Malvern Veterinary Hospital
547 Dandenong Rd
Armadale, Vic, 3143

askthevet@malvernvet.com.au
www.malvernvet.com.au
Phone: 03 9509 7611
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Welcome to our Grooming Team Jenny

This month Malvern Vet would like to welcome another fabulous groomer to our brilliant grooming team. We are so lucky to have Jenny on board to help pamper your beloved dogs. Jenny has had more than 10 years experience as a groomer and is highly skilled. Her love of grooming started when she taught herself how to groom her own four Yorkshire Terriers at home. From there she fell in love with grooming dogs and has constantly strived to improve her skills and techniques. She has worked at numerous salons throughout Australia and Asia, where grooming is a highly sought after skill. Jenny completed her formal training in Korea at the Hankook Grooming school in 2002. Jenny is a dedicated and passionate dog stylist whos priority is to ensure your pooch has a pleasant experience each and every time they are groomed and of course to send them home looking their absolute best.

Jenny looks forward to meeting you and your dogs for their day at the "salon" . You will recognise Jenny by her beaming smile and bubbly personality.

 

jenny groomer

Jenny and Benji

Contents of this newsletter

01  Receive a $20 credit on your account

02  How to take a spa bath

03  Top tips on bathing your dog

04  Can I bathe my cat?

05  Kidney disease is thirsty work

06  Creating the best cat toilet

01 Receive a $20 credit on your account
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If you are happy with our service....... please  write a review on Google Maps during the month of October for a $20 credit on your account. Go to www.googlemaps.com.au then search for Malvern Veterinary Hospital. 

02 How to take a spa bath

We've found a dog who loves a spa bath more than most people! 

Click here to watch Cuzzie the Puggle in action! 

03 Top tips on bathing your dog
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While we are on the topic of spa baths we thought we'd share our top tips for making bath time easier with your pooch. 

1. Choose the right shampoo - never use human shampoo (even baby shampoo) as it's the wrong pH for your pooch. If your dog is itchy, oily or has sensitive skin, we can recommend the most suitable shampoo for your dog. 

2. Pop some cotton wool in your dog's ears to prevent any water sneaking into the canal - don't forget to take it out after you've finished.

3. Provide a non slip surface - put a towel on the bottom of the bath, or a non slip mat to help your dog feel more secure and prevent slipping. 

4. Place a towel over your dog to prevent water going everywhere when the inevitable shake occurs.

5. Jam some steel wool in the plug hole to catch the wet fur and make cleaning up easier.

If you need any more information about bathing your dog you can always ask us for the most up to date advice. We'll even make sure your dog is clean enough to sleep in your bed!

04 Can I bathe my cat?
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When it comes to cats and water, things can get pretty hairy! Most cats hate being immersed in water and find the bath an incredibly stressful experience.

Thankfully you don't really need to bathe your feline friend as they are equipped to take care of their own personal hygiene. They have a rough surface on the top of their tongue that acts as a brush.

Having said that, some cats are better at grooming themselves than others so you may need to groom your cat from time to time to help remove dead hair and prevent matting. This is especially the case with longer haired cats. Matting can cause pain and discomfort, and in some cases, your cat may need sedation to have any matting clipped off safely.

Some tips to remember:

  • Always check for matting in the armpits and around the bottom
  • If your cat is overweight or arthritic she may not groom herself properly
  • A decrease in self grooming can be a sign of illness or pain - call us if you are concerned

You should NEVER wash your cat in a flea shampoo as these are almost always pyrethrin based and ARE POISONOUS TO CATS. You should also be aware that dogs bathed in pyrethrin shampoos can be a source of poison for your cat if she licks and grooms your dog. It is best to avoid using flea shampoo if you have a cat around.

Call us if you think your cat might have some grooming issues - we are always happy to help. 

05 Kidney disease is thirsty work
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If your pet is thirstier than usual it could be a sign of kidney disease. Sometimes the increase in thirst can be subtle but if you find yourself filling up the water bowl more regularly, or notice your pet drinking from the shower or toilet, you should arrange a check up with us.  

The kidneys contain thousands of little factories called nephrons and their job is to work out how much water should be conserved in the body. Once damaged or destroyed, nephrons do not function properly and can't regenerate. As a result, the body doesn't conserve enough water so your pet will need to drink more to stay hydrated.

Toxins, drugs, diseases or even just old age can harm the nephrons, and your pet may not show any signs until 75% of these nephrons are damaged.

Other than increased thirst watch out for:

  • increased urination
  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • lethargy

Many other diseases present with similar signs to kidney disease (such as diabetes) so it is important that we investigate further. Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started. A blood test, urine testing and a measure of your pet's blood pressure may then be necessary.

If we detect that your pet's kidneys are not working properly, the earlier we initiate treatment the better.

It's best to arrange an appointment with us as soon as possible if you notice any changes in your pet's thirst. 

06 Creating the best cat toilet
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When it comes to the loo, cats can be fastidious. They tend to like a quiet and private area (who doesn't?) and most prefer plenty of soil to cover things up.

If your cat uses a litter tray, there are some golden rules you should follow to help prevent any problems. 

  1. Provide a tray for every cat in the house plus an additional tray -  two cats should have three trays
  2. Place the tray in a quiet area 
  3. Remove faeces daily and change the litter entirely every 2-3 days
  4. Never use cleaning chemicals in the tray - rinse with warm water
  5. Don't use fragranced litter or plastic liners as cats hate these
  6. Some cats hate a covered tray as it traps the smell, while others prefer the security, so you might need to see what works for your cat

Remember that cats are very clean creatures and prefer deep litter and a large tray to toilet so they can bury their urine and faeces - this is usually why a sandpit is very attractive.

Finally, if your cat isn't using the litter tray correctly you should ask us for advice. There may be other medical issues such as a urinary tract infection complicating the problem or in some cases anxiety, both of which need veterinary treatment.