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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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A lot of people have been asking us about the new Responsible Cat Ownership Laws that will be coming into effect in Western     Australia soon and what that will mean for their pet.

The Western Australian State Government passed the new Cat Act 2011 on the 9th of  November 2011 to give local government the power to administer and enforce the new legislation which will be fully in effect by the 1st November 2013.   

This means that by the 1st Nov 2013 it will be compulsory for cat owners to-   

  • microchip your cat for identification
  • register your cats with your local council
  • have your cat sterilised

Also you should ensure your cat has a collar and name tag and has its vaccinations up to date.   

Get your pet ready for the new laws- ring us now for an appointment on 9921 1797   

Further information available on our website www.sanfordvet.com.au





Don't     let your cat become an outlaw!!




Contents of this newsletter
      01  Grass seed danger in spring
      02  Pet of the month winner for August
      03  Funny pet videos
      04  When your pet's waterworks aren't working
      05  Case Study: Toby's gotta go but he can't!
      06  Your cat's toilet: the golden rules





01 Grass seed danger in spring







Spring is here again and with the warmer weather and bust of flowers comes an often overlooked danger to our pets- grass seeds!   

Grass seeds can easily be caught in your pets coat and     gradually penetrate your pet's skin aided by the bristles on the seed. Often this is not noticed untill there is a severe infection or a discharging abscess.   

Grass seeds caught in the ears is also a common problem at  this time of year. So what can you do to prevent this problem?   

  • check your pets ears daily
  • check your pets paws daily
  • have your dog/cat clipped if you are in an area with lots of grass seeds- this     will make them easier to see and will help prevent them from adhering
  • remove any grass seeds trapped in the hair coat
  • have any constant licking, head shaking or pawing at ears investigated by us as soon as possible                   

And last but not least- enjoy spring, we are sure you pet     will!!!




02 Pet of the month winner for August






Benji & Curfuddles



The winner for our Pet of the month for August was "Benji & Curfubbles" sent in by Emma.  Thank you for sending in your photo...we thought it was geat!   

Hope you are enjoying your prize! You can check out all the fantastic photos on our facebook page. There are some really cute pets and it's allways hard to pick a winner.    

Be inspired, grab your camera and enter your pet's photo in our Pet of the month competition. We would love to see your entry. You can upload your photo 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!




03 Funny pet videos




Have you got a funny pet video? How about sharing it on our My Pet Stories Facebook Page?     Upload your video by midnight October 31st and you could be off to the movies as we've got 5 double movie passes to give away. Click here to see one of our favourites!





04 When your pet's waterworks aren't working







Your pet’s urination habits are an important indicator of     their health. Subtle changes can be a sign of disease such as kidney disease or even diabetes.   

Changes may include:   

  • Urinating more often
  • Straining to urinate
  • Leaking or dribbling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Excessive grooming of genital area
  • Urinating in unusual places i.e cats urinating out of their tray or ‘spraying urine’. Click here to view a cat spraying on YouTube.                       

Don't ignore these signs as in some cases urinary tract     diseases can cause your pet pain and discomfort.   

If you notice any of the above signs here is what you should do:   

  • Call us: we can work out whether or not your pet needs to be seen urgently
  • Bring a urine sample of your pet's urine with you if possible so we can run necessary tests
  • Take  notice of what are the normal urinary habits for your pet, so you can recognise early if there is something not quite right



05 Case Study: Toby's gotta go but he can't!







7 year old British shorthair Toby is a very clean cat and     always uses his litter tray perfectly. Recently however, Toby had been leaving little patches of wee around the house. One afternoon, Toby’s owner returned from work to find Toby straining to urinate in the shower so he brought him in for an examination.    

Toby had a large hard and painful bladder as the urethra     that takes urine from the bladder to the outside world was obstructed. This  is a potentially life threatening condition and Toby needed urgent catheterisation to unblock his bladder.   

There are many causes of urethral obstruction in cats but     the two most common are urethral plugs (consisting of mucous and cells) and uroliths (made up of small crystal material). Many factors interact to produce uroliths and urethral plugs; viruses, bacteria, diet, decreased water consumption, physical inactivity, urine retention, stress, and urine     pH may all contribute. Male cats are at greater risk for obstruction than females because their urethra is longer and narrower.    

After three days in hospital, Toby was once again able to     pass urine on his own, and was ready to go home.   

To prevent recurrence of Toby’s problems, he was started on  a special urinary diet. This commercially prepared food is available in both dry and wet forms and is formulated to help prevent the crystals from building up in his urine.   

Two weeks later Toby has adapted well to his new diet and is happily using his litter tray again.




06 Your cat's toilet: the golden rules







Providing your cat with the ideal toileting set up indoors can be a challenge.    

Here are some top tips:   

  • Provide a tray for every cat in the house plus an additional tray. If you have two cats, you should have three trays
  • Put  the tray somewhere peaceful and quiet- not in the hallway or near where the dog sleeps!
  • Don’t place food and water too close to the tray as cats don't like to eliminate where they eat
  • Remove faeces from the tray daily and change the litter entirely every 2-3 days
  • Wash the tray out with warm water only, never use harsh chemicals
  • Use a litter that is fragrance free and avoid plastic liners as cats hate  these!
  • Remember that some cats hate a covered tray as it traps in all the smells                           

Remember: cats are very clean creatures and prefer deep litter and a large tray to toilet so they can bury their urine and faeces - this is usually why a sandpit is an attractive place to toilet.... click here for a laugh!





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