Enfield Veterinary Hospital
94 Coronation Parade
Enfield, NSW, 2136

enfieldvet@bigpond.com.au
Phone: 02 9747 3999
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To All the Friends of Enfield Vet and their Pets,

We hope that you are all enjoying the hotter weather and the extra daylight hours in the evening. This month's newsletter focuses on how to look after our pets in the summer months, from appropiate control of scavenging food/rubbish at summer BBQs to making sure our pets are healthy before going boarding over the holidays, if you happen to be taking a break without them.

Another big concern over summer are fleas and ticks. We should always make sure our pets are covered for these parasites from September until at least March. For dogs, there is a brand new oral flea and tick treatment that is very effective and lasts for 3 months. Please contact the hospital if you need any advice regarding flea and tick preventatives - we will be happy to give you the most up-to-date information.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please call us on 97473999 or just drop in.

Regards,

The Team at Enfield Vet Hospital

Contents of this newsletter

01  Microchipping rules!

02  Make your backyard BBQ safe

03  Why vaccination is vital

04  Is your pet prepared for summer?

05  An incredible reunion

01 Microchipping rules!
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Summer brings scary noises including thunder from storms as well as fireworks in celebration of the silly season. The result is hundreds of terrified dogs who often manage to escape and head for the hills. This is why it is essential your pet is microchipped.

Now is the perfect time to check the contact details attached to your pet's microchip. Unfortunately, for many microchipped pets, the contact phone number assigned to the chip is incorrect and this makes the chip useless

If you don't know your pet's microchip number, drop by with your pet and we can scan it for you. If you already know the microchip number you can jump online at www.car.com.au to update any details. 

It's also a good idea to have an ID tag attached to your pet's collar as this can speed up the lost and found process.

If your pet is lost he can't phone home, but a microchip with the correct contact information will enable someone to phone home for him!

See below to read an incredible story about a dog who was reunited with her owners. 

02 Make your backyard BBQ safe
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Who doesn't love a summer BBQ? With the warmer weather and longer daylight hours we are all keen to get our snags cooking - and your pets probably are too!

How do you best keep your pet safe around the BBQ? Follow these four safety tips so your pets can enjoy the BBQ as much as you do. 

1. Keep pets away from the BBQ

The smells coming from the BBQ are irresistible to our pets. Keep your pet away from the hot BBQ at all times to prevent burns. Keep the lid closed when you are not around, especially after cooking, to prevent your cat jumping up on the hot plate to hunt out any leftovers or meat juices. 

2. Use a drip tray

Some pets will eat anything that meat juices may have dripped on to - including sticks and rocks! These can be ingested and cause intestinal injury and obstruction.

3. Clean up

After your BBQ throw away all drip trays, foil, left overs, bones and meat skewers. Dogs in particular love to scavenge and ingest things they shouldn't! We don't want to have to perform intestinal surgery to remove them. 

4. Don't feed leftovers

Ask your guests not to feed your pet any leftovers or tidbits from the table as this can lead to gastric upsets and pancreatitis. Have a bag of pet safe treats on hand instead - we have great options in stock so ask us for a recommendation. 

03 Why vaccination is vital
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Vaccination is a vital tool we have available to help keep your pet healthy.

Even if your pet doesn’t have contact with other pets, he should be vaccinated. Many people aren't aware that there are diseases that can be transmitted in water droplets through the air or in contaminated faeces.

Other reasons vaccinations are so vital

They protect against deadly diseases: many dangerous diseases are completely preventable with the correct vaccinations. Why would you put your pet at risk?

Vaccinations save money: vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they prevent. We think this is a no brainer!

You can board your pet with other animals: if you ever plan to board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations - what would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option?

Visits to the vet hospital: if your pet has to stay in hospital he needs to be vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected.

There are many diseases we are able to vaccinate against but your pet's health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are deemed necessary - we can help you make an informed decision and are always happy to discuss vaccinations with you.

04 Is your pet prepared for summer?
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With summer just around the corner, now's the best time to start getting your pet ready for the warmer months. Proper preparation will help keep your pet healthy and safe.  

Here are our top tips:

Get up to date with vaccinations 

If your pet is boarding over the summer holidays appropriate vaccinations must be up to date. Boarding facilities might turn your pet away if they are not. Ask us to check if your pet is due for any vaccinations. 

Prevent parasites 

The warmer months bring about pesky parasites. Fleas, mosquitoes (that can carry deadly Heartworm), biting flies and potentially deadly paralysis ticks love the warmer weather. Now's the time to get your prevention regime sorted. Prevention is easier (and always cheaper) than treatment. Ask us for the best product recommendations. 

Get a haircut

Dog groomers book out quickly over the warmer months so you should arrange grooming appointments now. Keeping your dog's coat shorter over summer will help keep your dog cooler and more comfortable and help reduce grass seed problems. 

We are always the best place to start when it comes to looking after your pet. We can provide you with the most accurate and up to date information so phone us or drop in if you have any questions. 

05 An incredible reunion
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Tabitha lives in Missouri in the USA. She went for a walk with her owner Alfred, who suffers from Alzheimers, and the pair became lost. Alfred was found by his loving wife Kelly but poor Tabitha was not. She ended up being taken in by another family. 

Kelly and Alfred placed flyers around the neighbourhood and appeared on the news. This is where the magic happened. Tabitha recognised her owners on TV! The people caring for her immediately called the news station and Tabitha was reunited with Alfred and Kelly. What an incredible story!

Click here to read more and see the original news story. 

Don't forget to make sure the contact details attached to your pet's chip are up to date so that a reunion can take place without complication. Go to www.car.com.au