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= Medical Information   1 = General information     & = Stories

FROM THE VET >>> Sterilization     Worming     Fleas

MEDICAL INFORMATION

    For any one who has a doggie with hip or Knee joint problems there is now a new drug available from the Vet  (METACAM) .  It is an Oral given liquid. It is the only one I have tried that actually worked. His last treatment was in July 99 and he still walks pretty good and can jump into the 4WD without any help. (Its not cheap though). (LEE the EDITOR AWVP au)

If any of your pets have a ongoing skin problem then try Selsun shampoo. It works on humans and also works on pets. The vet used to have it but as the cost got too high they do not any longer. You can get it at your local supermarket. Selsun Blue is the same. (GRAHAM au)

    Should you notice your dog especially pups suddenly go off their food and vomit after eating then it is most likely that they have a TWISTED BOWL. Take them to the vet and ask them to be checked for this. Surgery will be needed to correct this condition. If left they will die. (TONY uk)

 

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    From the Mirrabooka Veterinary Hospital

 

Some facts about fleas and flea control

for the cat and dog owner

Fleas are biting insects which infest the hair and skin of animals but more particularly, are capable of surviving in the animal's living area for long periods of time. The flea cycle involves adults, eggs and larvae and all stages can survive away from the dog/cat for at least some months and under ideal conditions for very much longer. It is sometimes stated that even adult fleas are only on your host animal for about 20% of the time and the rest of the time they spend in the animal's environment; the carpet, garden, on your pets bed.

For this reason finding just a few fleas on your animal indicates that a much larger population of fleas is actually being supported.

The major problem with fleas is the irritation they cause and which in many cases, is exacerbated by a flea bite allergy syndrome which can become extremely severe. In addition, fleas can transmit tapeworms to dogs and cats. In the case of dogs which are allergic to flea bites, even one or a few fleas can initiate the allergic reaction which in most cases starts over the rump area, causing extreme irritation, loss of hair and thickening of the skin.

Successful treatment depends on complete elimination of the flea population, not just on the animal but in the animal's environment. A major cause of control breakdown in many cases is because of reinfestation from neighbour's dogs or cats and this, of course, is very difficult to control. Control of flea allergy dermatitis ( a consequence of flea bite allergy syndrome ) is complex and difficult and may involve utilization of drugs such as cortisone which may have side effects. Accordingly, the major method of controlling flea allergy dermatitis and other conditions caused by fleas is to control the flea population. 

Because all stages of the flea life cycle can remain alive in the animal's environment for long periods of time, you will need to attempt to break the flea life cycle in some way. Several modern flea control remedies are designed to prevent either the maturation of flea larvae or to prevent the hatching of flea eggs. These are extremely useful and very safe methods of flea control and in most cases are more effective than simply using sprays, powders or flea collars which simply kill the fleas once they have hopped onto your pet. However insecticides, in many cases, may be needed to supplement the use of the more sophisticated control measures as the latter usually takes some months before they show maximum effect.

It is important that you ask your veterinarian for advice in the use of all flea control remedies because flea control is not a simple matter and different preparations need to be used in quite different ways. Your veterinarian is the only person who is really qualified to give you advice on fleas and their control.

Ask your Veterinarian about fleas and their control

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    From the Mirrabooka Veterinary Hospital

STERILIZATION OF YOUR DOG OR CAT

Sterilization of your pet has many advantages. It removes the sexual urge to roam in search of a mate, reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies and cuts down the total number of stray and unwanted puppies and kittens. Sterilization tends to reduce fighting, spraying and night prowling so common to the male cat.

In sterilized females, infections of the uterus cannot occur and there is less chance of breast cancer developing.

What is sterilization ?

Sterilization of the female involves an ovariohysterectomy. This is the proper medical term for "speying" or "neutering" the female animal and consists of complete removal of both ovaries and the uterus. Although it is a common procedure, ovariohysterectomy is abdominal surgery involving a general anesthetic and sterile operating technique.

Sterilization of the male involves removal of the male sex glands, the testicles.

This operation is performed under general anesthetic and the testicles are removed through incisions in the scrotum using sterile operating technique.

When should my pet be sterilized ?

Consult your vet about the best time for this operation. Usually it is best to operate at about 5 - 6 months of age in kittens and puppies but a pet is never too old to be sterilized.

Will it make my pet fat and lazy?

Not necessarily. The amount of exercise, the diet and inheritance factors of your pet have much more influence on the weight of your pet.

Will it change my pet's personality ?

Only for the better. Sterilized animals still make good guard dogs as well.

Shouldn't my pet have a litter first?

No. It makes no difference whether your pet has a litter first. Some parents feel children should see a litter born as part of a learning experience. It is beneficial for children to see young animals born and watch them develop, but if the litter ends up in the animal pound, children may be more impressed by the low value adults sometimes place on life.

Don't Just ask anyone about sterilization - ask your vet

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    From the Mirrabooka Veterinary Hospital

WORMING YOUR CAT AND DOG

Why should I worm my pet?

The most common intestinal worms that can cause illness in dogs and cats in Western Australia are roundworms, bookworms and tapeworms. In some cases, infected pets may provide a source of infection for their owners.

(a) Roundworms

These are the most common intestinal worms found in puppies and kittens.

The worms may cause weight loss, a "pot-bellied" appearance, diarrhoea and vomiting and occasionally adult worms may be vomited or passed in the stool. Young pets usually acquire worms from their environment or from their mothers. Roundworm eggs are shed in the infected pet's stool and a diagnosis is made by examining a fresh sample under the microscope.

(b) Hookworms

The main symptoms of hookworm infestation are diarrhoea which may be blood stained and weight loss. Occasionally, blood loss may be severe resulting in anaemia and weakness. Like roundworms, hookworm eggs are passed in the infected pet's stool and a diagnosis can be made by examining a fresh sample under the microscope.

(c) Tapeworm

The tapeworm is a parasite with a characteristic "flat" shape. The head of the tapeworm attaches to the intestine and segments of its body are shed and passed in the stool. Tapeworm infestation may produce diarrhoea, poor coat condition and weight loss. Diagnosis may be made by finding worm segments in your pet's stool or clinging to the hair around the anal region. They may appear as white to yellow

(d) Heartworm - see Heartworm information leaflet.

Most ordinary worm tablets do not protect against heartworm and special tablets are required after advice from your veterinarian. It is dangerous or can be fatal to commence heartworm treatment before a veterinarian blood tests your dog.

What can I do to protect my pet?

Effective and safe preparations are available for treatment of these worms from your local veterinarian.

(a) Because a pregnant cat or dog can be a source or infection for their young, it is advisable to worm them. Your veterinarian can recommend preparations that are safe for pregnant and nursing pets.

(b) The young puppy or kitten should be wormed for round and hookworm every         2 - 3 weeks from 2 - 4 weeks of age until they are at least 16 weeks old. Treatment of tapeworm should be carried out at 3 months.

(c) Adult dogs and cats should be wormed every 3 - 6 months. Treatment for tapeworms should include destroying the parasites already infesting your pet and controlling re-infestation by eliminating the intermediate hosts.

(d) Any adult dog in contact with young of their species have a greater risk of contracting intestinal worms, and should be treated at the same time as the puppies or kittens.

(e) Heartworm prevention - see Heartworm information leaflet        obtainable from your local Vet.

    Vets Never seem to tell the reason why it is dangerous to give your pet heartworm tablets without first testing. Well in short the reason is because if they already have heartworm and you give them the tablet then the Worms die and the body cannot cope and clear all the Debris. This can cause blockage to the heart and the kid will die of heart attack. (Heartworm stays in the blood system)   (EDITOR AWVP au)

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GENERAL INFORMATION

1 The old stories about having your pet castrated to keep it home or tame it down is absolute nonsense. I'm sure those who have done this has discovered it makes no difference. Upbringing correctly is what makes them what they are. (DAVE  uk)

1 You know how leather collars ruin after being wet or after being in seawater ? Well there is a new material out that is made of a sort of PVC. It looks allot like leather but has what looks like a fiber in the center. It comes in black , is waterproof and very strong. You can get it from your local Saddlery store. I now make my own collars using this stuff. It also works out very cheap. (JOHN au)

1 I was having a flea problem. Using new waterproof flea collars did not solve the problem. I tried the Frontline and the problem was solved. Thanks to the Vet who told me. (DEREK au)

1 Calcium saved my GSD. I had a GSD pup of about two months who the Vet said to put down because it had Very bad Hip Displacia. I had just gone through hell to get this baby off some one who had been walking down the road carrying it by the tail like a sack of potatoes and the little thing screaming its head off. Any way I took it home and started to dose it up with Calcium tablets. I had no idea of dose and gave it what I felt was right. After a year I took it in for his checkup and needles and asked the vet how his Hip Displacia was coming on to which the Vet replied "This dog does not have any problems and no Hip Displacia" I reminded him of what he said a year ago and he was amazed that he could have said that. The motto of this story is Lots of calcium as a pup and there's a good chance you will not have leg problems with your GSD. (John sa)

1 Must say that Calcium also saved Sheba when she was getting ready for her first litter. I had just killed some redback spiders and one got away. Sheba suddenly went weak and gaspy so I took her to the vet and told him I thought it was a Redback spider bite but it turned out to be a lack of calcium and he gave her a calcium injection which saved her life (another hour and she would have died). I had her on a high calcium diet food made by a leading brand name which was supposed to be for lactating females and it obviously did not work. I notice its now gone so they must have realized its useless garbage. Needless to say NO MORE TIN FOOD for my kids. (EDITOR AWVP au)

1 Want really good food for your dog? Unlike most tin food which has nothing in it good for your dog there is an alternative. It is available in Malaga WA and comes in 1 kilo and more lots, contains vitamins and minerals, does not smell foul, looks like ordinary normal human polony rolls. The company is called MACDOOGLES and they offer free home delivery. Fully recommended.  (Lee WA)

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STORIES

& Some evenings ago after work I took my pet for a walk in the park. I had her on a lead and we were attacked by a dog. This dogs owner had little control over this fiend and my pet needed treatment after. Why do people who have uncontrollable dogs not keep them on a leash? Also it is amazing how such people deny responsibility for their lack of consideration to others and the resulting consequences. (CATHY au)

 & Hi every one I must tell you about someone I saw training his dogs. Talk about obedient animals and his is it. He has two German Shepherds and he told them to stay, walked off to the other side of the park which was a footy field away and called them one by one using finger pointing, no voice. As each one responded he would point the finger at them and they would instantly stop and wait for him to signal again. How each dog knew who he was signaling to I do not know, but they did. Also what got me was how they ignored all the other dogs there, even when one approached them they totally ignored it and never took their eyes off him. I did manage to speak briefly with him. He said that first you gain their trust and love then you turn training into a game they love to play. Well however he does it they did certainly love and listen to him. Unfortunately he does not train any one else's dogs ." Well I take my hat off to him. Well done. (ANGELA au)

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