Moffat Beach Vets Spring News 2016

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Spring Edition, September 2016
Pack away your Winter Woolies, pour yourself a cool drink, relax and enjoy this month's news. The balmy weather has brought out ticks. Learn the best way to remove ticks from yourself and your furry friends. Read how pet ownership is good for your health. Check out the cute photos of our puppy preschool grads. George the rescue dog wears doggles for his laser therapy. Take our Quick Cat Quiz. Baby (the clinic mascot) wants to spread his wings.  

Pet Ownership is Good for Your Health!
It's no surprise to use that owning a dog can lead to a happier and more fulfilled life. A new study led by the University of Queensland suggests that having a good dose of nature is good for your health and suggests that spending at least 30 minutes in a park, something most dog owners do on a very regular basis, reduced the risk of heart disease, depression, anxiety and stress. 
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There is now concrete evidence that having a pet in our homes is a huge advantage for ourselves and our children, on so many emotional and health levels. Dogs can also help us to become more sociable, and owning a dog can help us to lead a happier and more fulfillled life. There has never been a better reason to get out and about with your dog. Our minds, body and dogs will love you for it. Listen to the podcast here:

Puppy Preschool Grads:

Ruby and Bella and their proud owners graduated from puppy preschool recently. They each had to do a trick to receive their certificates. Ruby danced and Bella shook paws. Congratulations. These gorgeous pups are well on the way to becoming beautifully behaved adult dogs!! Go to our facebook page at to see more cute puppy grad photos.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. With the coming of spring, paralysis ticks are becoming active again. Ticks are prevalent on the Sunshine Coast and their habitat is bushy areas. To keep your pets safe from ticks this year, follow these simple steps…
·        Keep lawns short to reduce areas for ticks to shelter
·        Use appropriate prevention. For dogs, Bravecto is a tasty chew which kills ticks for 3 months. Frontline top spot or Advantix MUST be applied fortnightly for paralysis tick prevention. Dogs can also wear tick collars but these MUST be kept dry in order for them to retain full efficacy.  For cats, there are no products registered for prevention of paralysis ticks but fortnightly application of Frontline top spot is safe to do and most people do find it useful. DO NOT USE ADVANTIX IN CATS AS IT IS TOXIC FOR THEM.
·        Search all pets daily for ticks. “Let your fingers do the walking”. Use your fingertips to gently massage the coat and skin. Pay extra special attention to the head, neck and shoulder area as this is where ticks most often attach.
The most common signs of tick paralysis are
·        Retching or gagging
·        Coughing
·        A change to the sound of bark or meow
·        Weakness or wobbliness in the back legs progressing to complete paralysis
If you see any of these signs, do a tick search as described above. If you do find a tick, pull it off immediately (just yank it out – don’t worry about leaving the head in as that will not cause any harm to your pet). DO NOT apply anything to the tick such as methylated spirits, kerosene etc as these chemicals will irritate the tick and can induce it to inject more toxin. Keep the tick and bring it with you to the nearest veterinary clinic so it can be identified and your pet treated with tick anti-serum if necessary.  Don’t delay in getting treatment. The Sunshine Coast Animal Emergency Service (AES)  has vets available at all times when we are closed. Simply phone our number (5491 1056) and your call will be automatically diverted so you can get the help you need.

How to remove ticks from people: 
Removing paralysis ticks in humans is different to our pets. ALWAYS KILL TICKS BEFORE REMOVING FROM HUMANS. Removing live ticks in humans can result in anaphylaxis (an life threatening emergency situation). Go to the chemist a buy a spray containing ether (Wart Off or Medi Freeze Skin Tag Remover). Place the nozzle over the tick and spray. Wait 10 minutes and brush the tick off. If you have the tiny ticks (larvae or nymphs) rub permethrin cream (scabies cream) onto the ticks and rub them off when they are dead.   
People can also develop an allergy to red meat just by having a paralysis tick bite. Avoid tick bites at all costs by wearing long sleeves and pants with boots and socks. Spray your body with Rid and clothes with permoxin. Do not take any risks if you live in or are visiting a paralysis tick area. For more information about paralysis ticks in humans go to
Hill’s Excellence in Veterinary Nursing Awards :
Entries for this fantastic competition closed on the 31st of July this year. We have nominated Jo and Alex for this prestigious award and have all our fingers and toes crossed for them.  We think our nurses are “National Treasures” and we would love for them to be officially recognised. Every day, they work tirelessly to make sure your pets get the compassionate care they deserve. Good luck girls!!!!

Quick Cat Quiz:

Do you think you know all there is to know about cats? Then let's see how smart you are. Here are 5 cat trivia questions to test how  “cat smart” you are.

The answers appear at the end of this post.


1. Do cats have fewer teeth than dogs have or more?
A) Fewer
B) More
C) Same

2. Outdoor-only cats live, on average, about:
A) 3 to 5 years
B) 7 to 10 years
C) 12 to 15 years

3. True or False: A cat, standing in a still position, can jump up to 6 times its own length.
4. How much of their waking hours do cats spend grooming themselves?
A) 11%
B) 33%
C) 66%

5. Which of the following statements about body language is false?:
A) A cat’s tail held high means “I’m happy.”
B) A twitching tail means “I’m getting irritated.”
C) A thumping tail means “I’m totally frustrated!”
D) A tail tucked underneath the body means “I’m hungry.”


1.      A, cats have 30 teeth, but dogs have 42
2.      A, 3 to 5 years (contrast this with around 15 years for indoor cats!)
3.      True
4.      B, 33%
5.      D is false. A tail tucked underneath the body actually means “I am scared.”

Case of the Month : George the rescue dog
When George was rescued he was very thin and covered with fleas. His skin was dry and itchy. His new owner treated his fleas, put him on a yummy healthy diet and fish oil. His skin improved remarkably. He is much happier and now he is often spotted getting around town in a motorbike sidecar. He has been coming into the clinic for regular laser treatments for areas of infected skin. George is at home wearing "doggles" (protective goggles for dogs) whether he is going for a drive or having his has laser treatment. Too cool!!!

Spring Baby Blog:
Spring is my favourite time of the year. I  would love to spread my wings and fly into the sunset on balmy spring evenings. Dr Linda says if I'm getting too frisky I will have to wear a harness like the one pictured below. No way! I am going to suck up to Nurse Tash who has made a birdycage backpack to take her rainbow conure for walks. Look at the spoilt brat. I'm sure Tash could knock one up for me.

Happy Fathers Day to all our special pet lovers....
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