Lake Rd Vet Christmas Party
Our Christmas Party was a great success yesterday with over one hundred people and pets coming out in the 40 degree heat to celebrate with us. The slushy machine worked overtime!
The Best Dressed Contest saw some amazing costumes. We will have photos up on Facebook soon.
Our poor Santa was so hot he lost a few kilos and turned into a skinny Santa! Thank you Santa for sweltering on such a very hot day. You did a wonderful job!
Lots of prizes were given out and everyone went home happy!
Photos will be available soon and more photos will be published in our next blog.
Holiday Opening Hours at Lake Rd Vet
It’s holiday time everyone and we will be taking a few days off to share with our family and friends. The practice will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
But don’t worry if you have an emergency we are still available to see those in need. The hospital is also staffed 24 hours a day to ensure that all those unwell babies are being well looked after over the Christmas period and at all times.
What Christmas foods are dangerous for my pet?
“Pets are an important part of the family but sharing the Christmas love by treating them to a slap-up human lunch is the sort of love that can hurt your furry friend,” said Dr David Neck from the Australian Veterinary Association.
“Vets treat many pets with digestive problems during the summer break. Pet owners need to be aware that there are some foods that we indulge in over the Christmas period that are just not good for our cats and dogs,” he said.
“And of course pets have a way of finding unattended party food without any help from us, so keep an eye on what food you leave within muzzle reach!”
Foods to avoid include:
- Chocolate – toxic to dogs and cats, even in small quantities
- Avocadoes – contains a dangerous toxin which can damage the heart, lungs and tissue of many different animals
- Turkey skin, pork crackling, sausages and other fatty meats – can lead to inflammation of the pancreas due to the high fat content
- Onions and garlic – can cause gastric irritation and anaemia if they are consumed in large quantities
- Grapes and raisins – can cause acute kidney failure
- Macadamia nuts – can be toxic to dogs. Signs will likely occur within 12 hours and can include vomiting, hyperthermia and elevated heart rate.
- Nutmeg – one of the lesser known poisonous foods. Dogs can suffer from tremors, seizures, issues with the nervous system and even death
- Xylitol – an artificial sweetener now widely used in sugar free food such as cakes, muffins and bread.
“The best treat you can give your pet over Christmas is quality pet treats from your vet clinic, pet store or supermarket that contain the right nutrients for their diet. Your pets, and their waistlines, will thank you,” he said.
If you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic you should contact a veterinarian immediately.
Article thanks to the Australian Veterinary Association
to our Brooke who celebrated two years at Lake Road Vet this week!
The clinic is so lucky to have a nurse of Brooke’s calibre!
Keep up all the good work you do, Brooke. You are an asset to the clinic!
Watch Out Snakes About!
We have had a few snake bites in lately. It is a timely reminded that with the warmer weather snakes are on the move and are looking for cool hiding places during the day. Facebook is full of photos of snakes in unusual hidey holes.
Dogs are great for sniffing out snakes in these hidey holes so if you have a dog who is listless, vomitting, shaking, twitching, weakness quickly bring them into us.
Merry Christmas everyone!
We hope you all enjoy the festive season and that Santa is extra good to you all and to your pets.
Please keep safe over this time and we hope to see you after the holidays.