What's New at KVC
Kathy will be celebrating her 15th Anniversary providing care for the pets of Kensington and surrounding suburbs on the 30 June 2016.
"It has been and joy and a priveledge to be a part of this commmunity for so long and I would like to thank our clients for their support and for making me feel so welcome. It is truly a wonderful place to work."
Congratulations to Sarah and her partner Justin on the birth of their beautiful daughter Quinn.
Eukanuba prescription diets are being discontinued in Australia.
If your pet is on one of these diets, please ask our friendly staff what would be the appropriate diet to change to for your pet; and how to transition them over to a new diet.
For a short period of time we have some free bags of the new diets to try to see if they work for you.
Diets affected include Eukanuba Intestinal, Dermatosis, Renal, Low Calorie and Diabetic diets.
Case of the Month
Desexing of our companion animals is such a routine procedure that it is easy to forget some of the health problems experienced by pets that are not desexed.
"M" is a 7 year old American Bulldog who suddenly started drinking more water and developed a smelly vaginal discharge.She was also lethargic and off her food a little.
She was diagnosed with a "pyometra" on ultrasound.
Pyometra is an infection of the uterus, and can be a serious and life threatening problem.
It more commonly occurs in older dogs, especially those who have not had a litter.
It is caused by a decrease in the normal defense mechanisms of the uterus that stop bacteria entering during a season, when the cervix is open. At the end of the season the cervix closes, trapping the bacteria inside, where they multiply over the next 1-2 months until the utuerus is full of pus.
"M" had emergency surgery to remove a large uterus full of pus, that weighed more than 1 kg!
She has made an uneventful recovery and is back to her normal happy self.
PET CARE FACTS
It's been great to have some rain for the garden recently, but the return of the cold rainy weather means it is time to think about arthritis in our pets. You may notice that your dogs are becoming a little stiff when they get up or that your cat no longer wants to jump. Maybe your pet is just sleeping more. Animals often hide their discomfort and may already be in considerable pain once they start to show us signs of arthritis.
Arthritis causes a reduced production of cartilage and synovial (joint) fluid and an increase in cartilage degradation in the joint. This effectively means a decrease in cushioning between the joints resulting in bones rubbing together, causing a low grade constant pain, swelling and reduced function of the joint.
Osteoarthritis can be an incredibly painful and debilitating disease. There is no cure for arthritis however there are ways in which we can manage the disease to help maintain your pet's quality of life. There are four key ways in which we can approach treatment:
Regular gentle exercise can aid in maintaining mobility, weight and general health. Maintaining your pet at a healthy weight will relieve pressure on the joints. Cold weather can also reduce blood flow to the limbs, so keep your pet warm at night with bedding, coat or a heating pad. Jumping on and off a bed or out of a car can irritate joints, so provide a little step or ramp to help out.
Maintain healthy joints
There are two naturally occurring products proven to assist in treating the causes of osteoarthritis - glucosamine and chondroitin. These products are combined in a powder, capsule or treat form. There is no control of the quality of these products on the market as they are not classed as drugs and not all products a therapeutic dose. Feel free to come in and discuss our recommendations.
Modify the disease progression
Pentosan polysulphate (more commonly known as cartrophen) is given by injection and has been shown to assist the treatment of arthritis and slow the progression of the disease by increasing blood supply to the joints and promoting healing. It is given once a week over a 4 week period and the benefits last for up to 6 months.
Control the pain & inflammation
Omega-3 fatty acids (particularly DHA in dogs and EPA in cats), have been proven to help with arhtritic pain and inflammation when given at high doses. You can give fatty acids as part of a balanced diet - eg Hills J/D diet; or as a supplement - usually some sort of green lipped mussel based supplement.
We are now able to offer acupuncture as a safe and effective alternative to drugs to help with the pain of arthritis. Acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific points in the body for therapeutic purposes and to relieve pain. Chronic diseases such as arthritis often need several treatments before improvement is noticed, however some animals get immediate relief. Also about 20% of animals will not improve with acupuncture. (see our fact sheet on our website www.kensingtonvet.com.au for more information about acupuncture).
Dr Kathy Daly is a member of the Intermational Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is able to offer treaments most weekdays and Saturdays.
Also anti-inflammatory drugs or other drugs for pain management can be prescribed for acute flare-ups or long term management. We can prescribe the appropriate drug depending on your pets pain levels and any other health problems.
Come and talk to us should you think that you pet may be a little sore or stiff.
Early intervention can assist with better management of this disease and help to alleviate pain that your pet may be experiencing.
Every case is different and we can help you choose the right treatments for your pet, to help them have the best quality of life.