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Bones; Cat Flu; Operation: Wanted; Help Us Help You; & much much more
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Did you know we have a brand new
website?

Check out all new features, including a pet health checker, new videos and a information library.
Coming really soon you'll even be able to make a appointment online! 
 
Feeding your dogs bones can be just as beneficial as not, always consult with your Veterinarian for advice before giving your dog any type of bone.

Edible bones which include chicken wings and chicken necks, are soft and pliable. These bones contain Calcium, Phosphorus and some trace minerals that are part of your dogs raw food balanced diet. 
Recreational bones are big sections of bone like beef femur or hips, which are filled with marrow. 
They dont really help with nutrition but theý do provide mental stimulation and bones with meat, cartilage or soft tissue still attached are great for dental hygiene. Recreational bones should only be given to your dog under supervision, they can have the same health risks as cooked bones.

DO NOT feed your dog cooked bones. Cooked bones might splinter and cause internal injury to your pet. Cooking bones also removes the nutrients from them.
Top health risks of cooked bones: 
*Broken Teeth
*Mouth or Tongue Puncture Injuries
*Bones can get stuck in the Oesophagus, Windpipe, Stomach or Intestines. This can puncture the flesh, cause breathing difficulties, blockages, infections and severe pain. 
*Constipation. Bone fragments can be sharp, making them difficult to pass, possibly even cutting the rectum, causing bleeding and pain. Excess calcium from bones can cause firming of the stool.
*Peritonitis, a nasty infection of the abdomen caused by bones puncturing stomach and or intestines. This is a life threatening injury

Edible bones are an alternative to raw bones that are just as beneficial and with much lower risk.  A high quality Edible bone is softer, fully digestible, helps control plaque and tartar. 


*Alternatively, use one of our great nutritious recipes, regularly seen in our Newsletter for your dog treats.
Want to share a funny, cute or sad story about your pet? or just show off a pic of how silly, cute
or frustrating they can be? email Coral at coral.sugarland@hotmail.com for further details.
Through June, July and August, RSPCA is doing another big push to reduce the number of unwanted pets unplanned breeding.
OPERATION: Wanted is a drive that Sugarland Animal Hospital
is proudly participating in, to reduce unwanted pets by
offering 20% off  desexing!
RSPCA are also offering participant to enter a competition to win great prizes, more information here.
alternatively call us on (07) 41513550 or ask in Clinic for more information.

Technically cats don't catch colds, not like humans do. Cats do get an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, which is more commonly called 'Cat Flu' which is similar to the cold symptoms we get. 

 
Including:
* Nasal Discharge * Eye Discharge * Fever * Mouth Ulcers *
* Sneezing * Coughing * Loss of Appetite *  
     
 
There are several different viruses that are responsible for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in cats. The two common are, Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calicivirus.
Unlike colds in humans, cats can be become extremely sick, very quickly. Typically, kittens and senior cats are at higher risk of complications. Healthy adults can and do get sick, but tend to recover quickly.
Similarly to the human cold-sore virus, once your cat has contracted FHV (feline herpes virus) they will have it for life, and it may become active at a later stage. 

Transmission:
Transmission between cats can be caused by direct or indirect contact. Direct contact includes exposure  to airborne particles (often from the sneeze of an infected cat), eye discharge and saliva of infected cats.
Indirect contact refers to the virus found in an infected cat's environment, including bedding, food/water dishes, toys and litter trays. Thankfully, the virus only remains active only for a short period of time in the environment.

Treatment:
There is no cure for cat flu, supportive care is all that can be offered, which includes several options of management. 
  • Fluids for dehydration.
  • Discharge removal (eyes and nose), as sense of smell encourages appetite
  • Eating is vital for keeping up strength to fight the virus
  • Antiviral medications
  • Antibiotics for secondary infections
Prevention:
Vaccination is a safe and effective way to reduce the chances of your cat developing cat flu.
If you suspect you cat has a cold, seek Veterinarian attention immediately.
As cat colds are highly contagious, you should isolate your cat from others to prevent passing it on.

Does your mate's coat need a snip?
How about trimming those nails?
Maybe just a little Pampering?
 
Here at Sugarland Animal Hospital we offer a grooming
service where you can leave them in our safe care
while you go run some errands, and come back to a well
groomed and pampered pet.

WHAT: All new course, 4 classes covering basic commands, healthcare topics and behavior problem solving.
WHERE: Sugarland Animal Hospital, Heidke street, Bundaberg.
WHO: Any puppy aged 8-12 weeks old, and immunized with at least one vaccination. (Vaccination Certificate Required)
WHEN: Contact us for details of the next class. 

 

Our brand new puppy preschool course program will include 4 classes, run over 4 weeks. 
Any puppy aged between 8-12 weeks and who has received at least their first vaccination is welcome to enroll.
For more details, phone or drop into the clinic, and be sure to check out Sugarland Vet Clinic website or Facebook page for the latest updates.

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