Lynwood Veterinary Clinic
568 Metcalfe Rd
Ferndale, WA, 6148
Phone: 08 9451 3575
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Welcome to our September newsletter and the beginning of Spring! Its the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the lovely sunshine - and burn off some of the excess weight that has crept on for many over the cold weather! When it comes to losing weight it's also essential to monitor what is being eaten. Many pet owners simply feed their pets too much or the wrong types of foods. There are some great diets to help slim your pet down. Read the article below on Gus, who earlier this year was started on a new healthy weight diet when the vet mentioned he was getting a little too tubby. Check out the newer slimmer Gus!

Contents of this newsletter

01  Meet Mae's cat, Gus!

02  Is your pet a bit portly?

03  Don't be tempted

04  Recognise heart disease

05  Guilty dog

06  Snail bait is serious

01 Meet Mae's cat, Gus!
Fat Gus 2

Gus looking a little rotund...


A slimmer Gus

Gus is a 5 year old male cat owned by our nurse, Mae. Gus and his sister, Olive, came to Mae as stray and quite feral kittens. You would never know they had such a hard start to life if you met them now as they are both beloved and happy family members.

Earlier this year Mae realised that Gus in particular was getting a little more rounded then he should be (there's nothing trickier than telling a member of staff their pet needs to go on a diet!). With a new Hills food available we thought Mae's family of three cats would be perfect to trial it on. Hills Metabolic diet can be fed to all cats in a multicat household (unless they have a medical condition such as kidney disease) as it is designed to get each cat to their ideal body condition and then maintain them at that weight.

Gus has gone from 6.59kg to 5.71 kg - a weight loss of just over 13% of his bodyweight. While it was really Gus's weight we were concerned about, the other cats, Olive and Mia, have also slimmed down and are looking terrific.

So if you are concerned about your pets weight, come down and see us for a free weight check and diet advice. We stock Royal Canin diets and can order in other diets such as Hills Metabolic as required.

02 Is your pet a bit portly?

Is your canine companion a couch potato or your feline friend a bit flabby? Your pet is not alone as more than 50% of our pets are overweight.

Carrying a few extra kilos puts our pets at risk of heart disease, respiratory disorders, osteoarthritis and diabetes. The scary thing is that most people aren’t even aware that their pet is overweight.

Watch out for:

  • When you look down from above, your pet will have lost definition of his waist. Instead of an hourglass figure he might look more like an egg, or even a barrel on legs!
  • You can no longer ‘easily’ feel his ribs when you run your hands over his sides
  • A very obese pet may have neck fat, a pendulous tummy as well as fat over the hips

The very best way to determine whether your pet is overweight is to drop in for a weight check with us. This will allow us to score your pet’s body condition and, if necessary, start a weight management plan.

Getting your pet to lose weight is easier than you think! Physical exercise will help but it is crucial you are feeding your pet the correct diet and the right amount - something we can help you out with. There are diets available that will actually help your pet lose weight - including one to increase your pet’s metabolic rate.

Remember, when it comes to fighting the flab, we are here to help. 

03 Don't be tempted

It might be tempting to feed your pet human scraps as a treat but you may be doing them harm and causing excessive weight gain.

Keep this calorie translator in mind when you are having trouble saying ‘no’ to those adorable eyes!

For a 10kg dog:

  • One biscuit = 1 hamburger for a human
  • 30g piece of cheese = 1.5 hamburgers for a human
  • One hot dog = 2.5 hamburgers for a human

For a 5kg cat:

  • One potato chip = ½ a hamburger for a human
  • 30g piece cheese = 2.5 hamburgers for a human
  • A glass of milk = 3 hamburgers for a human!

Drop in at any time and we'll weigh your pet. We'll also advise you on treats that are suitable for your pet and are light on calories. 

04 Recognise heart disease

Heart disease tends to sneak up on pets and clinical signs might not appear until your pet is in serious trouble.

Knowing the signs of heart disease and starting treatment early can make a big difference to your pet's quality of life and longevity.

The most common form of heart disease leads to a failure of the pumping mechanism of the heart. It is often referred to as congestive failure as it results in pooling of blood in the lungs and other organs.

Look out for these signs

In both dogs and cats:

  • Laboured or fast breathing (get to know your pet’s sleeping respiration rate - SRR)
  • An enlarged abdomen
  • Weight loss or poor appetite

In dogs only:

  • Coughing, especially at night or after lying down
  • A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on walks
  • Weakness or fainting associated with exercise

If you think your pet might be showing signs of heart disease, call us for an appointment. Early treatment of this insidious disease will help your pet love a longer and happier life.

05 Guilty dog

With a focus on portly pets this month, we've got the perfect YouTube video to share with you. Do you have a guilty pet in your household? 

06 Snail bait is serious

Spring has sprung and with new shoots in the garden there may also be snail bait about. Snail bait pellets look just like dog kibble so dogs often eat the pellets by mistake.

Even so called “pet friendly” products are dangerous for animals.

There are three types of snail bait:

  1. Metaldehyde- green pellets
  2. Methiocarb - blue pellets
  3. Iron EDTA (Multiguard) - brown/yellow pellets

Metaldehyde and methiocarb act on the nervous system causing increased stimulation and can be fatal if immediate veterinary treatment is not given.

Multiguard is less toxic but can cause gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhoea, or may cause damage to the liver, spleen, heart, kidneys or brain. Treatment is still recommended.

Signs of snail bait poisoning to look out for:

  • Excessive drooling
  • Depression or restlessness
  • Rapid heart rate & panting
  • Vomiting & diarrhoea
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures

If your pet has ingested (or you think your pet might have ingested) snail bait, call us immediately for advice.