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
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We’d like to introduce you to Leroy, the official new Clinic Cat of Forrestfield Vet Hospital !!

You may remember Leroy from our February newsletter when we told you his background story of how he was living as a stray under our High Wycombe Vet Hospital for many months. Although we had growing concerns for his welfare, finding that  he was injured was the final straw & our wonderful nurses eventually gained his trust & managed to catch him & get him into the hospital for treatment. After his long rehabilitation, Leroy was all back to normal & proving to be a delightful personality, so when we last “spoke” he was being trialled as a potential Clinic Cat . To see the full story from our previous Newsletter click here & look for the Feb newsletter article, "Leroys Better Life".

The application process to become a clinic cat is rigorous & takes special talents & is certainly not for “everycat “. The successful applicant must be extremely lazy & be prepared to do very little on a daily basis.  At the same time a chilled disposition is required, so as not to be in the slightest concerned about the presence of many other animals or by barking or meowing. Knowing ones boundaries so you only attend the hospital "permitted zones" is extremely important. (eg  entry into the surgery or sitting on the vets office computer keyboard is a sackable offence).  Although a ravenous appetite is optional, this talent is surprisingly common in successful applicants. Finally, extreme friendliness to the point of annoyance to vets, nurses, and clients is a valued skill.

We’re happy to say that Leroy passed the interview process and “on the job” training with flying colours & has officially got the job as Forrestfield Vet Hospital Clinic Cat. Having met all the required criteria, Leroy is now entrenched in our staff & is willing to take pats from all clients & any vet staff alike (he’s not fussy). He even has his own profile on our website, so click here to view. Note that unfortunately he took the optional ravenous appetite training a little too seriously, so “chunkybutt” is currently on a diet, so no treats allowed !!

So when next you visit the hospital, don’t be surprised if you see a large white & ginger cat walking all over the reception desk, and don’t forget to say “Hi Leroy”.

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Leroy helping with a hand reared stray kitten

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Leroy in his 2 storey house

Contents of this newsletter

01  Where's my sock?

02  The cat burglar

03  My pet is vomiting - should I be worried?

04  Why we recommend desexing

05  Pyometra - easy to prevent

01 Where's my sock?
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This is a tale about a missing sock. The sock was long, red and very smelly and one afternoon it went missing from a footy bag. 

The next day, Jake, the well-loved and playful labrador started to look a bit 'off'. He was quieter than usual and didn't want to eat his breakfast. This is very unusual behaviour for a labrador, a breed often referred to as vacuum cleaners! 

After a rather large vomit, a visit to the vet was in order. Examination revealed some tummy pain and x-rays were taken showing a large amount of gas and food in the stomach. Suddenly there was a suspicion that something was stuck in Jake's stomach...

As time was ticking by, Jake became more and more unwell so the decision was made to perform surgery to open Jake's stomach and sure enough, the sock was found!

Gastrointestinal obstructions are not uncommon. Our pets love to eat things they shouldn't and sometimes these become stuck. Dogs are particularly susceptible as they love to scavenge but cats may also ingest objects such as string or plastic wrapping.

Watch out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort

Diagnosis can be a bit difficult as not all items show up on x-ray and if the obstruction is left too long, areas of the gut can become unhealthy and require extensive surgery. Early intervention and treatment is essential to ensure a good outcome.

If you are worried your pet might have eaten something out of the ordinary you should call us for advice.

02 The cat burglar
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We heard about another pet who loves to steal clothing this month and her name is Brigit.

Brigit is a six year old Tonkinese cat who has stolen many pairs of men's undies and socks in her local neighbourhood in Hamilton, New Zealand!

Brigit's owner has tried to return the stolen items by placing notes in letterboxes and taking to social media. It appears that all of the (clean) clothes were taken from a neighbour's clothesline.

You can read more about Brigit here.

03 My pet is vomiting - should I be worried?
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There are many reasons your pet might vomit, and physical obstruction from eating a sock is just one of them!

Diseases such as pancreatitis, liver or kidney disease, or endocrine diseases like diabetes can all produce vomiting. Dogs and cats can also suffer from inflammatory bowel disease and may vomit intermittently or have periods of severe gastrointestinal upsets associated with the condition.

So if your pet is vomiting, what should you do and when should you start to worry?

As a guide, if your pet has had a one off vomit but appears happy, bright and alert and otherwise well you should keep a close eye on him over the next 24 hours. It's best to withhold food for a few hours (gastric rest) and offer fluids for rehydration. Feeding a bland diet (steamed chicken and rice) for a few days may be all that is needed.

If your pet has vomited more than once in a short period of time, seems quiet and lethargic or has a reduced appetite or diarrhoea you should call us for advice.

Pets who are chronic (long term) vomiters or are losing weight should also have a check up to rule out other diseases.

If you ever have a hunch that something's not quite right with your pet, you should phone us. We are always happy to examine your pet for piece of mind.

04 Why we recommend desexing
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Surgical desexing or neutering involves removing part of the reproductive system of dogs and cats so that they can't have puppies or kittens. In females it is known as a spey and in males it is referred to as castration.

Why do vets recommend desexing?

Desexing ultimately prevents unwanted pregnancies in female cats and dogs but it also stops the hormonal cycling of female pets, so it helps stop unwanted attention from males and reduces the wandering instinct. In males agression & dominance can also be reduced.

There are also medical reasons for desexing. It greatly reduces the risk of cancers in both males and females and other life threatening conditions such as pyometra (see below).

With the large number of strays and abandoned animals euthanised every year, we recommend you desex your pet. Maximum benefits are achieved if desexing is done at a young age.

We can give you more information about the appropriate time to desex your pet and discuss how to prepare your pet for the surgery.

05 Pyometra - easy to prevent
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Pyometra is a serious condition that can develop in female pets that have not been desexed. It is more common in middle-aged to older dogs but cats are not immune from the condition.

Over time, there are changes to a female's reproductive tract that can lead to thickening of the uterus and formation of cysts. These cysts provide a perfect environment for bacteria to replicate and the thickened uterus has trouble contracting to remove the bacteria.

The result can be a uterus filled with pus, and this is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition.

Signs of pyometra:

  • Increased thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sometimes an Increase in abdomen size
  • There may or may NOT be vaginal discharge

Treatment needs to be aggressive and surgical intervention to remove the uterus and ovaries is always necessary. Most pets will also require intravenous fluid and antibiotic therapy as well as intensive care.

The good news is that desexing your female pet will prevent this condition and it will also help reduce the likelihood of other diseases such as breast cancer.

We strongly recommend that all non-breeding female pets are desexed, and we are happy to answer any questions you might have.