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

nurses@nicklinwayvet.com.au
www.nicklinwayvet.com.au
Phone: 07 5493 2655
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After a long hiatus we are back on track with our monthly newsletters.  We want to keep you up to date with happenings at the surgery and also provide some interesting articles for you to read. 

We are currently celebrating some important milestones here at the Surgery - it's been 10 years since Dr Doug and Dr Mel purchased the business.  We have grown with the times and now offer so many new services for your pets.  Our sucess couldn't have been achieved without the support of our wonderful clients and our loyal staff.  We would like to thank you for your support.

On that note, two of our staff are celebrating long service leave.  Our receptionist Robin is coming up for 20 years and our nurse Keira 10 years.  Several other staff members will be celebrating their long service over the next couple of years, and Dr Stacey and nurse Sheree have been affiliated with the surgery since 2002 (both having taken time off to raise their young families).  It creates a great work environment when our team has been together for such a long period of time.

Dr Jana is heading off on maternity leave in mid July and will return early 2017.  We wish her and her husband Regan all the best as they prepare for the arrival of baby number 2.

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Dr Doug and Dr Mel

Contents of this newsletter

01  Current Promotions

02  Caring for a senior pet - our top tips

03  Dementia can affect our pets too

04  Reasons to adopt a senior cat

05  Euthanasia - deciding when it's time

06  The oldest living cat

01 Current Promotions
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Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery currently has several promotions running during July, in addition to our ongoing promotions.

NEXGARD flea treatment - purchase a 6 month pack, and receive 1 month free.

ROYAL CANIN Dental Diet - purchase any bag of dental diet, and receive a second bag at 50% off.

FREE DENTAL CHECKS - July and August are dental months.  We would like to extend an invitation to all our clients to take advantage of our offer for FREE DENTAL CHECKS.  Our aim is to correct dental problems early to avoid tooth infections and tooth removal as pets age.  Once we have assessed your pet's teeth we can recommend correct dental prophylaxis.

Please see our promotions webpage for further details.

02 Caring for a senior pet - our top tips
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You might not realise it but dogs and cats are considered senior citizens when they reach 8 years of age. Our furry senior friends require some extra special attention to help keep them happy and healthy.

Here's a few of our top tips for senior care.

1. A regular health check is absolutely essential for your ageing friend. Much can change over a year (equivalent to 6-8 years in human years) and a check up at least once a year will help us pick up on any changes and allow us to initiate a treatment plan, such as pain relief for arthritis.

2. Develop a keen eye for changes such as fluctuations in weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Don't be tempted to just put these changes down to 'getting old'.

3. Diet: Our ageing pets have changing nutritional requirements. Older animals may be less able to cope with excessive nutrients or particular deficiencies. We recommend you feed your senior a complete and balanced premium food suitable for a mature pet. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. Ask us for a specific diet recommendation.

4. Lumps and bumps: It's a good idea to run your hands over your pet every week and feel for the presence of any lumps or bumps. If you find anything new or unusual, arrange a lump check with us as soon as possible.

Phone us if you have any questions about your senior pet, as we will always be able to give you the best advice.

03 Dementia can affect our pets too
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It is well known that ageing takes a toll on our entire body including our brain - and the same goes for our pets.

Research confirms that our pets can suffer from dementia and the disease that affects dogs (known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction) has many similarities to Alzheimer's disease in humans.

Common signs of canine dementia may include:

  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Lack or decreased levels of interaction with family members or other pets
  • A disturbance in sleep patterns
  • Forgetting toilet training
  • Reduced activity levels

While canine dementia has been recognised for some time, there is now increasing evidence that cats may suffer from senility too and signs commonly include vocalising, lack of grooming, agitation and forgetting how to use the litter tray.

The most important point to remember is that there are many other diseases that can lead to any of the signs of dementia so diagnosis involves assessment of your pet and is a process of elimination. 

The best news is that we have have prescription diets and medication available that may help improve brain function. Ask us for more information.

04 Reasons to adopt a senior cat
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If you are thinking of adding a feline friend to your family you should consider adopting a senior cat. Kittens may be fun and playful but they can be hard work! You'll find there are many hidden joys if you bring a senior 'kitty-zen' into your life. 

Here are our top reasons why you should consider adopting a senior cat:

  • A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family and other pets
  • Senior cats are already toilet trained
  • Senior cats are quieter, more mature and make great napping buddies - they are the perfect companion
  • Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for - when you adopt a senior cat, you’re saving a life and most cats know it and will be grateful for a second chance.

We can point you in the right direction when it comes to adopting a senior pet - ask us for our recommendations.

05 Euthanasia - deciding when it's time
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Euthanasia is a very difficult topic to think about but it's an important one, and something that we as veterinarians deal with every day.

Deciding when is the right time to euthanise a pet can be one of the most difficult decisions you'll ever make. Most of us hope we never have to make the decision and it would be nice if all of our pets passed away peacefully in their sleep at the right time. But the reality is that sometimes we have to make that decision for them.

There is never a 'right' or a 'wrong' decision and you know your pet better than anyone. We are here to support you through the process so please ask us if you have any questions. Sometimes talking about euthanasia can help you be better prepared for it (such as considering whether you will bury or cremate your pet).

People get concerned about euthanising a pet too early in case they perhaps have some 'quality life left' but something to consider is that 'a week too early may be better than an hour too late.' We as humans must be an animal's voice and euthanasia will relieve pain and suffering. In the end, this is the greatest gift we can give our pets.

Please see our webpage here for additional information on saying goodbye.

06 The oldest living cat
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According to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest living cat is currently living in Oregon, USA. His name is Corduroy and he was born 1st August 1989, making him nearly 27 years old!

Corduroy, a handsome long haired tabby cat, has an astounding social media following with over 17.5K followers on Instagram (as well as Facebook and Snapchat accounts). Whoever said you can't teach an old cat new tricks was wrong!

You can read more about Corduroy here and watch a video on YouTube here.

If you think you have a cat that might rival Corduroy's claim to fame and have proof, you should visit the Guinness Book of Records website.