Forrestfield Veterinary Hospital
313 Hale Road
Wattle Grove, WA, 6107
Phone: 08 9453 1290

High Wycombe Veterinary Hospital
548 Kalamunda Road
High Wycombe, WA, 6057
Phone: 08 9454 6915
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Each year Forrestfield & High Wycombe Vet Hospitals participate in National Desexing Month, and this July is no exception.

Naional Desexing Month is an Australia-wide initiative started 11 years ago where councils, animal shelters and vet hospitals join forces to promote desexing, to try to prevent the thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens born each year. By offering hugely discounted sterilisation prices during this month, as well as a public awareness campaign, the aim is to help and encourage those that have not yet got around to sterilising their pets, or simply haven’t been able to afford it, to make the decision and get the surgery done during July.

Although most people don’t realise, Sterilisation is already a hugely subsidised procedure by vets, with the normal cost of the surgery being much cheaper than equivalent surgical procedures. But during July only, we go even further and cover the majority of the cost of the sterilisation, resulting in massive discounts of up to 50% off normal prices, so it’s a significant incentive to get your dog or cat sterilised during this month.

Forrestfield & High Wycombe Vet Hospital  have been participating in this worthwhile community service for a number of years now and have received great feedback, as well as hopefully making a significant impact on the number of unplanned and unwanted dog & cat pregnancies. 

So if you’ve been thinking about getting your pet sterilised, or know a friend or family member who might be, why not take advantage of this special offer during this July and ring us to book your pet in today.

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Dr Neville ready for Sterilisation Month !!

Contents of this newsletter

01  Is your pet over the hill?

02  Three common senior pet questions

03  Top reasons to adopt a senior pet over a puppy or kitten

04  Heating up the fleas

05  Look into my eyes

01 Is your pet over the hill?

The thought might not have even crossed your mind … but could your pet be starting to show his age?

Most people are not aware that cats and dogs are generally considered ‘senior’ after the age of about 8 to 10 years. Whilst the majority of our furry friends are well off showing ANY signs of slowing down at this age, there are a few things you need to watch out for.

Obvious changes might include grey hairs around the muzzle, the occasional accident around the house, hearing loss or stiff legs. Beyond the changes you can see, there can be a slowing metabolism and changing nutritional requirements.

So if you have a senior pet, it's important to arrange more regular check ups with us. We will watch for trends in your pet's weight, check they don't have sore joints and examine them for new lumps or bumps. A thorough dental check, eye check and heart check is also important for a senior pet.

We may also suggest blood tests,  urine tests and sometimes other diagnostics to make sure that, internally, all is going along nicely.

If you have a senior pet call us and arrange a check up today - we can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

02 Three common senior pet questions

1. Can my pet get dementia?

Yes - we now know that, like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from dementia. Common signs include becoming lost in usually familiar surroundings, loss of toilet training, trouble finding doors and stairways, sleep disturbances at night, separation anxiety and staring at walls. We can  possibly help you support your pet through this - just ask us for more information.

2. Can I still exercise my pet as he gets older?

Yes - consistency is the key and this will help keep him mobile and lean. Don’t overdo it and avoid repetitive exercise such as throwing the ball twenty times over as this can place added stress on joints. We can advise you on the best exercise regime for your senior pet depending on their individual circumstances. 

3. Do I need to change my pet’s diet as he gets older? 

Yes -  ideally senior pets need a well balanced diet that is generally lower in calories, but still has adequate protein, fat and fibre. Some pets will require diets high in essential fatty acids for arthritis support and there may be special diets for various problems with aging body organs.  We are the best place to seek advice when it comes to a senior diet. 

If you have any questions about your senior pet we are always here to provide you with the best possible advice. 

03 Top reasons to adopt a senior pet over a puppy or kitten

If you're looking to add a new addition to your family you're probably considering a cute, cuddly little puppy or kitten. But if you're wanting a true companion (and possibly less work!) then a senior pet might be the better option.

Here are some good reasons why a senior pet can be a good choice:

1. Senior pets are mostly toilet trained which means you have more time to play with your new friend

2. You know what you are getting when it comes to size, coat length and temperament

3. Senior pets are generally more mellow, relaxed and independent 

4. You are saving a life and giving a pet a second chance - and you'll be surprised how most pets seem to know it!

We are happy to discuss the benefits with you if you are considering adopting a senior pet - ask us for any recommendations. 

04 Heating up the fleas

Fleas love winter. Why? Because their eggs love a warm house to hatch in!

If you've suddenly noticed your dog is itching or your cat is over grooming or, heaven forbid, you have itchy ankles, it could be FLEAS!

Flea eggs require a warm temperature to hatch so if you've turned the heating on to keep warm you might have turned on flea hatching too. 

That's why it's super important to apply flea treatment all year round.

Ask us for the most suitable flea prevention for your pet. 

05 Look into my eyes

We finally know why you love your dog like a child. Scientists have shown that when you look into your dog's eyes, it triggers a spike in the "love hormone" oxytocin in both humans and the dog. This is the same mechanism that helps mothers bond with their newborn babies.

The study, conducted at The University of Japan, suggests that the dog literally 'hijacked' the parent-child bonding mechanism.  

You can read more here.