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GVH News Catch-Up Firstly, we hope you’ll join us in a big GVH welcome to the new member of our reception team, Maria. You may notice the absence of Mark for several weeks over June and July. He hasn’t abandoned us, but will be out of the country pursuing a research project on canine Trigger Points in association with the Veterinary Faculty of Massey University in New Zealand. Mark will also be joining Pam this year in lecturing to a new bunch of vets who are studying for the acupuncture accreditation course of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Deepa and Max have also been busy recently, working on the development of lifelike models to train veterinary undergraduate students in surgical procedures such as desexing.
Although flea numbers usually decline during the cooler months, it is worth remembering that the life cycle can easily continue all year long if dogs and cats live indoors. In fact, home heating provides an ideal environment for fleas to survive year-round. This allows newly hatched fleas to jump onto your animals and commence feeding and breeding, thereby continuing the life cycle. Eggs are laid loosely in batches of up to 20 or so, usually on your pet. The small, slippery, white eggs fall off anywhere where the animal rests or sleeps. Larvae and pupae find refuge in cracks and crevices in floors and furniture. Once they hatch and detect your dog or cat nearby, they jump on and bite, causing your pet to scratch due to the irritation. There are many different flea control products available. You are [...]
August is our official Dental Awareness Month and as in the past we are offering free dental checks for your pet during the promotional period. Bookings are essential.
Our Facebook page continues to grow with now over 580 people liking us. We have run several competitions with winners earning themselves 15kg bags of Eukanuba Foods. One generous winner who resides in Tasmania kindly donated her 15kg bag of Eukanuba dog food to The World League for Protection of Animals based here in Gladesville. We will bring you lots of useful tips on caring for your pets as well as other interesting updates, information, competitions and more ‘fun stuff’ which we would love to share with you. Following us is easy...simply visit our page and “Like” us to automatically receive our posts.
During the month of October we would like to invite you, our clients, to send us a copy of your favourite photo of your pet for us to display on our waiting room noticeboard. You are welcome to email us your favourite photo, but we ask that first you compress the size before emailing.
Our pets have a tendency to chew on things that we wouldn’t expect them to. As a result, they may ingest substances that lead to poisonings and toxicities that can make them quite unwell. Lead is one such toxic material, which is most commonly found in household items such as paint, linoleum and plumbing supplies. Many materials used in the construction of old houses such as paint can contain lead. Lead is also found in car batteries, golf balls and fishing weights. Lead poisoning most often occurs in puppies and kittens under a year of age, but can occur in any pets. It occurs more commonly during the warmer months. One scenario in which it can occur is if the animal lives in an old home that is being renovated. Lead poisoning can cause gastro-intestinal signs such as vomiting, diarrhoea, reduced [...]
A group of cats is called a clowder, a male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen while young cats are called kittens. If left alone, a dog will spend up to 3 hours a day re-marking its scent posts. Cat milk is 10% protein, whereas cow milk is only 3%. For every human in the world there are one million ants. The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet. A housefly hums in the key of F. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. The most popular breed of dog in the world by registered ownership is the Labrador. With their gentle nature, obedience, intelligence and near limitless energy, [...]
Arthritis, also known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is a common condition in middle aged to older dogs and cats. As we go into the winter months, it is important to be aware of the signs of arthritis as this is when our pets suffer most. Arthritis is very commonly left undiagnosed and untreated as many owners just assume that their pet is “getting old” and that there is nothing that can be done to help. What is arthritis?Arthritis occurs when there is damage to the cartilage lining and changes to the joint fluid surrounding a joint (where two bones meet) which leads to changes in the underlying bone. The bone can proliferate, forming spurs and roughened regions which reduce the ability of the joint to perform its normal range of movements. Any joints can be affected, though the hips, [...]
Many people consider breeding their dog or cat, partly for the experience of doing this, sometimes in the belief that this is a good way to make easy money. While I applaud people breeding good natured, healthy animals and feel the experience of seeing new life being born and develop is great, it is definitely not a way to earn easy money. Breeding cats in a domestic household is usually not a conscious decision. More commonly it is just a surprise that little Tiger is old enough to get pregnant. Cats tend to come ‘on heat’ (or ‘on call’) at about 5 or 6 months of age, sometimes slightly earlier. At this time their behaviour becomes extremely odd, with lots of vocalising, rolling around and holding their tail to the side. I have had clients certain that the cat [...]
Goodbye Tracey We have a few items of staff gossip to report to our regular readers. Recently we have reluctantly bid farewell to long-standing receptionist Tracey Henwood, who has moved on to employment in the education field. Tracey’s happy smiling face and infectious laugh has been a familiar part of the practice for the past decade. We all wish her the very best in her new endeavours. There are some new faces on the team: we hope you’ll join us in welcoming weekend vet Alex, receptionist Ashley, vet nurse Lucy, animal attendant Joanne and groomer Mel. In addition Jane, our long-serving nuclear medicine technologist, has apparently been feeling that job wasn’t keeping her busy enough. She has now taken on the additional role of managing the front-of-house part of the practice; personally I don’t know how she does [...]
Many of our clients will be aware that Dr Graeme Allan together with his associate Dr Rob Nichol have been providing specialist imaging services to our patients.Graeme has been associated with Gladesville Vet since we started our nuclear medicine work in the 1980's. He continues his role today doing lot of our specialist ultrasound examinations and helping interpret our radiographic images both in person on over the internet.We were very pleased to have received the following email from the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science and also congratulate Graeme on his distinguished career and the award of this degree…. "I have great pleasure in informing you that Dr Graeme Allan will be awarded a Doctor in Veterinary Science (DVSc). Please join me in congratulating Dr Allan, Australia’s foremost leader in veterinary diagnostic imaging for more than 35 years, for his remarkable achievement. [...]
Like us on Facebook It has taken some time and encouragement from our families and younger members of staff but we have finally taken the plunge and launched ourselves into this online community.We are up a going and aiming to provide some current information not just about pet care but also newsworthy information on animal matters generally and some updates on our staff and their activities that occur in the Background. We have so far provided some information on how the wet weather in summer has contributed to increased tick numbers and feet infections in dogs and told people about Gayl O'Grady's nomination as dog trainer of the year.We have started in a small way and have accumulated just over 300 people liking us over our first week of getting up and going properly but we would love [...]
Many household plants are toxic to our pets and some can be fatal. Often they may have a bad taste but this is sometimes ignored by dogs, especially curious puppies.Here are three particularly poisonous plants that your pet should be wary of: Brunfelsia or Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow is a popular garden shrub in Sydney. It has beautiful fragrant purple flowers that slowly change to mauve and then to white. Dogs seem to be attracted to this plant. Any part of the plant if eaten can lead to severe gastrointestinal signs and also tremors, muscle rigidity, seizures and even death. The signs can resemble strychnine poisoning. If you find that your dog has eaten this plant you should contact your vet immediately. In the meantime, you could consider removing these plants or at the very least, ensuring that you dog doesn’t have access [...]
The common goldfish is the only animal that can see both infra-red and ultra-violet light. Emus have double-plumed feathers, and they lay emerald /forest green eggs. The fingerprints of the koala are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene. Roosters can't crow if they can't fully extend their necks. The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth. The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times. Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates. Slugs have four noses - well actually a pair of gills for breathing and a pair of rhinopores (chemosensory organs) used for smelling. The sperm of a mouse is longer than [...]
Often when we are in the process of investigating a patient’s illness, we may recommend to you that we perform blood tests to help us in reaching a diagnosis. In veterinary practice many of the tests that are available to us are much like the ones you would be familiar with from your own experiences with medical practitioners. One of the most common blood tests we recommend is a Pre-Anaesthetic Profile (PAP). This gives us information on the status of the patient’s red cells, blood protein level, liver enzymes, kidney enzymes, blood glucose and electrolyte levels. These tests can provide information which can sometimes be vital to ensuring the best possible outcome from the animal’s anaesthetic procedure. We recommend a PAP for any animal undergoing anaesthesia, and particularly for any over 6 years of age. Even in young, apparently healthy, [...]
Who me...???? Urinary incontinence is the inappropriate passage of urine. It can be caused by congenital abnormalities, which the animal is born with, or acquired disorders. Signs of urinary incontinence include the involuntary dribbling of urine, which may be noticed as puddles left behind particularly when the dog has been sitting or sleeping for a period of time.The most common causes for urinary incontinence include: Congenital AbnormalitiesEctopic UretersThe most common congenital abnormalities are ectopic ureters, which are an anatomic abnormality that the pup is born with. Ureters are the thin tubes that drain urine produced by the kidneys into the bladder. In ureteral ectopica, one or both ureters drain in an incorrect position in the bladder or urethera, the outlet channel from the bladder. This condition is seen almost always in female puppies, and the most commonly affected [...]
Yet another year seems to have flown past before we realised it. For the staff of GVH, this past twelve months has finally seen us settling comfortably into our new digs. Most of you know something of the difficulties we’ve faced with our renovations. We’ve now finally reached the point where we can enjoy our new facilities and the state-of-the-art treatment we’re able to offer your pets. We’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful Christmas, a happy Hanukah, a joyful New Year. May you and your loved ones, including the furred and feathered varieties, enjoy good health, and may their companionship bring you every joy. Thank you to everyone who has helped us in so many ways, big and small, throughout the year. Have a happy and safe holiday season. A slightly belated but [...]
GVH’s annual Melbourne Cup luncheon was far more glamorous this year than it has been in the past. Spurred on by the promise of prizes beyond imagination in our traditional “Best Hat” competition, our most recently arrived vets Stephanie and Deepa pulled out all stops to be competitive. We’re not sure that pet entrants is entirely within the rules or spirit of the competition, but it was pretty difficult to resist the attractions of Hunter’s fascinator or Cookie’s bumble bee outfit. Now that the precedent has been set, and given the number of pets that the cumulative GVH staff members have between them, we’re trembling in fear and trepidation of what might happen next year.
With the summer months upon us, heat stroke in our pets is a real and present danger. It seems that despite the warnings that everyone hears through the media, each year we see cases of heat stress in animals. Heat stroke can result in a complete shut-down of metabolic functions and can become fatal in an amazingly short period. There are a few important preventative measures that will hopefully allow your pet to avoid being one of the unhappy victims. Never leave your pet in a car with the windows closed, no matter how short a period you think you may be away from the vehicle. Don’t walk your dogs in the heat of the day. Exercise them in the cool of the early morning or the late evening. In those dreadful days we invariably get around February when [...]
What are mast cell tumours? Mast cell tumours are one of the most common type of skin tumours in dogs. They arise from mast cells, which are a special type of cell which play a part in the animal’s immune system. They are primarily found in the skin and play a part in inflammatory reactions, releasing a chemical called histamine. Mast cell tumours can vary greatly in shape and appearance (which often makes diagnosis difficult) and they can be present on or under the skin (in the subcutaneous tissue). In rare cases, mast cell tumours can arise from areas other than the skin. Mast cell tumours can occur in all ages and breeds of dogs, but the average age at presentation is ~8-9 years of age. The exact cause of mast cell tumours is still uncertain. A viral source [...]