Lynwood Veterinary Clinic
568 Metcalfe Rd
Ferndale, WA, 6148
Phone: 08 9451 3575
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Our November newsletter has a reminder about keeping your dog's and cat's vaccinations up to date but did you know that rabbits should be vaccinated as well?

With the new strain of rabbit calicivirus (known as RHDV2) recently appearing in Perth it is now recommended that rabbits be vaccinated every 6 months  in the hope that the current vaccine (RHDV1) will give some protection against the new strain. RHDV2 is a much more virulent strain and many rabbits that develop signs of infection die within 24 hours even with veterinary supportive treatment. Whilst we cannot guarantee that vaccination will prevent your bunny getting the new virus it is the only protection we have until a new vaccine is developed.

We strongly recommend all rabbits are kept inside as the virus can be transmitted from infected rabbits via insects such as mosquitoes, flies and fleas. The virus is thought to be quite resistant in the environment. It can also be carried on clothing, shoes, grass or hay, food and toys so good hygiene is essential, and we recommend quaranting any new rabbits indoors for at least 2 weeks before introducing them to your rabbit. Infected rabbits may show signs of lethargy, poor appetite, fever, restlessness or bleeding from the nose or bottom. Some will show few signs and will die suddenly.

Keeping your bunny inside will also help protect him from myxomatosis which is another viral infection that is carried by mosquitoes, and which we cannot vaccinate against in Australia.

Indoor bunnies are actually much happier bunnies too as they are intelligent social creatures who love to spend time with the family. All bunnies should be desexed to prevent health and behaviour problems, and desexing helps with toilet training - bunnies can be litter trained just like cats! They often get along well with cats and even some dogs provided introductions are done carefully and play time is well supervised to ensure the safety of all. In general living outside in a small hutch is a lonely boring existance and can lead to anxiety and behavioural problems such as aggression.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  The silent disease

02  Vaccination reminder

03  Reconsider your retractable leash

04  Check out these brilliant photos

01 The silent disease

We often refer to kidney disease as the silent killer as it can sneak up on your pet and signs may be subtle and hard to notice. This type of kidney disease is referred to as chronic kidney disease and is something we may detect in an older cat.

In other cases, kidney disease can come on quickly following an insult from a toxin, a certain drug or a disease. This is referred to as acute kidney disease and might for example occur in a dog who has eaten grapes or sultanas that contain a kidney toxin.

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate. As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough water so your pet will urinate more and will drink more to stay hydrated. Surprisingly, your pet may not show any changes on blood tests until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

 Signs to watch out for:

  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • lethargy

Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and a measure of your pet's blood pressure may then be necessary. If we detect the kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment with diet modification the better.

There is also now a new medication available that can help reduce protein loss through the kidneys and can help slow the progress of this insidious disease. Ask us if your pet requires this medication.

If you are worried about your pet you should phone us for advice.

02 Vaccination reminder

Is your pet ready for the Christmas holidays? If your pet is boarding over the holiday period and isn’t up to date with his vaccinations now is the time to get things in order.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of a F3 vaccination and dogs a C5 vaccination but it's best to check with the facility your pet is booked in with now - before it's too late!

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

Our top reasons for vaccinating are as follows:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.

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

3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit us (if your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised so you want to make sure they are protected, otherwise they may have to stay in isolation)

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

If you have any questions about vaccinations please ask us for the most up to date information. We are more than happy to discuss what your pet needs and why, so call us today.

03 Reconsider your retractable leash

You probably haven't thought about it but did you know that a retractable leash can be a potential hazard? 

Not only have we heard reports of owners having their fingers severed from these leashes (when a dog suddenly pulls hard and the leash runs quickly through the hand) but these devices can also be dangerous for your dog.

We've witnessed plenty of situations where a dog on a retractable leash is allowed to get too close to an aggressive dog or even head towards a busy road. It is very difficult to be in full control of your dog if you are using one of these leashes so it is hard for us to recommend them.

When it comes to walking your dog, we can advise you on the most suitable leash or harness. There are some fantastic no pull harnesses available that we can recommend for those dogs that pull. We also stock a range of  leads from Friendly Dog Collars that are colour coded to help people recognise your dog's temperament and let others know if they are approachable or if they need extra space. 

04 Check out these brilliant photos

We came across some pretty special photos this month.

Have you ever seen a dog trying to catch a treat mid air?

Click here for some of the best slow motion pics you'll ever see!