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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

Check out Kirra’s new look ! 

Kirra is a beautifully natured 5 year old German Shepherd that her wonderful owner Colin got as a rescue dog about 2 years ago. Trouble is, the combination of lifestyle factors, poor diet & “killing her with kindness” meant Kirra had become morbidly obese living the “good life “in her new home. When we first saw her in the middle of last year, she weighed in at a whopping 65.2 kg !!!!

The vets & nurses at Forrestfield Vet Hospital realised that Kirra was in grave danger of multiple health & leg issues carrying that much fat, so urgent action was required. The solution? Kirra joined our Weight Club program & was put on a special weight loss diet food called Hills Metabolic diet. She was scientifically measured to determine the level of  her obesity, so that the right amount of food for HER could be decided, & followed up with regular weigh-ins & support from our staff.

And the results speak for themselves ( see the before & after photos). Kirra lost 19 kg in the first 5 months on the program & actually got down to 43.8 kg (21 kg weight loss) by early this year. Unfortunately, her owner suffered a health emergency of his own at that time, leading to Kirra temporarily coming off the diet & she regained about 4 kg, but still today stands at a much healthier 46 kg ( a lot better than 65 kg !!)

Hills Metabolic diet was developed in response to research that obese animals actually have a different metabolism (that stores more fat & increases appetite) than that of a lean animal. That led to Metabolic diet being specially created from ingredients that work to change that obese metabolism to act more like that of a lean animal. Coupled with the  essential step of proper obesity measurement, dramatic results can be achieved, as Kirra shows.

It still took a dedicated owner like Colin, & support from our Weight Club vet nurses, but Kirra is now literally “a different dog”. If you think your pet is in “weight danger “, have a chat with us, & maybe Weight Club & Metabolic diet can help. 

Kirra Before2

Kirra BEFORE Weight Club at 65 kg

Svelte-Kirra

The new “svelte Kirra” AFTER Weight Club at 46kg

Contents of this newsletter

01  Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice

02  Correct use of antibiotics

03  Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat

04  Crazy cat markings

01 Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice
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Vaccination is a hot topic in the media at the moment. There's plenty of information and scare tactics floating around on social media and so when it comes to vaccinating your pet, we want you to get the right advice.

The take home message is that vaccination is one of the most important tools we have available to help keep your pet healthy. Vaccinations are safe, have minimal (if any) side effects and the reason we recommend vaccinations is because they work.

These are the top reasons vaccinations are so vital:

  1. They protect against deadly diseases: many dangerous diseases are completely preventable with the correct vaccinations. Many diseases that were previously in high incidence are now seen less BECAUSE of vaccination. Like in humans, these diseases increase in incidence again when vaccination in the community reduces.
  2. Vaccinations save money: vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they prevent.  PLUS all vaccinations include a consult, so your pet gets checked for other problems as well as vaccinated.
  3. You can board your pet with other animals: if you ever plan to board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations - what would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option?
  4. Visits to the vet hospital: if your pet has to stay in hospital its best that they are vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected.

There are many diseases we are able to vaccinate against but your pet's health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are deemed necessary - we can help you make an informed decision and are always happy to discuss vaccinations with you.

When it comes to vaccinating your pet, we will give you the right advice. 

02 Correct use of antibiotics
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One of the greatest threats to human and animal health is antibiotic resistance and the emergence of 'superbugs'.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that 'unless urgent action is taken on the use of antibiotics in humans and animals, the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill'.

In the veterinary world, we are taking notice of these concerns and doing our bit to help prevent a global catastrophe. In fact, Australian veterinarians have guidelines in place to ensure they are not overprescribing or misusing antibiotics.

Here are some essential things to understand:

  1. Antibiotics can only be helpful in the presence of a bacterial infection. They cannot treat viral infections and are not needed in clean surgical wounds
  2. We sometimes need to identify the type of bacteria present to help choose the most appropriate antibiotic and this involves taking samples for culture and sensitivity testing. This may need to be done at an external laboratory
  3. If your pet is prescribed antibiotics you must always use them as directed and finish the course, even if you think your pet is 'better' - stopping too early can lead to the development of resistant bacteria
  4. A revisit may be necessary to check your pet's and extend the course of antibiotics if necessary
  5. Never start any 'left over' antibiotics you have before you get your pet checked with us

And finally, please don't ask us to prescribe antibiotics without a consultation as it is unethical and it's against the law!

03 Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat
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The warmer weather is near and it's time for days at the beach and ice cream in the sun. With the warmer weather comes an increased risk of heat stress for your pets.

Heat stress or heat exhaustion is a common condition seen in Australia. It is more common in dogs as they have very few sweat glands for heat loss and are generally more active than cats.

Signs of heat stress:

  • excessive panting
  • drooling
  • extreme lethargy
  • staggering
  • weakness and collapse
  • seizures

Heat stress can kill your pet. All pets are at risk but brachycephalic dogs with a short nose (such as pugs and bulldogs), overweight pets, pets with heart or respiratory problems or those with thick, furry coats are at greater risk.

So what's the best way to avoid heat stress?

  • Never leave your pet in the car as the temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes, even on a mild day. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows partially open may still be a problem.
  • Make sure shade and cool water is available ALL DAY. On extremely hot days, your pet may need to be kept inside. 
  • Never exercise your pet on a hot day - stick to the cool of the morning or evening (or skip exercise all together.)
  • Some pets will need to have their heavy coat shaved to provide some relief from the heat.

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stress you should seek veterinary attention immediately as heat stroke is an emergency. 

If you are ever worried about your pet you should call us for advice, we are always here to help.

04 Crazy cat markings
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Here are some pretty cool cats!

Check out their crazy fur markings - from cinnamon rolls to the cat burglar, which one is your favourite?

Click here to view them at Bored Panda.