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Nicklin Way Veterinary Surgery
202 Nicklin Way
Warana, QLD, 4575
Phone: 07 5493 2655

You may know that we run a very successful Weight Loss Clinic.  This free service is run by our trained veterinary nurses, and is designed to provide advice and motiviation about your pets weight loss.    

We have many success stories coming out of the Weight Loss Clinic, just like Trixie's.  

Trixie, a fox terrier, attended weight loss clinic consultations with Belinda.  Five months ago, Dr Melanie discussed the negative impact of Trixie's excess weight at her routine vaccination visit with Trixie's owners.  Trixie is a very much loved dog and her owners, Tom and Joan, were very motivated to do what their vet recommended.

So Trixie began her weight loss journey.  Starting at 9kg, with a 48cm girth measurement and 47cm near her waist, Trixie was prescribed a Royal Canin diet called Satiety.  This diet has slightly higher protein levels than other foods, a moderate fat content, and a combination of soluble and insoluble fibres.  These fibres work together to keep the digestive system functioning effectively but at the same time making Trixie feel 'full'.  

Trixie gradually lost weight, and thoroughly enjoyed her 'weigh-in only' visits to the vet.  Last week Trixie weighted in at 7.5kg, a 27.8% weight loss with 8cm loss off her girth.  Her health outcomes are so much more positive now she is at a healther weight.  

Weight Loss Clinics with Belinda are free, and over the five months it took to get Trixie to goal weight, Trixie's owners spent an average of $1.25 a day on special weight loss food.  

Well done to Trixie, and to Tom and Joan as well.  

If you feel your pet could benefit from weight loss, please call the clinic and arrange an appointment with Belinda who will also discuss with the veterinarian the ideal weight to aim for taking into account your pet's unique dietary requirements.

Contents of this newsletter

01  Annual Easter Bunny alert

02  Reduce your veterinary costs by up to 80%

03  Cushing's disease case study

04  Rat bait ingestion - what you need to know

05  Inspiration: an indoor cat fantasyland

01 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. Check out our website for further details, including an interactive 'Chocolate Chart'.

02 Reduce your veterinary costs by up to 80%

There is no getting around the fact that pet care can be expensive.  We can’t claim their medical bills on Medicare and their drugs are not subsidised by the government, so it is very important that you consider the cost of veterinary care.  Depending on the illness or injury, veterinary care can easily reach several thousand dollars if the patient is seriously ill!

The best solution for your pet is to take out pet insurance. There are many providers of pet insurance in Australia, and we can provide you with information. 

While many providers will cover younger pets, PetMed Pet Insurance is the only company that will cover pets over the age of 8 years old.  

So if you have adopted an older pet, or missed out on the timeframe for getting pet insurance for your pet, now you are able to ensure that your older pets are covered.

For more information on Pet Insurance, head over to our website, or ask us next time you are in the clinic.

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. For further information on Cushings Disease, check out our client information sheet.

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.

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.

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

05 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!

Burmese cat looking at camera