Lynwood Veterinary Clinic
568 Metcalfe Rd
Ferndale, WA, 6148

reception@lynwoodvet.com.au
www.lynwoodvet.com.au
Phone: 08 9451 3575
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Welcome to our July newsletter!  Did you know that pets on average, age five to eight times faster than humans? This means your 12 year old cat is the equivalent of a 64 year old person. And your 10 year old German Shepherd is actually 78! 

Since our pets age more rapidly then we do, an annual check up is the same as us seeing the doctor every 5 years or more. Regular check ups are essential throughout their lives as major health problems can occur in a short period of time. Diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, dental disease and cancer increase with aging. At least once-a -year health checks can help diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they progress and become untreatable.

Better diets and health care mean our pets are living longer than ever. Many pets will experience a potentially serious or debilitating disease during their lifetime, and many of these can be successfully treated or managed if diagnosed early. If your pet hasn't been in for a visit recently, please call us on 9451 3575 for an appointment.

Smudgie

Smudgie, the Jack Russell Terrier, is 14 years and 9 months old, which makes her 75 years old in human years.

Contents of this newsletter

01  Heating up the fleas

02  Is your pet over the hill?

03  Three common senior pet questions

04  Top reasons to adopt a senior pet over a puppy or kitten

05  Look into my eyes

01 Heating up the fleas
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Fleas love winter. Why? Because their eggs love a warm house to hatch in!

If you've suddenly noticed your dog is itching or your cat is over grooming or, heaven forbid, you have itchy ankles, it could be FLEAS!

Flea eggs require a warm temperature to hatch so if you've turned the heating on to keep warm you might have turned on flea hatching too. 

That's why it's super important to apply flea treatment all year round.

Bravecto is a new flea treatment that kills fleas on your dog for 3 months with one tasty chew.

Ask us for the most suitable flea prevention for your pet. 

02 Is your pet over the hill?
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The thought might not have even crossed your mind … but could your pet be starting to show his age?

Most people are not aware that cats and dogs are generally considered ‘senior’ after the age of about 8 years. Whilst the majority of our furry friends are well off showing ANY signs of slowing down at this age, there are a few things you need to watch out for.

Obvious changes might include grey hairs around the muzzle, the occasional accident around the house, hearing loss or stiff legs. Beyond the changes you can see, there can be a slowing metabolism and changing nutritional requirements.

So if you have a senior pet, it's important to arrange more regular check ups with us. We will watch for trends in your pet's weight, check they don't have sore joints and examine them for new lumps or bumps. A thorough dental check, eye check and heart check is also important for a senior pet.

We may also suggest blood tests, urine tests and blood pressure measurements to make sure that, internally, all is going along nicely.

If you have a senior pet call us and arrange a check up today - we can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

03 Three common senior pet questions
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1. Can my pet get dementia?

Yes - we now know that, like humans, dogs and cats can suffer from dementia. Common signs include becoming lost in usually familiar surroundings, loss of toilet training, trouble finding doors and stairways, sleep disturbances at night, separation anxiety and staring at walls. We can help you support your pet through this - just ask us for more information.

2. Can I still exercise my pet as he gets older?

Yes - consistency is the key and this will help keep him mobile and lean. Don’t overdo it and avoid repetitive exercise such as throwing the ball twenty times over as this can place added stress on joints. We can advise you on an exercise regime for your senior pet. 

3. Do I need to change my pet’s diet as he gets older? 

Yes - senior pets need a well balanced diet that is generally lower in calories, but still has adequate protein, fat and fibre. Some pets will require diets high in essential fatty acids for arthritis support. We are the best place to seek advice when it comes to a senior diet. 

If you have any questions about your senior pet we are always here to provide you with the best possible advice. 

04 Top reasons to adopt a senior pet over a puppy or kitten
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If you're looking to add a new addition to your family you're probably considering a cute, cuddly little puppy or kitten. But if you're wanting a true companion (and possibly less work!) then a senior pet might be the better option.

Here are some good reasons why a senior pet can be a good choice:

1. Senior pets are mostly toilet trained which means you have more time to play with your new friend

2. You know what you are getting when it comes to size, coat length and temperament

3. Senior pets are generally more mellow, relaxed and independent 

4. You are saving a life and giving a pet a second chance - and you'll be surprised how most pets seem to know it!

We can point you in the right direction when it comes to adopting a senior pet - ask us for our recommendations. 

05 Look into my eyes
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We finally know why you love your dog like a child. Scientists have shown that when you look into your dog's eyes, it triggers a spike in the "love hormone" oxytocin in both humans and the dog. This is the same mechanism that helps mothers bond with their newborn babies.

The study, conducted at The University of Japan, suggests that the dog literally 'hijacked' the parent-child bonding mechanism.  

You can read more here.