Did you know 20% of all dogs less than 1 year old may already suffer from Osteoarthritis and mobility issues?
Did you also know that there are a number of Mobility risk factors that can affect your pet? These may include your pets weight, age, breed and history!
It is not always the older dogs that can suffer from Mobility issues and Osteoarthritis, unfortunately this is quite common in large breeds that may be as young as 1-2 years old.
Facts show that 20% of all dogs less than a year old will already suffer from osteoarthritis and 80% of dogs over the age of 8 years will suffer from the disease.
If you think that your pet may be suffering with mobility problems, come and book an appointment to see us, there are a number of products that we can offer to help reduce and prevent the affects of Osteoarthritis and hopefully help your pet get back to their bouncy selves!
Below are a couple of links to the Parnell website which is the supplier of these products, one link is more information on Osteoarthritis and mobility issues, the other is a link to some more information on the products that we can use to help your pets.
BRAVECTO - ONCE every 3 months Flea Treatment!
Bravecto has recently been launched in Australia after several years of success in the USA.
It's a ONCE every THREE months chewable for dogs that prevents fleas and ticks. The cost is comparable to three months of Advantage or Frontline monthly treatment.
We love it for dogs that swim or have sensitive skin! Just ask one of our friendly staff about Bravecto on your next visit to the clinic.
Summer has finally arrived. Warmer days and nicer weather mean its a great time to get out and about with our pets. Its also a time when the local reptiles are on the move looking for food and warmth after a winter "hibernation".
September and October are when we see the most snakebites. However, snakes are still very very active all summer. So please be vigilant!
Snakes who have just started to come out of hiding are full of venom and ready to attack if they feel threatened. So, here are some tips for you and your pet to stay safe this Spring and Summer:
- Always have your dog on a lead when walking through the dunes, this is a favorite place for snakes to sun themselves. We see a lot of dogs bitten in the sand dunes. So keep your dog on a lead when walking through them. It might be fun to let dogs roam and go sniffing and exploring, but we see the tragic consequences every summer. Keep them safely by your side. Same goes for when walking through the bush, on a lead, and no running off into the bush and poking noses where its only a snakes business to be.
- Clear your yard of long grass and any rubbish or junk. These are great spots for snakes to hide.
- If you hear your pet barking in the yard for no reason, go take a look and then consider brining them inside. We commonly hear of pets who were barking at something in the garden and then present to us with symptoms of snake bite.
- If you have any suspicion that your pet has been near a snake ( even if there is no sign of envenomation or a visible bite mark - please contact a vet urgently. Signs of snake bite vary depending on the snake, how much venom was injected and the size and age of the animal bitten.
So what signs should you look for that would suggest a snake bite?
Common signs of snake bite include collapse or weakness. Pets may appear a bit wobbly and uncoordinated or even drunk. They may pant excessively, have drool or saliva coming from their mouth, and may have big black pupils (dilated). Some pets may vomit and just sit and appear distressed. eventually they may have difficulty swallowing their own saliva and gag and appear anxious. Breathing becomes difficult as the respirator muscles are paralysed and eventually they suffocate.
If you even think your pet has been near a snake, we advise they are checked and possibly admitted for observation. Symptoms may take several hours to develop. Some pets just collapse and stop breathing suddenly. Its better that they are in the hospital with oxygen and antivenom instantly available if this should occur. Antivenom is only goven if there is definite snake bite venom affecting the pet.
At Yanchep Vet we always have snake bite antivenom in stock. If you call ahead we can be ready and waiting to see your pet. Early and rapid treatment gives excellent survival rates. We have treated many snake bites at Yanchep over the last few years. Over 95% of pets presented with snake bites will survive with timely treatment.
Hopefully, with these tips you can avoid tangling with any snakes and have a safe and happy Spring and Summer.
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