When is the right time to say goodbye?

The end of your beloved pet’s life is a topic that’s hard to think about but it's an important one and something we have to navigate every day.

One of the hardest decisions of your life will be deciding when its appropriate to euthanise your pet. In a perfect world our pets would pass away peacefully in their sleep at the right time, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Most of the time we have to make that decision for them because if we don’t, their last moments may be distressing and painful and this is not the end that any pet owner wants.

You know your pet better than anyone, so there is never a 'right' or a 'wrong' decision. We are here to support you through that process and answer any questions you might have. Sometimes just talking about euthanasia can help you be better prepared for it - what to expect and how the process will take place. Even talking about whether you will bury or cremate your pet can help you feel more prepared for when the time comes.

We as humans are a voice for animals and euthanasia can relieve pain and suffering. In the end, this is the greatest gift we can give our pets.

If you ever have any questions to ask regarding euthanasia - give us a call on 07 5665 7116

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DESEXING MONTH - JULY 2019

$50 off all desexing procedures from July 1st-31st ✨

There are endless benefits to desexing your pets, we strongly recommend it for ALL our furry friends!

Here's some of the reasons why:
🐾 Population control 
🐾 Behavioural issues 
🐾 Less likely to try escape
🐾 Unwanted litters
🐾 Stop marking territory/spraying
🐾 No blood stains when on heat
🐾 Prevent pyometra (infection of the uterus)
🐾 Improves aggression/territorial behaviour
🐾 Eliminates risk of ovarian/mammary/testicular tumors

Desexing is recommended to be done around 5-6 months of age, but older animals still derive the benefits from desexing. 
Our Pounds and Rescue organisations have too many animals without homes. Desexing your pet will save lives!

Spots are filling quick, so for all inquiries please call 07 5665 7116!
The Pines Vet

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🐾 Doggy Dementia 🐾


As our loving companions start growing old, you may notice some behaviour changes that come along with the grey hairs...confusion, disorientation, dogzheimers. 

Call it what you will, but canine dementia (known clinically as canine cognitive dysfunction) can be a problem. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from many of the same symptoms.

Doggy dementia doesn't have to spiral out of control. There are treatments available to control and slow down the progression of this condition. Hills Science Diet Vitality food is a diet is designed specifically for our golden oldies, containing B vitamins for brain health.
PAW Complete Calm is another friendly addition to your pets diet, helping with some of the anxieties faces with doggy dementia. There are also prescription medications available to improve any severe symptoms.

If you feel your dog is experiencing any of these conditions with age, feel free to give us a call and we can book you in to see one of our amazing vets. Help is just a phone call away!
(07) 5665 7116 

The Pines Vet

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☀️🌊 Salt water toxicity 🌊☀️



Salt toxicity, or hypernatraemia, occurs due to an increase in sodium concentration in the blood. Pets that do not have access to fresh water for long periods, pets that drink large amounts of salt water and pets that eat lots of salty food such as beef jerky or play dough are at risk of developing salt toxicity! 😵

Symptoms include:
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Mentally dull and depressed
Behavioural abnormalities (e.g. pressing head against walls, aimless staring at corners)
Trembling and drooling
Head bobbing
Seizures
Coma

Always offer your dogs fresh water after a day at the beach. Salt toxicity is a life threatening condition, be aware of excessive amounts of salt water ingested at the beach - if you have ANY questions or concerns were a phone call away!! ❤️🌊

The Pines Vet 
07 5665 7116

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STRAY CATS & DOGS

Have you found a stray cat or dog?
BRING THEM TO US ❤️

The best way to get an animal back home is to check its microchip ASAP. All veterinarians, rescues and pounds have microchip scanners which should have the owners details attached to it. If you found a lost pet, its best to bring them straight to a vet! 

If you're unsure about your pets microchip details, drop in and we can scan and check it for you - and show you how to update them :)

The Pines Vet

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Deciduous Teeth!

🦷 DECIDUOUS TEETH 🦷
When bringing in your puppy or kitten for a checkup, you may have heard the Vet mention "deciduous teeth". This is a term we use to refer to baby teeth that haven't fallen out yet - even when the adult tooth has come through. In this case, we strongly advise removing these teeth - which is easily done at time of desexing. 

These retained teeth become the perfect environment for bacteria to reside, and plaque to build up. Being so close and compact to the adult tooth, the area in between is where the bacteria begin to linger. This can result in infection or damage of adult teeth. They can also hinder the growth of adult teeth, and push them in the wrong direction. 

An example has been shown in the photo below. This little puppy got his extra teefies removed when he was asleep during desexing - a quick, easy procedure to prevent future problems!

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When your pet is in for surgery...

Did you know ❓
When you pet is in for a surgery or anesthetic with us, we offer them the best of care! 

When monitoring their anesthetics, they are monitored via sp02, ECG, ETC02, temperature & blood pressure - just like us humans! This allows us to make absolute sure your furry friends anesthetic goes as safely as possible ❤️

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"My dog eats rocks"


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Rocks aren’t for eating. We have many lovely owners come in claiming their pet eat rocks regularly. They do have a small chance at passing through the gastrointestinal tract, but quite often they’ll get stuck. This absolutely requires surgical attention 👩🏻‍⚕️🔬 This poor pooch has been a repeat offender of rock eating and didn’t get quite so lucky 😪 Surgery was required to remove the rock.

HEATWAVE WARNING

💦☀️HEATWAVE WARNING☀️💦 
Don't forget about our furry friends this weekend during the forecasted heat wave! Cats and dogs don't cool down like we do, they use techniques like panting and lying on cool surfaces to chill out. 🐱🐶🌬

Heatwave checklist:
- Access to cool shade 24/7 ☂️
- Fresh drinking water (can add ice) 💧
- Exercise before 9am or after 5pm 🏃🏻‍♀️
- Walk on grass!!!! Care for burnt feet! 🌱
- Access to shallow pool or sprinkler 🏊🏻‍♀️
- Go to groomer and get a summer cut 🎀

Signs of heatstroke:
- Rapid panting
- Bright red tongue
- Red or pale gums
- Thick, sticky saliva
- Lethargy
- Weakness & stumbling
- Diarrhoea & Vomiting (sometimes contains blood)
- Signs of mental confusion, delirium
- Muscle tremors
- Seizures
- Collapse

Keep in mind our squishy face breeds (Pugs, French bulldogs, Boxers, Bulldogs) are particularly prone to heatstroke!! If you notice any of these signs please call RIGHT AWAY!

Stay safe this summer season ❤
The Pines Vet

"Whats the perfect breed?"

The "Bulletproof breed"

People seem to have the misconception that getting a certain breed or mix of dog, ensures that they will be a "good dog"...

That's not always the case...
I'd like to use these 3 dogs as my example...
The dog on the left came to me at 4 months old, terrified of people, and pretty much everything. It took me 3 weeks just be be able to touch him... if you even looked at him, he would pee himself...
Dog in the middle, came to me at approx 2 years old, huge dog, dangerous dog... he would violently snap and go in kill mode towards human or animal... he didnt care.
Dog on the right, came to me at approx 4 years old, great with other dogs and small animals, but was a serious dog around people, bit me hard and challenged me every step of the way...

Usually when I tell their story, I get met with responses like... 

But they're goldens...

I cant believe a Golden Retriever would ever do that.

Someone must have abused them...

And so many more comments...

While each of them have certain "characteristics" of the breed...
Fluffy blonde fur, an inherent need to retrieve and carry things, love of water and so on...
Each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses.
3 dogs, all male, same breed... different animal.
Do I teach each of them the same? No
Do I expect them all to behave identically? No
Do I take for granted that they are gentle sweet souls that would never "retaliate" no matter what situation they encounter? No

My way of thinking when it comes to animals is...
Anything with teeth can bite you...
Always remember that.

Dog on the left has matured Into the sweetest, most loveable dog I've ever known in my whole life...as soon as he meets you, you are now considered best friends, not a mean bone is his body...at times, still a nervous boy
Dog in the middle, lives in a home with cats, sweet boy, not to be trusted un muzzled around other dogs or in a situation that he may find uncomfortable...a management dog
Dog on the right, sweet, sassy soul, extremely tolerant, and indifferent to most people...
If he doesn't know you, don't push him...
I know and respect his limits, but trust him to make good choices. He's never bit again...

Each dog has their own story, their own personality and character... they are the same breed, but not the same dog.
Selecting a reputable breeder, who genetically tests dogs for health and temperament, goes a long way in helping you get a dog true to character... 
but does not guarantee a bulletproof dog.

So please, respect each dog as a descendant of a predator, understand the importance of training and advocating for each and every dog as an individual and never expect that just because they are a certain breed, that will always act a certain way...

Written by Janet Hanley

BEHAVIOURALIST SUCCESS STORY

This big handsome boy is Baxter. He's a German Shepherd X, weighing in at a modest 40kg. 

Months ago, Baxter had his first vet visit with us. He was fearful, anxious, shaking and suspicious. He would not willingly go into the consult room, and did not handle the vet visit well. Life was difficult.

Baxter is lucky enough to have incredible owners. 

Baxter was instantly introduced to a Dog Behaviouralist who visited his house on several occasions and came up with a behavioural plan customised to his needs. His owners noticed a difference within a week!

Months later, Baxter visits us again. He is happy, panting, playing and greeting everyone who walks past. He trots into the consult room with confidence and gives us all a kiss on the way out. Life is changed for both Baxter and his owners!

We cannot recommend behaviourists enough. If you have a pet that struggles with anxiety, aggression, fearfulness or anything please give us a call so we can recommend you onto a behaviourist! These problems have a chance at being fixed with the right work!

The Pines Vet

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL <3

We say a warm welcome to December with festive season in full swing at The Pines!🎄🎅🏻 
Are you giving or getting a new puppy or kitten for Christmas? We want to make sure our new family members are happy & healthy - so we're offering FREE puppy & kitten health checks! 🐱🐶🌞

Requires appointment so please call 07 5665 7116 with any inquiries ❤ 
Tag your friends to let them know!

Merry Christmas from The Pines Vet. 💌

*any medication, diagnostic tests, vaccines not inclusive. Deal includes head to toe health check. Only redeemable once per animal, animal must be <1 year old, must be animals' first visit.
Offer available Dec '18 + Jan '19

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Tick Paralysis Case!

TICK AWARENESS ⚠️⚠️
Sweet little Dusty came to us yesterday with wobbly back legs and trouble breathing. After a thorough examination, we found a tick crater. A tick crater is a small, raised scab where a tick has previously burrowed - evidence Dusty may be suffering from tick paralysis.
We immediately admitted her to hospital and started tick treatment. She stayed with us overnight and has improved so much she gets to go home today! ✨❤️❤️❤️
We'd like to thank Dusty's owners for their commitment and quick thinking to bring her down. 💞🐱

Any questions or concerns with your pets never hesitate to call us! The Pines Vet.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - DECEMBER

As December inches closer - just a reminder that we're closed on public holidays! We advise December appointments to be booked in advanced, as same-day appointments may be sparse! Hope you all have a happy and safe Summer <3

Any inquiries or bookings feel free to call our lovely team on (07) 5665 7116

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FOREIGN BODY

FOREIGN BODY
⚠️ CAUTION GRAPHIC IMAGES ⚠️

"Foreign body" is a term used to describe a foreign object that should not be in your pet - aka a grass seed, stick, bone, metal, or clothing/materials.
When ingested, these items don't easily pass through the digestive system and are at risk of getting stuck and causing a blockage.
In sweet Hudson's case, a blanket he ate got stuck in his small intestine 😔 Surgical intervention is the only way to remove it - this surgery is called an "Exploratory laparotomy"

As you can see in the photos below; Poor Hudson had very inflamed intestines, and our surgeons are removing material from several small incisions.


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BLOCKED CAT

⚠️ BLOCKED CAT ⚠️
This sweet boys name is Willow. We got a distressed call from Willows Mum late at night - he was not moving and crying out in pain! 😓💔 We knew something was wrong and got him in straight away - turns out he had a URETHRAL OBSTRUCTION! 
Male cats are particularly susceptible to this condition - their urethras become blocked and they can not urinate. This has the potential to be life threatening! 
Willow was anaesthetised, and a urinary catheter was placed to unblock his urethra and empty his bladder. This catheter stays in place for a few days to ensure urine can flow safely. 
Willow will now be on a special diet for life to avoid this problem again. Commitment and a quick response from his owners saved his life!

Symptoms include:
Straining to urinate
Frequent/small urinations
Blood in urine
Painful vocalisation
Painful to touch abdomen
Loss of appetite 

Be sure to act quickly if your cat shows these symptoms! 

The Pines Vet

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