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There was no Pet of the Month competition for January as this is such a busy time for everyone....but don't worry, its on again for February!!!!    

So get your pets out and about enjoying summer and snap a few photos. We would love to see them!  Don't forget there are a     heap of prizes for the winner.   

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Contents of this newsletter
      01  Wipe Out Fleas This Summer
      02  February funnies
      03  Is your pet left or right 'pawed'?
      04  The itchy and scratchy show
      05  Case study - the itchy cat
      06  Test your dog's IQ







01 Wipe Out Fleas This Summer




flea life cycle



Imagine fleas crawling all over you. Would you put up with it? Fleas cause pet odour problems and skin irritations.   

One flea can lay up to  eggs in a day.   

The thing is adult fleas on your pet represent just 5% of     the flea population. The other  95% are eggs, larve and pupae in your home (i.e. in carpet, between floorboards and on furniture).   

The secret to flea free pets is to break the flea life cycle. Breaking the life cycle will get rid of the 95% of the flea     population made up of eggs, larvae and pupae in the home.   

Sanford Veterinary Clinic provides various products that are easy to use and effective.   

We provide product advice and guidance on safe use, all you need to do is treat pets monthly, on an ongoing basis.   

Ongoing treatment means no fleas and no way newly introduced fleas fron outside the home environment can get re-established in your home. Just imagine your pets completely flea free. Come in to see us today. It's up to you!




02 February funnies







We've got a great video for you this month. We are still asking ourselves 'where did he learn to do that'?   

Remember to share any videos of your pet on our facebook page!





03 Is your pet left or right 'pawed'?










Have you ever wondered which paw your pet might use to hold a pen? You might be able to find out as a veterinarian in the USA has developed a test that can help determine if your pet is left or right 'pawed'.    

Researchers have been studying right brain-left brain     connections in dogs and cats and are also investigating horses and their preference to lead with a particular leg in the canter. You can read more about the research here.     

How to find out if your pet is a 'leftie' or a 'rightie':

  • If  you teach your dog to shake, which paw does he offer you first and most often?
  • Fill a toy with something delicious and put it in front of your dog. Which paw does he use to touch the toy first? 
  • Put something sticky on your dog or cat's nose. Which paw does he use to remove it?
  • Place a treat or a piece of cheese under a couch, just beyond reach. Which paw does he use to try and get it out?
  • Dangle a toy over your cat's head. Which paw does he lift to bat it?
  • When your dog wants in to come in the door, which paw does he 'knock' with?               







04 The itchy and scratchy show









Fleas are a common cause of itchy skin



It is that time of the year again. With the warm weather comes the pesky things that cause allergies. Fleas, ticks and other biting insects commonly set off an attack of the itches! Pet can also be allergic to grasses, trees, plant pollen, dust mites and moulds as well as certain foods.    

Itchy dogs may bite, lick or scratch with their legs. Cats tend to over groom (constantly lick) certain areas causing hair loss - such as in Tigger's case below.   

Itching quickly leads to self-trauma of the skin and this causes secondary infections. Unfortunately, treatment becomes more complicated and more costly once infection occurs.    

What can you do at home?

  • Keep your pet away from known 'problem' plants - including Wandering Jew and Paspalum grasses
  • Avoid fishy foods in cats - you may be surprised but these can often be an underlying cause of allergies (skin and gastrointestinal) 
  • Some pets may find relief with an antihistamine - ask us for information               

If you have an itchy and scratchy show at your house call us for advice as the earlier we intervene the better.




05 Case study - the itchy cat







Tigger the three year old moggie had been busily grooming for weeks. His owner thought he was simply taking care of himself to impress the females until a nasty lesion was noted on Tigger's inner thigh.   

A visit to the vet revealed an ulcerated lesion, technically     known as an eosinophilic plaque. This is just one of a group of skin problems referred to as eosinophilic granuloma complex (EGC).   

The eosinophil, a white blood cell, is sent to a particular spot of skin in response to a something foreign, such as an     allergen (e.g flea saliva). This results in inflammation.   

If these cells do their job and leave, the inflammation will     subside. Occasionally they continue to work in the area for long periods and an itchy and uncomfortable lump appears. 

There can be multiple causes involved including flea and     food allergies. Diagnosis is by process of elimination.   

Tigger had a few specs of flea dirt around his neck (a great spot for fleas to hang out as the cat can't groom them off). So Tigger's EGC was probably set off by a flea allergy. He was given three weeks of antibiotics and started on a good quality topical flea product. Medication was also necessary to help settle his itch and he is once again a happy cat!






06 Test your dog's IQ







Most of us have some idea of whether our dog is switched on or not. But are you the parent of a Canine Einstein?   

Click here to see the six steps of the Dog IQ Test.   

It will test your dog's adaptive intelligence including their ability to solve problems, understand language and learn social cues. There are even some videos demonstrating how to perform the tests.   

Let us know how your dog performs by posting a picture of your dog and their score on our facebook page!






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