Glenvale Veterinary Clinic
Autumn 2014 Newsletter

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Raw Meat Diets for Dogs?

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Everyone wants a puppy or kitten for Christmas, but there are many things to consider before surprising someone with a pet as a gift.

While it may seem like a good idea to give someone that cute little kitten or puppy, it is important to remember that they do not stay little for long and many cats and dogs (depending on their breed) can have a lifespan of years into their late teens and even early twenties! Taking on a pet is a big commitment, not just something to be thrown away when the next present comes along, which is reflected in the RSPCA have seeing a 65% rise in animals abandoned over the last 5 years!

The cost is also something that is often underestimated when people are buying pets. While the initial cost of the pet may be low, it is important to consider that your pet will also need food to eat, toys to play with, bedding and treats, never mind vaccinations, worming, flea treatments, teeth cleaning and other vet bills if and when something goes wrong! It is important to make sure you are financially ready to keep a pet before just looking at the price on the pet shop window.

While a puppy or kitten may look adorable sitting in a box with a ribbon, it is the chewed shoes, the scratched couch, and the puddles all over the floor that makes most people realise what they have taken on! It is also important to consider the breed of dog you are going to buy. If you are wanting to take your dog running with you, it might not be the best idea to get a Chihuahua.

If you have considered all these and have decided that Christmas is the right time to get a new puppy or kitten, you should consider adopting your new pet! With over 250 thousand perfectly healthy cats and dogs euthanised each year in animal shelters, adoption is a great way of finding a pet, while saving their life at the same time!

Walk to fight animal cruelty!

Get your walking shoes on pull out your pet’s leash & grab your pooches to be involved in the biggest event on the RSPCA calendar- The Million Paws Walk! The Million Paws Walk is the most important event on the canine calendar! You and your pooch will be treated to entertainment, displays, stalls, giveaways and a host of other activities. It’s a fun day out where you can make a real difference to RSPCA animals.

Simply  register  to go along and then set up your fundraising page. Ask your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and classmates to sponsor your walk. Every dollar you raise will make a big difference and will help the RSPCA to raise $482,000 to support their work with animals in need.

Sunday 18 May 2014

Location: Albert Park Lake and 15 other regional locations around Victoria.

Introducing the new ACTIVYL Flea Treatment!

Activyl is the newest spot-on flea treatment on the market.

Unique bioactivation means it only switches on inside the flea

Activyl contains a molecule called Indoxacarb, which is only activated by the enzymes in the gut of an insect. Once activated, the Indoxacarb causes paralysis in fleas that stops them feeding and leads to their death. Because mammals metabolize Indoxacarb differently, it is completely safe for your pet but lethal to the fleas!

  Breaks the flea life cycle and prevents reinfestation 

Activyl kills the adult fleas as well as controlling immature flea stages in the environment. It inhibits 95-100% of flea development in this environment for at least 28 days after your pet has been treated. 45 days after treatment, Activyl is still 99.6% effective at killing adult fleas on your pet.

Fast acting

Activyl spreads through the natural oils on your pet’s skin and can quickly cover your whole pet. As soon as the flea lands on your pet’s skin it begins to take up Activyl, there is no need for the flea to bite. Activyl begins to work immediately and kills 90% of the fleas on your pet within 12 hours of the first application.

Quick drying and water fast on dogs

Activyl has been tested on dogs and it has been proven to not wash off during shampooing or swimming provided it is allowed 48 hours to dry after application.

Treats both dogs and cats 

Activyl is safe and effective to use on both dogs and cats from 8 weeks of age. It is applied directly onto the skin of you cat or dog. It is recommended to apply onto the back of the neck for both cats and small dogs, and distributed in up to 4 places along the back, from the shoulder to the base of the tail, in larger dogs.

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a neurodegenerative condition affecting geriatric dogs & sharing several characteristics with human Alzheimer’s disease. CCD manifests as alterations of behaviour patterns & changes in daily routines. The major clinical signs seen in dogs with CCD include:

  • Sleeping during the day
  • Restless at night
  • Decreased interaction with owners
  • Disorientation at home
  • Showing signs of anxiety

CCD can potentially be treated with medication to help reduce these signs & symptoms & make the patients elderly years a little more enjoyable. If you think your pet may be exhibiting any of these signs or you have any questions regarding CCD please feel free to ask Dr Nicholls during the consultation.

Staff News!

Our Beautiful Bride…
On Saturday the 1 st  of March Jacquie married Mark, the love of her life (apart from her dog Roxy) in a beautiful ceremony with a picture perfect back drop. Jacquie made the most stunning bride & Mark scrubbed up nicely as well.

We wish them all the best for a long, happy life together.

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Clever Cats


People who think you can't train a cat haven't tried hard enough! Whether it’s a new kitten or an older cat that you’re introducing into your household, training should begin as soon as you bring your feline friend home.

Here are our top tips:

Cats like company  - they are social creatures and need companionship. Pick your kitten up from early on to help him understand that he is safe in your arms. Cats also need to feel comfortable with other cats, so the earlier you can begin socialising your cat with others the better. Kittens often like a playmate and two kittens together are usually good for each other

Provide natural stimulation  such as a scratching post - this is a normal behaviour used for communication. Place it where the cat will use it, usually a prominent area or in front of where the cat has already started to scratch (such as the corner of the couch!)

Toys  – Cats need environmental enrichment, toys of different shapes, sizes, colours, textures, on a string, on a pole etc. Make the toys exciting – lay a cardboard box on its side & hang some toys from the roof of it, this becomes a kitty cave of entertainment. Build tunnels & paths & have multi-level areas for the cats to play on they will have hours of fun being up high & on top of the world.

Be patient  - cats are intelligent and trainable animals - keep training sessions to less than 2–3 minutes and use rewards such as praise and food such as cooked chicken or small amounts of butter or vegemite on your finger or a spoon. Train your cat to come when he's called or sit for a treat.

How to train a cat

Cats, like dogs, are motivated to do things in life that benefit them. Seeking tasty morsels of food or a cat game with a favourite toy are favourite activities. Usually it is the cat who demands these from their owners. So let’s turn it around. Use these motivators to your advantage.

The recall command

When your cat demands food, or preferably just before she is likely to become hungry, call her to you. Say her name and issue a command – “Tiger, Come”. If you are also shaking the biscuits or opening the can of cat food, your cat is very likely to respond. Extend the recall to other situations, such as when you pick up their favourite toy. Before long, if your cat is consistently rewarded when she comes to you, she will come every time you call.

Ringing the bell

Outdoor cats can be frustrating or even destructive in their efforts to come back inside. Try suspending a small but loud bell on a string at your cat's eye level. Ignore the meowing, scratching and other efforts to get your attention. Eventually, your cat will touch that bell and make it ring, at which point you reward her by opening the door. If this is repeated several times, your cat will soon learn to ring the bell deliberately.

The sit and Hi 5 commands

All cats sit, so teaching this is easy. As your cat sits, say “Sit”, then praise her, pat her or give her a treat. Also introduce a hand signal, such as your hand held vertically in a stop sign, to further help your cat learn.

You can quickly extend this training to have your cat join in a ‘Hi 5’ with you, where she raises a paw to your hand. First, encourage any tiny movements of her paw by giving a cat a treat each time her paw moves off the ground. Then, with the treat wrapped in your fist, wait for her to use her paw to try to grab it, then give her treat as her reward. Gradually lift your hand higher and when your cat touches your hand with her paw, reward her.

The rules of training

Work with cat behaviours that come naturally, to make it easy for them to obey. Then progress to more difficult commands. Rewards are the key to motivating your cat. If you are using food and your cat is not responding, she may not be hungry enough. Try a training session before a meal. (But don’t 'starve' your cat to make them eager to learn, as a hungry cat will quickly become an annoyed one.)

With time, you can lessen the use of treats. Your praise or a pat may be a good enough reward on occasion.

Eliminate any distracting noise from the TV or stereo during training time, as it will make the process almost impossible. Keep training sessions short, ending them before your cat gets bored or tired. Always finish a training session on a positive note and remember that, just like us, sometimes cats are not in the mood.

If possible, train your cat regularly, preferably every day. Training your cat once a month won't get the results you want.

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