2016 has been another exciting year for the Ironmines Veterinary Clinic. The clinic welcomed the introduction of Dr Karim Kooros from Retford Equine Veterinary Clinic who has been a more regular face in the clinic. However we will say good bye to one of our veterinary nurses, Belinda, who is moving to the South Coast and we wish her the best in her new life. As we enjoy beach swims and bbq dinners, this quarter’s newsletter has stories focused on our small animal patients.
New treatment for arthritic dogs
Degenerative joint disease or arthritis affects us and our pets as we age. There is no one single treatment that ‘fixes’ arthritis but instead a multimodal approach can significantly improve the quality of life of your pet. The Ironmines Veterinary Clinic now stocks 4CYTE which is a New Zealand product containing sustainably sourced marine concentrates to help supply the building blocks for joint cartilage. 4CYTE also contains a plant extract from Biota orientalis which has been shown to help regulate the inflammatory cascade and subsequent pain associated with arthritic joints. The added benefit of 4CYTE is that it comes as small granules that can be easily mixed through food without changing the taste. We believe 4CYTE, when used in combination with other arthritis treatments like Cartrophen and Anti-inflammatory medications, can improve your pet’s mobility.
Watch out for ticks!
As the weather starts getting warmer and wetter, we start to enter “tick season”. Ticks can be found year-round but most often occur from early spring to late summer. The cause of tick poisoning is the paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus, which is found in bushy coastal areas along the east coast of Australia from North Queensland to Eastern Victoria. The ticks attach to your pet during walks through bushland or long grasses and feed on your pet’s blood, releasing a toxin that causes neurological signs such as hindlimb weakness, and may lead to paralysis. Other signs to watch for that may suggest tick paralysis include difficulty breathing, change in bark, incoordination, vomiting or retching and collapse.
Because tick paralysis can be fatal, if you notice any of the above signs it becomes a medical emergency and you should bring your pet to a vet clinic as soon as possible. Although paralysis ticks are not as common in the Southern Highlands due to the colder temperatures, we do see a few cases, from pets that have been to Robertson, Burrawang, Bundanoon and especially after owners have taken their pets to coastal areas. If you are travelling in a known tick-prevalent area we recommend you search your dog or cat daily for ticks. They are most often found on the front half of the animal, such as the lips, ears, between the toes, and also in skin folds, and can be carefully removed with a tick remover. However, dogs and cats can still show delayed signs of tick paralysis up to 3-4 days after the tick has been removed, so it is important to keep your pet quiet and cool and to watch them closely. Using preventative tick products such as Nexgard, Bravecto or Advantix in dog (Frontline for cats), and keeping your dog’s hair coat short during summer can also help prevent your pet from getting any ticks. Written by Kate Luk, Final year veterinary student from the University of Sydney, September 2016
Have a laugh
Why did Scrooge keep a pet lamb?
Because it would say “Ba aa aaa-Humbug”
Who delivers the cat’s Christmas presents?
Pet registration moves online
The days of new pet owners taking slips of pink paper with their pet’s microchips number into council are a thing of the past. As of July 2016, pet registration can now be done online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au . This means that you will no longer need the pink copy of the “Permanent Identification Form”. Instead your pet’s microchip information can be easily accessed and updated online. This new and improved system allows owners to easily change details including phone and address which ultimately makes it more likely that your microchipped pet will be returned home.
As the Ironmines Veterinary Clinic starts to microchip new litters of puppies we will no longer be giving breeders the pink copy of the “Permanent Identification form”. We will still provide puppies and kittens with a health passport that contains the animal’s microchip number. Breeders will need to obtain a unique Breeder ID number. This number will allow you to quickly fill out the breeder’s details (address, email, phone number etc). If you have not obtained a Breeder ID number, then this will be generated for you at your first litter that is microchipped. Breeders should keep a record of this ID number to use for future litters. Once a puppy is sold, it is up to the breeder to transfer the pet to the new owner by adding the new owners email or phone number to the corresponding microchip number. The new owner can then log in to the NSW pet registry, create a profile and ‘claim’ your pet by searching for the microchip number.
If your new pet has not got a microchip, then one of our veterinarians can inject the microchip implant into your pet. A microchip is the size of a grain of rice and will remain under your pet’s skin for the rest of its life. At the time of microchipping we can enter the pet owner’s details directly onto the NSW pet registry, however you will still need to create a profile and ‘claim’ your pet in the database by searching for the microchip number and your contact phone number or email.
The NSW government will continue to offer discounted life time registration fees for desexed pets. Lifetime registration fees are due by the time your pet is six months old. We recommend desexing your pet just before 6 months of age. Desexing your pet has a range of health and behavioral benefits while preventing unexpected pregnancies.
If your pet already has lifetime registration, you do not have to register again. However you can create a profile at the NSW Pet Registry website and ensure that all your contact details are correct. If you have forgotten or lost your pet’s microchip number, we can easily scan them with a microchip reader. If your contact details have expired it can make it very difficult to reunite you with your pet.
Christmas Holiday hours
Sat 24th: 9am – 12pm
Sun 25th: Closed
Mon 26th: Closed (Public Holiday)
Tue: 27th: Closed (Public Holiday)
Wed: 28th: 9am – 1pm
Thu: 29th: 9am – 1pm
Fri: 30th: 9am – 1pm
Sat: 31st: 9am – 12pm
Sun: 1st: Closed
Mon: 2nd: Closed (Public Holiday)
Tue 3rd: 9am – 5pm
From the team at the Ironmines Veterinary Clinic we wish you a very safe and happy holiday season.