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

enquiries@middlebrightonvet.com.au
www.middlebrightonvet.com.au
Phone: 03 9592 9811
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Welcome to Winter!

It's a great thing that our pets are living longer & better lives than ever before thanks to advances in veterinary care. We all know that our pets age faster than humans so we do recommend twice yearly check-ups - Twice a year for life!  This is especially important for our older companions as we can spot issues early and take action if needed  before it becomes a problem.

We are dedicating the next two months to our Senior Pets and are offering winter special on Senior Health Checks of $60 - saving of 15% off the normal consultation fee. There is a lot to consider for our Seniors - dental & eye health, the development of heart disease and the onset of arthritis in not only the large breed dogs but also the smaller dogs and cats. Kidney health is also of concern for the older pet, especially cats. Early clinical signs may go unnoticed and so blood and urine tests are essential to determine your pet's state of health. Simply call 9592 9811 to arrange a Senior Health Check for you pet - offer available till 31st July 2017.

Nutrition plays a huge part in the health and well being of our pets, especially Seniors and we have a number of promotions for both cats and dogs in June & July. Hill's  Science Diet & Precription Diets are complete and balanced - free of artifical flavours and preservatives, specifically designed to transform lives.  

We also want to keep your pet free of intestinal worms and offering 10% off both Drontal & Milbemax worming tablets purchased in June & July. Intestinal worm steal nutrition that our pets need to keep their body healthy. Infected animals often shed worms eggs into their environment via their faeces - many can be only be seen with a miroscope so you may not know your pet carries worms. If your pet is tricky to worm then we are only too happy to help out - we have a few tricks that make worming, most pets, a breeze!

We will be having a special in house Dental Training day on Thursday 22nd June. We are still in the planing stages but do not plan to have any routine surgery - our wonderful locum, Dr Andy Woodward will still be with us and be taking care of consultations whilst we all fine tune our Dentistry skills. 

We hope that you enjoy this newsletter & take advantage of the offers available!

 

Contents of this newsletter

01  Is your pet a senior citizen?

02  Help your senior pet stay happy and healthy

03  My dog's done his knee!

04  Flu season is here

05  Keeping your pet safe!

06  Chicken therapy

01 Is your pet a senior citizen?
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Is your pet starting to age a little?

Did you know that cats and dogs are considered senior citizens after the age around 8 years? As they reach their golden years there are a few things you need to watch out for.

Obvious changes might include:

  • forgetting toilet training
  • hearing loss
  • stiff legs
  • weight loss or gain

It's crucial to arrange more regular check ups with us during these senior years.

We will monitor your pet closely for:

  • sore joints
  • new lumps
  • dental disease
  • vision changes
  • heart changes

We may also suggest blood tests, urine tests and blood pressure measurements to make sure your pet's organs are all healthy. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis can be successfully managed if detected early.

Call us today on 9592 9811 to arrange a Special Winter Senior Health Check! 

02 Help your senior pet stay happy and healthy
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Caring for a senior pet is an important job and your furry friends are relying on you to guide them through their twilight years.

Here are our top three tips for senior care:

1. Keep your eyes open for changes in behaviour, weight, appetite, thirst and urination. The presence of a cough, a change in sleeping habits, stiff joints, a new lump and accidents around the house can all be a sign of underlying illness. Instead of putting these changes down to 'getting old' arrange a check up with us.

2. Choose a premium diet suitable for a mature pet. These help to maintain ideal body condition and will improve longevity. We have a special promotion on selected Hill's science Diet for senior Cats & Dogs available till 31st July 2017.

3. As mentioned above, a regular health check (ideally every 6 months) is absolutely essential for your ageing pet. Your pet can experience significant changes in a single year (equivalent to 6-8 human years). A veterinary examination will allow us to pick up on any issues as soon as possible and start treatment if necessary.

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

03 My dog's done his knee!
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It's footy season but your dog doesn't need to be on the sports field to do his ACL!

Rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is one of the most common injuries we see in dogs. This injury can lead to painful arthritis in your dog's knee if it is not treated effectively.

Plenty of dogs will 'snap' the ligament after suddenly jumping off a height or turning quickly. These dogs won't be able to stand on the injured hind leg. Cruciate ligament disease can also be a degenerative condition and older dogs may present with an intermittent lameness and a thickened knee joint.

Veterinary examination of the dog under sedation or general anaesthetic will enable diagnosis of a ruptured ACL (we feel for inappropriate movement of the knee joint). Radiographs will identify any evidence of swelling within and around the joint and any arthritic changes that may indicate progressive disease.

Surgery to stabilise the joint is the best option for treatment. Small dogs may respond to conservative treatment (rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication) but due to instability in the joint, there is a high risk that these dogs will develop arthritis and these patients must be carefully managed.

There are different surgical techniques available and we will be able to give you more information on the most suitable type for your dog.

If you think your pet might be injured please call us for advice.

04 Flu season is here
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With flu season in full swing, now's a good time for us to answer the common question, can my pet get the flu?

The answer is yes - but unlike in humans, there isn't really a flu season for dogs and cats and infection can occur at any time of the year.

Dogs might contract canine cough (often referred to incorrectly as kennel cough) and cats can suffer from cat flu (commonly caused by a herpes virus).

Canine cough

Is a highly contagious disease that's passed from dog to dog by moisture droplets. Your dog might be infected at the local park or at a boarding kennel due to the large number of dogs in one area. Vaccination is given annually and is very effective at protecting your pet against the worst strains of this disease.
Your dog may still contract a milder form of canine cough, even if he is vaccinated, but this usually resolves by itself or requires only a short course of antibiotics.

Cat flu

Is also highly contagious and can cause severe illness, especially in elderly cats or kittens. Vaccination is highly effective and while it won't always prevent cats from developing flu, it helps reduce the severity of the condition. Flu vaccinations are given annually and are an important way to help keep your cat stay happy and healthy.

To check if your pet is protected against these diseases, please call us and we can easily look up your pet's vaccination history and give you the best advice. 

05 Keeping your pet safe!
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Keeping your pet safe is much easier today than 30 years ago when we first started out as Vets!

Microchips are one way to help reunite your pet - but you need to ensure that the microchip details are kept up to date. We routinely check microchips at their Annual Health Check - but this only serves to ensure the microchip is working and is located in the routinely scanned area. To check your pet's microchip details, simply go to http://www.petaddress.com.au/  . If you do no know your pet's microchip then simply pop into the clinic & we can scan your pet & supply you with the number.

Mobile phones & the internet also help to keep your pet safe - so down load this great First Aid for Pets app  Ã‚ https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/first-aid-for-pets/id799460675?mt=8 - keeping your pet safe not only at home but also when you travel.

06 Chicken therapy

Meet the 'Hensioners,' the little chooks making big changes in the lives of elderly human patients. We all know that dogs and cats are great companions for our elderly population but did you ever think that a chicken might be able to help fight depression and dementia?

Click here to watch the story. 

Elderly woman with two chickens