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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Ever consider how many expired and unused drugs vets would throw out each year ??  In fact it’s a LOT, but thankfully, at Forrestfield & High Wycombe Vet Hospitals, these drugs don’t go totally to waste, they instead go to Bali !!

As fully registered Veterinary Hospitals, we need to keep a whole range of medications in stock, “just in case ” an animal needing that particular drug, or product, comes in. In many cases, this may be the difference between life & death, so having these drugs available is an important part of what we do. Retailed lines like flea products etc,  move at different rates & sometimes expire before they are sold, so there is a lot of  drugs & products that “expire on the shelf “.

But due to Australia’s strict pharmaceutical laws, we can no longer use or sell these expired drugs or products ( even though they would potentially still be very effective ) beyond their expiry date , & have to dispose of them . Although this is a great cost to our business, the really sad thing is these products COULD be used to help those animals really in need, instead of going to landfill, but this simply can’t be done in Australia.

But thanks to an arrangement with one of our fantastic clients, Deb, our expired drugs DO go on to help animals in need . We store all our expired products, add in any excess stock, dog leads etc we have,  and Deb collects them & delivers them on a regular basis to the Bali Animal Welfare Association, where they are welcomed & used  to help the thousands of animals in need of care in Bali.  BAWA do a fantastic job  helping the Bali  street dogs & much more, &  because they are entirely reliant on volunteers & donations, we are happy to help. We really appreciate Deb for her great initiative in asking us, & think it’s a great cooperative arrangement that benefits all.

PS :   BAWA  currently desperately needs donations to purchase a replacement Animal Ambulance. See the information flyer & link  in the article below.

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Our latest batch of expired drugs ready to go help Bali dogs !

Contents of this newsletter

01  Urgent Need for New Ambulance

02  A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet

03  Can you clean my pet's teeth without an anaesthetic?

04  It's never too late for dental care

05  Flea prevention reminder

06  Mastiff takes a mud bath

01 Urgent Need for New Ambulance
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Bali’s ONLY free animal ambulance responds every day to SOS calls all over the Island to rescue & treat Bali’s many animals that have been thrown away, neglected, abused or are sick, injured and helpless. Most animals rescued would die without BAWA’s free emergency response service.

This is the ONLY service of its kind on the island and with 300,000km of rough road travel on its clock, the old ambulance vehicle is beyond repair.
BAWA URGENTLY NEED TO RAISE $18,000 to buy and equip a replacement second-hand vehicle. It has become too costly and ineffective to keep patching up the old ambulance – and soon it will fail to sustain their daily work to save lives. BAWA receives up to 50 plus calls a day for help.

BAWA NEED YOUR HELP to keep this vital, life-saving service operating – to give BAWA’s emergency response vet teams the vehicle they need to continue saving lives. Every day BAWA save animals from sickness & disease, injury, neglect and rejection, cruelty & abuse.
PLEASE HELP KEEP BALI’S ONLY FREE ANIMAL AMBULANCE ON THE ROAD; SAVING LIVES ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. Please donate to help buy and equip a replacement vehicle. BAWA are the ONLY HOPE for so many animals in distress.

If you think you can help Click Here

02 A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet

There's no getting around this one. If you want your pet to live a healthy life, they need to have a healthy mouth!

There is now plenty of evidence to prove that dental disease is linked to other problems such as heart disease, so it is absolutely essential we keep an eye on your pet's oral health.

Dental disease strikes when plaque and tartar accumulate on the teeth and lead to infection of the gums. Bacteria from this infection can travel in the blood stream around the body and can impact the heart as well other organs such as the lungs and kidneys. 

The good news is that many of these problems can be reversed if dental hygiene is improved - and that's where we come in!

If we detect dental disease we will recommend a dental procedure to help remove the plaque and tartar and resolve any infection. We will also remove any diseased teeth that might be causing your pet significant pain.

Here are our top tips for preventing dental disease:

  • Get your pet's mouth checked by us. We will be able to spot problems early - this is essential to good dental care. A check at least once a year is best.
  • Get your pet eating the correct food. A premium quality dry diet is essential for good oral health. There are excellent dental diets available and they really work so ask us for the best recommendation.
  • Brush your pet's teeth if possible. This is considered gold standard -  but obviously it's not possible for all pets . If you can brush, just make sure you use a pet-safe toothpaste.

We recommend a dental check up at least once a year. Regular checks will help to protect your pet's overall health and might just save their life!

When it comes to your pet's oral health, you should always turn to us for advice.

03 Can you clean my pet's teeth without an anaesthetic?

Without an anaesthetic we cannot perform a thorough examination of your pet's mouth, and there is simply no way we can diagnose or treat dental problems while your pet is awake. When it comes to gold standard dental care, we can't just ask your pet to sit back and 'open wide.'

You may have seen anaesthesia-free dentistry advertised but it is often performed by people who lack appropriate training and qualifications.

It can also have a negative psychological impact on your pet and might cause your pet unnecessary pain (plus it also puts us in great danger of being bitten).

It's also important to realise that a thorough dental examination requires a patient to be completely motionless for procedures such as scaling and probing.

An anaesthetised patient allows us to look for any root problems and potential sources of pain. We can clean under the gums, which cannot be done correctly if your pet is awake. Removing only the calculus that is visible on the tooth is ineffective because it does not fix the source of the problem or enable healing and reversal of the dental disease.

Anaesthesia-free dentistry can potentially mask serious underlying disease and can cause your pet unnecessary pain. You can read more about this on the Australian Veterinary Association website.

If it's been more than a year since your pet's last dental check, please give us a call.

04 It's never too late for dental care

It's not uncommon for us to see an older pet with dental disease but many people are worried about their senior pet having to undergo a dental procedure.

In fact, as our pets get older, their immune system becomes less effective at fighting off bacterial and viral diseases so good dental health is more important than ever!

Senior pets may be missing or have worn down teeth and this can affect their ability to chew and digest their food. They are also very good at hiding dental pain and soldiering on, so many owners put changes down to 'getting old.'

The fact is, your senior friend may be in considerable pain and could have issues such as a broken tooth, an infected tooth root or even a mouth tumour.

Prior to an anaesthetic, we may recommend blood and urine testing to check the overall health of your senior pet and tailor the anaesthetic protocol accordingly.

It's important to realise that veterinary anaesthetics are on par with human anaesthetics and are very safe. This means your pet will be able to undergo necessary treatment to ensure a pain-free mouth and will be able to live a happier and longer life.

Regular dental checks along with a thorough whole body examination at least yearly will help minimise the risk of oral disease in your senior pet.

Please ask us for more information if you are worried about your pet.

05 Flea prevention reminder

Spring is just around the corner and as the days are getting longer, now's the time to ensure your pet is up to date with flea prevention.

Eggs that were previously laid by fleas may have been lying dormant over the cooler winter months but as soon as we get some warmer days these eggs will hatch. This will lead to an emergence of fleas and lots of itchy pets!

Treat now to prevent these little pesky little creatures from bothering your pet. The saliva from their bites can set off a nasty reaction in your pet's skin leading to flea allergy dermatitis weeks after the bite. This often requires antibiotics and medication to break the itch cycle. This can be costly and time consuming and prevention is easier than the treatment!

The good news is there are plenty of excellent flea products available for your pet. We will be able to recommend the most suitable and effective treatment.

06 Mastiff takes a mud bath

This video will have you laughing and gasping all at once! Check out this crazy dog taking a mud bath.