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We hope you have a happy and safe     Easter! People and pets included.   

What a great opportunity to spend some extra time with our pets and families.   

Sanford Veterinary clinic will be closed Good Friday, Sunday and Easter Monday, But we are open as normal on the Saturday from 8.00 am to 12 noon.   

As always please ring us on 99211 797 to book for an appointment.   

Wishing you a very happy Easter!   

P.S. Our Pet of the Month photo competition is up and running again, so get you best pet photos in now!!

   
   

   
   

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Contents of this newsletter
     
      01  Welcome our new Vet Dr Jane Dupre
     
      02  Death by chocolate
     
      03  When vomiting gets serious
     
      04  Being a responsible cat owner
     
      05  Top ten things you need as a pet owner
     
      06  Going crazy for a laugh

     
 
   
   

   
                       
 
   
   

   
     
                                                                                               
   
   

   
   

01 Welcome our new Vet Dr Jane Dupre

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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You may have noticed a friendly new face at the clinic that     may be familiar. Dr Jane Dupre is a Walkaway girl though and through, and attended St John’s Primary school and Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton before graduating as a primary school teacher from the University of Notre Dame.  

Some may remember that Jane taught year four at St Johns Primary School in Rangeway and also spent a year teaching in Darwin as well  as enjoying the experience of teaching in remote communities in the Kimberley.   

Although teaching was rewarding, Jane’s love of animals led to the decision to undertake further study and become a Veterinarian. Jane graduated from Murdoch University as a Vet last year and now is a welcome addition to our team at Sanford Veterinary Clinic.   

Jane’s professional interests span both small animal and     large animal medicine, including dogs, cats, birds and horses. Jane is also keen on polocrosse, thoroughbred horse racing, dog showing and show jumping.   

Dr Jane Dupre looks forward to meeting you and your pets and providing friendly and professional Veterinary health care and advice.  

   

   
     
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

02 Death by chocolate

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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Don't leave chocolate in your pet's reach!

     
   
   

   
   

The Easter Bunny is on his way and about to make his deliveries and so we are delivering you an early warning message - keep ALL chocolate out of paw's reach.   

You should be aware that pets of the canine variety are designed to seek out any morsel of chocolate!   

There is a derivative of caffeine in chocolate (called theobromine) that your dog can't digest. Ingestion can lead to:   

  • hyperactivity     
  • tremors, panting, racing heart
  • vomiting, diarrhoea
  • seizures and even death               

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Check out this handy calculator to give you an idea of the amounts that may be toxic in your dog. 

Remember to call us immediately if your dog has ingested chocolate and if you end up eating too much chocolate this Easter - take a lesson from these smart kitties and get active!

   

   
   

   
         
                                                                                               
  
   

   
   

03 When vomiting gets serious

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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'Dietary indiscretion' is a common cause of vomiting in       our pets

     
   
   

   
   

There are many causes of vomiting. The most common is     'dietary indiscretion' which is just our way of saying your pet ate something he shouldn't!   

After witholding food for a few hours (gastric rest), fluids for rehydration and medications such as those that help with nausea, your pet will most likely recover over a couple of days.   

More worrying causes include an obstruction from a bone or a piece of string (especially in cats), liver or kidney disease, or endocrine diseases such as diabetes.    

What to do if your pet vomits:  

  • Don't panic but do watch for any further vomits
  • Withhold food for a few hours to allow for gastric rest
  • Think of possible causes - any access to a toxins?         

Call us if your pet:   

  • Vomits more than once 
  • Seems lethargic or is off his food
  • Has large amounts of diarrhoea or isn't producing faeces
  • Has been losing weight recently
  • Ingested something he shouldn't - check out some of the crazy things pets have eaten here.                   

If you have a question or are worried about your furry friend always call us for advice. 

   
   

   
      
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

04 Being a responsible cat owner

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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Keep your cat in from dusk to dawn to protect our wildlife

     
   
   

   
   

Cats are beautiful and intelligent creatures and as a cat owner, you have a responsibility to your cat, their community and the environment.   

Responsibly cared for cats are happy and safe, make good neighbours and don’t threaten wildlife.    

Top tips for being a responsible cat owner:   

  1. 1.must be microchipped and registered with your local council. Keep all details up to date
  2. 2.a collar with an identification tag - people will know your cat is owned
  3. 3.you are a registered breeder, desex your cat
  4. 4.your cat healthy by feeding a complete and balanced diet, giving parasite prevention, regular vaccination and at least yearly vet visits with us!
  5. 5.your cat from dusk to dawn. This is the time wildlife is most at risk, and cats are most at risk from injury from cars and cat fights. A curfew is law in some councils and with good reason - according to the Australian     Wildlife Conservancy, an estimated 75 million native animals are killed DAILY by feral cats.  Click here for more information               
   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
     
   

   
   

05 Top ten things you need as a pet owner

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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A safe carrier is an essential item for cat owners

     
   
   

   
   

What are the top things you need to keep at home to ensure your pet is happy and well cared for? We have all these available to purchase at the clinic.   

  1. 1.premium quality diet suitable for your pet's age and stage - ask us for advice
  2. 2.control to prevent fleas, ticks, mites, intestinal worms and heartworm - we can help you here
  3. 3.food and water bowls that are kept clean 
  4. 4.and comfortable bedding that is away from drafts and lifted off cold concrete
  5. 5.and indestructible toys - visit www.kongcompany.com.au
  6. 6.correctly fitting collar with an up to date identification tag
  7. 7.products - a pet safe shampoo, correct grooming tools such as brushes, nail clippers
  8. 8.you own a cat, a carrier is essential for safe car trips - your cat will feel more secure in a carrier will be MUCH safer 
  9. 9.good quality and secure lead and a harness for car trips (or a carrier for smaller dogs)
  10. 10.phone number located in an easily accessible place (on the fridge, stored in your phone) - so you can call us in an emergency
                                       
   

   
     
         
                                                                                               
   
   

   
   

06 Going crazy for a laugh

   
   

   
   

   
                                                                                       
     

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You may have noticed the internet craze of the 'meme' gaining momentum recently. These funny photos have clever words attached and are guaranteed to give pet owners a laugh. We'd love you to share any memes that give you a laugh on our facebook page...    

Here are a few of our favourites...   

   
   

   
   
         

 

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