Lynwood Veterinary Clinic
568 Metcalfe Rd
Ferndale, WA, 6148

reception@lynwoodvet.com.au
www.lynwoodvet.com.au
Phone: 08 9451 3575

Welcome!

The team at Lynwood Veterinary Clinic would like to welcome you to the first edition of our monthly email newsletter. It contains interesting stories and informative articles for you to read, and a fun video to make you smile.

We hope you enjoy it!

Dont forget we have our Open Day on 21 September, see all the details below. We hope you can make it!

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Bunny the clinic cat

Contents of this newsletter

01  Lynwood Vet Clinic Open Day

02  Spring safety

03  The best type of lunch break

04  Vegan diet for cats?

05  Kidney disease - what to watch out for

06  Baby animals falling asleep

01 Lynwood Vet Clinic Open Day
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Bunny checking out some of the Open Day prizes

Lynwood Veterinary Clinic is holding an Open Day on Sunday 21st September from 10am to 4pm. It’s a day of fun entertainment for the whole family with clinic tours, door prizes, free face painting, fairy floss and balloon animals, as well as lots of animals to meet and pat.

There is a colouring competition with prizes for the kids – simply pick up the entry form with the picture of Bunny, our clinic cat, colour it in at home and bring it with you to the Open Day. Even the four-legged family members are welcome with a pet parade to be held at 12.30pm with prizes for the Cutest Pet, Best Dressed Pet, Best Smile, Waggiest Tail and Owner & Pet Look-a-like.

For those of you who can’t bring along your furry, feathery or scaly pet, you can jump on our Facebook page and upload a cute photo. We’ll be giving a prize pack to the pet whose photo gets the most likes. While you’re there, please like our page and share our Open Day information.

We are proud to be working alongside some of the local animal rescue groups and wildlife carers who will bring some of their animals for you to meet. There will be dogs from Greyhound Adoptions WA and Desperate for Love Dog Pound Rescue, guinea pigs and rabbits from Little PAWS Rescue Perth, wildlife from Darling Range Wildlife Carers, and Sylvester the Python from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

There will also be a display from Free the Bears Fund. For several years the Lynwood Veterinary Clinic has been sponsoring two bears, Rundi and CJ. Our usual Saturday hydrobaths are used to support this wonderful group, and on the Open Day we will be doing half price hydrobaths as a special fundraiser. The charity groups will be holding their own raffles as well as selling scented candles, yummy cupcakes and bunny toys to help with their fundraising so please bring some extra gold coins along.

Dr Evelyn Auger is coming along as our special guest and she would love to catch up with all her four-legged friends and their families. We all look forward to seeing you on the day!

Click here to see our flyer.

02 Spring safety
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After a chilly winter, now is a great time to get out in the garden. Your pet may wish to keep you company but don't forget these hidden dangers!

  • Snail and Slug Bait: sprinkled on the garden or even stored in the box, these are very attractive to pets. Ingestion of small quantities can be rapidly fatal. Be aware that products that claim they are pet safe have a bitter taste which only acts as a deterrent. Some pets will still eat these highly toxic baits so consider whether these baits are absolutely necessary in your garden
  • Fertiliser: Pets love the smell and taste of some fertilisers and if eaten, these can prove rapidly toxic or even fatal
  • Compost: The garden compost heap is very tasty to your pet but the contents contain bacteria, moulds and toxins, all of which can make your pet very sick
  • Insecticides and weed killers: These are toxic to pets and should be safely stored and locked up
  • Avoid poisonous plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, daffodil bulbs and daphne. Lilies, if ingested, can cause kidney failure in cats so if in doubt - pull them out!
  • Oh, and don't forget that rodent baits are very dangerous and unfortunately attractive to pets. Ingestion causes internal bleeding - sometimes two to three weeks later

If your pet ingests any of the above it is best to contact us IMMEDIATELY for advice.

03 The best type of lunch break
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We've got a great feel good story for you this month. Earlier this year, The Lost Dogs' Home in Victoria, created The Human Walking Program.

This initiative gave office workers in Melbourne a chance to interact with dogs up for adoption. At the end of the event, every single pup found a new home!

You can read more about it here 

And watch the promotional video on YouTube here

04 Vegan diet for cats?
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Vegan diets may be a suitable choice for some people but what about our feline friends? The simple answer is that a vegan diet is a poor choice for your cat. These diets cannot provide all of the nutrients that your cat requires for a healthy life.

Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that cats require meat in their diet. They have specific nutrient needs that can only be supplied through the ingestion of animal meat.

For example, taurine is a specific amino acid that is required by all cats. Without sufficient amounts of taurine in the diet, cats can experience heart disease, vision problems, and other health issues. Taurine needs to be provided through the diet and is only available through animal sources. Although there are synthetic supplements available these are not recommended.

Vitamin A and Arachidonic acid also need to be provided in the food your cat is eating and these are primarily available through animal sources. 

As a result of these unique dietary requirements, a cat is unable to safely eat a vegan diet. Even with synthetic supplementation, producing a cat food that is complete and fills all of the nutritional needs of a cat is difficult (and dangerous) without adding meat to the diet.

So if you choose to enjoy a vegan diet, please do not expect your cat to eat the same way!

Last year a kitten was admitted to the Lort Smith Animal Hospital after being fed a vegan diet - you can read more here

05 Kidney disease - what to watch out for
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Is your pet is thirstier than usual? Are you filling up their water bowl more often? Have you caught your pet drinking from the shower, the tap or the toilet? An increase in thirst can be one of the first signs of kidney (renal) disease.

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.

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can harm the nephrons, and your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

Other than increased thirst and increased urination watch out for:

  • 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 and medication the better the potential outcome for you and your pet.

If you are worried about your pet's drinking or urination habits you should phone us for advice.

06 Baby animals falling asleep

This video proves that watching a baby animals falling asleep is addictive.  We hope you enjoy it!