CLINIC NEWSLETTER - SUMMER 2017
Well it's been a wet and cold start to Summer this year but warmer days are sure to come!
With Christmas only a few weeks away we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope to see you in the clinic with your furry family members soon!
Don't forget current vaccinations are required for all dogs and cats to enter boarding facilities. Don't leave it too late to check your pet's vaccination status! If vaccines are not current, a booster may be required in 4 weeks time and immunity cannot be guaranteed.
Our little clinic has been getting busier and busier recently which has lead to the need for some new members of staff!
We would like to warmly welcome Dr Jess Grice to the NCVC team. Jess joins us as our newest part time Veterinarian and you can meet her for consultations on Mondays and weekends.
We also have a new veterinary nurse joining our team mid December and we look forward to introducing you to her when she comes on board soon!
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 over ham/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, and cooked bones are always off the menu for our four legged friends!
**CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING AND OUR CATTERY IS ALMOST FULL - GET IN QUICK TO SECURE YOUR CAT'S BOOKING WITH US **
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