Spring Newsletter 2017

Spring Newsletter 2017

It’s nice to see the back of the colder months as we finally push on towards warmer weather. But of course, as the temperature increases so do the fleas! It’s important to maintain flea control all year round as fleas are constantly present in our lovely coast climate but it is during the warmer months that they are particularly abundant. Now is the time to ensure your pet is protected and ready for the oncoming summer, so if you are uncertain which flea treatment is best for your pets, speak to one of our nurses at reception for more information.

We see a lot of skin issues during spring time as a result of the increased flea presence as well as environment allergens that occur during this time of the year. A strict flea programme helps but if you find your pet is excessively scratching or grooming, it may be time for a visit.  

What’s new?

The clinic has seen a lot of changes over the last few months, including a complete renovation of our downstairs area. We are very excited as with the addition of these new facilities and new technology, we are able to continue providing the best care to our patients.

- Our cattery has been upgraded and given a brand new look with added climate control and all new bedding, toys, and equipment to ensure our feline boarders have a happy and comfortable stay. An isolation unit has been built for patients that are or have the potential to be contagious with strict barrier nursing protocols put in place to be followed by our team.

- We have also upgraded our radiology suite, making the change from an automatic processor to a digital radiology machine. With this new state of the art equipment, we can offer enhanced imaging to help provide faster and more accurate diagnoses.

- Dr. Erin Cassie will be travelling to Cairns, Australia during September for a three day veterinary conference. Run by Hills, this symposium is aimed at vets to offer continuing education in our ever-changing field, as well as the chance to network with other veterinary professionals. Erin is particularly interested in furthering her knowledge in treatments for metabolic conditions in cats such as kidney disease and hyperthyroidism as we continue to make advances in managing these conditions.

Interesting case of the month:

Bailey is a normally happy and healthy eight year old Tonkinese. When the sun was out over the weekend, Bailey’s owners were keen to get some outdoor housework underway including getting rid of mould and moss that had sprung up on their driveway. Knowing that outdoor cleaner can be toxic to pets, they locked Bailey indoors to keep her out of harm’s way. A few hours later, Bailey ventured outside but when she returned, she seemed reluctant to eat. Finding this behaviour unusual, Bailey’s owners brought her to us first thing the next morning for a vet check. Her examination revealed that she had ulcers on her tongue and swelling in her throat that made it too painful for her to eat. The decision was made to place a feeding tube to ensure that Bailey could still be fed and maintain her weight while her ulcers were being treated. The feeding tube was placed under anaesthetic through an incision in her neck to enter the oesophagus. A radiograph was taken afterwards to ensure proper placement before being bandaged into position. We then calculated the daily nutritional requirements for Bailey, gradually working up towards the full quota over the first few days to avoid shocking the gastrointestinal system. Bailey is doing exceptionally well, and her owners have taken it all in their stride as they administer her frequent feedings and keep her comfortable. Bailey is coming in for daily checks with a nurse, and is improving every day. The feeding tube will be removed once Bailey’s tongue and throat have healed enough that she feels comfortable eating on her own again.

When using any sort of cleaner, for inside or outside use, it’s important to ensure that any surface is completely dry before being walked over. When cats clean their paws after walking across wet surfaces, the caustic substance can be transferred into their mouths burning the mucosal membranes resulting in ulcers. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions and if you are planning on using an outdoor cleaner, it never hurts to bring this to the attention of your neighbours with pets so they can keep them safe. 

Don't forget!

- The year is passing by very quickly and the holidays will soon be upon us. Now is a good time to ensure that your pets are fully up to date with their vaccine programs as all boarding catteries and kennels require animals to be fully vaccinated. By either checking their vaccine booklets or calling us to check their record, you can be sure they have everything on board well before the holiday stress begins which gives you one less thing to worry about!

- Early November is a time that many pet owners dread due to Guy Fawkes. For many pets, the noise can be extremely frightening and cause a lot of stress. Be sure to keep your pets inside at night during the week of Guy Fawkes and ensure they have somewhere in the house to stay where they feel safe. It’s also good to make sure that if your pet is micro chipped, the details corresponding with the chip number are up to date as we often have an increase in missing pets during this period. If your pet is registered with the New Zealand Companion Animal Registry, please feel free to phone the clinic and we can check that your details are current. We also have a range of products to help calm your pet during this time so speak to one of our nurses if you are interested in learning more. 

All the best,

The team at Whangaparaoa Veterinary Centre