Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre
231 Frankston-Flinders Rd
Frankston, VIC, 3199

nurses@frankstonvet.com.au
www.frankstonvet.com.au/
Phone: 03 5971 4888
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Many of you will have already met Dr Liana Tay who joined us 3 months ago, after graduating from Melbourne University.

While still being mentored during her first year in practice, Liana has already shown she has the knowledge,  dedication and care we look for and value in our Frankston Heights team. 

We are delighted to welcome her!


Easter Weekend..

Frankston Heights will be open as usual on Easter Saturday 15th April but closed for the Easter and Anzac Public Holidays. At those times, the Frankston Animal Emergency Centre will be open, ensuring your pet receives urgent care when needed.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Doc's adventures

02  Puppy Pre-school reunion

03  Annual Easter Bunny alert

04  Cushing's disease case study

05  Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know

06  Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

01 Doc's adventures
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As part of their training, Dogs for Kids with Disabilities pups are given the opportunity to experience all types of environments - farms, shopping centres, markets etc

Recently our sponsor puppy Doc has been finding out about playgrounds.

Here he is pictured on the swing! 

 

02 Puppy Pre-school reunion
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On a beautiful Autumn day, several of our Puppy Pre-school graduates re-united for a morning of fun. 

With competitions such as musical sit, best trick and first to recall, every pup had an opportunity to shine!

Thanks to generous donations from our veterinary industry supporters we were also able to ensure everyone went home with a prize or two!!

Huge thanks to Laura and Claire for all the hard work they put into organising the event and for all they do throughout the year.

 

03 Annual Easter Bunny alert
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As the Easter Bunny gears up to make his deliveries, it is our job to remind you keep ALL chocolate out of paw's reach.

Our canine friends are specifically designed to seek out any morsel of chocolate - big or small, wrapped or unwrapped!

The problem is, chocolate contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine and dogs have trouble digesting this ingredient.

Scarily, theobromine ingestion can be fatal in some dogs. 

Watch out for:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors, panting and a racing heart
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Seizures

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is - but if your dog finds your Easter egg stash, it's best to call us immediately as ANY amount of ANY type of chocolate (white and milk included) can cause a problem.

In most cases, if we are able to make your dog vomit we can prevent any nasty follow on effects. 

Don't forget: sultanas and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs so you'll also need to keep hot cross buns off their menu this Easter. 

If you are worried about your pet this Easter you should ask us for advice. 

04 Cushing's disease case study
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Jimmy is a 9 year old Maltese cross. This boisterous little man was thirstier than normal and had suddenly started to wee in the house. His owners noticed he had a bit of a pot belly but had put this down to Jimmy getting older.

A veterinary examination was just what the doctor ordered and blood and urine testing revealed that Jimmy had an endocrine disorder known as Cushing's disease.

Cushing's is a common endocrine disease seen in dogs. It is slow and progressive and is caused by the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is a normal hormone produced by the adrenal gland and is essential for normal body function. However in some animals this gland produces too much cortisol and this can have a serious impact on your pet’s quality of life.

Sometimes Cushing's can be caused by an external source of cortisol, such as the long term administration of cortisone.

Common symptoms of Cushing's disease include:

  • Excessive thirst, appetite and urination
  • Pot belly
  • Skin problems, thin skin and hair loss
  • Heat intolerance and excessive panting
  • Lethargy

Jimmy has now commenced daily medication and requires close and careful monitoring but he is thankfully doing very well.

This is just another reason why we need to perform regular health checks on your pet. If we are able to detect and commence treatment early we can slow the progression of diseases and help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

If you have any concerns about your pet, please call us to arrange a check up. 

05 Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know
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The poison used to kill rats and mice interferes with blood clotting. These products are just as toxic to dogs and cats, and alarmingly your pets may even seek these poisons out.

What to do if your pet finds rat bait:

If you know that your pet has eaten rat bait, have them checked a vet as soon as possible. If seen immediately, your pet can be made to vomit which reduces toxin absorption. Sometimes blood tests, or administration of an antidote may be necessary.

If your pet is showing signs of bleeding, they may require supportive care, transfusion of blood products and the antidote.

Clinical signs are usually present anywhere from 1 to 7 days after ingestion (depending on type and amount of poison ingested).

How to know if your pet has eaten rat bait:

  • Your pet may be quiet or lethargic
  • A cough or breathing problems (if they bleed into the lungs)
  • They may collapse
  • Sometimes there will be visible signs of bleeding (in urine, nose bleeds)

If you think your pet might have eaten rat bait, please phone us immediately for advice.

06 Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

Ever wonder if 15 cats could live happily together? This video is proof that they can.

We think this house is pretty amazing and it just goes to show that cats can live harmoniously together if they are provided with the right environment and enough litter trays! We also love that all of these cats have been rescued from a shelter.

This heartwarming story will bring a smile to your face and might even inspire you to do some renovating - check it out!

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