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September Newsletter

Check out what we've been up to this month



Pets of the Month

You can’t have Spring without new babies! We are still seeing record numbers of puppies through the clinic each week. We just love meeting all these gorgeous new family members and are grateful that we can be part of their journey, helping to navigate all those new puppy questions about health, behaviour and preventative medicine. This week we met Milo,13 weeks old (left) and Sassa, 11 weeks old (right). Both pups were also lucky enough to be able to join our very popular puppy preschool class, run by Nurse Courtney and Groomer Ellie. Information about preschool can be found here.


What's happing in September?

Spring has sprung and so have the plants, insects and grasses! Spring is the time when we traditionally see an increase in the number of pets presenting for skin conditions and insect related injury or illness

· Atopy (inhaled) and grass allergies– itchy feet, ear infections, itchy bottoms and superficial skin infections are common presentations. The approach to this sort of allergy needs to be both short term fix and long term management.

· Contact allergies – there are several very common plants that re regularly see dogs having contact reactions to. This usually presents as red and itchy belly, groin, axilla's (“armpits”) and around the mouth. Essentially the areas with minimal hair that are in contact with the offending plants. We have some great brochures to identify the common culprits so you can remove them from your environment.

· Insect bites – every spring we see multiple bee stings and ant bites that cause swelling and pain to curious pups who couldn’t help themselves but to investigate these interesting creatures. A visit to the vet for antihistamine injection and pain relief makes a big difference to these poor guys.

· Ticks - Tick paralysis is life threatening (and expensive). Usually starting with a change in voice, vomiting or gagging and hind leg “wobbliness” it progresses to complete paralysis of all the muscles, including those needed for breathing. We are so fortunate that there are several excellent tick preventatives available that are fantastic at preventing tick paralysis. You need to be using tick protection for all cats and dogs, particularly at this time of year.



  • Dental Discount Extended: if you receive an estimate for dental work and book within 3 weeks of the date it was provided, you will still receive $50 off your pets procedure

  • Free Dental Checks have been extended till the end of the year

  • Receive $20 off when buying Hills T/d dental food for your furry friend (while stocks last!)



Clinic News

After a tumultuous year (and at least one lockdown-induced cancellation) the team finally managed to head out for social afternoon a few weeks ago to the Gumdale Tavern for a “paint and sip” class. It was a lot of fun and we were all surprised at the hidden talents within our team! We are trying to decide whose art is most deserving of a spot in the waiting room – or perhaps we will just put up all of them!

  • Writer's pictureCapalaba Vet

July Newsletter

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Pet of the Month

Hello to the gorgeous Charli Schoenfisch! Charli's owner has taken advantage of our dental month offer ($50 off!) and booked her in for a dental examination and clean. Charli is 12 years old, had a preanaesthetic blood test (which was all clear), intravenous fluids to keep her blood pressure stable and a full scale and polish. Although some of her teeth are stained permanently, she now has a healthier mouth, fresher breath and will keep all her teeth for a few more years!


What's Happening this Month

It's all about neutering – we have now reached the halfway point of the RSPCA Operation Wanted Desexing Campaign. Every year Vets across Australia volunteer to take part in Operation wanted – providing desexing operations for a 20% discount (this is covered entirely by the individual clinics that take part). Being part of this program is done as a community service as desexing surgeries are already routinely discounted by vets compared to other surgeries.

  • Desexing before the first ‘season’ reduces the chances of mammary cancer development in females from approximately 90% to almost nil. Males also benefit as the incidence of testicular and prostatic disease and perianal hernias is very high in entire adult males.

  • Prevents undesired ‘heats’ and unwanted pregnancy

  • Avoids development of offensive sexual behaviour – mounting (other animals, people, or objects) and urine spraying

  • Greatly reduces aggression related to sexual behaviour. (Entire males fight when nearby bitches/queens are on heat)

  • Reduces the intensity of dominance aggression. Irritable aggression often seen in females in heat and with false pregnancies.

  • N.B. TERRITORIAL AGGRESSION IS NOT ALTERED BY DESEXING – your dog will still protect your property if he/she is inclined to do so. (Some dogs are just too placid to guard even if entire!)

  • A desexed pet is less likely to roam (out looking for “love”) and become lost or involved in territorial conflicts with other animals or be hit by a car.

  • Reduces or eliminates inappropriate urination and defaecation caused by hormonal and sexual factors

  • Registration with City council is less expensive for desexed pets

For some common myths associated with Desexing please click here

Anyone can register for the discount by visiting

and obtaining a unique code from the RSPCA website and then calling us to make your booking – remember Operation wanted ends on 31st August!



  • Free Nurse dental checks (bookings required)

  • $50 off all dental procedures in July and August

  • $20 off all size Hills T/D food for cats and dogs

  • Buy 5 bags get the 6th bag free - Hills T/d food

  • Buy 5 bags get the 6th bag free - Royal Canin Dental food

  • Operation wanted 20% off desexings (RSPCA code required)


Clinic News

Like everyone else in Queensland we have been keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 updates and making adjustments to the running of the clinic based on current government advice. We are really looking forward to coming out the other side of all of this - but in the meantime, we will stay open for you and your pets no matter what the situation!

For those of you who have had the pleasure of meeting Dr Anne on a Thursday afternoon we are sorry to say that she will be moving on - for a sea-change at the Sunshine Coast!

We are all quite jealous and wish her all the best!

  • Writer's pictureCapalaba Vet

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Pet of the Month

Caeser Cowley – Caeser came in this month because his very observant mum noticed a strange lump on his gum. Caeser’s mum is very diligent at brushing his teeth daily so knew that this was a new and quick growing lump. We booked him in the next week for a biopsy and we were all very pleased to discover that it is a benign growth commonly known as a fibromatous epulis and shouldn’t cause any serious issues. Love his goofy smile!


What's Happening this Month

It’s all about the cold and our senior pets who seem to struggle more with extremes in temperature (December is another tough time for them!) Once our pets are over 8 age related changes are inevitable, but definitely manageable. Getting older doesn’t mean that they have to struggle. We strongly recommend that senior pets are fed senior specific diets that help maintain healthy weight, lean muscle mass, support renal function and support joint changes. We also notice:

  • Increase in the incidence of heart disease – usually mitral valve disease – which, if caught early can be managed with medications to delay heart failure.

  • Increase in incidence of dental disease that can range from smelly, calculus filled mouths to rotten teeth and severe gum disease – dental care makes these guys much more comfortable and makes those morning “kisses” less offensive!

  • Lumps and bumps often become more prevalent as pet age – sometimes these are benign and nothing to worry about, sometimes they are more sinister and need surgery – it’s hard to tell the difference without having them checked and tested.

  • Liver and kidney and thyroid issues are much more common in senior pets – and while the issues cannot often be reversed they can be successfully managed with medication and diet to give a better quality (and quantity) of life.

  • Osteoarthritis – pain, lameness, stiffness, restlessness, change in behaviour and lethargy can all be signs of osteoarthritis. Both dogs and cats are affected by degenerative joint disease and there are many options available to keep them pain free and active as long as possible.



  • Senior Health Check – extended exam, comprehensive blood and urine testing for senior pets at a discounted price

  • Discounted Hills Senior, junior and weight control food ($20 off)

  • Discounted Royal Canin Junior diets – 50% of first three bags

  • RSPCA Operation Wanted – 20% off desexing


Clinic News

Welcome to Roxanne, our newest clinic member. Roxanne is an experienced, qualified veterinary nurse who loves working with animals. We feel very fortunate to have her join our team!

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