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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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Bad Teeth- a threat to health?


Have you noticed plaque build up on your pet's teeth (cats     and dogs) or maybe a case of bad breath? Foul breath, especially     noticed in dogs is often joked about, it is not a laughing matter. It     is caused by small infections in the gums from plaque build up.


Plaque and any infected areas of the mouth contain nasty     bacteria which seed infection to other organs. This can lead to kidney     and liver damage. Over years this is a direct cause of kidney     failure. The heart, intestinal tract and joints can also be affected.


For more information and examples of healthy and problem     teeth log onto www.sanfordvet.com.au


Phone 9921 1797


and book your pet     in for a ultrasonic teeth clean today.







Contents of this       newsletter
      01  Pet of the month winner!
      02  Who’s been sleeping in my bin?
      03  Overcoming cat carrier stress
      04  Puppy proof your home
      05  Prescription pets?





01 Pet of the month winner!






Every house should have one!



The winner of our Pet of the month for July was     "Milo" sent in by Sarah. Thank you for sending in your      photo....we thought it was great.  Hope you are enjoying your     prize!  We had a heap of fantastic photos of great pets you can check     them out on our facebook page or on our website photo     gallery on www.sanfordvet.com.au


Get you camera out and record some great images of your best     friend. We would love to see the photo's so enter your pet in our 'Pet     of the month' competition. You can upload your entry onto our facebook page or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Don't forget to     include a short description!




02 Who’s been sleeping in my bin?




This line may not have been included in Goldilocks and the Three Bears,     but it certainly applies to this charming video below. 


Thoughtful locals in a small town in America, having     apparently noticed that a trio of bear cubs had become stuck in a skip, set     out on a rescue mission to free these little cuties. 


With mumma bear close by (and probably not best pleased that     her kids have got themselves in to trouble), the couple carefully reverse     their ute to the roadside skip.


The lady in the back of the car then lowers a ladder into     the receptacle so that the cubs can climb out – and it isn’t long before     they pop their heads up out of the bin.


The three little bears are soon seen heading off with their     mother (without having eaten any porridge). 


Apparently one witty YouTube commentator wrote: “Who would     throw away three perfectly good bears?”


Click here or     on the image below to watch the video on YouTube





03 Overcoming cat carrier stress










Getting your cat in to a carrier can be a very stressful     event and can certainly put you off taking your cat to the vet. The     problems often begin as soon as your cat sees the carrier and     whoosh...she’s off and hiding under the bed.


From your cat’s point of view nothing good really follows     being shoved in to a carrier. Dogs leave the house for pleasurable walks     but cats are invariably taken somewhere a lot less exciting.


Some tips:

  1. 1.Leave the carrier out in aaccessible part of your house so it smells like home (rather than moth     balls or the dusty garage!). This will also give your cat the chance to rub     her scent on the carrier. Feliway spray (that contains feel good feline     facial phermones may also help in this instance- ask us for more     information).
  2. 2.Get your cat to associate the carriergood things. Place a portion of food in the carrier or ‘special’ treats.     You can even close the door for a few minutes while she’s inside. You can     then use the same process when a trip to the vet is on the cards.
  3. 3.Vary your cues. Cats are very smartmay think... “hmmm, i usually get my treats in the evenings why am I     getting it in the morning? And why does my owner have her car keys in her     hand? That’s it, I’m outta here!”
  4. 4.you return home from a carrier outing with your cat continue on with your     routine as usual, returning the carrier to its normal place. Eventually     your cat will willingly return to the crime scene and she should soon view     the carrier as a normal part of her life.

Remember: it is illegal and     dangerous to have your cat unsecured in the car. Ask us for more advice on     the best carrier for your cat.




04 Puppy proof your home










Ah, little puppies. So cute, cuddly and curious! If you     have a new puppy you will be dealing with toilet training, a few sleepless     nights and all the other joys of puppyhood but have you thought about puppy     proofing your house?


Our younger dogs are most at risk for at home poisonings.     Here are some top tips to make sure your house is puppy (and dog) proof:

  • Keep     medications out of reach of your pet. This includes their medications and     yours. Don't leave your handbag in reach of your furry friend (many contain     dangerous contents like chocolate, chewing gum that contains xylitol,     prescription medications, ibuprofen, asthma inhalers and coins- all very
        attractive to your pooch)
  • Store     your rubbish in a secured cupboard and make sure the lid is secure. If you     have a nosey dog, install baby locks on cabinets that contain house     cleaning solutions
  • DON’T     use mouse or rat poisons OR snail bait and and throw out any old packets     you may have lying around
  • Keep     your dog out of the garage - oil, windscreen wiper fluid and coolant     are all dangerous. A few ingested drops of radiator coolant can cause     kidney failure
  • Keep     electronic cords hidden behind furniture or under carpet. Biting into an     electrical cord can result in burns to the mouth
  • Fence     off your compost 
  • Have our     veterinary number 9921 1797 stored in your phone and download the pet poisons app for     more information on what’s poisonous in your household

If you think your     pet may have ingested something poisonous call us immediately for     advice. 




05 Prescription pets?










New research that shows having a pet is helpful for women     living with chronic illness has reinforced the need to recognise the role     pets have in health maintenance.


The report, published in Women’s Health Issues, asked women     participating in the research to identify the roles that helped them in     managing their illness. Unexpectedly, being a pet owner was one of the top     five helpful roles that emerged. 


The report revealed that pets help people to take time out     from our day to day activities, even if it is something as simple as     stroking a cat or taking a dog for a walk. For someone suffering from a     chronic illness, this time out can be a powerful intervention and offers     the opportunity to engage with other people or create a positive mindset.


This is great research as having hard data is critical to     making policy-makers listen. Building on this body of research helps     support the fact that pets need to be planned for in the same way as     recreation opportunities or open spaces are planned for to help improve our     quality of life.


You can read the full report here 


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