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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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Contents of this newsletter
        01  Pet of the Month Winner for June
        02  Could you recognise heart disease  in your best friend?
        03  Should I take out Pet insurance?
        04  Case Study: Zac the kitten
        05  Why prevent heartworm disease?






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01       Pet of the Month Winner for June




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Pet of the Month Winner! - June



The Pet of the Month competition is proving to be super       popular. We have had a huge number of fantastic pet photos sent in and       it's always had to pick a winner.


The winner for June was "Daisy" sent in by       Kristy. We thought this photo was great! Bunnies make great pets. We are       sure that both Daisy and her owner Kristy will enjoy all the great prizes       they have won.


Now is your chance to go get your camera and capture that       special photo of your best friend. Send your photos in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or upload them       onto our facebook page




02       Could you recognise heart disease in your best friend?










Jimmy the ten year old Cavalier was usually a very active       dog but had lately been slowing down on his evening walk. A persistent       cough started to worry his owners so a health check up was in order.


An examination revealed a heart murmur which simply       confirms there is abnormal blood flow in the heart. An underlying cause       was discovered with an ultrasound; a thickened valve in between the two       heart chambers.


Almost 1 in 10 dogs seen by vets suffer from heart       disease. Knowing the early signs of heart failure can make a big       difference to your dog’s life. It means you can seek medical help from us       early and improve your dog's quality of life. 


Some signs to look out for:


• Coughing, especially at night 


• Laboured or fast breathing  


• A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on       walks  


• An enlarged abdomen  


• Weight loss or poor appetite  


• Weakness or fainting associated with exercise 


Without treatment, heart failure will become progressively       worse. Thankfully Jimmy is now receiving daily medication to reduce       the stress on his heart and is doing very well. He is energetic and is no       longer coughing. He will however need regular check ups to assess his       progress.


If you think your dog may be showing signs of heart       disease, arrange a health check up with us as soon as you can.




03       Should I take out Pet insurance?







No one likes to think about their furry friend getting       sick or being injured in an accident but being prepared can save you       thousands of dollars as well as unnecessary emotional distress.


Advances in veterinary medicine mean more can be done for       your pet’s health than ever before. Cats and dogs, like humans can       receive ultrasound and x-rays, diagnostic and laboratory tests, arthritis       treatment, major surgery, and cancer treatment.


Having pet insurance helps to alleviate the stress       associated with deciding to undertake these treatments, especially in       emergency situations when your pet needs them the most. 


There are increasingly more and more insurance companies       offering different policies for your pet. Some offer cover for accidents       and injury but there may also be an option for routine veterinary care       benefits such as vaccinations.


As with any insurance policy, it is important that you       read the fine print carefully so you don't get any nasty surprises.




04       Case Study: Zac the kitten







Zac is a 17 week old Persian. He loves playing on the       furniture and chasing his toys but one afternoon he jumped off the couch       and was unable to move his right fore leg.


He was examined and x-rays of his limbs were taken.       Unfortunately Zac had fractured his leg but examination also revealed a more       serious problem; a calcium deficiency. 


From the day Zac had arrived home from the breeder he had       only wanted to eat his raw kangaroo meat and wasn't interested in his       kitten dry food. Although cats are meat eaters, raw meat alone is NOT       enough to provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy       cat. If you imagine a cat in the wild, when they catch their prey they       eat the entire animal not just the meat!


After plenty of cage rest and pain relief, Zac's fracture       has now healed. He is receiving calcium supplementation and eating a       balanced veterinary approved diet.


When you are feeding your cat, ask us for a suitable diet       that is 'complete and balanced' as a good diet is one of the most       important things you can do for your cat's health. 




05       Why prevent heartworm disease? 







The prevention of heartworm disease is one of the most       important things that you must do for your pet. Heartworm is the most       dangerous of all the worms, and an intestinal ‘all wormer' tablet does       not prevent heartworm infection.


Mosquitoes spread heartworm and wherever there are       mosquitoes, there is the risk of heartworm. When the mosquito feeds on       your pet's blood, larvae enter the blood stream. These larvae mature       into worms that can reach up to an astounding 30 cm in length. The       worms eventually become lodged in your pet's heart leading to heart       failure and sometimes death. Dogs are more commonly affected by heartworm       disease but cats may also be at risk. 


This disease is definitely a case of prevention is better       than cure. Getting your pet started on the right heartworm medication can       be confusing, especially with so many choices on the market.


There are topical treatments, oral treatments and an       injection for dogs. Ask us for the most suitable prevention for your pet.




The Fine Print




This email contains comments of a general nature only and       is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice. It       should not be relied on as the basis for whether you do or don't do       anything.



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