Aberfoyle Hub Veterinary Clinic
Hub Professional Centre
Aberfoyle Park, SA, 5159

nurses@hubvet.com.au
www.hubvet.com.au
Phone: 08 8270 5155

Barb's Bits

Well we really know it's winter now! Did you get surprised by the winter fog on the weekend? Tom played football at Uraidla, with the ball and players invisible at the other end of the oval until they would emerge like mythical creatures from the mist. Meanwhile, Abby played lacrosse in the Parklands with squalls and showers and brief periods of sunshine - but no fog - on the plains! Not such a fun job being team manager in that weather!

As unpleasant as winter can be at times, though, there is something about cold wet weather that is strangely captivating, even when it chills to the bone (THAT doesn't happen so often now that I wear thermals!). It tells us about change, it teaches us to retreat into our dens and nurture ourselves, it shows us the majestic power of nature and the turning of the seasons. Bring on the winter, I say, as long as it only lasts a few months!

 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Psst did you hear........

02  Is your pet trying to tell you something?

03  Protect your dog from deadly Parvovirus

04  Royal dogs

05  Jim's injured knee

06  Queens Birthday Long Weekend

07  Smart cats

08  Pet of the Month

01 Psst did you hear........
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Just a sample of the cakes on offer at our Biggest Morning Tea

We held our 15th Biggest Morning Tea last month, raising funds for cancer research. Through the generosity of our clients, friends and local businesses, we have raised well over $900 and still counting!If you donated, give yourself a BIG pat on the back! And if you missed out on donating, it is not too late! Go to our link -  http://sa.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/hubvetmorningtea - and make an on-line donation. Because you CAN make a difference.

02 Is your pet trying to tell you something?
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Have you noticed your pet is thirstier than usual? Are you filling up their water bowl more often? Is you cat drinking from places he shouldn't? An increase in thirst can be a sign of kidney disease.

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate. As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough water and your pet needs to drink more to stay hydrated. 

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can damage the nephrons. The scary thing is, your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

Early intervention is the key to managing the disease so regular blood and urine tests are a great way for us to monitor your pet's kidney function. If we detect their kidneys are not working properly we can initiate treatment early with diet modification and medication. 

If you have noticed a change in your pet's thirst, your pet might be trying to tell you something - so arrange an appointment with us by calling 8270 5155

 

03 Protect your dog from deadly Parvovirus
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We are calling on all dog and puppy owners to make sure their precious pooches are up to date with their vaccinations after reports of a number of Parvovirus outbreaks. This awful disease causes profuse vomiting and bloody diarrhoea, and vaccination is an extremely safe and effective form of prevention.

Parvovirus is highly contagious and is spread by oral or nasal contact with contaminated faeces, a contaminated environment or contaminated objects. This extremely resilient virus can even survive on objects like clothing, shoes and the floor for five months or longer!

Young puppies and dogs that have never been vaccinated are susceptible to the deadly virus with death in around 80 per cent of untreated cases. All puppies from six weeks of age should be vaccinated against Parvovirus.

There have been over four thousand cases of Parvovirus across Australia over the past three years - jump on to the pet disease surveillance website www.diseasewatchdog.org for more info. 

If your dog is unvaccinated and shows signs of lethargy, vomiting or diarrhoea, call us immediately. Early treatment is essential in improving the chance of survival.

We've got a heartwarming puppy video for you this month! 


04 Royal dogs
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As we are celebrating the Queen's Birthday this month, it is a great excuse to talk about the Royal dogs!

The Queen has owned a staggering 30 corgis as well as many other breeds since becoming queen in 1952. 

The dogs enjoy a privileged life in Buckingham Palace. They reside in the Corgi Room and sleep in elevated wicker baskets to protect them from any draughts. The dogs have an extensive menu at the palace which includes fresh rabbit and beef served by a gourmet chef. At Christmas, Her Majesty makes stockings for pets full of toys and dog biscuits. 

At last count the Queen had five corgis: Monty, Emma, Linnet, Willow and Holly; five cocker spaniels: Bisto, Oxo, Flash, Spick and Span; and four dorgis (dachshund-corgi crossbreeds): Cider, Berry, Vulcan and Candy. 

Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge are also dog lovers with a new cocker spaniel pup named Lupo. 

05 Jim's injured knee
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Jim the chocolate labrador loves running around and playing ball with the kids. Unfortunately one afternoon he pulled up sore and was unable to place in weight on his right hind leg. 

A veterinary examination revealed pain in his stifle (equivalent to our knee). There was suspicion Jim had damaged his cranial cruciate ligament - an injury common in footballers and many dogs!

The cruciate ligament is vital for correct function of the knee joint. Some dogs can acutely rupture the ligament while in others, the ligament's strength can deteriorate over time. 

The best way to diagnose a cranial cruciate problem is to sedate or anaesthetise a dog so they are completely relaxed and the joint can be inspected for any laxity. (If the ligament is damaged or ruptured the knee is very unstable). Radiographs of the knees and hips should also be performed to ensure everything else is in working order. 

The best treatment for a cruciate rupture is surgery to stabilise the joint. Bigger dogs, such as in Jim's case may require an operation to change the angle of the joint and provide stability in the future. 

Jim's surgery was a great success but he needed a strict recovery and rehabilitation program. He is now back playing (conservatively) with the kids and has many happy years ahead. 

06 Queens Birthday Long Weekend
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Queens Birthday Weekend Opening Hours

 Are you looking forward to the long weekend? We hope so. These are our business hours for that weekend, although hopefully you won't need to refer to it!

Saturday 8th June: OPEN from 8am to 12noon

Sunday 9th June: CLOSED

Monday 10th June: CLOSED

Tuesday 11th June: Normal business hours resume - 8am - 6pm

07 Smart cats
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We know cats are smart but did you know any of these facts?

Cats are super smellers. The cat's sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than a human’s

Cats have amazing night vision. Their eyes have the ability to reflect light as it passes through the retina, providing them with optimal night vision

Cats have rotating ears. Their ears can rotate in various degrees and their intuitive hearing make the cat a very successful hunter by pinpointing the exact location of their prey

Cats have 3D whisker technology. When triggered, the nerves in the whisker base send the brain a three - dimensional map of their surroundings!

Check out this smart kitty cat and if you've seen an intelligent feline let us know on the My Pet Stories Facebook Page.

08 Pet of the Month
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Our lucky winner of the Pet of the Month competition is Zeus, a 2 year old Dogue de Bordeaux. Zeus came in to us because he had developed a hot spot (also known as acute moist pyoderma) on his face, and needed some medical help to settle the nasty reaction.

Dogue de Bordeaux are giant breed dogs - Zeus weighs 58kg! - so they have special nutritional needs. Lauren put Zeus onto Royal Canin Adult Large Breed, which has additives to support joint function. I am sure you will wolf that down Zeus!