April 2019

What's New at KVC
Vote for Georgie - Clinic Cat of the Year

georgie.smlYou may remember Georgie from our last newsletter. He turned out to be such a sweet boy that we decided to keep him as a clinic cat and companion for our lovely boy Darcy.
Georgie is in a competition for Clinic Cat of the Year with Dermcare. The cat with the most votes wins.
If you would like to vote for him please go to dermcare.com.au and place your vote.
Good luck Georgie.


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Melbourne has a large stray cat problem, and this results in thousands of euthanasias of unwanted cats every year.
The Australian Pet Welfare Foundation has started a program to help reduce the number of stray cats in our cities Australia wide - based on proven programs overseas.
For more information on their programs and to give your support, go to their website - www.petwelfare.org.au

Case of the Month

whisky beechsml"W"is a 9 year old Maltese who suddenly became very lame after a game of ball chasing. On examination he was found to have a sore stifle (knee) joint that was also very unstable.
"W" had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, the ligament that stabilises the knee. Cruciate rupture commonly occurs when weight bearing and twisting on the hind leg - such as when chasing a ball.
Surgery is usually needed to stabilise the joint to give good return to function. Dogs will more often need surgery than humans due to the fact that the standing angle of the joint is different.
There are 2 major types of surgery done for this condition and the choice of surgery depends on the size of the dog. Larger dogs need a more invasive surgery as they will put more weight through the joint.
"W" had his surgery a month ago and is progressing well. Full recovery takes 2-3 months and we expect he will have a good return to function.
He will, however, get arthritis in this joint later in life; so we also recommend cartrophen injections afer surgery, to help slow down the progression of arthritis.


What's New in Arthritis Supplements

Tumeric for dogs: - There is now good evidence that tumeric has an anti-inflammatory component.
Royal Canin makes a diet called Mobility C2P+ for dogs that contains glucosamine and chondroitin and tumeric.
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Glucosamine and Chondroitin: - We have known anecdotally for a while that these supplements help but there has been very little clinical evidence for their use in dogs and cats.
PAW (Pure Animal Wellbeing) have done a study of 42 dogs divided into 3 groups. One was given glucosamine and chondroitin; the second one had a non steroidal anti-inflammatory and the third group had nothing. Both group one and two had a significant response compared to the control group.
Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements should always be made from an animal source and should have minimal heat treatment during processing. PAW make a kangaroo flavoured glucosamine and chondroitin supplement for dogs called Osteocare. Another good supplement is Glyde from Parnell which also contains some green lipped mussel.

Green Lipped Mussel: - Green Lipped Mussel has long been known to provide good pain relief for arthritis for both dogs and cats. It has added benefits over and above fish oil, as it contains and extra fatty acid (ETA - eicosatetraenoic acid); as well as the DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) found in fish oils.
There are many fatty acid supplements available for both dogs and cats.
Hills makes a diet called J/D which provides some of these fatty acids in the dry food. PAW also make a green lipped mussel supplement called Osteocare. Seaflex is a palatable chew available for both dogs and cats.

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