We are happy to announce that the staff at Lilydale Vet Centre are going to participate in Tough Mudder this year to raise money and awareness for The Australian Rhino Project. At least 16 of us here are going to run the 16+ km course, with 20+ killer obstacles - out of pity or support, any donations would be appreciated! Spread the word and together we can save friendly giants.
Follow the link for more information about Tough Mudder & The Rhino Project. Donors enter into a draw to win a lovely Lilydale Vet Centre Hampers!
Welcome to the Winter edition of Vets Love Pets!
Is your older pet exhibiting some odd behaviours? Do they seem to forget where they are or what they were doing? It could possibly be '
It's getting cold outside and our furry friends are feeling just as much as we are. The lack of opposable thumbs makes it very hard for dogs and cats to put on a jumper or start a fire, meaning keeping them warm and cosy during the colder months is up to us. Below you will find some suggestions for helping keep your furry friend safe during the colder months.
We just love older kitties, most of them tend to mellow out as they get older. They want to spend more time snuggled up next to you sleeping, and they don't seem to get on the bench to steal your food anymore. While these sound like ideal qualities in a cat, unfortunately, in an older cat these can be signs of arthritis. Let us help you recognise these signs and start making your cat's life much more comfortable.
Senior cats don't just suffer from arthritis, as they get older they become much more likely to develop some other worrying health problems. One of the biggest causes of early deaths to our feline friends is kidney failure. Although not
Just because our pets aren't spending as much time outside because of the weather, does not mean the risk of a worm infestation decreases. Unfortunately the long and short of it is that your pets are more likely to bring those nasty worms inside and infect with you. Read on to find out the signs of a worm infestation and how you can avoid becoming a victim to these nasty parasites.
Keeping all members of your family healthy can be hard; you work in an office where someone always seems to have a cold, there's always one kid on the sports team harbouring chicken pox, and Fluffy the dog is always picking up unwanted hitchhikers when you go on your daily walk. It doesn't have to be so hard, there are many ways you can keep Fluffy healthy and avoid unwanted parasites.
Sometimes loss of hearing or vision can make matters worse, however, cataract removal can make a difference to your senior pet's vision. Medication for improving brain function and helping with anxiety makes life more enjoyable for everyone and means that you can get back to enjoying those precious golden years together. Give us a call - 0397354211 - we are here to help pets of all ages.
There is nothing nicer than having that happy feline friend come purr next to you. they might not be able to talk, but they can tell you when they are happy. If they aren't their
Five feline signs to watch out for:
If your cat is displaying any of the signs listed, it could be suffering from osteoarthritis. 9 out of 10 cats over 12 years of age suffer from arthritis.
Please give us a call on 03 9735 4211 to arrange a check up. If it does turn out to be arthritis, don't worry, we have easy to give pain relief medication and foods that help look after ageing joints. We can't promise to turn back the clock to kitten days again, but we can help your senior cat feel more comfortable and enjoy more purrs with you.
Kidneys are essential organs, they remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate fluids in the body. When kidneys aren't working as well as they should, the result can be life-threatening. Many factors affect kidney function, and while genetics plays a part, so does dehydration, shock, poisons, infection, blockages and trauma. Please only give your cat medications that we prescribe, as some medications can cause serious kidney problems.
Kidney problems can happen suddenly or slowly progress over time. Signs of chronic kidney disease often don't show up until almost two-thirds of the kidney have been affected, and then a special diet is very important in managing the disease. Often with sudden onset or 'acute' onset kidney disease cats can recover completely with our car and special diets.
If your cat experiences any of the following signs, please call us as it could be kidney disease:
These nasty parasites live inside your pet and could
Intestinal worms steal nutrition that our pets need to keep their bodies healthy. Worms pose a real threat to young animals - often puppies have roundworm passed onto them before birth by their mothers. That round belly we love to pat might not just be puppy fat!
Infected animals often shed worm eggs into their environment via their faeces - many can only be seen with a microscope so you may not know your pet carries worms. Signs of intestinal worms in pets:
If we contract parasites from our pets it could mean we need to have surgery or even have permanent eye damage. Using human worming medications doesn't help and prevention is really the best option. Worming your pet is easy to do, please don't put your loved ones at risk. Get some pet worm tablets today.
Welcome to the Autumn edition of Vets Love Pets!
After being all 'loved up' in February with Valentine's day, we thought now is the perfect time to talk about hearts. Did you know that pets can suffer heart conditions just like humans? Below you will find a selection of information about two of the most common heart conditions
Shortly after February, we find ourselves in the midst of Easter. Sadly all those yummy chocolate eggs make it a peak time for pet poisonings to occur. We will help you keep your pets safe from
The holidays are also the peak time to take pets travelling. It can be very stressful packing for a holiday, particularly if you have a large family, and it can be easy to forget things. Luckily for you, we've done the hard work and created a list of 'can't leave behind' items for your pets when travelling.
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In Australia mosquitoes can transmit lots of nasty diseases and parasites – just one bite could put your pet at risk of deadly heartworm. Foxes are on the rise in urban areas and carry the disease, putting pets at risk. Dogs, in particular, are at risk as they can often carry the disease without showing symptoms until damage to the heart and blood vessels has occurred. Thankfully as vets we can help keep your furry loved ones safe. Prevention is definitely better than the cure when it comes to heartworm. Give us a call to see what the best option is for your pet.
Pets, just like humans can suffer heart conditions. Thankfully as vets we can diagnose these at early stages and although cures are not always possible, we do have a range of medications and treatment options to help give your pet the best quality of life possible.
One way we keep track of how a heart is performing is by measuring a pet’s breathing rate. If the heart is struggling to pump properly, fluid can start to build up in the lungs, which will cause the breathing rate to increase.
There is a free app to help measure your pet’s respiration (or breathing rate) at home. Your pet’s respiration rate when he or she is asleep gives us a vital insight into how well their heart is working. You can find the app in the App Store, or on Google Play.
PET HEART CHECK
If you answered YES to any of these, please call us today!
Chocolate is not for pets.
As vets we all too often see well-meaning owners or children share their treats with pets with dire consequences. Chocolate even in small amounts can be fatal as pets can’t process the theobromine in chocolate like us humans can and toxic levels build up quickly.
Just as you would keep garden chemicals and medications out of reach of children you must also do the same for pets. Please ask us about safe treats for your pets and keep all chocolate cake out of harm’s way.
Avoid feeding any of the following, which are potentially toxic to pets:
It’s great to share holidays with pets, and we have so many great pet-friendly destinations to choose from. For a safe and happy holiday for all the family we recommend you give us a call to check for any parasites specific to the area you are travelling to, e.g. paralysis ticks. If you aren’t travelling soon keep our checklist on hand for when you plan your next trip.
If you need to use a kennel or cattery please don’t forget to book well in advance. Make sure you have up-to-date vaccinations with current certificates to avoid disappointment. Not sure? Give us a call.