What's New at KVC
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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."

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Congratulations to Sarah and her partner Justin on the birth of their beautiful daughter Quinn.

 

 

 

 

Clinic Specials
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
missy warne smlDesexing 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.missy uterus sml
"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 8107930 sjump. 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.

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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:

 

Lifestyle change
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 56046052 sarthritis 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.

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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.

Unless your cat is an outdoor cat that knows the area it's missing in, it is unlikely to find its own way home. If you lose your cat away from home, or your indoor cat escapes, there is a lot you can do to raise the odds of finding it.

Unfortunately, there are a number of myths about cat behaviour that can get in the way of a happy reunion. It's important to know that:10059042 ml

1. Cats don't have innate navigating senses to know which way is home. Except in very lucky cases, you're going to have to go and find your cat to bring it home.

2. Cats in unfamiliar surrounds don't go into hiding because they are unwell. They scurry and go into hiding because they are frightened. They might be outside their usual territory or spooked by something. Again, taking action to find your cat will boost the odds of getting it home.

3. Waiting for a cat to find its way will only make things worse. Cats can be spooked from their initial hiding spot and can continue to seek shelter in any random direction. The sooner you search for your cat, the better.

Tips for the search party:

- You will need to conduct a thorough search, checking in every cat-sized hiding place you can find, starting with where the cat went missing. Allow sufficient time.

- Pet cats gravitate to hiding in and under man made structures like houses and sheds, and very occasionally up in trees, rather than in shrubs.

- Consider viewing Google maps satellite view, and identify the 4-5 buildings in all directions from where the cat went missing. Plan to search these properties, rather than following streets (which have a sequence that's meaningless to cats).

- Searching is most effective between 11pm and 6am when there are fewer loud noises and cats are naturally more confident. Naturally you'll need prior permission to check out neighbour's land, and you shouldn't be searching on your own for safety reasons.

- Take a good torch to illuminate hidden nooks such as building foundations.

- Take smelly (delicious) food with you, and call out to your cat, pausing and listening for a reply. A hungry cat may call back faintly.

- Avoid fast movements - your cat will be in such a state of fear that it will be easily spooked.

- It is worth putting up posters to seek the help of people in the area. Do notify all surrounding vets and animal shelters of the circumstances so that they are ready to help in the event that your cat is brought in (equally, let the same people know if you find your cat). Even if your cat is microchipped (check that the associated phone number is current), a shelter may not have located the chip or run the scan, so it's best to phone shelters or visit in person.

Odds are that your cat needs you to find it. Don't give up after just a few days of searching.17134007 ml

For more information on what to do if your cat is lost, see:
http://www.catsinthebag.org
http://www.treehouseanimals.org/site/PageServer?pagename=caring_ccg_find_lost_cat
http://petdetectivetraining.com/printable_indoorcats.html
http://www.aaps.org.au/usefulinfo/findpet.html

As well has having a fur coat some of our pets may be predisposed to suffer from heat stress due to obesity, difficulty breathing (as in some short faced breeds such as pugs and bull dogs), medical conditions such as heart disease or thyroid disease, and excessive exercise.
Dogs and cats cannot lose heat by sweating as effectively as we can, and lose a lot of heat by panting. High humidity will decrease the amount of heat animals are able to lose by panting so it is important to take the humidity into account as well as the temperature. Even temperatures in the low 30's can become a problem on very humid days.

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Animals suffering from heat stress will open mouth breath, may be weak or wobbly and can seizure.
Here are some basic rules to follow: -
Do not exercise your dog on hot or humid days
Always have plenty of shade available for your dog and plenty of fresh water to drink. Consider adding an ice block to the drinking bowl before you go out to help keep the water cool
A small wading pool is ideal for those animal that love to swim
Consider given your pet a summer hair cut if their coat is thick or long.
If you pet has any medical problems then consider leaving them in air conditioning on very hot days.
Do not leave your pet in the car unattended. Temperatures in a closed car and be double those outside.

If you think your pet is heat stressed then try to cool them as soon as possible by wetting them down in a hose or a bath and seek immediate veterinary attention.

Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting time for the family and a few sensible tips can help make it a smooth transition. Before choosing a new puppy, it's a good idea to research the breed and consider how the dog will fit into your household. There are many resources available to help you with this decision, including The Advance website which lists a short profile of all the common dog breeds http://www.advancepet.com.au/breed-profiles.7285457 s

Make sure you are prepared before your new puppy comes home – puppy-proof the house and have a bed, food and toys ready. Help the puppy learn a happy association with his bed, mat or crate by giving him food and toys there.

If you have another dog at home, introduce the dogs away from your house in a neutral environment. Walk them together and allow them to sniff each other and greet. From their first meeting, use food treats to help the dogs learn that good things happen when they are together. Once they are interacting happily away from the house, take them home and continue the introduction. Make sure you always monitor the dogs and do not leave them alone until you are confident they are safe together. Puppies can be tiring for older dogs and are still learning to read dog body language so may not recognise when your older dog is getting fed up. You may need to separate them at times to give your older dog a break.
If your older dog doesn't always like other dogs, please talk to us before you bring the puppy home. If your dogs are not getting along well, do not punish them. Keep them separate and talk to us for some more advice.

3876039 sIntroducing puppies to cats is best done when the puppy is a little tired and less likely to jump or bark. Put the puppy on a lead, keep him busy playing or chewing on a treat, then let the cat into the room. Allow the cat to decide if it wants to approach. Use treats to reward both the cat and the puppy when they are calm around each other.

Early socialisation is very important so make sure you take your puppy to a good puppy preschool.

We run puppy preschool as a 4 week course on Thursday evenings. It is conducted by 2 accredited Delta-Canine Good Citizen Instructors.

Contact us for more details or look at out website http://www.kensingtonvet.com.au/puppy-preschool.

Location and Opening Hours

45 Epsom Rd, Kensington.
03 9372 2733

Our hours are:
Monday & Wednesday:
8.30am-8pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:
8.30am-6.30pm

Saturday:
8.30am-4pm

After Hours Emergency Centre
Kensington - 03 9092 0400
Essendon- 03 9379 0700

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