Keeping you informed
Newsletter August 2020
Canine Cough outbreak on North Shore
Is your dogs vaccines up to date? We have seen a sharp increase in the amount of canine ‘kennel’ cough cases we are seeing here at Turramurra Vet. Dogs come in with a dry harsh cough that sometimes sounds like a gooses honk. “Kennel cough” is an extremely contagious infection which causes tracheobronchitis (inflammation of the lining of the airways). The old name ‘kennel’ cough is something of a misnomer, since your dog doesn’t necessarily have to have been in kennels to contract it. It’s an extremely contagious disease & any contact with an infected dog can lead to development of clinical signs, up to 7 days later. The disease is spread through the air & some dogs can get the disease without even leaving their own backyards. Nevertheless, the incidence is greater in places like boarding kennels, where large numbers of dogs are at close quarters and potentially more stressed than usual.
It is important your dog is up to date with their vaccines to prevent her/him contracting the disease. Bring your dog in for an appointment with one of our vets if your dog is showing symptoms.
Puppy training while you work
8-16 weeks old?
Bouncing off the walls with energy?
We have the solution!
Katie is our puppy behaviour expert with qualifications in canine psychology & is an accredited ‘Puppy Start Right’ Instructor. We have launched a new service at Turramurra Vet to help provide training, socialisation & all important positive reinforcement methods to help your pup learn how to play & socialise. Katie runs the Puppy daycare service Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays between 8am till midday. We can then drop your puppy home – whether you are there or not.
The new playgroup has been a big hit with Spencer – pictured above running through the ‘fluffy faces’ as a technique to learn spatial awareness.
Hill’s Pet of the Month
Ollie has been a team favourite here after undergoing surgery with Specialist Surgeon Dr Eugene Buffa to have a cancerous mass removed from his anal gland. He had his abdomen & chest checked to make sure it hadn’t spread & recovered well from his surgery. Ollie will receive a free bag of Hills Science Diet Active Longevity & lots of cuddles when we see him for his next recheck.
Meet the team: Dr Pip Wines!
Dr Pip is a familiar face here at Turramurra Vet & we asked her some questions to get to know her:
What pets do you share your life with?
Goodness almost too many to count! My husband plus 4 children, 4 gorgeous Border Collies of varying ages & 2 much loved cats.
What do you love the most about the challenge of being a Veterinarian?
The balance of work & family life – trying to have enough time to get the kids to all their activities.
What is your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Washing….Ironing….Or not! Going to the gym, walking the dogs, & a spot of gardening when the suns out.
Pip is pictured with gorgeous Border Collie puppy Rosie . Get to know the rest of #teamTurra on our website .
We are finalists in the Hornsby KuringGai Local local business awards! A big thank you to everyone that voted for us. We love what we do everyday & that we are a part of your families providing healthcare to your fur babies. Whilst we can’t attend the big award night this year we are so pleased to have reached the finalist stage.