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Dogs

GRIEVING THE LOSS OF A PET

 

The death of a cherished pet creates a sense of loss and produces a predictable series of emotions. The stages of grief are typically denial, sadness, depression, guilt, anger, and relief (or recovery). The effect on children vary widely depending upon their age and maturity level. 

The basis for their reaction is their ability to understand death. Young children typically have no understanding of death, and often consider it a form of sleep. They should be told that their pet has died and will not return. Older children (7-9) begin to understand the irreversibility of death. They may become very curious about death and its implications. 

Parents should be ready to respond frankly and honestly to questions that may arise. Adolescents generally understand death as natural, inevitable, and universal but may exhibit various forms of denial which usually takes the form of a lack of emotional display.  Consequently, these young people may be experiencing sincere grief without any outward manifestations. Several brief discussions with your children are generally more productive than one or two prolonged sessions. It is important not to underestimate the effect of the loss of a pet on your child’s life.

 

Please phone the staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital for any assistance. 6372 2105

ARTHRITIS IN PETS

OSTEOARTHRITIS

 

What is Osteoarthritis and how does it affect PET?

 

Arthritis is the number one cause of chronic pain in the dog and cat. The condition itself is the result of long term stresses and instability of a joint either as a result of old injury or of natural development of the joint in that individual. While surgery may be able to help in some situations, most of the time the degeneration of the joint cannot be reversed and treatment focuses on preventing progression of damage. Numerous products are available on the market; some are best combined with others and some cannot be combined. The following is a summary of options:

 

How can it be treated?

A course of 4 weekly injections given under the the skin. It has anti-inflammatory effects, helps prevent cartilage destruction and improves joint lubrication. The effects of a course can last up to 6-12 months in individuals. Some only require a top up injection to last the winter. It can also be used in combination with supplements and anti-inflammatories.

 

Anti-inflammatories

Provide fast acting pain relief but has no protective effects for the joints themselves. Some patients may aggravate their injuries, so rest/ gentle exercise only as prescribed by the vet. Not ideal for long- term use, as can affect the liver and kidneys especially in older patients. Can not be used in combination with corticosteroids.

 

Corticosteroids

Provides pain relief but accelerates cartilage destruction. So is generally only considered once other avenues are exhausted.

 

If you think your dog may be suffering from any pain call the friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital for advice and assistance.

 


 

Supplements

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Glucosamine and Chondrotin, Green lipped mussel extract etc.

Omega 3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. Glucosamine and chondroitin provide the building blocks cartilage needs to rebuild itself. Unlike NSAIDs, these products do not produce rapid results; one to two months are needed for them to build up to adequate amounts.

 

Sasha’s Blend

Contains all natural marine concentrates with joint protective properties. It comes ina powdered or capsule form to be given once a day. Slow onset of effect as it can take up to a month to see effects

 

Benelox (Active)

Natural bio-marine oil extract that can be added to food, it claims to be beneficial for adult and senior dogs & cats showing visible signs of aging, including decreased activity, mobility and alertness. Being in oil form, it is generally more palatable than tablets or powders. It can also improve coat and skin condition.

 

Cosequin

Contains chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride and manganese ascorbate. These ingredients have been scientifically formulated to support and maintain the structure of the cartilage in joints while inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage. It comes in capsules or chewable tablets.

 

Diets

Hill’s Canine j/d provide enhanced levels of glucosamine and chondroitin and L-carnitine (which helps maintain optimum body weight). 

Royal Canin’s Mobility support contain enhanced levels of omega-3 fatty acid and green mussel extract.

 

Things you can do at home to make life more confortable for PET

 

Ø Try to keep BET’s home environment warm, dry and free from cold draughts.

 

Ø Minimise stairs, slippery floors and the need to jump if possible. This can be achieved with ramps, laying out non-slip runners and lifting them up into the car/ onto the couch etc.

 

Ø Provide comfortable bedding/ trampoline beds that are off the ground.

 

Ø Regular gentle exercise!!! Try to encourage a gentle warm up and warm down period.

 

Ø Swimming is very effective as low-impact exercise. It helps to improve muscle and bone strength as well as maintaing the ease of motion in joints.

 

Ø Weight loss can be a VERY important point

 

Ø Physiotherapy can help to keep a full range of motion.

 

If you have any queries about arthritis and its treatments or would like more information about products please do not hesitate to ask!!

PLANNING FOR A HOLIDAY

 

For a variety of reasons planning for an upcoming holiday may need to include accommodation arrangements for your dog/cat.  It may be possible for your pets to stay at home by arranging for a friend/relative to feed/water/walk your pet or by organising one of the“home pet care services” to help.

If not, your dog/cat is going to need to be boarded at a boarding kennel.  Many dogs/cats spend very happy holidays in kennels and look forward to going.  Plan the visit well ahead, just as you do with your own holiday. Remember that holiday time is popular and boarding kennels can fill up very quickly.

Your dog's/cat’s vaccination status should be up-to-date as kennels will insist upon full vaccination with a certificate to prove it before they will admit the dog.  If your dog usually has the basic 3 in 1 vaccination for parvovirus, distemper & hepatitis each year, it will be necessary for him/her to have kennel cough vaccinations before boarding. This involves 2 injections 4 weeks apart or an intranasal delivery of the vaccine. It is recommended to wait 2 weeks after the vaccination is given to achieve full immunity. For cats the basic 3 in 1 vaccination for panleucopaenia, rhinotracheitis and calicivirus is sufficient.

 

Please phone the staff at Mudge Veterinary Hospital for any assistance

PUPPY PRESCHOOL

Our mission as dog owners is to teach our pups not just to tolerate, but rather to thoroughly  enjoy the presence and actions of people. Specifically you must desensitize your puppy to every conceivable potentially threatening situation, including petting, handling, hugging and restraint, especially by children, men and strangers. Even valued objects like the food bowl, toys and bones need to be desensitized. Puppy preschool at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital offers the opportunity for puppies to interact with other people and puppies helping to establish their social skills.

Socialization must be accomplished during puppyhood and puppy classes offer a happy, friendly and educational environment to interact. Prevention of temperament problems in adult dogs is often accomplished in puppy classes. The temperament of every dog needs to be modified to some degree-that is molded to suit the owners life style.

In puppy preschool puppies also learn bite inhibition-ie. Learn that their jaws can hurt, when they play-fight and play-bite as youngsters, which help them to develop a soft mouth.

The staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital have recently returned from another 3 day Conference hosted by Dr. Ian Dunbar on puppy preschool and dog behaviour/training. We are continually updating our education and passing on the benefits of our training in our puppy classes because we regard puppy education as a crucial stage in their development.

Classes are always running at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital and we welcome any inquiries and all new enrolments. Please phone 63722105

Lastest News

Arrow in a Cows Chest

Here are some photos of a arrow that was removed from a cow.

The cow has survived and had subsequently rasted 2 calves.

 

 

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