Middle Brighton Veterinary Centre
762 Hampton St
Brighton, VIC, 3186

Phone: 03 9592 9811
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Welcome to October as we race towards Christmas! 

We have had a busy last two months with our fabulous Dental promotions - its a great feeling know that we have helped so many pet's improve their dental health! Our goal is to maintain your pet's teeth in the stage of reversibilty and prevent the unnecessary loss of teeth - if you are at all concerned about your pet's breath or state of oral health then give us a call today to make an appointment.

As many of you are aware, Dr Kirsty is expecting her first child and will commence maternity leave late November. She has been very well so far, though is now standing further away from the surgery table! We are very happy to say that we have secured a locum vet, Dr Marcus Cheung who will cover Kirsty's roster whilst she is on maternity leave for approximately six months. Marcus is an experienced vet, who, just like Dr Murray graduated from University of Queensland. Marcus has spent the last 3 years in a mixed animal practice in Dubbo and we are really excited that he joining our team.

This is a busy time of the year with lots of pets with skin issues - hay fever allergies, flea allergies and insects that sting! Ear issues are also plentiful with lots more trips to the beach - but dont stress as we have great tips to get your dog and cat through spring. 

Enjoy the newsletter!


Contents of this newsletter

01  Food for thought

02  Is my pet overweight?

03  Geordie slims down for summer

04  Can my cat be a vegan?

05  Smelly pets

06  Sneaky dog's pawful behaviour

01 Food for thought

When it comes to feeding your pet, we know that it can get pretty confusing with the overwhelming number of choices out there. On top of this, pet food companies sometimes complicate things with claims that their food is superior because it is all natural, paleo, vegan, grain free, wheat free and so on.

So what should you be feeding your pet? The answer to that question is easy: a diet recommended by us! When it comes to nutrition, we are able to give you the most up to date and advanced information and can recommend the most suitable diet no matter what stage of life your pet is at.

All of the foods we recommend contain natural ingredients but most importantly, these are precisely balanced for optimum nutrition. This means your pet won’t receive too little or too much of certain nutrients, a claim only particular brands can make.

If you are feeling confused please ask us for the most accurate information. We will help you make the best decision when it comes to your pet’s nutrition.

02 Is my pet overweight?

You are probably well aware that if your pet is pudgy they have an increased risk of suffering from heart disease, respiratory disorders, osteoarthritis and diabetes. But alarmingly, most people aren’t even aware that their pet is overweight.

Here are our top tips for determining if your pet is carrying a few too many kilos: 

  • When you look at your pet from above they will have lost definition of their waist. Instead of an hourglass figure they might look more like an egg on legs!
  • You can no longer easily feel their ribs when you run your hands over their sides
  • A very obese pet may have neck fat, a pendulous tummy as well as fat deposits over the hips

    The very best way to determine whether your pet is overweight is to drop in for a weight check with us. This will allow us to score your pet’s body condition and, if necessary, start a weight loss plan.

    The good news is that getting your pet to lose weight is easier than you think! Physical exercise will help but it is crucial that you are feeding your pet the correct diet and the right amount. This is something we can help you out with. There are diets available that will actually help your pet lose weight, including one to increase your pet’s metabolic rate.

    When it comes to fighting the flab and counting the calories, we are here to help!

03 Geordie slims down for summer

Meet Geordie - a gorgeous black and white domestic cat that came in to see Dr Anna for his Annual Health Check and Vaccination recently.

Like a lot of us, Geordie was not too keen to sit on the scales to check his weight and for good reason as over a number of years his weight was slowly climbing. With a lot of health issues related to weight it was time for some serious action. 

Geordie was placed on a special diet - Hill's Prescription Feline Metabolic - a scientific diet that is able to turn cats that tend to store fat into fat burners and hence loose weight. 

Not only has Geordie lost over 12% of his body weight but he is a much happier cat & has his mojo back!

Way to go Geordie!


04 Can my cat be a vegan?

Embarking on a vegan diet might be suitable for some people but what about our feline friends? The truth is that a cat cannot survive on a vegan diet. These diets simply do not provide all of the nutrients that your cat requires for a healthy life.

Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that they require meat in their diet and have specific nutrient needs that can only be supplied through the ingestion of animal meat.

Taurine is an amino acid that all cats need in their bodies - and they can't create it themselves. If they're low in taurine, cats can experience heart disease, vision problems, and other health issues. Taurine can only be provided through the diet, and is only available through animal sources. Although there are synthetic supplements available these are not recommended.

Vitamin A and arachidonic acid also need to be provided in your cat's food and these are primarily available through animal sources.

As a result of these unique dietary requirements, a cat is unable to safely eat a vegan diet. Even with synthetic supplementation, producing a cat food that is complete and fills all of the nutritional needs of a cat is difficult (and dangerous) without adding meat to the diet.

So if you choose to adopt a vegan diet, we ask that you please do not expect your cat to eat the same way!

05 Smelly pets

If you notice a bad smell coming from your pet, it's time to take action. In most cases, a strange odour is an indication that something's not quite right and in some cases it can be a symptom of a more a serious and painful disease.

Here are of the most common smells to be on the 'sniff out' for:

Smelly mouth: 'Doggy breath' is not normal! It can indicate dental disease and may be painful as well as lead to other problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. Systemic diseases such as diabetes might lead to a strange 'fruity' smell on the breath. Occasionally a tumour or a foreign object such as a piece of bone or stick can also cause a foul odour. The bottom line is, if your pet has a smelly mouth you should arrange a check up with us asap.

Stinky bottom: A stinky rear end might be secondary to flatulence from a poor diet or secondary to a gastric upset. Blocked anal glands can also lead to a 'fishy' smell from the bottom. When it comes to smells from this part of the body, you should ask us for advice!

Smelly ears: Smelly ears can be an indication that there is a bacterial or fungal infection in the ear/s. These can be highly irritating and painful for your pet. Sometimes foreign bodies in the ear canal/s such as a grass seed or the presence of a growth such as a polyp might also lead to a smelly ear. If your pet's ears don't seem right you should get us to have a look.

Smelly skin: Stinky skin is not normal in pets either. Anything that disrupts the skin’s normal protective mechanisms can cause a bad odour. Underlying problems such as wounds, allergies, parasites, cancer, endocrine diseases and immune disorders can all lead to a stinky coat. You should arrange a consult with us for further investigation.

If you are worried about your pet, we are always the best people to ask for advice.

06 Sneaky dog's pawful behaviour

This cheeky dog isn't usually allowed into the baby's room - but a hidden camera catches his happy dance when he manages to sneak in!