Babies Galore!

 

This week we say a brief goodbye to our much loved Purchasing Officer, Karley, who will shortly bring her family numbers to 5.

Karley is due to give birth in a few short weeks and everyone is looking forward to another beautiful baby joining the Lake Road family.

Our Karley has two gorgeous girls so maybe a little boy this time or another little princess to join her family. Whichever it is we hope everything goes smoothly and mum and bub are well!

Good luck Karley! See you and bub soon!

 

Furry Friends

Ruby

This is ruby! She is an 8yr old dachshund who had a dental recently! Isn’t she a cute sausage!

Ash

This is Ash! He was desexed recently at the clinic!

Hugo

This is Hugo. He spent some time with the team at the clinic after having a good old chew on a toxic tree branch!

Staff Appreciation

Abby Wollard

For working her magic while triaging clients outside! Well done, Abby!

Adoptions

We have one senior aged large breed boy looking for a home. Do you have a space for this beautiful old guy? Email priscilla@lakerdvet.com.au for further details.

Bye Mel

This week we say a sad goodbye to our lovely concierge, Mel, who has accepted a position with a medical practitioner in Wagga.

Happily for us, though, Mel has agreed to continue with us on a casual basis so we will still have the pleasure of her company from time to time.

We hope you enjoy your new position, Mel, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Care of the senior pet

A senior is a pet that has entered into its last 25% of its life. They are typically pets aged between 7 to 11 years.

The focus is on:

  • Early detection of disease in the visibly healthy pet by way of screening
  • Prevention or delay of disease
  • Assess the quality of life
  • Assess and support a general decline in mobility, vision, hearing, and cognition

Your vet will work with you to assess:

  • Dental health
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Weight control
  • Parasite control
  • Mobility assessment
  • Tailored exercise
  • Vaccination
  • Mental health

Environment

  • Traction on floors
  • Ramps on stairs or avoiding stairs altogether
  • Minimize clutter
  • Never leave unsupervised around vehicles

Behavior

Cognitive decline can begin.

Common behavioral signs of cognitive decline may include:

  • Sleep more
  • Wandering aimlessly
  • Increased vocalization such as whining
  • Confusion
  • Refusing food
  • Inappropriate toileting
  • Changes in interaction with people or pets
  • Pacing
  • Change in activity levels

Nutrition

  • Specific to breed and size
  • Complete and balanced commercial adult or senior dog food
  • Determine and compare to target weight e.g. body condition scoring

Parasite control

  • Continue year-round intestinal parasite, heartworm and flea & tick control
  • Run a fecal examination 1-4 times a year depending on lifestyle and de-worming habits
  • Test annually for heartworm, depending on lifestyle and location
  • Test annually for tick-borne infections, depending on lifestyle and location

Visits to the vet

  • Osteoarthritis assessment and management
  • Dental health assessment
  • Diagnostic blood screening for cancer, kidney, liver, endocrine disease
  • Health assessment every 4-6 months

Vaccination

  • Based on the age and lifestyle of the pet
  • All pets will receive the core vaccine puppy course
  • Non-core vaccinations based on location and lifestyle

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