Lynwood Veterinary Clinic
568 Metcalfe Rd
Ferndale, WA, 6148
Phone: 08 9451 3575

Welcome to our October newsletter. We would like to thank everyone who attended our Open Day on Sunday 21st September despite the wind and rain. We had a fabulous day catching up with clients and their pets, and meeting some new families who came to meet us and check out the clinic. If you didn't make it down, you can read all about it and see the photos in the Open Day report.

Evelyn and Rolo

Dr Evelyn and Rolo

Contents of this newsletter

01  Lynwood Vet Clinic Open Day

02  A puppy prank to make you laugh

03  Rex 'does his knee'

04  Cruciate ligament disease

05  Mast Cell Tumours - the great pretenders

06  We're not kitten around

01 Lynwood Vet Clinic Open Day
Teddy surgery2

The Open Day held on Sunday 21st September was a success with fun had by all and several children saying it was “the best day ever”. While hoping for a lovely spring day, we were hit with a sudden storm with heavy rain and gusty winds. With the help of a large marquee to keep everyone dry, we went ahead with the day as planned and everyone had a great time despite the puddles.

The children enjoyed meeting the dogs from Greyhound Adoption WA and Desperate for Love Pound Dog Rescue. The greyhounds delighted everyone with their gentleness and good manners despite being confined under the marquee with lots of people and noise. One new foster carer was found with the possibility of an adoption raised. Desperate for Love had delicious cupcakes and other items for sale to raise money.  

The baby rabbits and guinea pigs from Little Paws Rescue Perth were very cute and the group brought along yummy cupcakes and toys to sell as well. The face painting and fairy floss provided by Rosie O’s were a hit with lots of colourful animal faces wandering around (even some adults!).

Unfortunately with the cold weather, there were only a few baths done to fundraise for Free the Bears Fund but the group had success selling their bear memorabilia with several kids carrying around stuffed bears. Kanyana’s python Sylvester was admired – though sometimes only from a distance.

The clinic tours were popular with everyone getting to see the inner workings of the clinic, from the consult room to the surgery, the x-ray room and hospital wards.

We had an excellent turn out for the Pet Parade and the judges had a hard time selecting the winners, including a “wag off” in the Waggiest Tail event to separate two contestants with “Rolo”, the chocolate Labrador, eventually being judged the winner by the crowd. All winners received a gift hamper and the other entrants went home with a consolation prize.

The Facebook photo competition was won by Theodore the Chihuahua and his friend, Hades. Go to our Facebook page to see all the entries.

We would like to thank the groups who came along on the day and our sponsors who made donations for the prize packs. Also, we’d like to give a great big thank-you to all the families who braved the weather and helped to make it such a fantastic day.

02 A puppy prank to make you laugh

Ever wondered what would happen if you took a puppet to a dog park? Click here to find out...

As a side note, we NEVER recommend you take a bone (or similar) to a dog park, you are simply asking for problems with inter-dog aggression. 



03 Rex 'does his knee'



Rex the fun loving kelpie was running in the park chasing his ball when he suddenly couldn’t put any weight on his left hind leg.

A veterinary examination revealed a suspected cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CrCl) - one of the most common orthopaedic conditions seen in the dog.

CrCl rupture can be an acute (sudden) or chronic degenerative injury and results in partial or complete instability of the knee joint. It is similar to anterior cruciate ligament problems in humans, often seen in footy players or skiers.

There are two cruciate ligaments in the knee and they cross each other as they pass between the femur and tibia. If the knee is subjected to twisting (such as when chasing a ball or jumping off a large height) the ligament can tear and even rupture.

Rupture is often a gradual process, resulting from chronic inflammation in the knee joint. Age-related changes, repetitive activities, poor conformation, obesity, and immune-mediated diseases are some of the more common causes. More active and large breeds of dogs may be predisposed to cruciate ligament rupture.

Cruciate ligament rupture also predisposes other structures within the knee to injury resulting in the progression of the osteoarthritis and lameness. Bilateral disease, where both knee joints are affected, is common.

To definitively diagnose and accurately assess the extent of the problem, Rex’s injury needed further investigation - read the article below to find out more.

04 Cruciate ligament disease



Rex the kelpie was suffering from a suspected cruciate ligament rupture. He was suddenly non weight bearing lame and the knee joint was warm to touch. He also had instability between the femur and the tibia, or a positive ‘drawer sign’.

The ‘drawer sign’ occurs when the cruciate ligament in the knee is no longer stabilising the joint. It can sometimes be demonstrated when the dog is conscious but in the majority of cases, the dog requires sedation or general anaesthesia to allow proper examination of the joint.

X-rays also assist in identifying arthritic changes and evidence of swelling within and around the knee joint. Further examination confirmed Rex had ruptured his CrCl.

Surgery to stabilise the knee joint is the best option for treatment. When the joint is unstable for a period of time, arthritic changes will begin that cannot be reversed. Some small dogs may respond to conservative treatment, such as rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for 6-8 weeks but the risk of developing degenerative joint disease is very high.

There are a few different surgical techniques for cruciate ligament repair and new procedures are continually being developed. If your dog ruptures his cruciate ligament, we will be able to give you more information on these techniques.

It is important to realise that arthritis can still develop in the affected joint following surgery, but will be to a significantly lesser extent than if no surgery were performed.

As for Rex, he underwent surgery to stabilise his knee joint. He is currently adjusting to restricted leash walking (for a minimum of 6-8 weeks) and is undergoing supervised rehabilitation to ensure he is back at the park with his friends ASAP!

05 Mast Cell Tumours - the great pretenders

A small lump had appeared on Poppy the Boxer’s chest. Thankfully her owners brought her straight in for a check up.

A sample of cells was taken using a needle (a fine needle aspirate). This sample was placed on a slide, had special stains applied and was examined under a microscope. A large number of mast cells were present.

Mast cells normally respond to inflammation and allergies. Sometimes there are a cancerous proliferation of these cells and the formation of a tumour. Some of these tumours can be very aggressive and spread elsewhere in the body. 

Mast cell tumours are commonly referred to as 'the great pretenders' because their appearance can be varied. The only way to diagnose them accurately is to take a small biopsy under a general anaesthetic and have this assessed by a pathologist.

Poppy’s biopsy indicated that the lump was a low grade mast cell tumour and it was removed with a second surgery. The excised lump was then sent to the pathologist to ensure it had been removed completely. Poppy got the all clear but will need to be monitored closely in the future for more tumours.

If you notice a new lump on your pet you should arrange an appointment with us. All lumps should be checked by fine needle aspiration to rule out the presence of any concerning cells.


06 We're not kitten around

It may sound crazy but this is no prank - Australia's first cat cafe has opened its doors in Melbourne. 

The cafe offers the purrfect environment for people to come along and cuddle a bunch of rescued kitties while enjoying their tea or coffee. 

Cat Cafes are becoming popular world wide, with establishments in Taiwan, Japan, Vienna, Russia, Germany, China, Thailand, the UK and France.

The  owners of Melbourne's cafe say that the 'success of Cat Cafes is due to several reasons, the main one being that cats are awesome!' 

The cat cafes offer a great solution for those who rent and are unable to have a pet but are craving a cuddle. To add to this, research suggests that interacting with animals can lower high blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. What a great reason to visit!

Bookings at the Melbourne Cat Cafe are essential - click here for more information.