Keeping you informed
Newsletter July 2017
Welcome to our new completed hospital!
Our new reception and consult rooms are now complete. Entrance will now be through the original Princes Street entrance. We hope to see you and your furry companion soon, and look forward to providing you with the best quality of veterinary care and service in Sydney’s North Shore!
Deluxe Cat Boarding available now!
Do you want the best quality accommodation for your feline companion, coupled with a local, convenient location and with easy access to experienced veterinary staff?
Then look no further! Deluxe cat boarding is now available at Turramurra Vet Hospital.
Turramurra Cat Hotel is found in a light-filled room within our modern hospital. It features 8 stylishly designed individual ‘Cosy Cat Apartments’ to make your cat’s stay extremely enjoyable and comfortable. Each apartment has multiple areas for your cat to lounge about, including a hidey-hole for when he or she wants to have a little more privacy! All apartments have individual ventilation to provide the cleanest air possible for your cat.
We also have 4 larger Luxury Multilevel Suites installed for multiple cat stays or for those looking for extra space for their precious feline family members. These suites have ample floor space and vertical height, featuring a sun-drenched top level which allows your cat access to a large window overlooking the leafy surrounds of Bannockburn Road!
Please call us on 9988 0198 for more information. We are now taking bookings through to June 30th 2018.
Pet of the Month: Bruno
Bruno is a very lovable Labrador who recently had one of his eyes removed.
His story started at the beginning of May when he jumped out of a moving vehicle and injured his right eye which quickly swelled.
After a comprehensive assessment with both our experienced vets and the ophthalmologist specialists at SASH (Small Animal Specialist Hospital) in Ryde, Bruno was assessed as being blind in that eye.
Bruno was given some medication for pain relief and reduction of inflammation.
After a month on the medication (during which time he was comfortable) it was decided that the best resolution would be achieved through removal of the eye to reduce the risk of trauma to the eye.
Luckily, dogs use their senses of smell and hearing significantly more than their sight and so do quite well with just one eye.
Bruno has recovered well and as you can see from the photo, is enjoying life like any dog with two eyes.
Puppy Socialisation and Behaviour Classes (aka Puppy Preschool)
Starting on the 6th August and run on Sundays from 9am to 10am, we will have our own on-site puppy preschool run by our own qualified and experienced veterinary nurse Katie. Katie has 14 years of dog training experience, has a Diploma in Canine Psychology and has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2005.
Most people are aware that the most important time in your puppy’s life is during the first 4 months – but why is this?
Socialisation at this time with other dogs of all sizes teaches your puppy how to demonstrate proper doggy social skills and helps with learning not to bite hard! Miss this time and your puppy may never learn proper social skills.
Puppies have brains like sponges. The more positive experiences and activities they are introduced to, the better. Future outings and visits to the park will be much more pleasant if they learn how to behave properly around other dogs and people. Puppy preschool can help you achieve that goal of a well behaved dog.
Puppy preschool is one of the easiest and most effective ways to meet other dogs and their owners. Remember, your puppy must have had at least one puppy vaccination (given at 6-8 weeks) and be up to date with any further vaccinations to attend.
Puppy preschool is also a great introduction to your puppy of grooming and veterinary handling experiences, noises, leash walking and learning good doggy skills (like sit, down and come).
Contact us today on 9988 0198 for more information and to book.
Paralysis Ticks are still around!
Ticks are still active in the Turramurra region!
Since the start of May, we have seen at least 5 pets that have required treatment for tick paralysis – ticks are a year round risk in the leafy North Shore! Some of these patients have developed paralysis due to the presence of multiple small nymph ticks, rather than the adult sized ticks we usually see.
This means that you should be aware of ticks of all shapes and sizes – if you find ticks on your pet, remove them ASAP and call us on 9988 0198 for expert advice. So make sure your pet is up to date with their tick prevention – we recommend Nexgard, Bravecto or Advantix for dogs, and Frontline Plus for cats.
Remember these common symptoms of tick paralysis:
- Weak legs and wobbliness
- Coughing and retching
- Vomiting and inappetance
- A change in your pet’s bark or meow
- Changes in breathing
If you notice any of these symptoms, call us immediately. Prompt treatment could save your pet’s life!