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  Sanford Vet clinic  Sanford Vet clinic  

September 2010

1. Welcome to our new vet Elise
2. Adopted and adored
3. Choosing a puppy wisely
4. Flee the flea
5. Gardening with your pet in mind
6. When the waterworks aren't working

1. Welcome to our new vet Elise

Sanford Veterinary Clinic is pleased to welcome our new Veterinarian Elise Parkinson to the clinic. She was originally from Coromandle New Zealand and studied at Massey University in Palmerston North.

Since graduating in late 2009 Elise has volunteered with the RSPCA in New Zealand and the Amazon Shelter Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Peru, South America working with monkeys, macaws, deer, turtles and peccaries. Elise joined us 3 weeks ago and is thoroughly enjoying her time both at the clinic and in Geraldton.

When asked what she enjoys most at Sanford, the reply was 'The friendly people, both colleagues and clients and seeing a wide variety of pets and animals including donkeys, kangaroos and dingos! Also the great support from the other vets and support staff at the clinic.'

In Geraldton Elise loves the beach and sun and friendly faces and would love to take up both water sports and joey rearing!

Elise’s interests include travel having visited many countries. Animals are another passion having owned horses and many other pets whilst growing up in New Zealand.

Veterinary interests include equine reproduction and lameness but Elise is interested in all aspects of mixed practice so can be seen in the clinic with cats, dogs, and pocket pets.

Elise is looking forward to gaining more experience in the clinic with horses, small animals and other exciting animals such as those cared for at the nearby Greenough Wildlife Park and pets in the Geraldton Community.

Elise looks forward to seeing you all sometime soon.

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2. Adopted and adored

'What do you want to buy a stupid little dog like that for?' Little did I realise how much I would regret that statement. Craig and his mother went to a reputable dog breeder to inspect the puppies for sale and picked the runt of the litter. As soon as he arrived home, Craig walked in the door to show off this little tricoloured ball of fluff, there was a custody battle. I had to have her. It was love at first sight.

This is an excerpt taken from a beautiful tribute we received from one our readers. It is in memory of a special companion named Bella and you can read the entire story at www.mypetstories.com.au 

We want to hear about when you and your furry companion met. >Tell us in 100 words or less about when you and your furry companion met by clicking on the button below. 

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3. Choosing a puppy wisely

There has recently been much talk about the truth behind puppy farms in Australia. Animal inspectors have saved many dogs from horrible living conditions and a life of constant breeding.

In order to make money, many puppy farmers will sell to anyone; retail or wholesale, online, via newspapers or car boot sales. Before you purchase a puppy, to ensure you don't support these farms, you should follow these do's and don'ts:


  • Consider adopting a dog from a reputable rescue organisation first
  • If you have your heart set on a specific breed, make sure you visit the place where your puppy was born and bred and ask to meet its parents
  • Be familiar with the huge responsibilities involved in owning a puppy
  • Ask us for advice and help when choosing a puppy


  • Buy a puppy over the internet, newspaper advertisement or from a pet shop without doing your research first
  • Buy a puppy without first meeting the breeder and visiting its place of birth
  • Impulse buy - owning a dog should be the result of careful planning and consideration
  • Discriminate against mixed breed dogs - they make great pets and can be bred responsibly

Click here to read the RSPCA's Smart Puppy Buyer's Guide. 

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4. Flee the flea

Most would agree that fleas are not the type of guests you want to welcome into your home. Be warned, they are about to come out in force and will be knocking at your door. 

Flea larvae have been patiently waiting out the cold winter months, hiding in dark cracks and crevices around your home. As the weather warms up, the humidity increases and activity levels rise, the adult fleas will emerge.

Finding a host to feed on is their first activity and the perfect meal can be found on your pet - and you! Unfortunately, flea saliva can cause you and your pet an intense allergic reaction, itching and discomfort.

Incredibly, an adult female flea can lay more than 3000 eggs in her lifetime, giving her a powerful ability to reproduce. Luckily, you can stop the flea life cycle by using flea prevention all year round.

If you think you may have missed a flea dose over winter for your dog or cat, ask us and we will get you back on track and help you and your pet flee the fleas.

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5. Gardening with your pet in mind

Spring is in the air and it is time to dust off the tools get out and do some gardening. Follow these tips to make sure your garden is a happy and safe place for your best friend:

1. Provide secure perimeter fencing and consider installing an enclosure that allows access back into the house for your cat

2. Decide where your pet is allowed and stick to the rules early, dogs don't understand the difference between weeds and precious plants

3. Set aside areas for toileting or lying in the sun, away from your garden beds and plants, try a litter tray or pet loo

4. Raise beds to keep dogs off your plants 

5. Avoid poisonous plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, daffodil bulbs and daphne as well as plants that can cause skin irritation such as nettles, cactus and wandering jew for dogs. Lilies, if ingested are be poisonous to cats so it is best to avoid these too. 

6. Keep bird baths and bird feeders off the ground and place a bell on your cat to protect our wildlife

7. Finally be warned: Many fertilisers are highly attractive to pets but can cause serious illnness if eaten. Ingestion of Snail and Slug Bait is a common cause of death in dogs and cats. Products that claim they are ‘pet friendly' contain a bittering agent but this only act as a deterrent. Some pets will still eat these highly toxic baits so consider if these are absolutely necessary. Try a safer method, such as a deep saucer of beer that cannot be accessed by your dog but will kill the snails.

If you think your pet may have ingested anything that may be dangerous, call us immediately.

For a more comprehensive list and great tips visit http://www.petnet.com.au/sharing-your-garden-your-best-friend

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6. When the waterworks aren't working

Have you noticed your dog or cat exhibiting any of the following signs?

  • Urinating more often
  • Straining to urinate
  • Leaking or dribbling urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Excessive grooming of genital area
  • Urinating in unusual places

These signs may indicate that your pet is suffering from a urinary tract problem. Don't ignore these signs as urinary tract diseases can cause your pet pain and discomfort.

Did you know that urinary tract infections can be an indication to us that your pet has kidney disease or even a systemic disease such as diabetes?

The formation of irritating crystals in the bladder may lead, especially in male cats, to a urinary obstruction and this can be a life threatening situation.

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


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  Sanford Vet clinic

42 Sanford St
Geraldton, WA 6530

PH: 9921 1797



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