Forrestfield Veterinary Hospital
313 Hale Road
Wattle Grove, WA, 6107

reception@forrestfieldvet.com.au
Phone: 08 9453 1290

High Wycombe Veterinary Hospital
548 Kalamunda Road
High Wycombe, WA, 6057

reception@highwycombevet.com.au
Phone: 08 9454 6915

Nicole joins us full time

One door closes & another door opens.  

This is certainly the case for Vet nurse Nicole, who has been at Forrestfield & High Wycombe Vet Hospitals as a trainee vet nurse over the last 2 years as she completed her studies to become a registered Veterinary Nurse. This goal was finally realised when Nicole graduated as a vet nurse in December 2014.

Congratulations Nicole on this fantastic achievement!!

The down side was that Nicole may have had to leave the practice in order to get a full time position elsewhere to continue to use her newly acquired skills, rather than her part-time only traineeship  at our hospitals. But as chance may have it, long time Vet Nurse Donna decided in December  to leave the practice, after seven years of valuable service, in order to spend more weekend time with her growing young family.  

While we are sad to see Donna go and we thank her for her great contribution, this created a wonderful opportunity for Nicole to step straight into the vacant full time position. Although obviously great for Nicole, its also great for our hospitals, as well as our clients and patients in keeping the continuity of our vet nursing staff .

So welcome “fully aboard“ Nicole, and no doubt you will see her smiling face when you next visit .

Nicole Jaz

Vet Nurse Nicole helps Dr Jasmine vaccinate a litter of kittens

Contents of this newsletter

01  Mittens for sore paws

02  Feeding tips for top health

03  What's a therapeutic diet?

04  Keep your pets' paws away from these foods

05  Why microchipping works

01 Mittens for sore paws
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After the devastating bush fires in South Australia and Victoria earlier this year, we have a feel good story to share with you.  

Following these fires, a call was put out to help sew cotton mittens for our furry koalas. The mittens help to protect the koalas'  burnt paws as they heal.

The message went viral and was sent around the world. Since then, thousands of mittens have been sent from as far as the United Kingdom, America, China and Russia. This phenomenal response just shows the power of the internet and how compassionate people are when it comes to helping our wildlife.

The group who called for the donations, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, has been unable to count all of the mittens, but said they had thousands and did not need any more at this time. They are now calling for people to sew pouches for other wildlife affected by the fires. You can find out more here

02 Feeding tips for top health
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Many people struggle when it comes to feeding their pet and one of the most common questions we get is  "How much should I feed my dog or cat?”

The good news is that the right answer for how much to feed most pets can summarised with some simple rules: 

Invest in a nutritionally balanced diet
Stick to something that’s nutritionally balanced - ask us for a recommendation. 

Measure, Measure, Measure and be consistent
This is essential if you want to get your pet's portion just right. Stick to the same brand and formula.

Assess if you're feeding too much or too little
We'll be able to help you decide if your pet has a healthy body condition score and you will need to adjust as necessary. 

Don't Forget That Treats Count
Treats are food too, and they’re usually more dense in calories.

Take in to account exercise levels and age of your pet
Younger and more active pets may have a higher calorie requirement than the quieter and older pet. 

Remember that we are the best place to seek advice when it comes to feeding your pet and always keep in mind that every animal is different...take these two dogs on YouTube for example!


03 What's a therapeutic diet?
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At some point in your pet's life, we may prescribe a therapeutic diet. 

These diets are created specifically to prevent or delay the onset of many medical conditions and may help control existing diseases.

A good example of this is a diet for chronic kidney disease. These diets are balanced with a carefully controlled protein content to help meet the body’s needs while not overburdening the kidneys. They are also low in phosphorous and sodium and this can improve kidney function, help pets feel better and even live longer lives.

Kidney disease isn’t the only health issue that may respond to dietary management. Therapeutic diets can also be helpful in the management of diabetes mellitus, heart disease, food allergy/intolerance, liver disease, skin problems, joint disease, cancer, obesity issues, dental disease, brain changes associated with ageing, lower urinary tract disease, gastrointestinal conditions, or when a pet is recovering from surgery.

Ask us whether a therapeutic diet might be suitable for your pet.

04 Keep your pets' paws away from these foods
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When it comes to feeding time for your pet, here's a list of foods to keep off limits:

Chocolate, coffee and caffeine - these contain theobromine and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even death in dogs

Grapes, sultanas and raisins - can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs

Avocados
- can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs

Garlic and onions
- damage red blood cells and cause life threatening anaemia

Macadamia nuts
- can cause weakness, vomiting and joint pain

Chewing gum
- contains xylitol, an artificial sweetener that leads to low levels of insulin and low blood sugar, vomiting and collapse

Please phone us for advice immediately if your pet eats any of the above foods - we can often induce vomiting and help reduce the toxicity. 

05 Why microchipping works
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After the usual run  of Summer storms and plenty of fireworks through the silly season, hundreds of terrified dogs have thankfully been reunited with their owners. 

The National Pet Register received a total of 663 calls from New Year's Eve through to January 2nd. They facilitated 262 reunions over the three day period - almost twice the usual three day average!

Most were brought back together with the help of a microchip AND up to date contact details. This is a great example of why microchipping your pet works. 

But it's also a timely reminder to check the contact details attached to your pet's microchip. Unfortunately, for many microchipped pets, the phone number contact assigned to the chip is either disconnected or doesn't exist - this makes the chip useless! 

If you don't know your pet's microchip number, we can scan it and point you in the right direction when it comes to checking your contact details.  We also recommend you have an ID tag attached to your pet's collar as this can speed up the lost and found process. 

Remember, your pet can't phone home but a microchip with up to date phone numbers will enable someone to phone home for them!