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

Welcome to our November newsletter. This month we'd like you to meet Flemington, a long term member of the Lynwood Veterinary family, when we discuss the importance of regular health checks for your pets. We hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather in Perth and are getting out in the sunshine with your furry family members, whether its at home, the park or the beach.

Contents of this newsletter

01  The Importance of Annual Health Checks for Pets

02  Lab cam

03  Have you heard why vaccination is so important?

04  A friendly reminder

05  Oscar’s extraordinary gift

06  Fight the flab

01 The Importance of Annual Health Checks for Pets
Flemington Tan


Each year we send out reminders to owners when their furry family members are due for their vaccination and health check. Most clients recognise that regular booster vaccinations are important to prevent diseases such as cat flu, kennel cough and parvovirus, but they don’t realise that the most important part of the visit is actually the general examination. As our pets age much faster than we do, a yearly check up for your pet is the same as you seeing the doctor every 5 years! By giving a full health check, we can pick up problems early, often saving money in the long term, preventing serious problems and sometimes even saving your pet’s life.

We recently saw Flemington at the clinic for his yearly vaccination and check up. Flemington is a Jack Russell Terrier who will be celebrating his 14th birthday in November. Flemington has been part of the Lynwood Vet family since he came for his puppy vaccination and attended puppy preschool in January 2001.

 As part of his check up, we examined his heart, lungs, teeth, ears, eyes, skin and joints. We discussed his current arthritis treatment and monitored the growth of the lipomas (benign fatty lumps) that Flemington has had for the last few years.  Flemington was found to be developing cataracts and we discussed the option of surgery when this starts to affect his vision. We recommended seeing an eye specialist now rather than waiting until he was blind as this would allow his eyes including his retinas to be fully examined which cannot be done once the cataracts are mature.

Flemington’s owners took him to Rivergum to see Dr Martyn King, a veterinary ophthalmologist. Dr King confirmed early cataracts in both eyes. As he was referred early, Dr King was able to fully examine Flemington’s retinas and discovered some very small pin point retinal haemorrhages. This finding can indicate high blood pressure which was confirmed with a blood pressure reading. Flemington has been started on medication to reduce his blood pressure.

So by bringing Flemington in for his routine check up and then having his eyes examined as recommended, Flemington’s owners have been able to pick up and treat his hypertension quickly. Without this early investigation, the high blood pressure may not have been recognised until it was causing serious health problems, including irreversible blindness.

02 Lab cam

Check out Walter the labrador on YouTube - have you ever seen a dog as excited about his morning swim as this pooch? 


03 Have you heard why vaccination is so important?

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

Here are four reasons:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases
Many diseases are completely avoidable through the correct use of vaccinations.

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

3. Vaccinations allow you to board your pet
What would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option? If you board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations. 

4. Vaccination allow visits to the vet hospital
If your pet has to stay in hospital he should be vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected.

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

If you have any questions about vaccinations ask us for the most up to date information. 

04 A friendly reminder

Is your pet boarding over the Christmas holidays?

If your pet isn’t up to date with his vaccinations now is the time to get things in order as a booster vaccination may be required in a month's time.

Most facilities require cats to have a minimum of a F3 vaccination and dogs a C5 vaccination. 

Don’t forget to take your pet’s vaccination certificate with you when you admit your pet for boarding. Worming and flea control must also be given prior to admission.

We are more than happy to discuss what your pet needs so call us today to prevent any extra Christmas stress!

05 Oscar’s extraordinary gift

Oscar the cat arrived at a nursing home in the USA when he was just a little kitten. The nursing home decided to adopt him but they never expected he would have such an extraordinary gift.

This mysterious cat seems to be able to predict when patients are about to die. When he notices that someone is in their final hours, he will stay by their side, providing comfort.

This incredible behaviour notifies the nurses that help is needed and it’s so accurate that they usually contact the patients' families so they can be prepared.

This may seem a morbid story, but we think it’s truly a remarkable tale of a cat helping people when they’re most in need.

Watch Oscar's story here


06 Fight the flab

There's a great saying, "if your dog is overweight, you’re not getting enough exercise."

Physical activity plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight for your dog but what YOU put in your dog’s mouth is just as important.

Treats and snacks can stack on the kilos and food is an easy way to show love. As vets and vet nurses, we can sympathise with how hard it can be to say no to those adorable eyes!

But sadly you may be killing your dog with kindness. Many people do not realise that their pet is overweight and are not aware of the potential health dangers associated with canine couch potatoes.

Obesity puts our pets at risk of many of the same problems that human obesity causes, including heart disease, respiratory disorders, osteoarthritis, and diabetes.

Bring your dog (or cat!) in for a body weight check with us and we will work out their ideal weight.

There are plenty of diets available to help your pet lose weight, including an exciting new diet that works with your pet's metabolism. Ask us for more information.