News in the Clinic
- We have recently purchased a new X-ray machine so we can now offer higher quality X-rays for your pet to ensure they receive the highest standard treatment. This is part of our initiative to continually improve our service.
- Lucy Patton from Scotts School in Albury has been with us for a week of work experience (6th – 10th of July). Thanks to Lucy for writing this newsletter
- Geoff is going to a radiography seminar in Sydney in the middle of July.
- Geoff has been out of action momentarily due to a fractured right hand received whilst attending a large animal call.
- Amy is going on maternity leave at the end of July. We wish her and her husband Ian all the best in this next stage of life and we look forward to her return next year.
- Trevor Schmidt has been helping with large animal work. Trevor is a familiar face at the clinic having filled many locum positions for us before.
- Peter Armstrong has also been assisting with large animal work. He graduated from CSU and focuses on a range of larger animals.
- We are welcoming Nathan Noble for a week in August. Nathan is an Adelong boy, graduating from CSU in Wagga Wagga. His interests include, but are not limited to, equine dentistry.
- Sue Willis will also be joining our team for a locum position. Sue is from Wagga Wagga and has extensive experience in both large and small animal veterinary work
WHAT IS DENTAL DISEASE?
Dental disease is very common and is a broad term used to describe multiple issues within the mouth
- Gingivitis - inflammation of the gums which looks like reddening and swelling. It is caused by local irritation/infection
- Periodontitis - development of bacterial plaque and tartar (the brown discolouration on teeth), pus discharge & loosening of teeth.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO MY PET IF IT GETS DENTAL DISEASE?
- Very bad breath
- Teeth begin to rot and fall out
- Organ diseases – bacteria from the mouth can be absorbed into the blood and cause infections in your pets organs
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT DENTAL DISEASE?
- A scale and polish of the teeth under general anesthetic can be performed by our vets. This will result in your pet going home with pearly white teeth and a lovely breath
- Food - biscuits, raw bones and chicken necks (never cooked) help clean teeth. Wet/canned food stick to their teeth.
- Brushing – just like us, your pets teeth can be brushed with pet toothpaste and a special toothbrush
Mulesing is a necessary procedure to reduce flystrike. It involves the removal of skin around the rump area of the lamb. This reduces the amount of wrinkles which increases the incident of the potentially deadly flystrike of sheep (especially Merinos).
Tri-Solfen is a topical gel spray applied to the wound immediately after the mulesing procedure. Tri-Solfen delivers instantaneous and prolonged pain relief, promotes wound healing and reduces bleeding. In turn this leads to a faster recovery and less stress for the animals, which may result in better returns and improved growth rates and weight gain.
For any further enquiries or to order please phone the West Wyalong Veterinary Hospital.
Dog Coats For Sale
With the weather turning frosty don’t forget your pets especially if they live outdoors. Does your dog feel the cold?
Come into the West Wyalong Vet Hospital to look at our large range of WeatherBeeta dog coats.
Varying from light weight to Artic coats in some great new patterns and colours.
WHAT IS AN IDEAL WEIGHT FOR MY PET?
An ideal weight for a cat/dog:
- Minimal fat cover
- Ribs and spine should be easily felt but not seen. This may differ depending on breed (ribs can commonly be seen in kelpies and greyhounds)
- From above you should see an obvious waist
HOW DO I PREVENT MY PET FROM BECOMING OVERWEIGHT?
Pets become overweight due to an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise or both.
Good nutrition starts as a puppy/kitten. Some basic starters are:
- Set feeding times to prevent ‘grazing’ throughout the day
- Never feed your pet human food, especially food high in fat such as pork/ham
- Regular exercise and follow feeding instructions & amounts on the food bag
- Feed high quality biscuits, canned food or fresh meat
- Talk to our friendly vets
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MY PET IS OVERWEIGHT
- Joint problems (arthritis, torn ligaments and lameness)
- Heart conditions
- Breathing problems due to fat around the wind pipe
- Decreased life expectancy
If your animal is overweight the scales are free to use at any time during opening hours. Typically, when your pet is losing weight it should be at a rate of 1% of their starting body weight per week (This is your pets’ weight x 0.01).
A low fat or specialized diet can be recommended by your local vet.