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Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery
202 Nicklin Way
Warana, QLD, 4575

nurses@nicklinwayvet.com.au
www.nicklinwayvet.com.au
Phone: 07 5493 2655
Contents of this newsletter

01  Vaccination reminder

02  Beware of hitchhikers

03  The silent disease

04  Reconsider your retractable leash

05  Check out these brilliant photos

01 Vaccination reminder
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Is your pet ready for the Christmas holidays? If your pet is boarding over the holiday period and isn’t up to date with his vaccinations now is the time to get things in order.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of a F3 vaccination and dogs a C5 vaccination but it's best to check with the facility your pet is booked in with now - before it's too late!

Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a healthy life.

Our top reasons for vaccinating are as follows:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.

2. Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they protect against.

3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit us (if your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised so you want to make sure they are protected, otherwise they may have to stay in isolation)

Your pet’s health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are necessary and we will determine the most appropriate vaccination program for your pet.

Click here for further information about vaccinating your pet, or here for information about holiday care for your pets.

If you have any questions about vaccinations please ask us for the most up to date information. We are more than happy to discuss what your pet needs and why, so call us today.

02 Beware of hitchhikers
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It is tick season, and there have been a number of cases of tick paralysis already. 

Watch out for:

  • a change in bark or meow
  • coughing
  • excessive salivation
  • vomiting or regurgitation
  • increased or laboured breathing
  • weakness in the hind legs, progressing to the forelimbs
  • reluctance to get up or walk

If you notice any of these symptoms you should seek veterinary attention immediately. Treatment of paralysis tick starts with tick anti-venom, which needs to be administered as soon as possible. Other treatments used depend on the severity of tick paralysis, but might include: intravenous fluids, sedation to prevent breathing difficulties, oxygen therapy, antibiotics for treatment of pneumonia and drugs to reduce salivation and vomiting.

Prevention of tick paralysis is essential if your pet lives in or is visiting the eastern seaboard of Australia. There is a range of excellent products available to repel and kill ticks (including some great new products) but none are 100 per cent effective and the ideal prevention depends on your pet's lifestyle.

For information on what to look for and what to do when your pet has a paralysis tick, click here.

03 The silent disease
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We often refer to kidney disease as the silent killer as it can sneak up on your pet and signs may be subtle and hard to notice. This type of kidney disease is referred to as chronic kidney disease and is something we may detect in an older cat.

In other cases, kidney disease can come on quickly following an insult from a toxin, a certain drug or a disease. This is referred to as acute kidney disease and might for example occur in a dog who has eaten grapes or sultanas that contain a kidney toxin.

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate. As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough water so your pet will urinate more and will drink more to stay hydrated. Surprisingly, your pet may not show any changes on blood tests until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

 Signs to watch out for:

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • lethargy

Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and a measure of your pet's blood pressure may then be necessary. If we detect the kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment with diet modification the better.

There is also now a new medication available that can help reduce protein loss through the kidneys and can help slow the progress of this insidious disease. Ask us if your pet requires this medication.

If you are worried about your pet you should phone us for advice on 5493 2655.

04 Reconsider your retractable leash
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You probably haven't thought about it but did you know that a retractable leash can be a potential hazard? 

Not only have we heard reports of owners having their fingers severed from these leashes (when a dog suddenly pulls hard and the leash runs quickly through the hand) but these devices can also be dangerous for your dog.

We've witnessed plenty of situations where a dog on a retractable leash is allowed to get too close to an aggressive dog or even head towards a busy road. It is very difficult to be in full control of your dog if you are using one of these leashes so it is hard for us to recommend them.

When it comes to walking your dog, we can advise you on the most suitable leash or harness.

05 Check out these brilliant photos
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We came across some pretty special photos this month.

Have you ever seen a dog trying to catch a treat mid air?

Click here for some of the best slow motion pics you'll ever see!