Recently Nurse Megan attended a seminar about Tubby Tummies and their effect on our pet's..... and she absolutely loved learning about it so much she would like to share all her information with our clients!
Our pet's rely on us so heavily for all their health and well being needs - when they're sick, sore, entertained and especially what ends up in their food bowls. That's why it's so important for us humans to understand the effect we can have on our pet's health, happiness... and even life span!
Over 32% of cats and 41% of dogs in Australia are overweight or obese - for some pet's, that means they're only a 1kg overweight, or they can be as much as 20kg overweight!
Dogs and cats who are overweight or obese suffer from:
Insulin resistance / diabetes
Liver and pancreatic disease
Increased surgical risk
Susceptibility to infection
Increased risk of cancer
Please see the charts below and see you’re your cat or dog is an “ideal” body size or more of a “overweight” body size
If you think your pet is looking more like a chipolata Sausage rather then an hour glass please contact our vet nurse Megan and she can give more information about upcoming “Tubby Tummies Club”
Lumps 'n' Bumps
We often get asked... "What is this lump?!"
And while we'd love to be able to give an answer straight away, lumps and bumps are often a lot harder to decipher than many people understand.
Many pet's get lumps and bumps - some come up quickly, some slowly, some look horrible and others don't look too bad.
However, it's what lurks under the surface that is most important.
A migrating cancerour cell Histiocytoma
Mast Cell Tumour Lipoma
Dr Peter's Japan Trip
Waterfall at a Tokyo hotel Sumo Tournament
Dr Pete at the Owl Cafe in Harajuku Gorgeous day on Mt Fuji
Elise with a deer on Miyajima Island Golden Pavilion in Kyoto
Scratching that Itch in Spring...
Spring is just around the corner and with it comes all types of pet related fun in the sun... and the dreaded itchys!
An itching pet is stressed, uncomfortable and frustrated, often causing trauma to their itchy area which causes more problems.
To find out how to prevent and care for your pet's itchy skin, check out our Top 5 Tips for Itching Pets....
- Make sure you're up to date flea treatment
You'd be surprised how many sneaky visits fleas start making in Spring. Fleas have been particularly bad this Winter and no household is immune. MYTH... I can't see any fleas, therefore my pet doesn't have any. Fleas will jump on and off your dog, and the fleas you see only make up 5% off the actual flea population in your environment! If you are fighting a losing battle with fleas, come and talk to us about effective treatment and prevention options.
- Check for plants, grass or other allergens in your environment
If your pet rubs up against a certain plant, or frequents a certain area of the garden or park they may be allergic to certain plants or grasses. There are hundreds of potential allergens in the park, garden, air and house that can affect your pet and many of these are around in Spring. Trial blocking off that area, removing the plant, or try a different park.
- Stay on a consistent diet
Some pets develop allergies to certain foods, mostly commonly beef, rice, dairy, soy, chicken, wheat and egg... unfortunately you will find one or more of these in most foods! Staying on a consistent diet helps to narrow down a potential food allergy, or rule some out. A food diet trial is often the first point of call so speak to our Nurses if your pet needs a helping hand.
- Visit the Vet
Scratching is not pleasant for our little friends and they can cause a lot of trauma to their bodies in a very short amount of time. Once they scratch so much that the skin is broken, infection takes hold and the area becomes even more itchy... a vicious cycle! Catching itching early is extremely important - short term and long term treatments are available, with very effective preventative options available.
- Soothing baths
Baths can go a long way in soothing itchy skin. A soothing, moisture retaining oatmeal shampoo and conditioner help to keep skin pH balanced, or a prescribed medicated bath from the Vet will help keep problems at bay. If you're not sure which shampoo and conditioner are suitable for your pet, don't hesitate to ask us.
What's In Bad Breath...
Imagine breathing in spores of bacteria, bugs and infection every time your pet breathes on you... it sounds disgusting but that's what is happening every time a dog or cat with dental disease exhales a breath!
Dental disease is the most common health issue we see and the problem goes far deeper than just smelly breath.
Imagine feeling sick all the time, sore to eat your food and generally pretty miserable. When our pet's suffer from dental disease, their gums are allowing all that trapped bacteria to enter their blood stream and affect the rest of the body.
Bacteria in the blood stream, kidneys, liver and heart can mean chronic issues, which can need lifelong medication, and in extreme cases cause multi-organ failure.
To find out what to look for in your pet's mouth, have a look at our handy hints below...
- Regular annual health checks are a must for our pets - they age 7 times faster than we do, so a lot happens in their mouths in that time. Prevention is always better than a cure.
- Brushing those teeth will physically help to remove plaque and tartar build up before it causes issues. A finger brush and pet toothpaste (not human toothpaste), or a quality dental treat such as Greenies.
- Good diet is the MOST important part of dental health. A good quality biscuit will clean the teeth for you, and help to prevent calcium and magnesium adhering to the teeth. If your pet is prone to dental disease, a specialised diet may be in order.
- Dental Scale and Polish proceedures are a good preventative and treatment option for dental disease. Once plaque and tartar have developed along the gumline, it is like concrete - not able to be removed by brushing or treats. An ultrasonic dental scale and polish removes tarter from the teeth and under the gumline, taking all that bacteria with it.
Recently ‘Gypsy-the-ball-loving-dog’ tried out a new toy – and boy was it a success! We researched the latest must have gadget for ball-mad dogs and we came up with the iFetch Automatic Ball Thrower for Small Dogs! Your dog can pop the ball straight into the top, run around and wait for it to launch itself automatically across the room or lawn!
No more throwing the ball for owners, and hours of fun for your pooch, even when you’re not at home.
Choose from short, medium or long distances, inside or outside, plugged into an electrical outlet or running on batteries.
Due to popular demand, we’ve now got them in stock at Bayswater Vet Clinic!
Keep your eyes peeled for the iFetch Too, which is suitable for medium to large size dogs!
Is your pet ‘Over the Hill’?
Aging is one of those natural progressions in life we all look forward to. Things get a little sorer, stiffer, and our habits and lifestyle changes to adjust as the years go on. So we can all understand that we need to make adjustments for our pets as they get into their more mature years, particularly so we can ensure their quality of life remains comfortable.
Did you know that by the age of 7 years, dogs and cats are considered to be seniors?!
Dogs and cats age, on average, seven times faster than humans. But it’s not always easy to spot changes in our pets as they get older that may be impacting them.
Regular Health Checks – we’re trained to pick up age-related health issues, before they badly impact your pet. Six monthly health checks mean that early intervention can happen, before your pet starts to suffer.
Bedding – During the cooler months, or for animals who sleep on hard floors, the cold can seep through thin bedding, aggravating painful arthritis. Hard flooring also contributes to stiffness and discomfort. A raised bed, or thick bedding material is important for older animals.
Food and Supplements: Older dogs and cats require different components and quantities in their food than younger adult animals. Increased ingredients that help brain, joint, muscle, eye and organ support are important, while decreasing calories, carbs and fat producing ingredients. Supplementing with joint support supplements are also important. Specially tailored, high quality food is important in senior years.
Exercise – You may notice your pet is less willing to jump, climb stairs or move quickly, generally indicating arthritis or joint soreness is limiting their mobility. Tailor their exercise with ramps, easy access to food and water, non-impacting exercise and games.
Organ care – Paying special attention to your older pet’s internal organs is more important than ever. Increased or decreased drinking, eating, urinating or toileting are important to note – these can indicate changes in the heart, liver or kidneys. Many owners choose to run short biannual or annual blood tests to check these organs, so early preventative measures can be started.
If you notice your pet’s habits or physical abilities change, book them in for a full health check – we want to ensure they’re around for a long time with you and your family.
PS. Keep an eye out this year for our NEW Seniors Program (we’re very excited!)
Chocolate is NOT a dog’s best friend this Easter
Every year around this time we get chocolates at Bayswater Vet Clinic…. But not always in the form we want to eat!
There is always one naughty dog that decides to investigate eating chocolate and it’s important their owner knows how toxic it is for them!
Chocolate contains Theobromine – a highly toxic compound that dogs cannot handle. It causes damage to the heart muscle, the heart to speed up, become arrhythmic (irregular) and has a high amount of fat, which can cause pancreatitis.
If your dog eats chocolate it is an emergency – please call us to let us know you are on your way in, and make your way down to the clinic as quickly as possible.
Treatment for Chocolate Toxicity can vary from inducing vomiting and placing them on activated charcoal to absorb any remaining chocolate safely, or hospitalising the dog on intravenous fluid therapy and medications.
Quick action is paramount in reducing the damage to the heart if chocolate has been eaten – prevention is even better! It’s a good idea to make sure your Easter chocolates are well out of reach… that way you get to enjoy them yourself!
An exciting new service will be coming!
We’re extremely excited to announce a news service coming to Bayswater Vet Clinic!
A huge ‘Madagascar Box’ arrived this week containing… our new Endoscope! (Don’t worry, no monkeys!)
You may have heard of an Endoscope before – it gives us the ability to look at internal organs such as the oesophagus, stomach, intestines, bowel and everything in between without an open surgical procedure.
We can also get a detailed view of ears and noses, which is especially helpful when grass seeds or foreign bodies are concerned!
We’re thrilled that we can now offer this valuable diagnostic tool for our patients.
BEST DOG PARKS NEAR BAYSWATER, BEDFORD AND DIANELLA
What are the best dog parks in Bayswater? There are some fabulous dog parks near Bayswater, Bedford, Inglewood, Dianella and North Perth... and we've found the top 6 just for you!
Riverside Gardens Bayswater
This is the ultimate dog park in Bayswater! Not only do the pooches have a huge grassed area to romp in, but Riverside Gardens are located on Swan River - perfect for a quick swim as well! You will often see a whole host of canine friends racing around - great area for socialising.
Inglewood Oval Dog Area
This is a great dog park in Inglewood which gives you peace of mind to exercise your dog in a dedicated fenced off area. There's a great mix of sand and turf, agility logs, dog drinking bowl, gazebo for cover and bench seating for tired owners.
Hamer Park Mt Lawley
This dog park in Mt Lawley seems to host a great social doggy get-together for pooches and owners alike.
Yokine Reserve, Yokine
Yokine Reserve has always been a favourite dog park for those dogs wanting a run around, or owners who enjoy great walking paths for a walk or jog.
Woodville Resrve North Perth
This little park is the perfect spot for an offlead wander close to North Perth's cafes and coffee shops. There is an offleash area which suits dogs and owners perfectly.
Breckler Park Dianella
This little gem is tucked away off Alexander Drive - the dog park is great for small breed dogs, and there's also some wonderful bushland adjoining, making it the perfect spot for a play and walk.
For a full list of dog-friendly parks in the City of Bayswater and the City of Vincent, have a look at
http://www.bayswater.wa.gov.au/residents/rangers/dogs for a list of dog friendly parks in the City of Bayswater; and
http://www.vincent.wa.gov.au/Services/Rangers_Community_Safety/Animals/Dogs/Dog_Exercise_Areas for details of off-leash parks in Vincent.
DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
Death by Chocolate for humans ONLY this Christmas!
The Festive Season means eating all of those yummy things you're not allowed to eat (at least in large quantities!) at other times of the year.
BUT, your pet's can't share the same indulgences. If you have a pet, it is exremely important to recognise the foods that are poisonous to your pet, and what to do in the event that they eat something they should. Don't forget, our pet's can be opportunists so don't leave anything to chance.
Below is a list of foods to look out for this Christmas. If your pet ingests ANY of these, call 9371 2456 and follow the prompts immediately, or take them straight to your closest Emergency Centre with treatment.
This is the most common 'No-No' food at Christmas time. Containing Theobromine and a large amunt of fat, chocolate affects the cardiac function of your pet causing it beat irregularly and far too quickly. Death can occur, or long term chronic heart problems.
The signs may not bee seen for up to several hours after ingestion, with death following within 24hrs.
These common foods contain a component called Thiosulphate. This compound causes a haemolytic anaemia or rupturing of the red blood cells as they travel around the body.
Gastro Intestinal signs present at first, followed by lethargy, inappetance and finally breathlessness due to lack of oxygen being circulated via the red blood cells.
Whilst not poisonous as such, overindulgence of fatty foods can lead to a potentially life threatening illnesses called Pancreatitis. A common problem in both dogs and cats, the pancreas is extremely sensitive in our pets.
Chronic but small amounts of fatty foods, or a larger acute episode of ingesting fatty foods will bring on pancreatitis. Gastro Intestinal problems, lethargy, inappetance and general discomfort are common signs.
Pets eating any of these fruits (or foods with these in them) will suffer from kidney failure. Generally, the symptoms can come on quite quickly following, including vomiting, lethargy and depression.
Althought the actual mechanism for the toxicity is not known, these exotic nuts can cause paralysis when our pet's ingest them. Owner's will often see weakness (ataxia) in the back legs, muscle tremours, fever, depression and vomiting. With no antidote, supportive therapies are crucial in trying to reverse the affects.
Affecting the liver and kidney especially, giving our pet's a bit of tipple is more harmful than many realise. Leading to depression of the central nervous system, our pet's blood chemistry is altered leading to metabolic acidosis and death often occurs due to cardiac arrest.
OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
Allergy Season is here!
Allergy season is upon us as we skip into Spring! Just like humans, cats and dogs can suffer from allergies as well, whether it be contact allergens or airborne allergens.
There are some important signs to look out for, in case your pets have an allergic reaction this Spring or Summer:
- Hair loss or discolouration of hair
- Scratching or pawing at face or other parts of the body
- Inflammation, redness or discolouration of feet
- Ears with waxy material or discharge
- Shaking or pawing at head
- Red or inflamed eyes or hair loss
These symptoms can often spell an uncomfortable or painful problem for your pets, especially if constant licking or scratching causes infection.
Some tips and tricks to help you get through allergy season;
1) Try and determine whether plants, grasses or flowers might be the cause of your problem. Exclude your pet from these areas
2) Check your pet over when you get home from an outing for any signs of reactions
3) Keep an eye out for your pet being lethargic, uncomfortable or paying particular attention to one area of their body
4) Call us at Bayswater Vet Clinic if you notice any symptoms.
Caught early, allergies and allergic reactions can generally be quickly treated before they cause more serious problems (infection, spreading of symptoms to other areas of the body, aural haematomas, wounds from scratching, etc).
An allergy free season is best... but if you get caught out, just call!
Introducing new Dog Laws
The new Dog Law will come into effect this year for all new dog owners.
From November 1st, 2013 all new dogs must be microchipped for the purposes of identification and registration.
If a dog that is not microchipped is sold or transferred after this date, they must be microchipped before their new ownership takes effect.
All current dog owners have until 1st November, 2015 to microchip their dog.
The new laws have been introduced to ensure that all lost or stolen dogs can be easily identified and reunited with their owners. Less strain will be placed on overcrowded pounds and the cost to owners when picking up their dog will be decreased.
Microchipping is a quick and cost effective way to ensure your pet will always come home to you. We use smaller, newer microchips which means the microchipping process is even easier!
To find out more about the new Dog Law, contact us or your local council.
Yoda's new found freedom with Stem Cell Therapy
Cutting edge Stem Cell Therapy is keeping dogs and cats, both old and young, agile, ageless and pain free! Yoda, a 7 year old Golden Retriever, suffered from painful and limiting hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Medical therapy had been exhausted and Yoda's next option was a double hip replacement, an invasive, painful and expensive hurdle for this active young man and his family to face.
Today, after Stem Cell Therapy, Yoda is a new dog!
Stem Cell Therapy is a cutting edge technology, harnessing the bodies own rejuvenation cells to stimulate regeneration of cartiledge in dogs and cats of all ages suffering with hip dysplasia, arthritis, previous joint injuries or surgeries and other degenerative joint conditions.
Previously only available over a number of days and at huge costs, advances in technology now mean that Stem Cell Therapy can be performed in one day at Bayswater Vet Clinic at an affordable cost to clients.
Stem Cells are taken from the animals adipose tissue (fat), which has the most number of stem cells in the body. The stem cells are extracted from this over a number of hours through different methods, and then stimulated using LED technology. These stem cells are then injected straight into the problem joints, providing immediate pain relief and rejuvenation at the site of the problem. Other options are also available for dogs suffering from spinal problems, or other health problems.
Younger dogs and cats than Yoda are also benefiting from Stem Cell Therapy before they actually need it. The technology also allows young dogs and cats to have their body's young and healthy Stem Cell's extracted while they are still young, and then banked for future use, or in later years to prevent the onset of arthritis.
All Stem Cell patients had previously needed daily pain relief medication, monthly injections and a limited lifestyle. Post Stem Cell Therapy, all recipients are drug and medication free!
Yoda is now 'super charged' as his owners put it, and has a new found, pain-free lease on life. To read about 'Yoda's experience, and to learn more about Stem Cell click here.
A free consult is necessary to assess your pet, and ascertain whether their individual conditions will benefit from Stem Cell Therapy. To make an appointment, please call us at the Clinic.
How much do you know about.... Ferrets!
We see a number of ferrets at Bayswater Vet Clinic and they are quite the character! Ferrets make great family pets, so we thought you might like to know a little more about them.
Ferrets are active and playful critters, who are generally constantly on the move. Ferrets are also mischevious, so that odd missing sock may not just be your imagination!
Suited to singles or couples, ferrets are fairly low maintenence pocket pets - give them a tunnel and some toys to play with and they're happy as a pig in mud! Of course fresh food and water is needed, and they love a snug bed to cuddle up in.
One thing to be aware of is the ferret 'smell'. Ferrets have a very distinct smell that can get a little overpowering. De-sexing and grooming can help to deal with this.
De-sexing in ferrets is recommended for a number of reasons. When left entire, ferrets can suffer from anaemia and often have a hard time when in season. Neutering also helps with decreasing tumours and cancers, as well as decreasing their tendency to nibble on fingers and toes.
Regular handling is essential to have a well behaved ferret. Ferrets can become excitable and result in a nip or bite, however regular handling by their human family will make sure this is kept to a minimum, if at all.
It is important to vaccinate your ferret once a year against Distemper virus, a common disease that is fatal to ferrets.
Snuggly, entertaining and easy to care for, ferrets are the ideal pet for those who don't have time for or can't keep cats or dogs.
If you'd like to know more about where you can get a ferret, give us a call!