|A Very Lucky Escape|
Willow might be smiling now but she is very lucky to have survived a terrifying dog attack.
Whilst being walked on Lancaster Road on a quiet Sunday 2 weeks ago, she was set upon by 2 free roaming Staffies.
By an immense stroke of good luck, a police car was waiting at the intersection and the officers saw the savage attack. They turned on their siren but when that failed to work, they raced to Willow's aid, spraying the attacking dogs with pepper spray. What might have happened had the police not been present, does not bear thinking about
Willow's wounds were very serious
but she has recovered well and despite her ordeal is still eager to go for walks.
The staffies were later impounded when they set upon another dog but subsequently released to their owner. One can only hope the owner in question recognises the gravity of the situation and ensures the dogs are confined.
|More space and a face lift!|
As many of you may have noticed, we have expanded into the section of the building that the florist used to occupy.
This has meant a face lift for the Sandgate Road end of the building
and a lot more room inside.
We are proud to have a dedicated imaging suite to cater for your pets radiographic and scanning needs
and a much more spacious dog in- patient facilty
Our hard working staff also finally have a lunch room.
Watch out for our changing window displays!
|New Medication available for Allergenic Dogs|
Is your dog’s scratching, biting, licking and gnawing driving you mad?
When your dog suffers, your whole family can suffer too.
- Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching
- Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
- Foot chewing
- Hair loss
- Recurrent ear problems
- Changes in the skin, like sores or darkened colour
- Redness of the skin
- Body odour
Are all signs that your dog may benefit from medication.
Traditional treatment of allergenic skin disease has meant using anti-histamines or corticosteroids. Unfortunately, anti-histamines don’t work all that well in dogs and corticosteroids, although often effective and economical, come with a lot of undesirable side effects.
More recently cyclosporin has also been a medication that can be prescribed. It is, however, very expensive.
In the last two months a new drug has become available in Australia.
It comes as a tablet that is given initially twice daily ( for 2 weeks) and then once daily.
It’s onset of action is very fast ( about 4 hours) and the side effects from it are far fewer than steroids or cyclosporin. It can also be used safely with many other common medications ( including arthritis medications and vaccinations)
Of course, as with any prescription medication, there are some potential side effects. It also cannot be used in animals under 12 months of age or less than 3kgs in weight.
If you think you dog may benefit from a medication such as this, call the clinic for an appointment
We are delighted to say that a total of $2261 has been donated to Aussie Helpers to assist with Drought Relief. This is a combination of Clayfield Vet Clinic donating $2 for every consultation we did from Mid November until January the 1st ($2120) and $141 being most generously donated by clients
Even Boss loves a good fundraiser!!
|Ella's Cancer Challenge|
Our own dog, Ella, a 9 year old German Shorthaired Pointer, has, unfortunately, been diagnosed as having a Mast Cell Tumour. If you would like to know more then please go to this link but be warned, there are some intra-operative photos
|Cat Boarding Now Available|
Our purpose built cattery featuring luxury cat condos can accomodate up to 12 cats.
Contact us for enquiries or to make a booking!
|Weight Loss Champ!|
Colder weather often exacerbates underlying joint health issues. As pets age, the cartilage within a joint that buffers the bones that form the joint, starts to thin out, leaving your pet with pain and reduced movement. There are a number of products that can help prevent and ease joint pain but, at the end of the day (much as with ourselves), keeping weight low is the most important step.
Benson came to see us for his Senior Health Check in February
His owners were worried as he seemed to be tiring on walks and was having difficulty with steps. At that time he weighed in at 27.2 kgs and, at that weight, was way too heavy.
Benson went on a diet. His devoted owners were very strong and have adhered to strict daily feeding amounts of the prescribed food.
At his last weigh in, on June 10th, he had lost an amazing 5.5 kgs and is now at his goal weight of 21.7
|Apollo and Rocky prove they really are fighters|
Rocky and Apollo are two very lucky dogs after both making a successful recovery from Snail Bait ( Metaldehyde) poisoning.
Snail bait poisoning, also known as ‘shake and bake syndrome’, occurs when pets ingest snail or slug bait that contains the drug metaldehyde. It is a relatively common poisoning seen in veterinary practice.
All animals are susceptible and as little as 1 teaspoon per 4.5kg body weight can be fatal in fifty percent of pets.
There are a number of reasons why your pet would want to eat snail bait. Firstly, it is often in a pellet form, which many dogs find attractive due to its close resemblance to dry dog food. Secondly, snail bait is often formulated with other food products, such as soybeans, rice, oats, or molasses. These additives are designed to attract snails but unfortunately lure many unsuspecting dogs as well. It should be noted that snail bait can also be purchased in a liquid or granule form. Whilst these are more difficult to directly consume, pets can get them on their paws and lick them off during grooming.
Once ingested the clinical signs of metaldehyde toxicity develop rapidly, sometimes within an hour of ingestion. Initially, your pet may simply show some mild twitching and an unsteady gait. Some animals will also salivate or vomit. A lot of owners make the mistake of ignoring these early, relatively mild, clinical signs, hoping that they are only transient, rather than seeking veterinary attention. If left untreated, affected animals will begin to exhibit severe, generalised tremors, followed by seizures. These tremors and convulsions significantly raise the body temperature which can lead to permanent brain damage and ultimately death. Hence the name ‘shake and bake syndrome’.
Diagnosis can be challenging for your veterinarian as there are many different conditions that can cause muscle tremors. Fortunately, in most cases of metaldehyde toxicity owners report seeing their pet eating it, or there is a history of recent snail bait use around the home. Stomach contents and blood can be
analysed to confirm metaldehyde toxicity in cases without a clear history of exposure. The downside to these tests is that results take several days, making their use in an emergency situation impractical. In these particular cases it is often best to treat on suspicion whilst performing other diagnostics to rule out other possibilities.
There is no ‘antidote’ to reverse metaldehyde toxicity. The best thing we can do for affected pets at this stage is to minimise further drug absorption and suppress the clinical signs of toxicity until they wear off. If ingested within an hour it is sometimes possible to induce vomiting to remove as much of the ingested snail bait from the stomach as possible. In cases where clinical signs have started it is often preferable to anaesthetise the patient and have the stomach pumped. After this, activated charcoal is administered to limit further absorption of metaldehyde from the small intestine. Muscle relaxants are often given to control tremors. In patients that fail to respond to muscle relaxants, or that have seizures, it is again often necessary to anaesthetise them.
There are many factors that will influence the prognosis if your pet ingests snail bait. These include how much was ingested, how quickly appropriate treatment is initiated and individual patient health. If ever you are suspicious that your pet has ingested snail bait you must seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible. Don’t wait, or it may be too late!
This lovely photo of the very loyal Cosmo helping his Dad out with a bit of physio brought to mind the fact that, sadly, none of us are getting any younger. The good news is that old age is NOT a disease. Just like ourselves, ignorance is not bliss and early recognition of problems and appropriate intervention can give your pets many extra, happy years. Find out more....
It is always gratifying to see the wonderful results of a dental scale and polish. Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see. Of course, it is one thing to scale and polish under GA but keeping your pet's teeth clean is also very important.
Healthymouth is a water additive that reduces the formation of plaque on your pets teeth. Clinical trials have demonstrated a potential reduction of 81% in cats, and 76% in dogs.
Daily brushing remains the gold standard for plaque prevention. Remember, 99% of pet owners will not brush their pets teeth, but 100% of pet owners provide drinking water for their pets every day. Click here to find out more.
|Senior Stray Wins Hearts|
This old Burmese cat was brought into the clinic as a stray in early December. She was found locally and we dearly hoped that her owners would turn up. Sadly, she had no collar, microchip or any form of identification. We did all the things we always do with strays – we rang all the shelters, other local vets and put her picture on facebook. Days then weeks went by and no one claimed her.
In the meantime, we got to know her. We nicknamed her Wonky, because that’s what she was. She was a tottery old girl with an odd “tic” and a mouth full of festering and painful teeth. Despite her ailments she was a real sweetie!
So, we took some xrays to make sure her walking issues were nothing more sinister than arthritis (they weren’t), did blood and urine tests to see how her vital functions were ( they were remarkably good) and then anaesthetised her and made her mouth pain and infection free. She was then vaccinated, wormed and started on arthritis medication and a special diet for arthritis.
Of course, by now we were all very fond of her, but our clinic is only big enough for one Boss cat so Pickle (as Wonky is now known) moved in with Lawrence and has become a much loved member of the Cahill household.
|Human Medications Are Not For Pets!|
Munny should perhaps be called Lucky, although when you read his story you will see why Munny is also a suitable name! This gorgeous little character was born with a severe cleft palate. His very devoted owner hand reared him until he was old enough to have corrective surgery performed by a specialist veterinary surgeon.
After such a hard start, Munny seems to want to make up for lost time and will eat anything and everything that is within reach.
The first sign that something could be wrong was when Munny came to visit us at Clayfield Vet for a routine heartworm injection. He had seemed well but had a bout of severe, explosive, haemorrhagic diarrhoea in the waiting room. His owner reported that Munny had eaten 2 human Voltaren tablets that had accidently fallen to the ground the day before.
Two, human, non steroidal anti-inflammatory tablets to a dog of Munny’s size ( he weighs about 6 kgs) is extremely dangerous. He was immediately placed on an intravenous drip and treated with medications to try to save his intestinal tract from further catastrophic damage. He was in danger of suffering kidney and liver failure, as well as intestinal perforation.
Poor Munny looking pretty miserable on IV Fluids....Because he really will eat anything, he needed the "cone of shame"!
|Much happier in Mum's arms!
Luckily, Munny is a tough little guy and he has recovered well but it serves as a timely reminder to us all that human medications are not for pets and the need to be vigilant, particularly around non discriminate eaters ( we call them "garbage guts!") like little Munny. If your pet does ingest something you think may be harmful, do not delay! Call us straight away.
|Pets & Bats|
Jed the playful English Staffie was found mouthing a flying fox by his owner. Given the very high number of bats in our community and the recent tragic news of a child dying from lyssavirus (ABLV) contracted from a bat, how worried should we be for our pets and ourselves?
Find out more information about your pets and bats...
|Keep your best friend active and mobile!|
For a limited time, Clayfield Veterinary Clinic is able to provide you with an informative presentation about protecting your pet’s joint health. This presentation lasts around 10 minutes. There is no cost involved and it will provide you detailed information about osteoarthritis and the different steps you can take to protect your dog from its painful and debilitating effects, ensuring your dog lives a happy and healthy life well into their old age. The aim is to provide a holistic approach to arthritis management and protecting your pet’s joint health.
What is covered?
- Learn how to recognise early warning signs
- Discover how to make simple lifestyle changes (including diet and nutrition, bedding and exercise programs) to enhance your dog’s quality of life and reduce arthritic symptoms
- Gain valuable information about how to protect your dog from osteoarthritis
- The informative session provides in depth coverage about what osteoarthritis is and how the disease progresses in dogs
- Find out the latest information regarding treatments and protection programs available
- Determine if your dog is at risk and tailor an individual program for your pet to minimise that risk
- The presentation is obligation free and complimentary so you have nothing to lose by attending, but everything to gain to protect your special family member
Why should I see this presentation? Did you know that the early stages of osteoarthritis have no obvious symptoms and can easily go undetected? If your dog is comfortable at the moment, now is the perfect time to equip yourself with the information on how to maintain this quality of life as they get older. If your dog falls into a high risk category, it is even more important to attend. The presentation will advise you on how to detect early warning signs, what to look out for in the future and simple things that you can do now to protect your dog. Even if your dog has symptoms of osteoarthritis, it isn’t too late to do something. There are plenty of things you can do to help. Call us on 3262 1988 to find out how you can make a difference. Click here for more information.
|A Close call for Lou-Lou!|
Chocolate and dogs don't mix!
Don't be deceived by her angelic face! Lou-Lou somehow managed to access a block of dark chocolate that was not only on a table top ( well out of where one might expect her to reach!) but also under some other things. Chocolate is toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the greater the danger and only a few squares were enough to cause Lou-Lou big problems. Luckily, her very concerned Grandparents ( why do these things always seem to happen when someone else is looking after the pet?????) were quickly onto it and brought her straight to the clinic. She was given an injection to make her vomit and did bring up some chocolate. Nonetheless, enough was absorbed to make her very sick. An intravenous infusion of medication was required to prevent her heart going into a potentially fatal arrythmia. Luckily, all went well and she was fully recovered after a few hours of treatment ( more than can be said for her poor grandparents who are still getting over the ordeal!)
More information on Chocolate toxicity can be found here .
A hearty congratulation to Wesley, Michelle's very clever Pointer, who has just attained the title of Tracking Dog. Both Susan and Michelle have become keen enthusiasts of the sport. The dogs are trialled in search and rescue scenarios, where the dogs need to track a "lost" person. Michelle hopes to continue through the grading process with her dogs until they earn the "tracking champion" title . If you think you might fancy a spot of tracking, information can be found here
|Pet Insurance...wish we'd had it!|
One in three pets will require unexpected veterinary treatment in the course of any one year. Even we, as vets, can get caught out. When Ella required intensive care, for example. Or poor Pete who, due to his epilepsy, required a CT scan. Susan's Toby (quite comfy here thanks) has recently had a very nasty infection of his paw that has needed a lot of laboratory work. Having Pet Insurance means that we, as the owners, can budget monthly for unexpected pet health care costs and, should our pets become injured or unwell, we can focus on getting the absolute best for them rather than worrying about costs. If you'd like more info click here
|Don’t let Barium bury ‘em...|
A party trick we won’t EVER be repeating. (Or the second only documented case world wide of acute barium toxicity in the dog)
We had a very close call with our beloved dog, Ella, a week ago. We found her at 3 am lying on our driveway. She was whimpering, salivating and unable to stand. Her eyes were glazed, her muscles twitching but, bless her, she still managed to wag her tail.
She was clearly close to death so we took her straight to the Pet ER at Stafford Heights. They did some blood tests on her and it showed the level of potassium in her blood to be extraordinarily low. In fact it was so low, the test was run several times to make sure there was no error in the result.
There followed several hours of head scratching as everything that was possible was done to support her whilst we tried to determine the cause of the problem. She was on fluids with potassium supplement, tests were done for lead, snake bite and other intoxications but, despite all of this, she continued to deteriorate. Her breathing was becoming laboured, in fact we thought she might require ventilation. An Xray was taken and some sort of metallic substance was seen in her stomach. That was when the penny dropped. Our son and his friends had, on the weekend, been messing around with sparklers. I imagine everyone knows about party sparklers and have, at some stage, used them to decorate cakes or at other celebrations. Boys are also often fascinated by fire and flames and there are a number of internet sites that show how to make “sparkler bombs” and other minor explosive devices by shaving the flammable parts off the head of the sparkler. What is not well known is that the flammable part of the sparklers contains a large amount (more than 50% in one product description sheet) of Barium Nitrate and Barium in this form is extremely toxic.
Somehow Ella has managed to access an unburnt sparkler and chewed it. Ella is not an indiscriminate eater which suggests to us that the sparklers may have some degree of palatability. Maybe they have a salty taste? The small amount that she ingested was enough to very nearly kill her.
By immediately pumping her stomach with a solution to bind the Barium and with constant monitoring and 2 days in intensive care, Ella pulled through. If Calum has not heard her whimpering at 3 am there is no doubt she would have died. Barium toxicity is very rapid (a mere hours after exposure) and very dangerous and IT AFFECTS HUMANS AS WELL AS ANIMALS. Humans can be poisoned by Barium by ingestion, inhalation or skin contact.
Whilst we have not been able to get accurate figures on the amount of Barium that will cause toxicity in a person, Ella is a reasonable sized dog (about 23 kgs which is similar to a young child) and we feel she was probably only exposed to 1 or 2 sparklers at most. We have rung the importers of the sparklers and alerted them to our concerns and have also passed information onto the Poisons Information Centre at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Sparklers are now banned in our household and we wanted to let others know what happened. They might be pretty and I think everyone is wary of the flammable potential but the greatest danger perhaps lies in the substance they are made of.
Calum, Joanne, Declan and Angus are greatly saddened by the loss of Pete, who succumbed to epilepsy shortly after Christmas.
Pete was a loyal friend and a favourite with the local school children at the AVA PetPEP visits he often attended. He loved his walks and loved his food even more.
He was always pleased to see us and we all miss him.