Winter 2019

What's New at KVC
Welcome Shelley

Dr Shelley Buttigieg is joining our team while Dr Elyse is on maternity leave. She has 18 years experience in small animal practice and has a special interest in medicine.


We wish Elyse all the best as she awaits the arrival of her newest family member.


Computer Issues
Thank you to all our clients who have been very patient with our recent computer issues.
The clinic cat, Georgie, who set everything off, has been forgiven and is still living with us.

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If you have been in the clinic in the last few months during the rainy season, you may have noticed our roof is in need of repair.
We will be replacing the roof over the course of a few weeks once the weather improves. We don't anticipate having to close during this time, but we would ask your patience with any noise and disruption that may occur.

Case of the Month

"T"is a 6 month old Terrier who developed a red swelling in the corner of her eye as a young puppy.126530476 s 1
She was otherwise well and did not appear to be bothered by this swelling.
" T" was diagnosed with a prolapse of the tear gland of the third eyelid or "cherry eye" (so called because it looks like a small cherry).
The tear gland in the third eyelid produces 40% of the tear film that helps to keep the eye moist and protected. It is normally found below the eyeball and cannot be seen.
Prolonged prolapse can damage the gland, reducing tears in the eye and predisposing to "dry eye" - a condition that needs lifelong medication.
The treatment of choice is to stitch the gland back into its normal place below the eye, to protect it.
"T" had her surgery at the same time as she was desexed and her eye now looks back to normal.


Use of Medication to Help Change Behaviour

The most common reason for placing an an animal in a new home or surrendering it to a rescue association, is unacceptable behaviour.

8622526 sCommon problems such as barking, destructive behaviour, and house soiling often occur secondarily to anxiety disorders.
Mild anxiety may be improved by simple changes to the routine or the household and can also be helped by behaviour supplements.

Some examples are : -
1. Zylkene tablet - based on milk proteins which are a natural source of anti-anxiety compounds
2. Tryptophan chews - another natural source of anti-anxiety compounds
3. Phermones (synthetic copies) - Dog Appeasing pheromone or Feliway for cats - which have a calming effect.

More severe behavioural problems require behaviour modification or training, and anti-anxiety medication may be helpful to facilitate this.8821595 s
Before drugs can be prescribed, we will need a complete medical and behavioural history.
We may also recommend working with a trainer to address specific issues.
There are many medications available for use in behavioural cases, (eg tranquilizers, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, hormones, stimulants), however the anxiolytics and antidepressants are the most frequently prescribed. These drugs help to calm anxiety and make training easier.
They are especially useful to help a pet through a period of significant change in their life, and may be weaned off once everything has settled.

If you are having problems in your house, book and appointment with one of our vets to discuss what your best options are to meet your pets individual needs.