Malvern Veterinary Hospital
547 Dandenong Rd
Armadale, Vic, 3143

askthevet@malvernvet.com.au
www.malvernvet.com.au
Phone: 03 9509 7611

With the Christmas period fast approaching please note our change in opening hours:

Wednesday 24 th Dec:  8am to 4pm

Thursday 25th Dec:  (Christmas Day ) CLOSED

Friday 26th Dec: ( Boxing Day ) CLOSED

Saturday 27th Dec:  9am to 4pm

Sunday 28th Dec:  10am to 12.30 pm

Monday 29th Dec: 8am to 7pm

Tuesday 30th Dec: 8am to 7pm

Wednesday 31st Dec: 8am to 4pm

Thursday 1st Jan ( New Years Day ) CLOSED

Friday 2nd January : Resume normal hours

We also have a new delivery of fantastic Christmas toys, including the ever popular Advent Calender . Pop down and choose a special toy for your pets Christmas stocking. ( while stocks last )

 

xmas toys

Fantastic Christmas toys

Contents of this newsletter

01  Beat the heat this summer

02  Cool canines

03  Prevent a Christmas catastrophe

04  Fireworks - a dog's worst nightmare

05  The guilty beagle

01 Beat the heat this summer
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We are in for one very hot summer and it's important you think about your pet.

Heat stress is a medical emergency and without the right treatment it can be fatal.

Dogs are particularly susceptible to heat stress as they aren't as good at chilling out as our feline friends. 

If your dog has heat stress he may pant, look stressed and become agitated. If your dog's body temperature continues to rise he may collapse, start to seizure and go in to organ failure. 

Remember:

  • NEVER leave your dog unattended in the car 
  • NEVER exercise your pet in warmer weather
  • Always provide shade and multiple water sources
  • Clip your dog's coat to help him stay cool

If you are worried about your dog wet them with cold (not icy) water spray, cool them with an electric fan or air conditioning and seek veterinary attention immediately.

02 Cool canines

How do you keep your pooch cool this summer? Try some of these easy ideas:

Kongsicle 

Grab a regular Kong toy, seal it at the small end with peanut butter then fill with weak liquid chicken-stock. Freeze it overnight and voila - you have a doggy icy-pole!

Slippery Brick

Half fill an ice-cream container with water and freeze - place a number of broken up treats (liver and kangaroo chews work well) then fill to the top with water and freeze again. You'll have a giant flavoured ice-block that will provide hours of cool entertainment.

Wading pool

Half fill a children's wading pool with water and float in it a few of your dog's favourite toys. 

OR...you could always host a pooch pool party! Click here to see what we are talking about.


03 Prevent a Christmas catastrophe
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We all want to include our pets in our Christmas celebrations so here are some top tips on how to execute it as safely as possible. 

O Christmas tree
Secure your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip or fall. Don't let your pet access tree water and keep any wires and batteries out of inquisitive paws' reach

All that glitters
Tinsel and Christmas lights: Kitties love these sparkly "toys" but if swallowed they can lead to an obstructed digestive tract

Snack attacks
Keep your pets away from the Christmas table and secure the lids on rubbish bins. Chocolate, grapes, raisins and sultanas are poisonous to dogs. Christmas cake is definitely off limits and don't leave edible gifts under the tree! 

Lousy leftovers
Don't be tempted to feed your pet leftovers - most are too fatty for our pets and can cause upset tummies and nasty episodes of pancreatitis. Never feed cooked bones and watch out for skewered meat that falls from the BBQ - we don't want to attempt to remove one of those from your dog's stomach! 

 

04 Fireworks - a dog's worst nightmare
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Image credit: Alamy

Warm summer nights and NYE celebrations almost always involve fireworks at some point. You may enjoy this spectacular light show but for your poor pooch the noise is excruciatingly loud and nerve wrecking.  

Follow these top tips to help your dog get through this stressful event:

  • Keep your dog indoors during fireworks
  • Put him in a room with a television or radio turned up 
  • If possible have a family member stay with him during the fireworks
  • Keep all windows closed and all exits secure
  • Provide a small, dark and safe place for him to retreat - a blanket over a coffee table works well
  • Don't inadvertently reward anxious behaviour - otherwise your dog's patten of behaviour is reinforced
  • Make sure your dog is wearing an identification tag and is microchipped - just in case he does escape 

If your dog suffers from severe anxiety speak to us about prescribing a mild sedative to help your dog. This medication MUST be given well before the fireworks get started to be effective, so it's a good idea to check with your local council when fireworks are scheduled in your area.

Speak to one of our friendly staff for more information.

05 The guilty beagle

We just love this video of the guilty beagle... it's had over 14 million views on YouTube and we think you'll love it too!