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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The many of you that have regularly bought Tucker Time from us over the years will have noticed that there is now “something different in the Fridge”. That’s right, we are now stocking a new range of knob foods, called Prime 100, and are no longer stocking our previous food Tucker Time.

Unfortunately, the Tucker Time business changed hands in the last 12 months or so, & although we have given time, we have not been happy with supply & quality control issues since the change. In contrast, the Prime 100 range of knob foods have been growing in popularity & reputation amongst vets Australia wide and are now stocked in veterinary clinics throughout the country, so we thought the time was right for a change.

For general purpose feeding, Prime 100 comes in 2 flavours of cooked rolls, Beef & Vegetable Flavour, and Chicken & Vegetable Flavour, with added Vitamins & Minerals to form a complete balanced dog  food, & dogs seem to love it!

But a major factor in our changeover is that Prime 100 also have a range of single protein foods that are recommended by specialist vet dermatologists, including at Murdoch & Sydney Universities. A lot of cases of dogs with itchy skin are either caused by food allergies, or can be improved by diet change to a degree, & the use of single protein sources that the dog may have never eaten before, can be beneficial in both the diagnosis and management of skin conditions. The Prime 100 sk-d range has the unusual protein sources Crocodile & Tapioca, or Kangaroo & Pumpkin, that can be used effectively as an elimination diet to see if food is part of the skin problem. Although not specifically designed as general purpose foods, if your dog wants a bit of variety, these foods can still be used for general feeding  

There are also other flavours in a separate sp-d range: Chicken & Brown Rice, as well as Lamb & Rosemary  that are more designed for food sensitive skin rather than actual food allergies. The Chicken & Brown Rice variety is particularly good for large breed dogs, while the Lamb & Rosemary has increased energy & is Calcium rich for active dogs & puppies.

More about the Prime 100 range can be seen on their website at prime100.com.au

So why not come in & give the new Prime 100 range a try, there are even free samples when stocks last, & we reckon your dog wont be disappointed  !!

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Contents of this newsletter

01  FREE Diabetes dipstick in November

02  Check out these brilliant photos

03  The silent disease

04  Vaccination reminder

05  Reconsider your retractable leash

01 FREE Diabetes dipstick in November
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Get a FREE urine dipstick for Diabetes this November

Did you know that dog & cats get Diabetes very commonly, just like people do. The main difference is that Pets Diabetes is almost always Type 1 Diabetes, so is not caused by lifestyle but instead by the body’s inability to produce enough Insulin.

To remind people of the importance of this common pet disease, November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.  At Forrestfield & High Wycombe Vet Hospitals this November, as part of this initiative , if you bring in a clean urine sample from your pet, we will do a FREE Urine Dipstick to screen for obvious signs of Diabetes, in the hope that early intervention will result in a better outcome for our clients AND their pets.

So if you’re concerned, Get urine collecting this November !! 

To find out more about this offer and the signs to look out for with Pet Diabetes , click here to go to the Diabetes month information page on our website .

02 Check out these brilliant photos
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We came across some pretty special photos this month.

Have you ever seen a dog trying to catch a treat mid air?

Click here for some of the best slow motion pics you'll ever see!

03 The silent disease
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We often refer to kidney disease as the silent killer as it can sneak up on your pet and signs may be subtle and hard to notice. This type of kidney disease is referred to as chronic kidney disease and is something we may detect in an older cat.

In other cases, kidney disease can come on quickly following an insult from a toxin, a certain drug or a disease. This is referred to as acute kidney disease and might for example occur in a dog who has eaten grapes or sultanas that contain a kidney toxin.

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 so your pet will urinate more and will drink more to stay hydrated. Surprisingly, your pet may not show any changes on blood tests until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

 Signs to watch out for:

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • lethargy

Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and  sometimes other tests like Ultrasound or blood pressure measurement may be necessary. If we detect the kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment with drugs or diet modification the better.

There is also now a new medication available that can help reduce protein loss through the kidneys and can help slow the progress of this insidious disease. Ask us if your pet requires this medication.

If you are worried about your pet you should phone us for advice.

04 Vaccination reminder
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Is your pet ready for the Christmas holidays? If your pet is boarding over the holiday period and isn’t up to date with his vaccinations now is the time to get things in order.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of a F3 vaccination and dogs a C5 vaccination but it's best to check with the facility your pet is booked in with now - before it's too late!

Vaccinating your pet is one of the most important things you can do to ensure they lead a healthy life.

Our top reasons for vaccinating are as follows:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.

2. Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they protect against.

3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and wherever they contact other animals . With cats, some diseases we vaccinate against can be transmitted by cat bites, so the risk of getting these diseases is quite high, even in their own back yard !!

Your pet’s health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are necessary and we will determine the most appropriate vaccination program for your pet.

If you have any questions about vaccinations please ask us for the most up to date information. We are more than happy to discuss what your pet needs and why, so call us today.

05 Reconsider your retractable leash
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You probably haven't thought about it but did you know that a retractable leash can be a potential hazard? 

Not only have we heard reports of owners having their fingers severed from these leashes (when a dog suddenly pulls hard and the leash runs quickly through the hand) but these devices can also be dangerous for your dog.

We've witnessed plenty of situations where a dog on a retractable leash is allowed to get too close to an aggressive dog or even head towards a busy road. It is very difficult to be in full control of your dog if you are using one of these leashes so it is hard for us to recommend them.

When it comes to walking your dog, we can advise you on the most suitable leash or harness.