Mira Mar Veterinary Hospital
58 Cockburn Rd
Albany, WA, 6330

Phone: 08 9841 5422
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Welcome to our April newsletter.

Most of you are aware by now that April is Super Seniors month at Mira Mar Vets!  We really look forward to this month each year, as we get a visit from all of our special older patients, and we know that we and their owners are working together to optimise their health.  Please read on for more information.

This newsletter edition also covers the risk of chocolate toxicity in pets over Easter, Cushing's disease in dogs, rat and mouse baits and the threat they can cause to pets, and a very cute video of an amazing cat paradise!


THURSDAY 13TH APRIL - 8am - 4pm          FRIDAY 14TH APRIL - CLOSED          SATURDAY 15TH APRIL - 8:30am - 12pm          SUNDAY 16TH APRIL - CLOSED          MONDAY 17TH APRIL - CLOSED          TUESDAY 25TH APRIL - CLOSED

At all other times we are open for our regular hours.  As always we will have an experienced vet on-call who can be contacted in the case of an emergency on 0428 936 020.

We hope you enjoy reading!


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We love seeing Super Seniors during April!

Contents of this newsletter

01  Senior Pet Month is on again!

02  Annual Easter Bunny alert

03  Cushing's disease case study

04  Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know

05  Top three tips for preventing rat bait toxicity

06  Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

01 Senior Pet Month is on again!
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Blood testing will be breeze with our new lab equipment!

Super Seniors Month is BACK at Mira Mar Vets!  The month of April again becomes the month where we offer discounted examination and blood testing options for all of our beloved patients that are older than seven years old.  We know that with ongoing health screening, early intervention and good quality preventative care, we can keep your older pet as healthy as possible for as long as possible.  This year we have a new upgraded in-clinic lab that can perform even more accurate blood testing with fast results.

This year, our Senior Health Care Package costs $155 and includes:

  • A consultation including full physical examination
  • Senior Pet blood testing - this year including thyroid screening on all pets
  • A blood pressure check in the consulting room
  • A free senior pet recheck in 6 months
  • A free coffee voucher from Reeve's to the first 50 customers
  • $10 off Bravecto purchases (with a free frisbee) to the first 40 customers
  • 30% off all Hill's pet foods recommended during a senior pet visit throughout April.

Also, we have some fantastic prizes on offer in our Facebook competition!  Like our Facebook page to go into the draw for Hill's pet food, Bravecto flea treatments or a free checkup and blood test for your senior pet.  All of our current likers are eligible for these prizes too!  Winners drawn 20th April 2017.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your senior pet at Mira Mar Vets in April!

02 Annual Easter Bunny alert

As the Easter Bunny gears up to make his deliveries, it is our job to remind you keep ALL chocolate out of paw's reach.

Our canine friends are specifically designed to seek out any morsel of chocolate - big or small, wrapped or unwrapped!

The problem is, chocolate contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine and dogs have trouble digesting this ingredient.

Scarily, theobromine ingestion can be fatal in some dogs. 

Watch out for:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors, panting and a racing heart
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Seizures

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is - but if your dog finds your Easter egg stash, it's best to call us immediately as ANY amount of ANY type of chocolate (white and milk included) can cause a problem.

In most cases, if we are able to make your dog vomit we can prevent any nasty follow on effects. 

Don't forget: sultanas and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs so you'll also need to keep hot cross buns off their menu this Easter. 

If you are worried about your pet this Easter you should ask us for advice. 

03 Cushing's disease case study

Jimmy is a 9 year old Maltese cross. This boisterous little man was thirstier than normal and had suddenly started to wee in the house. His owners noticed he had a bit of a pot belly but had put this down to Jimmy getting older.

A veterinary examination was just what the doctor ordered and blood and urine testing revealed that Jimmy had an endocrine disorder known as Cushing's disease.

Cushing's is a common endocrine disease seen in dogs. It is slow and progressive and is caused by the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is a normal hormone produced by the adrenal gland and is essential for normal body function. However in some animals this gland produces too much cortisol and this can have a serious impact on your pet’s quality of life.

Sometimes Cushing's can be caused by an external source of cortisol, such as the long term administration of cortisone.

Common symptoms of Cushing's disease include:

  • Excessive thirst, appetite and urination
  • Pot belly
  • Skin problems, thin skin and hair loss
  • Heat intolerance and excessive panting
  • Lethargy

Jimmy has now commenced daily medication and requires close and careful monitoring but he is thankfully doing very well.

This is just another reason why we need to perform regular health checks on your pet. If we are able to detect and commence treatment early we can slow the progression of diseases and help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

If you have any concerns about your pet, please call us to arrange a check up. 

04 Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know

The poison used to kill rats and mice interferes with blood clotting. These products are just as toxic to dogs and cats, and alarmingly your pets may even seek these poisons out.

What to do if your pet finds rat bait:

If you know that your pet has eaten rat bait, have them checked a vet as soon as possible. If seen immediately, your pet can be made to vomit which reduces toxin absorption. Sometimes blood tests, or administration of an antidote may be necessary.

If your pet is showing signs of bleeding, they may require supportive care, transfusion of blood products and the antidote.

Clinical signs are usually present anywhere from 1 to 7 days after ingestion (depending on type and amount of poison ingested).

How to know if your pet has eaten rat bait:

  • Your pet may be quiet or lethargic
  • A cough or breathing problems (if they bleed into the lungs)
  • They may collapse
  • Sometimes there will be visible signs of bleeding (in urine, nose bleeds)

If you think your pet might have eaten rat bait, please phone us immediately for advice.

05 Top three tips for preventing rat bait toxicity

Sadly, we often see pets that have eaten rat bait. This can be extremely upsetting especially when ingestion can often be prevented. 

Here are our top tips for prevention rat bait toxicity: 

1. The first, and probably most obvious, is do not have rodenticide products on your property. And what about your neighbour's place? If you've moved to a new property, have you thoroughly checked it is safe?

2. Ensure that places you visit with your pet (friend's houses, holiday rentals) are rat bait free. That means always check for rat bait before letting your pet loose in a new environment.

3. If you must have rat bait, please store packets of these poisons in a secure place away from animals and children.

Don't forget that your pet may actively seek out rat bait - dogs have knack for getting under the house and cats love to explore the ceiling.

We are always here to offer advice and help - phone us if you are worried.  

06 Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

Ever wonder if 15 cats could live happily together? This video is proof that they can.

We think this house is pretty amazing and it just goes to show that cats can live harmoniously together if they are provided with the right environment and enough litter trays! We also love that all of these cats have been rescued from a shelter.

This heartwarming story will bring a smile to your face and might even inspire you to do some renovating - check it out!

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