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We have just installed the latest IDEXX laboratory equipment in the clinic. This means we can run blood results straight away, get a diagnosis in a short time frame allowing us to discuss appropriate treatment with you quite quickly. You spend less time waiting and treatment can start sooner.   

As part of your pet's pre surgery exam you can now opt for same day preanaesthetic blood tests designed to minimise your pet's risk before undergoing the procedure. Same day, real time blood testing results in decreased risk of serious complications during induction, anaesthesia and recovery. Ask our Vets about doing preanaesthetic blood tests the next time your pet has to undergo a procedure. 

   

   
   

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Contents of this newsletter
     
      01  Pet of the Month Winner for May
     
      02  Is your pet trying to tell you  something?
     
      03  Royal dogs
     
      04  Protect your dog from deadly Parvovirus
     
      05  How cute is this!!
     
      06  Jim's injured knee
     
      07  Smart cats

     
 
   

   
                       
 
   
   

   
   
                                                                                               
    
       

01 Pet of the Month Winner for May

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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Pet of the Month Winner for May was "Kitten" sent in by Meg. Don't cats just love climbing up the flywire! We hope you both enjoy your prizes and hopefully your windows stay in one piece!

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02 Is your pet trying to tell you something? 

   

   
   

   
                       
     

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Have you noticed your pet is thirstier than usual? Are you filling up their water bowl more often? Is you cat drinking from places he shouldn't? An increase in thirst can be a sign of kidney disease.  

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called Nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, Nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate.As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough waterand your pet needs to drink more to stay hydrated.

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can damage the Nephrons. The scary thing is, your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these Nephrons are damaged.

Early intervention is the key to managing the disease so regular blood and urine tests are a great way for us to monitor your pet's kidney function. If we detect their kidneys are not working properly we can initiate treatment early with diet modification and medication.

If you have noticed a change in your pet's thirst your pet maight be trying to tell you something - so arrange an appointment with us.

   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

03 Royal dogs

   
   

   
   

   
                                                       
     

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The Queen's Birthday holiday is celebrated in most states around Australia this month so we thought it was a great excuse to talk about the Royal dogs!   

The Queen has owned a staggering 30 corgis as well as many other breeds since becoming queen in 1952.   

The dogs enjoy a privileged life in Buckingham Palace. They reside in the Corgi Room and sleep in elevated wicker baskets to protect them from any draughts. The dogs have an extensive menu at the palace which includes fresh rabbit and beef served by a gourmet chef. At Christmas, Her Majesty makes stockings for pets full of toys and dog biscuits.    

At last count the Queen had five corgis: Monty, Emma, Linnet, Willow and Holly; five cocker spaniels: Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick and Span; and four dorgis (dachshund-corgi crossbreeds): Cider, Berry, Vulcan and Candy.   

Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge are also dog lovers with a new cocker spaniel pup named Lupo. 

   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
     
   

   
   

04 Protect your dog from deadly Parvovirus

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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We are calling on all midwest dog and puppy owners to make sure their precious pooches are up to date with their vaccinations after reports of a number of Parvovirus outbreaks.   

Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread by oral or nasal contact with contaminated faeces, a contaminated environment or contaminated objects. This extremely resilient virus can even survive on objects like clothing, shoes and the floor for five months or longer!   

Young puppies and dogs that have never been vaccinated are     susceptible to the deadly virus with death in around 80 per cent of untreated cases. All puppies from six weeks of age should be     vaccinated against Parvovirus.   

There have been over four thousand cases of Parvovirus across Australia over the past three years - Geraldton often has an outbreak during the cooler months. Jump on to our website and read Parvovirus Warning for more info.    

If your dog is unvaccinated and shows signs of lethargy,     vomiting or diarrhoea, call us immediately. Early treatment is essential in improving the chance of survival.   

We've got a heartwarming puppy video for you this month! 

   

   
   

   
      
         
                                                                                               
      
   

   
   

05 How cute is this!!

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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Just had to put this photo in!  It's a moment in a dogs life, how happy is this puppy! "Miss Taffy" sent in to us by Trudy. Doesn't that just make you feel happy as well?

   
   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
     
   

   
   

06 Jim's injured knee

   

   
   

   
                       
     

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Jim the chocolate labrador loves running around and playing ball with the kids. Unfortunately one afternoon he pulled up sore and was unable to place in weight on his right hind leg.    

A veterinary examination revealed pain in his Stifle(equivalent to our knee). There was suspicion Jim had damaged his cranial cruciate ligament - an injury common in footballers and many dogs!   

The cruciate ligament is vital for correct function of the knee joint. Some dogs can acutely rupture the ligament while in others, the ligament's strength can deteriorate over time.    

The best way to diagnose a cranial cruciate problem is to     sedate or anaesthetise a dog so they are completely relaxed and the joint can be inspected for any laxity. (If the ligament is damaged or ruptured the knee is very unstable). Radiographs of the knees and hips should also be performed to ensure everything else is in working order.    

The best treatment for a cruciate rupture is surgery to stabilise the joint. Bigger dogs, such as in Jim's case may require an operation to change the angle of the joint and provide stability in the future.    

Jim's surgery was a great success but he needed a strict     recovery and rehabilitation program. He is now back playing (conservatively) with the kids and has many happy years ahead.   

   

   
   
         
                                                                                               
   
   

   
   

07 Smart cats

   
   

   
   

   
                       
     

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We know cats are smart but did you know any of these facts?

Cats are super smellers.The cat's sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than a human’s

Cats have amazing night vision.Their eyes have the ability to reflect light as it passes through the retina,providing them with optimal night vision.

Cats have rotating ears.Their ears can rotate in various degrees and their intuitive hearing make the cat a very successful hunter by pinpointing the exact location of their prey

Cats have 3D whisker technology.When triggered, the nerves in the whisker base send the brain a three -dimensional map of their surroundings!

Check out this smart kitty cat and if you've seen an intelligent feline why not post it on our facebook page!

 
         

 

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