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Wauchope Veterinary Clinic
59 High St
Wauchope, NSW, 2446
Phone: 02 6585 1626

Michael's new puppy....should be arriving on the 7th of April....(not named as yet) and is already enrolled in Puppy School with TATE Animal Enterprises here at the clinic!

Two new clinic puppies...straight to Puppy School!

By the time you read this Michael should finally have his new puppy for the clinic!

It's been a long search for a new family & clinic pet, as Tinto did leave some pretty big shoes to fill.  Michael wanted (& needed!) a pup with a great temperament, so that we could keep up the pet & Vet visits to schools and preschools (teaching kids about pets and how to avoid bites).  This meant a prolonged search for a suitable puppy dog that would be welcoming to all the pets and pet owners that come to the clinic, as well as a calm confident predisposition and the ability to be highly trainned. A big ask! 

Choosing the best pet for your family and your home is a big decision (and one we would love to help with!).  Trying to pick a puppy from a series of cute photos is not something we reccomend at all, yet is the most common scenario for most pet owners. It is impossible to pick a confident calm dog as a 4-6 week old puppy from a photo.... We all know of some beautiful looking dogs (that will always be beautiful), but maybe a bit hyperactive, silly or anxious. 

Michael eventually decided to join a program called Groodles Australia that aims to breed calm, healthy pets for use with childern with learning or behavioural problems. The Groodle puppies are a cross between Golden Retrievers and Poodles who's parents have been checked for genetic breed and health problems, as well as assesing their individual temperament and behaviour.  Michael is due to collect a beautiful female Groodle puppy on the 7th of April! She is yet to be named...but please keep an eye out on Facebook for updates!

On Monday the 8th of April Michael's new puppy will be starting her 1st Puppy School with Tate Animal Enterprises here at the clinic.  The puppy will be joined by a few other lucky puppies, including a lovely Cavoodle puppy called Chappy that Alison (our Practice Manager) recently acquired.   Chappy came into the clinic for his vaccinations with her breeder and Alison could not resist taking him home to her unsuspecting husband! 

Just a reminder about Easter. Hopefully many of you will get to have a nice holiday or a break at least. We will be closed the Easter public holidays, but we are open on the Saturday morning, in case any pets do get sick, hopefully not from indulging in a few chocholates, which are a NO NO for pets. 

Keep pets safe this easter

It’s not long before the Easter Bunny is set to make some deliveries, but when it comes to your pet’s safety this Easter, there are a few hazards to watch out for (and they are not all as obvious as you think.)

Chocolate - the most obvious one!
Chocolate contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine. Dogs have trouble digesting theobromine and ingestion leads to hyperactivity, tremors, panting and a racing heart, vomiting, diarrhoea, and seizures. Theobromine ingestion can be fatal in some dogs. As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Seek veterinary attention immediately if your dog has ingested ANY amount of chocolate. In most cases, if we are able to make your dog vomit we can prevent any nasty side effects.

Hot Cross Buns - the sneaky hazard
The sultanas and raisins in these delicious buns can cause acute kidney failure in dogs, due to the possible presence of a toxin on the grapes. Keep these off the menu at all times and watch for any that happen to drop on the floor (a common issue if you have little kids!). Call us for advice if your dog ingests any.

Easter lilies - beautiful but deadly
These beautiful fragrant flowers can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. The stems, leaves, flowers and stamen are all potentially dangerous, as is the water the flowers are stored in. If you are worried about your cat you should call us on 6585 1626 and we will advise you on what you to do.

If your pet ingests any of the above over the Easter period call us immediately for advice just in case your pet needs to be seen urgently.

Blood tests are magic

Many people cower when we mention the following words: blood test.  However, did you know that these tests are virtually magic when it comes to getting an insight into your pet’s general health?

From a blood test, we can decide if your pet is dehydrated, has underlying kidney disease or liver disease, and assess your pet's red and white blood cells. We can also rule out common diseases (such as hyperthyroidism in the case below). Early detection of diseases via a blood test can allow prompt treatment and greatly improve your pet’s quality of life.

The ins and outs of a blood test

  • Most blood samples are taken from the jugular vein in the neck. This vein provides us with a good sample as quickly and painlessly as possible.
  • The majority of pets are more relaxed when blood is taken from their jugular vein. If necessary, a smaller sample can be obtained from a vein in the leg, but these veins are generally 'saved' for administering injections or intravenous fluids.
  • Once the blood has been collected we place gentle pressure over the vein to prevent any bruising. We don’t tend to apply a bandaid, but a liver treat (instead of a lollipop) is essential.
  • Your pet’s blood is placed into tubes appropriate for required tests. Some tests can be run on machines in the clinic, but there are certain tests that require more extensive equipment and so the blood sample must be sent to an external laboratory.

It's important to realise that blood tests are an essential part of good veterinary medicine and can be critical when diagnosing and managing diseases.

Ask us if you have any questions about your pet's health, we are always here to help. 

My cat is so hungry, but is still losing weight

It’s not an unusual presentation, an elderly cat that is losing weight, but is ravenous day and night.

Once we have ruled out diabetes, another common cause of these symptoms may very well be the endocrine (hormonal) disease hyperthyroidism.

This disease is not uncommon in older cats and is caused by an overproduction of thyroid hormone from the thyroid glands. It results in an out-of-control metabolic rate and this upsets the regulation of carbohydrates, fats, and protein as well as the function of the heart. If untreated a cat can become seriously unwell.

Signs of hyperthyroidism

  • Weight loss despite a normal or increased appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Poor coat quality

Fortunately, the vast majority of cats that develop hyperthyroidism can be treated very successfully and most cats will make a complete recovery. 

There are different options for the treatment of hyperthyroidism and the treatment of the individual patient depends on how well the kidneys and the heart are functioning. In most cases, it involves life-long daily medication and regular blood, urine and blood pressure tests.

If you think your cat might be showing some of the signs mentioned above you should call us for advice and arrange an appointment for appropriate blood and urine tests.

Check out these posers!

We've got some feel-good pics for you this month. Have a look at these dogs who walk and pose together every day.

We can't quite work out how the dog walker gets them all to sit perfectly still for a photo but we are pretty impressed. Check them out here.

Does your cat mirror your behaviour?

We don’t want to open a can of worms here, but if your cat is a little temperamental, have you ever considered that it could be mirroring you?

Research undertaken at Nottingham Trent University in the UK has shown that there are similarities between behaviours exhibited by people and the behaviour of their cat. It suggested that a cat might absorb and then mirror certain personality traits from their human carer and there may be parallels with the parent-child relationship. 

3,000 cat owners were surveyed, asking a series of questions that assessed people's agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, neuroticism, and openness. They found a number of correlations that not only predicted the cat's own personality but also it's welfare.

Interestingly, a more neurotic human personality was linked with cats that were cited as having a "behavioural problem". This might have been seen as aggression, anxiety or fear, or stress-related behaviours in the cat. Furthermore, the cat owners who were assessed as being more extroverted, were more likely to have felines who enjoyed being outside. 

Obviously more studies need to be undertaken to investigate a possible link, but it’s important to be aware that aspects of our personality could be impacting our feline friends in both positive and negative ways.

You can read more about the study here.