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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA!
One of our very favourite patients Bella, turned 20 in September. Bella is never keen to have her photo taken, but was willing to sit still for this photo after a bribe of liver.
October is "skin month". Enter a 12 week food challenge with one of the Royal Canin Dermatologic diets and receive discounts off your first 3 bags of food. You will also go in the draw to win 3 months supply of food for your pet or a professional photo shoot.
Case of the Month
"H" is a 6 year old Labradoodle who has recently been having "bottom problems".
"H" had an abscess in his left anal sac in 2015, followed by an abscess in the right side several months later. He then had ongoing bloody discharge and discomfort.
Anal sacs are small sacs full of fluid produced by the anal glands. This fluid is brown and smelly and used by your dog to mark its territory. It is one of the reasons dogs smell each others bottoms.
They can become impacted and uncomfortable and may need to be manually emptied. Dragging the bottom on the ground is one of the signs of anal sac problems.
If they continue to be impacted they may become abscessed. The abscess may require surgery to flush out and drain the pus.
Scar tissue and ongoing impaction can cause repeated abscesses and some dogs require surgery to remove the sacs completely.
"H" had ongoing discomfort and discharge and his anal sacs were removed surgically. The sacs sit inside the muscle that helps control anal continence, so they need to be carefully dissected out.
"H" had an uneventful recovery over 1 week and now is a pain free and happy dog.
PET CARE FACTS
Paralysis Ticks in Melbourne
There has been a lot of talk recently about paralysis ticks in Melbourne and the risk to our pets.
Adult paralysis ticks feed off blood and inject a paralysing poison while they are feeding. Just one tick can be fatal to a dog or cat and can make a human very sick.
They are generally found in Eastern Australia only, although they are in South Eastern Australia as far west as Lakes Entrance.
A study recently released reported 14 cases of tick paralysis in animals in Melbourne over the last 10 years in pets (also 1 human) who had not been out of Melbourne.
Ticks are not thought to be endemic in Melbourne (live here continually) but may "hitch a ride" on humans, dogs, cats, rats, possums or on inanimate objects. They can survive for weeks without feeding or larvae may feed and jump off the original host without causing disease, before maturing into deadly adult.
It is thought that the cases reported in this study were probably due to hitch hiking ticks rather than ticks living in Melbourne as the cases reported were patchy in both time and location.
Signs of tick paralysis include: - altered ability to move particularly back legs, soft cough, change in bark or meow, difficulty breathing, lethargy, loss of appetite, loss of blink and vomiting.
If you suspect your pet has tick paralysis then seek veterinary help immediately.
If you find a tick on your pet then pull it off (don't worry about leaving the head behind), keep the tick and take your pet straight to a vet.
If you are concerned about the risk of tick paralysis (still low in Melbourne) or you are taking your pet to a paralysis tick area then there are several products that will help prevent ticks attaching or will kill ticks.
Dogs can have Nexgard or Bravecto orally, Serestro as a collar of Advantix or Frontline as a spot on.
Cats can be treated with Frontline or use a Serestro collar (off label - please seek veterinary advice before doing this).
Please visit the clinic for our recommendations and ways to use these products.
Don't forget - it is still worth checking your pet every day for ticks if you are in a tick area. Most ticks will be found on the head or neck as your pets will groom them off the rest of the body.