Glenvale Veterinary Clinic
Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Introducing the newset Glenvale furry family members...

Archie & Sadie!!!

Ashleigh is the proud mum of gorgeous Archie. He is a 5 month old Maltese X Shih Tzu, Archie loves playing with other dogs & spending time with anyone who will give him attention. He knows how to sit, shake, drop, stay & is learning how to roll over; He’s a very clever puppy!

Emma’s fur baby is Sadie, a 4 month old Blue Staffy. She loves annoying Jacquie’s Golden Retriever Roxy, chasing her chook toy & snuggling into your neck when she’s sleeping. Sadie may look like a crazy baby hippo but she’s very clever, super cute & extremely spoilt!!

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Pet Facts

As the days get longer & warmer your cat will be eager to get outdoors again, but there is something you should be aware of before you open the door!

What is feline AIDS?

Feline AIDS is caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FIV causes a potentially fatal viral disease that interferes with the immune system of a cat.

The virus lives in the blood of the infected cat & is carried in its system throughout its life. Healthy cats contract the infection through being bitten by an FIV positive cat. 

Cats infected with FIV may remain healthy for a number of years. While some infected cats show no sign of disease, others may display symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen lymph nodes

As the disease progresses, symptoms may occur such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Eye lesions
  • Sores in & around the mouth
  • Poor coat
  • Chronic infections – Such as Urinary tract infections.

Eventually the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections or diseases.

How is the infection contracted?

FIV is spread from cat to cat primarily through bite wounds; the virus is shed in high levels through saliva. Outdoor cats are at a higher risk for contracting the disease. The spread of FIV through watering bowls or grooming is unlikely. Although rare it is possible for a mother to pass the infection onto her unborn foetus.

How common is FIV in Australia? 

Australia has one of the highest rates of FIV in the world. It is reported that between 20-32% of cats in Australia test positive to the disease – This is only includes cats that are taken to the vet, this doesn’t include all the stray cats that are walking around your neighbourhood. Outdoor cats are at the highest risk of the disease.

What can you do to prevent feline AIDS?

There is no treatment or cure for an FIV infected cat. However a vaccine is available that can aid in the prevention of infection with FIV. Talk with Dr Nicholls or one of the staff about the best vaccination program for your cat. The Vaccination program includes for those cats at 8 weeks of age & older require 3 x FIV vaccines at an interval of 2-4 weeks, and then it is an annual vaccination along with the yearly F3 vaccination.

Along with the vaccination program other health management measures may include:

  • Limiting the exposure of indoor cats to outdoor cats.
  • Having a new cat tested prior to joining the household
  • Build or have a cat enclosure built in your back yard so your cat can enjoy the spring weather without the chance of being bitten by another cat.

Food for thought…

The average life expectancy for a  fully indoor cat  is  16 years.

The average life expectancy for an  indoor/outdoor cat  (including the cats that are killed on the roads)  is 9 MONTHS!

We understand that owners feel guilty or think it’s cruel to keep cats indoors permanently but with plenty of toys, scratching posts & a window to look out your cat can live a very safe, happy & long life indoors, just like Dr Nicholls’ cat Schnooks!

If you are still wanting to allow your cat access to the outdoors we would recommend getting them vaccinated against FIV to prevent contracting the infection from another infected cat & to prevent spreading the disease to other cats. If you live on a busy street or have neighbours who don’t want your cat to pop over the fence for a visit we would recommend you look into getting a cat enclosure built, these can be built to allow the cat to go from indoors to outdoors through a cat flap into a safe & fun enclosure for them to enjoy some sun. A cat enclosure will also save our native wildlife from being attacked by a cat that is roaming around the neighbourhood.

Please ask our staff if you would like some information on Cat enclosures or FIV.

Do you love your Dog or Cat so much that losing them would feel as bad as losing a family member?

We know the feeling, and that is why Lintek have finally come up with an advanced GPS Tracker. This product was created specifically for and by pet owners who gave Lintek valuable feedback about what they wanted in a pet tracking system. With the current technologies available they have managed to put together a GPS Tracker that took as little as 30min to charge to full and lasted days of usage while also being able to reserve battery life when no movement was detected.

So what makes the Petrek LT-905G so advanced?

Well, it’s the first GPS Pet Tracker to offer a phone app we made especially for smartphones running on iOS and Android based systems. With this app you are able to use your smartphone to do various tricks!

  • Live location:  Get live location updates by the press of a button shown on Google Maps with an accuracy of 2.5metres so you know exactly where your pet is or the last location of your pet. The GPS tracker works best if its is outside & not in a building. If the collar is indoors or under a building the tracker will then search for the nearest telecommunications cell tower to give you an idea of which area it might be.
  • Satellite view:  With the touch of a button you can zoom into full satellite imagery so you know which house, tree or fence your pet might be closest to.
  • Street view technology:  Still not sure where your pet is or it’s last location? Drag the little Google street view person to the location of your pet and get an instant idea of the house or garden they are in!
  • Geo-Fencing:  Through the Android phone set a perimeter around your house or area, so that when your pet leaves the area or house, you instantly get a loud siren alert on your phone for you to start finding your pet.
  • Low Battery alert:  When your Petrek LT-905G is about to run out of juice, you will get a text to alert you to charge it up.
  • Battery life:  If the tracker does not detect movement it simply goes into sleep mode, which lasts up to 1600hours in pure sleep mode. However, depending on how active your dog is, the unit can last from a day to 5 days depending on how heavy your usage is. (IMPORTANT: Battery life can change significantly depending on usage levels)
  • Don’t have a smartphone?  Easy! Simply call the Petrek LT-905G and it will reply to you with a Google map link allowing you to type onto your internet browser to find your pet! Please note the Petrek LT-905G requires a SIM card to work. The SIM card is needed for the tracker only and not your phone. The prepay Sim card is needed for the tracker to send it’s information to your phone. (This will work with any smartphone from any network as well)

If you would like more information on the GPS tracker for your pet visit  www.pettrackingoz.com.au

Pet of the month: "Oska"

Oska is a 13 year old black & silver Abyssinian. He lives at home with his sister Tia who is also an Abyssinian, Bosley & Gemma the Golden retrievers & his human siblings Avalee & Cara & proud parents Tanya & Matt. Recently Oska has had his fair share of health problems including, Pancreatitis, UTIs & food allergies but he is one tough kitty who won’t let an illness get in his way! Oska isn’t the biggest fan of visiting the clinic but we can always bribe him with his favourite food lamb!! Oska is one of our treasured patients at Glenvale!
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