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

Welcome to our Christmas newsletter! 

Christmas in Australia usually means endless sunshine, swimming, barbeques and spending time with family and friends. For our pets, this can mean more time with the family, outings to the park and beach, or a holiday in a boarding kennel while the family is away.  It is essential that vaccinations are up to date and also that owners’ watch out the summer hazards such as heat stroke and snakes when out and about.  It’s also important to ensure that pets don’t get into any Christmas treats such as chocolates (watch out for those wrapped goodies left under the tree!) and Christmas leftovers. Read the articles in our newsletter for more advice.

Everyone at Lynwood Veterinary Clinic wishes you and your family a happy and safe Christmas.

Bunny Xmas hat
Contents of this newsletter

01  Dermatitis - Inflammation of the Skin

02  Client Survey

03  Beat the heat this summer

04  Cool canines

05  Prevent a Christmas catastrophe

06  Fireworks - a dog's worst nightmare

07  The guilty beagle

01 Dermatitis - Inflammation of the Skin

The start of the warm weather is when the clinic starts seeing an increase in animals presenting for skin and ear problems. Dogs and cats are usually brought in because they are itchy, losing hair or developing  sores.  Itchy dogs usually scratch, lick or chew where cats are more likely to over groom which can be less obvious to the owner until they have developed bald areas.

There are many underlying causes of dermatitis such as allergies to pollens and other environmental allergens (known as atopic dermatitis), contact allergies, parasites such as fleas and mites, and food hypersensitivity. The inflammatory reaction can then be complicated by secondary bacterial or fungal infections. The varied causes can make diagnosing and treating dermatitis quite complicated. A skin work up can include skin scrapes, food trials and referral to a specialist for intradermal skin testing.

Allergic skin disease needs to be managed and is rarely cured. There is often a combination of topical treatments such as shampoos or creams, medications including antihistamines, steroids and antibiotics or antifungals, and prescription or home cooked diets. Desensitisation at the dermatologist is an option for some atopic animals. Strict flea control is recommended for all allergic pets.

So if your pet is showing signs of dermatitis, our staff can give you the best advice on diagnosis and treatment. We have a range of shampoos and topical treatments available to help keep their skin healthy, including the full range of Paw by Blackmores products that are great for sensitive pets. We also stock Royal Canin prescription diets such as Hypoallergenic for food hypersensitivity in cats and dogs, and Skin Support for atopic dogs.

02 Client Survey

For the next 3 months we will be running a Client Satisfaction Survey through an independent consulting group. This will help us plan for the future and allow us to fine tune our service to you and your pets. We’d love to have feedback from as many people as possible so please visit the link below and submit your responses. We will also have written surveys available from the clinic so less tech savvy clients can participate (these are still anonymous and have a stamped addressed envelope provided).


While you are online you can visit our website to read the latest blog from our clinic cat, Bunny. and also read past newsletters if you have missed any.  

03 Beat the heat this summer

We are in for one very hot summer and it's important you think about your pet.

Heat stress is a medical emergency and without the right treatment it can be fatal.

Dogs are particularly susceptible to heat stress as they aren't as good at chilling out as our feline friends. 

If your dog has heat stress he may pant, look stressed and become agitated. If your dog's body temperature continues to rise he may collapse, start to seizure and go in to organ failure. 


  • NEVER leave your dog unattended in the car 
  • NEVER exercise your pet in warmer weather
  • Always provide shade and multiple water sources
  • Clip your dog's coat to help him stay cool

If you are worried about your dog wet them with cold (not icy) water spray, cool them with an electric fan or air conditioning and seek veterinary attention immediately.

04 Cool canines

How do you keep your pooch cool this summer? Try some of these easy ideas:


Grab a regular Kong toy, seal it at the small end with peanut butter then fill with weak liquid chicken-stock. Freeze it overnight and voila - you have a doggy icy-pole!

Slippery Brick

Half fill an ice-cream container with water and freeze - place a number of broken up treats (liver and kangaroo chews work well) then fill to the top with water and freeze again. You'll have a giant flavoured ice-block that will provide hours of cool entertainment.

Wading pool

Half fill a children's wading pool with water and float in it a few of your dog's favourite toys. could always host a pooch pool party! Click here to see what we are talking about.

05 Prevent a Christmas catastrophe

We all want to include our pets in our Christmas celebrations so here are some top tips on how to execute it as safely as possible. 

O Christmas tree
Secure your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip or fall. Don't let your pet access tree water and keep any wires and batteries out of inquisitive paws' reach

All that glitters
Tinsel and Christmas lights: Kitties love these sparkly "toys" but if swallowed they can lead to an obstructed digestive tract

Snack attacks
Keep your pets away from the Christmas table and secure the lids on rubbish bins. Chocolate, grapes, raisins and sultanas are poisonous to dogs. Christmas cake is definitely off limits and don't leave edible gifts under the tree! 

Lousy leftovers
Don't be tempted to feed your pet leftovers - most are too fatty for our pets and can cause upset tummies and nasty episodes of pancreatitis. Never feed cooked bones and watch out for skewered meat that falls from the BBQ - we don't want to attempt to remove one of those from your dog's stomach! 


06 Fireworks - a dog's worst nightmare

Image credit: Alamy

Warm summer nights and NYE celebrations almost always involve fireworks at some point. You may enjoy this spectacular light show but for your poor pooch the noise is excruciatingly loud and nerve wrecking.  

Follow these top tips to help your dog get through this stressful event:

  • Keep your dog indoors during fireworks
  • Put him in a room with a television or radio turned up 
  • If possible have a family member stay with him during the fireworks
  • Keep all windows closed and all exits secure
  • Provide a small, dark and safe place for him to retreat - a blanket over a coffee table works well
  • Don't inadvertently reward anxious behaviour - otherwise your dog's patten of behaviour is reinforced
  • Make sure your dog is wearing an identification tag and is microchipped - just in case he does escape 

If your dog suffers from severe anxiety speak to us about prescribing a mild sedative to help your dog. This medication MUST be given well before the fireworks get started to be effective, so it's a good idea to check with your local council when fireworks are scheduled in your area.

Speak to one of our friendly staff for more information.

07 The guilty beagle

We just love this video of the guilty beagle... it's had over 14 million views on YouTube and we think you'll love it too!