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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All the Vets & vet nurses of Forrestfield  and High Wycombe Vet Hospitals would like to wish all our wonderful clients and their pets a very rewarding , prosperous & enjoyable  New Year . As we move forward into 2016, we would like to  thank you all for choosing our hospitals throughout the 2015 year , & hope  you will continue to do so over the coming year ahead.  Have a  safe & Happy New Year  and may your pets stay loved  & healthy !!

martha 7

Happy New Year to all !!!

Contents of this newsletter

01  What to do if your pet starts to feel the heat

02  Keeping our wildlife cool

03  The wombat who swam too far

04  How to prevent flies annoying your pet

01 What to do if your pet starts to feel the heat

Our pets feel the heat in summer  just like us, but sometimes more so, as they can’t sweat all over their bodies like humans can. They rely on panting to get rid of the hot air and only produce a small amount of sweat through their footpads. This makes them extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion in hot and humid conditions.

Heat exhaustion can be particularly dangerous and even fatal so it’s important to be able to recognise the signs and know what to do.

Watch out for:

  • Excessive panting
  • Exaggerated and noisy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Drooling
  • Weakness or collapse
  • Vomiting 

What to do if you suspect heat exhaustion:

  • Bring your pet to us immediately (or seek emergency veterinary care)
  • On your way here you can cool your pet by applying wet towels to hairless parts of your pet’s body (groins or paws)
  • Place your pet in front of the air conditioner or a fan while you are in the car

If you are ever worried about your pet in the heat call us for advice

02 Keeping our wildlife cool

Summer can be tough on our pets but it can be even more challenging for our wildlife. After a few consecutive days of high temperatures our wildlife can become dehydrated and suffer from heat stress.

Heat stressed animals will:

  • Be weak, lethargic, confused or unresponsive
  • Come down to ground level searching for water (especially possums)
  • Birds will open their beaks or hold their wings away from their body
  • Have burnt feet from walking on hot tarmac or a hot roof (this requires veterinary attention)

Top tips to help our native furry friends:

  • Place shallow containers of water around your garden at varying heights (put a stick or rock in them so if animals fall in they can get back out again)
  •  in hot waerther, keep cats and dogs inside and supervised  especially at nights to  try & prevent them preying on weakened and vulnerable wildlife
  • Become familiar with the information included on local wildlife websites such as Wildlife Victoria or WIRES

If you find an animal suffering from heat stress call us as soon as possible  - we will advise you on what you should do next.

03 The wombat who swam too far

We read about an amazing rescue last month and it only highlights how our extreme weather can seriously affect our wildlife.

Two fishermen were fishing on a lake in Tasmania when they found a wombat swimming 250 meters off shore!

Thankfully they managed to rescue the wombat and return him to dry land. The wombat was fine and waddled back in to the bush but it was thought he went for a swim to cool off – surprisingly wombats are quite good swimmers (but a 250 meter 'dip' is stretching it!).

You can read about the rescue and see photos here.

04 How to prevent flies annoying your pet

Flies are proving to be a real problem again this summer. Populations are at an all time high and these annoying insects can really bother you and your pet. Some fly species will actually bite around your pet’s ears and nose causing painful and infected sores.

Here are some things you can do at home to help your pet:

1. Ask us about the very effective topical treatments available to help repel flies and prevent fly bites

2. Clean up your backyard (dog faeces, rubbish) to prevent flies being attracted to the smells

3. Don’t leave pet food or dog bones out - they will attract flies 

4. Make sure your pet has a place to escape the flies such as a kennel or a cool room

5. Remove any dried blood from fly bites , especillay on the  ears, as the blood will simply attract more flies.

Phone us for more information on protecting your pet from all pesky parasites this summer. We are the best people to give you advice on the most effective products available for your pet.