Welcome to our December newsletter.
We wish a merry christmas and happy new year to all of our valued clients and pets.
The V8 supercars breathed some energy into Newcastle. Many pets are happy to have the foreshore and beaches back to roam.
As Christmas fast approaches, we will be having our hampers at all of our hospitals. A free ticket is given to clients for every consult for their pet at the hospitals. Our lucky winners will be drawn and notified before Christmas.
Care with Christmas rich food
The temptation during the Christmas season is to give our pets left over’s as a perceived treat for them to share with us.
In many cases this may be without any consequence except a satisfied pet but we do often see gastrointestinal upsets associated with feeding seasoned, fatty or salty foods - this sounds like everything we have Christmas day!
Vomiting and diarrhoea are often symptoms seen but these may progress to a more serious condition such as pancreatitis, which requires hospitalisation and intensive care.
Please be careful when including that four legged family member in sharing your Christmas meal.
Of course, to spoil their fun more, we should also avoid sharing our chocolates.
Festive Season Noise Phobias
It is that time of year again when we see stressed dogs due to anxiety episodes associated with fireworks and thunderstorms. Often these occur when owners are absent, which often is associated with separation anxiety.
Some breeds are more prone to anxieties such as Kelpies, Staffordshire Terriers, Border Collies and Jack Russell Terriers.
Affected dogs can do self harm, escape or create noise nuisance for neighbours. Effective control is difficult, especially if owners are absent. Being aware of your dog’s personality and tendency towards anxious episodes does mean that we can prepare and help these dogs where possible.
Some dogs, along with behaviour management strategies, require medications that work quickly and for a short time for incidental use or long term baseline drugs dor the storm season. We also recommend the use of calming pheromones (inhaled hormones) like an Adaptil spray or an Adaptil collar. The spray is put on a bandana which is applied around your dog’s neck and after 30 minutes has a calming effect that last for up to two and a half hours. Alternatively, the collar, which lasts for a month, is left on your dog the whole time for the continual benefit of inhaling the calming pheromone.
Our main concern with stressed anxious dogs is that they can do self-harm either at home or if they escape. However, often these episodes are a symptom of an underlying behavioural disorder that is present all year round and may be better treated with long term therapy, not just occasional therapy. Our resident behaviour consultant Kathy Wilson is more than happy to address any concerns you have in a consultation.
Welcome to all our new kittens and puppies.
We have welcome packs at our hospitals ready to help you in the right direction on your journey with your new bundle of joy. Puppy preschool classes are a great stepping stone in forming your puppies personality and temperament. We also have many anecdotes to share with our kitten owners. Petplan pet insurance are offering your first month free. Insurance can be very helpful easing the burden of costs in emergencies and intensive cases.
Good Dog Manners Classes
Our next class starts on Sunday the 7th of January running for 5 weeks. Spots are filling fast, please call 49436066 to confirm your place. The classes are very practical, small sizes and informative with our experienced delta accredited trainer Phoebe.
STOP PRESS-New Boarding Facility,
Hunter Dog Centre.
Open Day 2nd and 3rd December.
Opening 15th December.
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