How to avoid the Winter aches and pains

Just like us humans, many dogs and cats suffer from the pain of arthritis as they age – and it bcomes particularly more painful in the colder weather.

The good news is that this pain can be minimised.

There are several different approaches to managing the pain of this common condition to make your pet’s life more comfortable..

The extent of the joint or bone degeneration is best assessed through X-Rays. From the results, a pain management plan can be suggested.

This may include any combination of the following:

  • Anti – inflammatory medications
  • Natural supplements
  • A course of injections
  • Special foods fortified with specific nutrients

Signs of arthritis and painful jpints can usually characterised by the following behavioural signs:

  • Reluctance to run or jump
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty rising or climbing steps
  • Reluctance to be touched in specific areas

One of the most important ways of reducing stress and avoiding further damage to joints is to maintain a healthy weight. This can be achieved through a combination of exercise and a healthy eating plan.

Overweight dogs with arthritis will find exercising difficult therefore making it even harder to lose weight.. The most important first step is to reduce the pain of exercising to allow your dog to become more mobile.

So, if your dog (or cat) is showing any of these signs of pain – please see your vet – soon!

Easter eggs and Dogs don’t mix

“Please Mum, can’t he just have one? It’s only little!”

“No mate, chocolate’s not good for dogs and actually – it can be quite dangerous for him.”

Does this sound like something that could happen at your place? Just be aware that chocolate, even in innocent enough amounts can make your dog quite ill.

It’s not uncommon for us to see at least one or two dogs over Easter suffering from chocolate toxicity. Mind you, it’s often due to accidental ingestion.

Kids especially are good at leaving their chocolate eggs in easy reach of dogs. Plus dogs are really good at scavenging so they can easily find even the most hidden of chocolate treats.

So how can you avoid your dog missing out this Easter?

There are many safe chocolate alternatives out there for dogs. Carob being just one of them. Most dog chocolates are made from this.

Even better – he’d be just as happy chewing on a nice fresh meaty bone.

Need more information about chocolate toxicity in dogs? Please check out this article on our site.

We’re available all Easter

Our practice will be open for routine consultations and patient treatments throughout Easter.

Please refer to the Noticeboard section for specific opening hours each day.

Our Yarrambat clinic will be closed from Friday until Monday however you can still see us at either South Morang or Whittlesea on any of these days.

Also – the Whittlesea Clinic will be undergoing renovations over Easter so patients requiring hospitalisation and 24 hour care will be relocated to South Morang during this time.

Have a safe and Happy Easter everyone.

Preparing for a Farm visit

As well as seeing dogs, cats and other small animals that visit our clinics, we also travel to properties to treat a range of other species.

These include Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Alpacas and even the occasional pig.

The reason for the visit can be virtually anything – from lame horse to an emergency caesarean on a cow and anything in between. A typical day for us will generally include some farm visits which are scheduled according to urgency just like any other appointment.

In order for us to examine and treat the patient some preparation is needed. This includes

  • providing a means of confining the patient such as a crush or a small yard as well as
  • people to assist with handling and restraint.

Because the vet will need to discuss treatment options and costs, it’s important that you (the owner) of the patient arrange to be there too.

Costs will depend on the nature of the call. For most routine procedures such as consultation fees, travel charges, geldings and pre-purchase examinations – we can provide fees on enquiry.

In all other cases, the fees will depend on the type of treatment required and the medications needed.

Booking your farm visit.

Most of our routine farm visits are done during the week from late morning to late afternoon Other times are preferably reserved for urgent and emergency work only.

Please book your visit for a date and time that allows you to be there too.