Malvern Veterinary Hospital
547 Dandenong Rd
Armadale, Vic, 3143

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

Kitten Adoption Program

Malvern Veterinary Hospital is proud to promote our non profit Kitten Adoption Program within the clinic. Working with numerous rescue organisations we aim to rehome stray kittens and cats which are in desperate need of a loving family. Of course we promote responsible pet ownership so every kitten or cat is health checked, desexed, microchipped, de-flead, wormed and vaccinated before they go to their new homes. They are well socialised meeting many our regular clients and their pets. The cost of adoption is $250 ( which contributes towards the cost of veterinary treatment.) If you are looking for a beautiful new addition to your family please contact us on 9509 7611

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Beautiful babies

Contents of this newsletter

01  Mittens for sore paws

02  Feeding tips for top health

03  Keep your pets' paws away from these foods

04  What's a therapeutic diet?

05  Why microchipping works

01 Mittens for sore paws
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After the devastating bush fires in South Australia and Victoria earlier this year, we have a feel good story to share with you.  

Following these fires, a call was put out to help sew cotton mittens for our furry koalas. The mittens help to protect the koalas'  burnt paws as they heal.

The message went viral and was sent around the world. Since then, thousands of mittens have been sent from as far as the United Kingdom, America, China and Russia. This phenomenal response just shows the power of the internet and how compassionate people are when it comes to helping our wildlife.

The group who called for the donations, The International Fund for Animal Welfare, has been unable to count all of the mittens, but said they had thousands and did not need any more at this time. They are now calling for people to sew pouches for other wildlife affected by the fires. You can find out more here

02 Feeding tips for top health
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Many people struggle when it comes to feeding their pet and one of the most common questions we get is  "How much should I feed my dog or cat?”

The good news is that the right answer for how much to feed most pets can summarised with some simple rules: 

Invest in a nutritionally balanced diet
Stick to something that’s nutritionally balanced - ask us for a recommendation. 

Measure, Measure, Measure and be consistent
This is essential if you want to get your pet's portion just right. Stick to the same brand and formula.

Assess if you're feeding too much or too little
We'll be able to help you decide if your pet has a healthy body condition score and you will need to adjust as necessary. 

Don't Forget That Treats Count
Treats are food too, and they’re usually more dense in calories.

Take in to account exercise levels and age of your pet
Younger and more active pets may have a higher calorie requirement than the quieter and older pet. 

Remember that we are the best place to seek advice when it comes to feeding your pet and always keep in mind that every animal is different...take these two dogs on YouTube for example!


03 Keep your pets' paws away from these foods
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When it comes to tucker time for your pet, here's a list of foods to keep off limits:

Chocolate, coffee and caffeine - these contain theobromine and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even death in dogs

Grapes, sultanas and raisins - can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs

Avocados
- can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs

Garlic and onions
- damage red blood cells and cause life threatening anaemia

Macadamia nuts
- can cause weakness, vomiting and joint pain

Chewing gum
- contains xylitol, an artificial sweetener that leads to low levels of insulin and low blood sugar, vomiting and collapse

Please phone us for advice immediately if your pet eats any of the above foods - we can often induce vomiting and help reduce the toxicity. 

04 What's a therapeutic diet?
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At some point in your pet's life, we may prescribe a therapeutic diet. 

These diets are created specifically to prevent or delay the onset of many medical conditions and may help control existing diseases.

A good example of this is a diet for chronic kidney disease. These diets are balanced with a carefully controlled protein content to help meet the body’s needs while not overburdening the kidneys. They are also low in phosphorous and sodium and this can improve kidney function, help pets feel better and even live longer lives.

Kidney disease isn’t the only health issue that may respond to dietary management. Therapeutic diets can also be helpful in the management of diabetes mellitus, heart disease, food allergy/intolerance, liver disease, skin problems, joint disease, cancer, obesity issues, dental disease, brain changes associated with ageing, lower urinary tract disease, gastrointestinal conditions, or when a pet is recovering from surgery.

Ask us whether a therapeutic diet might be suitable for your pet.

05 Why microchipping works
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After a large spate of Summer storms and plenty of fireworks through the silly season, hundreds of terrified dogs have thankfully been reunited with their owners. 

The National Pet Register received a total of 663 calls from New Year's Eve through to January 2nd. They facilitated 262 reunions over the three day period - almost twice the usual three day average!

Most were brought back together with the help of a microchip AND up to date contact details. This is a great example of why microchipping your pet works. 

But it's also a timely reminder to check the contact details attached to your pet's microchip. Unfortunately, for many microchipped pets, the phone number contact assigned to the chip is either disconnected or doesn't exist - this makes the chip useless! 

If you don't know your pet's microchip number, we can scan it and point you in the right direction when it comes to checking your contact details.  We also recommend you have an ID tag attached to your pet's collar as this can speed up the lost and found process. 

Remember, your pet can't phone home but a microchip with up to date phone numbers will enable someone to phone home for them!