Prickles' sent in by Lauren. We     also just had to pick a runner up and that is 'Cobba', a dog that really     knows how to have fun sent in by Sarah. Hope you all enjoy your     great prizes.


Thank you once again for sending them in.  


Now is your     chance to send in your best pet photos to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or upload them     onto our Facebook page.


Check out the winners and runner-ups on our photo     gallery on www.sanfordvet.com.au






02     Expecting? Tell your dog you’re pregnant and win!







Many of us treat our dogs as if they were our first born. If     you’ve got a bun in the oven or you’re trying for a baby you won't want to     leave your dog in the dark. In order to create a healthy bond between your     dog and your baby bump you need to prepare your dog for what to expect. The     recently released book, Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant is the perfect tool.


Written by Dr Lewis Kirkham,     Tell your Dog You’re Pregnant delivers a practical and intuitive approach     to preparing your dog for your new baby. The book is bulging with     information, helpful tips and the latest behavioural knowledge making it a     must read for any dog owning family on stork watch.


Learn how to:

  • Prepare your dog for the baby
  • Accustom your dog to numerous baby     sounds, including toy noises
  • Read and interpret your dog’s body     language
  • Adjust your routine and the household     to keep your dog calm
  • Introduce your dog and baby for the     first time
  • Recognise your dog’s warning signs
  • Know when you need professional     assistance

You can read more information or order the book at www.babyandpet.com.au.






03     Caring for our senior citizens










This month we are focussing on our senior pets. Many people     are not aware that they are living with a senior pet and may be surprised     to learn that dogs and cats are classifed as senior citizens when they     reach 7 or 8 years of age.


There may be obvious changes such as grey hairs around the     muzzle, accidents around the house, hearing problems or stiff legs.


But beyond the changes you can see, there can be much more     going on, such as a slowing metabolism and changing nutritional     requirements. It is easy to put any one of the following signs down to     'getting old', however any of these symptoms may indicate an underlying age     related disease:

  • A cough
  • New lumps
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Occasional vomiting or diarrhoea 
  • Changes in appetite or thirst
  • Increasing or decreasing weight 
  • Loss of housetraining 
  • Difficulty climbing stairs or getting     into the car

A regular health check with us is the key to picking up on     any problems early and there is much we can do to help. Monitoring of your     senior pet with blood and urine tests, blood pressure, eye, arthritis and     weight checks are all important. Keep reading on to learn more about     some of the common problems we see in our senior patients. 


Call us to make an appointment for your senior pet to ensure     you have the happy and healthy years together that your best friend     deserves. 






04     Save on Senior Health Assesment






Save on a Senior Health Assesment



Love your pet for longer! Winter     can exacerbate common age related problems which can cause discomfort for     your pet.


Pets age very fast. One of our pet's years can equal 10     human years! So an annual health check is essential.


Don't let your pet suffer age related problems in     silence. To help avoid problems Sanford Veterinary Clinic is giving     10% off Senior Health Checks for July.


The Senior Health Check includes:

  • Physical exam - A check of your pets     physical condition including weight, body condition, eyes, ears, heart and     lung function.
  • Arthritis Check - Many new     strategies and products to alleviate the discomfort of arthritis are now     available.
  • Dental Check - Poor dental health can     contribute to bad breath, loss of appetite, heart and kidney disease, as     well as being very uncomfortable for your pet.

Spaces are limited, so phone us NOW on 99211 1797 for an     appointment and love your pet for longer.








05     Does my pet have dementia or am I losing my mind?













It is well known that ageing takes a toll on our entire body     including our brain and the same goes for our pets. So if you think your     pet may be acting a little senile don't worry, you are not losing your     mind.


Research confirms that our pets suffer from dementia too and     the disease that affects dogs (known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) has     many similarities to Alzheimer's disease in humans.  
    The signs of canine dementia can be classified by the acronym DISHA: 


D: Disorientation: dogs often end up     stuck in a corner or go to the hinge side of the door to be let out


I: Interaction: lack or decreased levels     of interaction with family members or other pets 


S: Sleep pattern is disturbed


H: House training is lost


A: Activity levels decreased 


While canine dementia has been recognised for some time,     there is now increasing evidence that cats may suffer from senility too. 

    Signs commonly include:

  • vocalising more or in an odd manner
  • failure to groom themselves
  • forgetting how to use a litter tray
  • appearing agitated particularly     when they should be sleeping

The most important point to remember is that there are many     other diseases that can lead to any of the signs of dementia so diagnosis     involves assessment of your pet and elimination of other diseases. 

    Thankfully we have a few treatment options up our sleeve so ask us about     the prescription diets we have available as well as a medication that may     help improve brain function.






06     Oscar's mysterious weight loss







Oscar is a scrawny but loveable 12 year old long haired cat     who is always in search of a feed. He occasionally vomits but his     owners had put this down to hairballs.


A check up revealed Oscar had lost nearly 15% of     his body weight in the past year despite his ravenous appetite     and regular supper at the neighbour's house. 


A blood test confirmed that Oscar was suffering from     Hyperthyroidism, a disease that is not uncommon in older cats. The thyroid     hormone has a role in nearly every organ in the body. Over production     results in an out of control metabolic rate, upsetting the regulation of     carbohydrates, fats, and protein as well as the function of the     heart. Hyperthyroidism can lead to heart failure so detection and     treatment are essential. 


Common signs to watch out for: 


• Weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite


• Poor coat quality


• Vomiting (don't just put this down to hairballs!)


• Increased thirst and urination


There are different options for the treatment of     hyperthyroidism and the treatment of individual patients depends on how     well the kidneys and the heart are functioning.  
    Oscar has commenced twice daily treatment and he no longer feels the need     to visit the neighbour's house for a midnight snack. Most importantly, his     organs are not under the stress of of excess circulating thyroid hormone.     He will be monitored closely with regular blood and urine tests and we know     he will be living a longer and healthier life. 



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