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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  A new way to trim your dog's nails?

02  Current Promotions

03  Top tips for nail trimming at home

04  I'm so confused, what should I feed my pet?

05  Is your pet is overweight?

01 A new way to trim your dog's nails?

We've found a video to catch your attention this month... but we don't necessarily recommend trying this at home!

Check out this ingenious way to trim a bulldog's nails. If you happen to be feeling confident enough to try trimming your pet's nails at home (in a more conventional way!) you should read on for our a top nail trimming tips (below.) 

The good news is, we are always here to help keep your pet's nails neat and tidy. Call us anytime to arrange a pedicure for your pet. 

02 Current Promotions
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During July we are running two fantastic promotions in addition to our everyday promotions.

Free dental checks during July

If you want to check your pet's teeth, this month is the month to do it.  During July you can book in with one of our fantastic nurses to have your pet's mouth looked at.  Dental disease can often sneak up unannounced with symptoms often not showing until the process is quite advanced.  Regular checks can help to detect any changes to your pet's teeth before it becomes a major problem. 

If you would like to get your pet's teeth checked, give us a call on 5493 2655 to book in your free dental checkup.

Free puppy heartworm protection

During July, all puppies recieve a free puppy heartworm injection.  This is a great way to start protecting your new family member from the debilitating, and sometimes fatal, heartworm infection.  

Other promotions

To see all our promotions, click here to go to our website.

03 Top tips for nail trimming at home
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Six steps for nail trimming at home:

1. Be prepared - get all of your equipment ready first, including some of your pet's favourite treats!

2. It is easier to have your pet in a sitting or lying down position. Cat's might feel safer wrapped in a towel. 

3. Hold your pet's paw and apply gentle pressure to the base of the nail to help move the nail away from the pad (this is particularly helpful in cats.)

4. Trim the tip of the nail at the point where it curves around. It's always best to take less rather than too much. Avoid trimming the quick (nail bed) - this can be seen in a white nail (pink tissue) but not so easily in a black nail. Ask us to demonstrate where to trim your pet's nail's. If you do happen to cut too far and there is a bit of blood, don't worry, just use a cake of soap to 'plug' the nail and stop the bleeding!

5. Reward your pet after each nail is trimmed - food treats are great and create a positive experience for your pet.

6. Don't forget to trim the dew claws on the inside of each fore-leg (and in some pets, the hind-leg). These nails are easy to miss but are often the longest nails as they are not worn down as your pet walks.

Ask us for more information or for a demonstration. And never feel bad asking us to trim your pet's nails - we are always here to help!

04 I'm so confused, what should I feed my pet?
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It can be very overwhelming when trying to choose the best diet for your pet. There are so many options out there and each seem to claim to provide specific health benefits for your pet. 

What is the most suitable diet for your pet? That's easy! A diet recommended by us. When it comes to nutrition, we are able to give you educated information and recommend the most suitable diet for your pet, at every stage of their life. If your pet is young, old, overweight, underweight, arthritic or suffering from diseases such as kidney or urinary tract disease, we will be able to recommend the correct diet for your pet. 

You may have also noticed that many pet food manufacturers promote their food as being 'superior' for containing 'all natural ingredients'. All of the foods we recommend contain natural ingredients and these are precisely balanced for optimum nutrition. This means your pet won’t receive too little or too much of certain nutrients. This is a claim only particular brands can make.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start with your pet's diet, you should always ask us for information. We will help you make the best choice when it comes to your pet’s nutrition.

05 Is your pet is overweight?
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The best way to tell if you pet is overweight is to take a good look at them!

Here's how ...

  • Peer down on your pet from above.
  • An overweight pet will have lost definition of their waist
  • Instead of an hourglass figure they might look a bit rotund and may even resemble a coffee table!
  • You will also have a bit of trouble feeling their ribs when you run your hands over their sides
  • A very obese pet will have neck fat, a round tummy as well as fat deposits over the hips.

You might think carrying a few extra kilos isn't a big deal, but unfortunately overweight pets are at an increased risk of arthritis, heart disease, respiratory disorders and diabetes. What is alarming is that most people aren’t even aware that their pet is a bit portly.

If you are worried about your pet's weight, we recommend that you drop-in for a weight check with us. We will assess and discuss with you your pet’s body condition and, if necessary, start a weight loss plan.

What to do if your pet is a bit portly ...

Getting your pet to lose weight is easier than you think! Exercise will help but it is absolutely crucial to feed your pet the correct diet and the right amount. Did you know that we have diets available that will actually increase your pet’s metabolic rate to help your pet lose weight? Just ask Lenno! He is able to maintain his svelte like figure on this diet and keeping him this way has never been easier.

We are always happy to help you out in this department and are the best people to ask for more information.  Check out our free Weight Loss Clinic designed to get your pet back into tip-top shape.

And finally, check out this dog's attempt at exercise on YouTube. Did you know that his yawn is actually a sign of anxiety (and he's not tired)? Maybe he's anxious about the thought of exercise?!