VET NEWS Dr. Jess is back on board! After a family trip around Australia Dr. Jess is now back with us consulting on Tuesdays and occasional weekends.
NEW NURSES We have welcomed some new staff members recently, with nurses Jasmin and Lisa working with us part time. You can meet them at the clinic on Mondays and Fridays! Welcome to the team ladies!
TOPIC OF THE MOMENT
HIDDEN DANGERS OF CHRISTMAS
While we all love to celebrate the holiday season, there are a few dangers to our pets hidden in the festivities.
Curious cats and decorations don't mix! If you have a kitten or cat who loves to climb, consider placing your Christmas tree with all it's tempting decorations (read: cat toys!!) in an area that is not accessible by your feline friend. Each year we see the odd cat who has swallowed tinsel or chewed off part of a decoration which can lead to nasty internal obstructions - usually requiring surgery!
Bunches of flowers often giving as gifts or used to decorate our homes for our visiting family members could potentially contain the always popular Lily! Different varieties of Lilies are toxic to our feline friends, whether it be the flowers, pollen, stems or leaves. Don't risk your cats life for a nice centrepiece!
Human treats = disaster for pets! Our bottomless pits, otherwise known as our canine companions, can find themselves in a world of pain when it comes to our tempting Christmas treats.
Boxes of chocolates are a common Christmas present and are often left on coffee tables for guests to share or even wrapped under the tree for Christmas morning. Don't put it past your dog to help themselves when left unattended with these items. Chocolate isn't good for dogs!!
Fruit platters are a common addition to our holiday celebrations and while you may think it's ok to throw the odd piece to your best mate sitting under the table giving you the sad puppy dog eyes, (it's fruit right?! it must be healthy?!), BEWARE of the humble GRAPE! Grapes are now known to be toxic to our dogs, even in small quantities they can cause acute renal failure. So don't be tempted to throw the odd one under the table for Fido to enjoy. This extends to the ever popular Christmas cake and puddings which contain copious amounts of sultanas and raisins.
And then there is the good old Aussie BBQ's! Left overham/sausages/hamburgers/steaks etc are far too fatty for our pets who aren't used to them. Any change in diet or excess fatty foods can cause gastric upsets ranging from vomiting/diarrhoea to full blown pancreatitis which can be life threatening. Make sure family and friends are aware not to feed the puppy dog eyes, andcooked bones are always off the menu for our four legged friends!
BOARDING CATTERY We have your feline friends all catered for here at the clinic with on site boarding available year round. Comfortable and affordable, you can rest assured on your trip away that your best kitty friend is being pampered by our dedicated nurses, with vets on hand if required.
Rates are as follows: *Single cat - $17 per night *2 friends together - $30 per night *Cats requiring medications - $22 per night (all boarders require proof of a minimum F3 vaccine) For a reservation please phone 9726 9616