• Capalaba Vet

July Newsletter

Check out what we've been up to this month


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 https://operationwanted.com.au/

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


Promotions

  • 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!

  • Capalaba Vet

June Newsletter

Check out what we've been up to this month


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.


Promotions

  • 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!