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Winter News, June 2016

The cool weather has finally arrived and It's time to grab a hot cuppa, sit down with a warm blanket over your legs and enjoy this month's news. Celebrate Bravecto's first birthday and win! Prepare your pets for the cold weather to come. Learn how to recognise the signs of sickness in your purring puddies.  Baby (the clinic mascot) is planning to fly North for the Winter . 


Welcome Back Dr Vanessa:
We are happy to announce that Dr Vanessa Steele is returning to work on Thursday 2 June. Dr Vanessa will be available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for appointments. She is looking forward to catching up with you and your pets.


Puppy Pre-schoolers:

Our latest puppy pre-schoolers are Django, Sailor, Leia, Ash and Zeus. I think you'll agree they are cute, but they work hard during classes to learn to be perfect puppies for their dedicated owners. Keep up the good work!!



Tips to prepare your pets for Winter:

We are lucky to have balmy winters in Caloundra, but when the Southerly wind blows a chill it’s time to make sure our furry friends get the extra care they deserve. 

  • Comfy beds·If your pets spend the majority of their time outside, proper outdoor housing is a must. There are great ranges of kennels for dogs and enclosures for cats that offer water, rain, frost and wind protection. Make sure the housing is placed away from the seasonal elements in a position where they feel secure and cosy. Whether inside or outside make sure your pets' bedding is raised off the floor and away from cold drafts including the door ways of kennels. Fill an outside kennel with warm, dry blankets that are washed regularly.
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  • Woolly coatsHow warm your dog is able to physically keep himself may depend on his breed, size and even age, but if he just doesn’t have a heavy hair coat, there is only so much curling up he can do to conserve heat. Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog coat for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house. A coat can make a significant difference in your dog’s feeling of well-being.
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  • Feeding - You'll probably notice your pet's appetite will increase during winter. This is especially true in outside pets that will use more energy to keep warm. Keep a close eye on your pet's weight, ensuring they are nourished, but do not overfeed with too many winter snacks.
  • Exercise - There's nothing like a walk in the park and some exercise to get rid of the winter blues. Rug up and head out for your pet's favourite activity. Not only will your dog love you for it, you'll be feeling fantastic in no time too.
Quick tips for older pets:
                                  Create a warm haven where your older pet can curl up and avoid draughty areas.
·                                 Elevate beds up off the cold floor. Particularly concrete and hard surfaces.
·                                 Provide thick warm bedding and use heating products where possible.
·                                 Maintain your pet's joint mobility by providing regular, gentle exercise (20 minute daily walks a lead on level ground).
·                                 If you  think your pet is in pain please ask us for veterinary advice




Bravecto's birthday:
Bravecto has revolutionised flea and tick treatment for dogs offering 3 months flea and 4 months paralysis tick protection in one tasty chew!
To celebrate Bravecto’s first birthday we are offering you the chance to WIN a FREE pack! Simply go onto facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moffatbeachvet/?ref=bookmarks, like the bravecto post and tag a friend in your comment! It’s that easy!

Winners will be notified by telephone on 7 July 2016. 

Competition closes 30 June 2016. 

 

GOOD LUCK!


 

Subtle Signs of Sickness in cats: 

Just as with humans, cats often behave differently when they are sick. But, as these changes are subtle, it can be easy to overlook them beofre it is too late and serious disease has set in. Because of this, it is important to visit your Vet regularly with your cats. And, if your cat changes habits it could mean your puddy is poorly.


10 Subtle Signs of Sickness to look for in your furry feline friends: 

1. INAPPROPRIATE TOILETING – If your cat is toileting outside the litter tray there may be an underlying disease, ranging from kidney disease to arthritis. 
2. CHANGES IN INTERACTION – Cats are social animals. Any change in your cat’s behaviour could mean pain, fear or anxiety. If your cat becomes aggressive toward you it may be because they are in pain.
3. CHANGES IN ACTIVITY – If your puddy is lying around more than usual this could mean arthritis. If your cat is becoming a pocket rocket there could be thyroid problems.
4. CHANGES IN SLEEPING HABITS – Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours a day, but most of the time in a “catnapping” state where they are quick to respond to stimuli like someone walking into a room. If your cat is sleeping more or less than usual, or has discomfort laying down and getting up, your cat could be sick.
5. CHANGES IN FOOD AND WATER CONSUMPTION – If you think your puddy has changed eating habits it is easy to work out their daily consumption. Measure the food or water you put into the bowls, then measure what is left in the bowl in 24 hours. Eating or drinking less can be signs of a range of illnesses.
6. UNEXPLAINED WEIGHT LOSS OR GAIN – It can be hard to tell if your cat’s weight has changed without weighing, but if you  feeling along the ribs; they should be easily felt but not prominent.
7. CHANGES IN GROOMING – Is your cat’s coat is clean and free of mats? Less grooming can signal a range illnesses, while more grooming can be a sign of skin disease.
8. SIGNS OF STRESS – Thinking of moving house? Going on holiday soon? Sudden lifestyle changes can cause stress in your cats, which can cause a range of symptoms - from decreased grooming to eating more frequently.
9. CHANGES IN VOICE – An increase in vocalisation or howling is often seen with older cats and can be caused by high blood pressure, stress or pain. If you notice a change in your cat’s voice you should arrange an appointment with your Vet to rule out sickness.
10. BAD BREATH – Studies show 70 percent of cats have gum disease as early as age 3. One of the early indicators of an oral problem is bad breath, so it is important to have your cat’s teeth checked every six months to help prevent dental disease or begin early treatment of problems.
If you are concerned about your cat, phone 5491 1056 to make an appointment for a health examination with your Vet. Your feline friend will thank you for caring….. 
 
For more information about feline health and subtle signs of sickness, visit http://www.healthycatsforlife.com

 



Baby Blog: 
 

I woke up this morning and it was so cold I had to fluff up my feathers to stay warm.  Dr Linda felt sorry for me and made this stupid coat to wear. How embarassing! I will never live it down! I have put an order in for a for a heated perch and if I don't get it, I'm going to fly North for the Winter.



Snuggle up with your furry friends
to stay warm over winter!


 
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