Welcome to our July newsletter.
Welcome our July newsletter. This month we focus on osteoarthritis often evident in these cooler months. Our senior health month helped many elderly pets get relief from arthritis and diagnose manageable conditions early.
Turn over for more on Nurse Jess’s dog behaviour training with a pig thrown in for good measure and details on our popular puppy training classes under the guidance of Delta trained Phoebe Wallace.
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Congratulations Katelin and Lucy
Our Tafe vet work placement students Katelin and Lucy graduated this month from their course. They will be a valuable asset to any clinic and we wish them all the best!
This month sees a new addition to the Payten household (no not another baby!) and the Lake Vet family. A new yellow Labrador puppy will be arriving and everyone is very excited. This little puppy will certainly have a lot of attention and get lots of cuddles!
Puppy Training Classes
Puppy preschool at the Lake Veterinary Hospitals is run over five lessons for puppies with a starting age of 8 to 14 weeks. This time is critical to the puppies learning when they need positive training in a safe environment to help them develop confidence and the social skills required to become a happy, well adjusted companion that your family will enjoy. It is very important that you introduce your pup to as many different things as possible - for example, other puppies, other people, new experiences, loud noises, etc.
Our well-managed classes are limited to four puppies, to ensure personalised attention in a calm environment so we all start off on the ‘right paw’.
The aim of puppy pre-school is to educate both the puppy and the owner. More specifically, it covers:
Socialising your puppy to encourage him/her to become a good, obedient and enjoyable pet to own. Your puppy will learn how to cope with lots of people, loud noises, other dogs, cats, children and novel stimuli early in life.
Teaching your puppy basic good manners and skills.
Ensuring your puppy enjoys coming into the veterinary clinic and hence making visits less traumatic for you and your puppy.
Providing you with strategies to manage future behavioral issues at home
One of our vet nurses, Jess spent the week in Sydney at a Delta Workshop. She gained much skill and knowledge in identifying stress and anxiety in dogs and cats and how to minimise these. She spent one day at the RSPCA putting her skills to the test, even meeting a pig!
Osteoarthritis and Your Pet
Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease causes pain, loss of mobility and decreased quality of life. Arthritis is a common condition in dogs and cats (yes cats! They are just better at hiding it).
Inability to jump and play
Difficulty going up or down stairs
Difficulty rising or stiff after rest
Difficulty using toileting and /or using the litter tray
Trouble grooming or poor coat condition
Aggressive behaviour when touched, approached or moved due to pain
Change of rest locations
Cats- withdrawn and quiet
Thankfully there are many options available to help your pet maintain better quality of life and enjoy life again. Prevention is also important and therefore it is very important to keep your pet slim and trim. Extra weight causes more strain on joints and overweight animals are less active which leads to muscle wastage. Please call for a consultation with one of our weight management nurses that can tailor a program for you and your pet. Medications like anti-inflammatories and a course of pentosan (4 weekly injections) can be very effective at controlling the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Never give human painkillers to cats, such as aspirin, nurofen and paracetamol as these can be very lethal. Please ask us about a new medication registered for pain management which can be used in addition to anti- inflammatories. If you have any concerns about your pets mobility please make an appointment to see one of our friendly veterinarians and help your pet feel more comfortable.
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