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Summer has arrived

and although it's a great time of the year with all the festivities and holidays, we need to keep in mind the health and wellbeing of all our family members. We have put together our top 10 tips for helping your pet survive the silly season.

HOT!! HOT!! HOT!!

As the end of year approaches, the temperature rises. It is especially hot in Townsville with our lovely tropical climate. Just as you love to keep cool during these blistering days, so too do our pets. Always ensure your pet has access to clean, fresh water every day and lots of it!

If your pet loves the water, why not include a dipping pool? For smaller pets it might be as simple as putting a large shallow bowl out for them to hop into; and for the larger dogs, a kid's shell pool is great. Make sure it is not too deep though as hot animals trying to beat the heat can drown if they get stuck. If you have a family swimming pool, always make sure the gate is shut so your pet doesn't get tempted to jump in and not be able to get out.

Make sure your pet has plenty of access to shade or even better, allow you furry friend to come inside to share your aircon or fan.

Give your pet an ice block. You can make your own by filling on old, clean ice cream container up with just water, or you can add a beef or chicken stock and freeze overnight. You can even add some treats into the water before freezing to make it more appetizing. Once frozen, pop the ice out of the container and watch your friend go nuts licking and playing with it.

When taking your dog for a walk, do this in the early mornings or late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day.

White dogs and cats are more susceptible to skin cancer, so applying a pet zinc cream to their ears and noses is a great idea if they will be exposed to the sun.

GROOMING

Pets should be brushed regularly and this is particularly important in Summer. As Winter was not too long ago, many pets are still losing their undercoats and they need help brushing them out. If the undercoat of a pet has not been removed it can cause the pet to feel hotter.

This is due to the cool air being blocked from reaching the skin and the undercoat absorbing the sun's rays, trapping extra heat in. It can also cause matts which pull when your pet walks. It feels just like getting your hair pulled! Your pet may also benefit from the cooling effects of a coat clip. If you are not confident to tackle this yourself, you can come and see us! We have a professional dog groomer to do it for you.

NEVER LOCK AN ANIMAL IN THE CAR

Not even for 30 seconds. Even on cloudy days or if the car is parked in the shade, the temperature inside the car will increase very quickly - even with the windows down. Pets are at severe risk of heat exhaustion and death in this situation. A dog left in a car can die within as little as 6 minutes as they are not able to sweat to cool themselves, and panting will only cause the temperature in the car to rise even more quickly.

WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES

Unlike a lot of animals, snakes can really thrive when the weather warms up. They become much more active in Summer and we need to be extra careful to safeguard our pets from snake bites.

Dogs and cats love to chase and kill snakes resulting in snake bites, usually to the face and legs. The sort of reaction your pet can have to a snake bite is determined by a number of factors, such as the type of snake, the amount of venom injected and the site of the snake bite. Generally the closer the bite to the heart the quicker the venom spreads to the rest of the body.

Snakes are attracted to the cover of scrub and long grass, so keep your lawn and gardens well-manicured. If you're walking your furry friends through bush land or parks, be careful to stay on the tracks so you can clearly see the ground and any possible snakes that may cross your path.

If you need any help or advice; go to Townsville Snake Catchers on facebook. Also you can call North Queensland Wildlife Care on: 0414 717 374.

SECURE THE PERIMETER

It's a great idea to ensure that your yard/house is safe and secure. Many pets can be spooked by loud noises including thunder storms and fireworks. An escape proof property means there is no chance of your pet becoming lost or running into traffic. All owners should also make sure their pets have identification tags and their council registration tag secured to their collar. It's also a great time to make sure your pet's microchip contact information is up to date just in case they do manage to find an escape route.

Check out the Townsville City Council website for any events happening so you can prepare yourself and your pet.

http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

KEEP DECORATIONS OUT OF HARMS WAY

Christmas decorations such as tinsel, baubles and Christmas lights are very fun to play with but they do pose a choking and electrocution hazard to your pets. Making sure all decorations are strung high enough off the ground will help to keep your curious friend from being tempted to play.

Gift wrapping ribbon is another item you should keep well away from your pet. So make sure once the presents have been unwrapped, the entire gift wrapping paper should be picked up and put in a secure bin.

PROVIDE A SAFE HAVEN

When the house becomes crowded with friends and family celebrating the silly season, shy animals can become nervous and seek solitude. Make sure your friend has a safe, quiet place away from people where they can retreat to if they become too overwhelmed. Also, remind visiting small children that not all pets like to be touched and chased, and that they should always ask the owner of the animal if they are able to pat their pet.

DON'T SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS LUNCH

We've all seen the longing eyes of our beloved pets hoping and praying for a small morsel of tasty human food to drop from the table, especially at holiday time. Although it's nice to give your pet treats, human food is not the answer. Many human foods can be dangerous, if not fatal to pets. If you want to give them a special treat, make it something that is designed for your pet. They will love it just the same and you won't have any emergency dashes to the vet.

TICK FLEA AND FLU SEASON

Fleas and ticks love our humid climate and they can become especially bad during the Summer time. Ensuring your pet's flea and tick prevention is up to date will help keep these nasty biters at bay.

Summer time also brings about canine flu season. Canine cough can strike at any time, but Christmas holidays are usually when it's at its worst. Although the disease is often spread when dogs are in boarding kennels, it can also be contracted through shared water bowls, socialising at dog parks or even when dogs greet each other while out walking. Canine cough is primarily caused by a combined bacterial and viral infection with a hacking cough as the classic symptom. Your dog can also suffer from fever, lethargy and a reduced appetite.

Fortunately, it's easy to protect your dog against canine cough with an annual vaccination that protects against the most common causative organisms. So make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date before the flu season hits.

PARVOVIRUS

Canine parvovirus is a highly infectious virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system of dogs. Susceptible dogs become infected by ingesting the virus.

The virus is resistant to the effects of heat, detergents and alcohol and can remain in the environment for several years after an infected dog has been there. The symptoms of parvovirus are; lethargy, unwillingness to eat, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea.

The treatment for it is aggressive and can be required for several days and even weeks making it quite expensive to treat. Fortunately, by vaccinating your pet you are preventing them becoming infected with this disease. Puppies require three boosters (6-9weeks, 12weeks, and 14-16wks) and adult dogs require a yearly booster. All Townsville suburbs are at risk for this virus being present, so NEVER take your puppy outside of its home environment until ALL puppy vaccinations have been completed.

TAKE THEM WITH YOU

Heading out of town on a holiday?? Why not take your pet with you?? Pet friendly accommodation is an ever increasing industry, with a lot of favorite holiday spots boasting accommodation to suit your entire family.

http://www.wotif.com/hotels/australia-pet-friendlyhotels.html

If you are taking them with you, remember to pack a bag for them too. It's important to remember their leads, water and food containers, food, bedding and toys so that your friend enjoys the holiday just as much as you. When traveling in the car, make sure your animal is always securely harnessed to a secure anchor point in your vehicle. In case you have an accident, this will ensure your pet doesn't become a free flying missile in your car. As you would buckle up yourselves and the kids, make sure your pet is buckled up too. Also keep in mind that you may need to stop more regularly along the way to let your pet stretch their legs and have a toilet and drink stop.

If taking them with you is out of the question, make sure you go and visit the many animal boarding facilities located in and around our great city. Make sure you pick one that would suit you and your animals needs and it is somewhere where you will feel comfortable leaving your beloved friend.

Remember, the end of year is a busy time for everyone, so book well in advance to make sure you secure a holiday house for your animal. Also note that any good quality boarding facilities or pet friendly accommodation will need to site your animal's vaccination certificate. Making sure you have a current copy of your pet's vaccination history and that they are up to date with all of their immunisations is essential when planning the holiday.

Trading Times Over The Christmas Period

Monday 19th December

8:00 to 5:30

Tuesday 20th December

8:00 to 5:30

Wednesday 21st December

8:00 to 5:30

Thursday 22nd December

8:00 to 5:30

Friday 23rd December

8:00 to 5:30

Saturday 24th December

CLOSED

Sunday 25th December

CLOSED

Monday 26th December

CLOSED

Tuesday 27th December

CLOSED

Wednesday 28th December

8:00 to 5:30

Thursday 29th December

8:00 to 5:30

Friday 30th December

8:00 to 5:30

Saturday 31st December

CLOSED

Sunday 1st January

CLOSED

Monday 2nd January

CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd January

Back to normal trading hours


If you have an emergency over the Christmas period please call: JCU Emergency hospital on: 4781 3600

Spring into action now that spring has sprung to ensure your pet is prepared for the warmer weather

Download the Spring Newsletter here

GROOMING

New grooming days! Tuesday to Saturday!

Have you noticed the tumbleweeds of cat and dog hair starting to waft over the floor lately? It's a sign that you need to get into our grooming salon to make your pet more comfortable. It will also prevent future fur balls making a mess in your house.

Now is the time for you to start grooming your pet on a daily basis to remove the remains of their winter coat. The dry winter coat can cause matts and tangles if left to fall out on its own. Gentle regular brushing also helps to restore oils to the new coat and stimulates the skin.

For long-haired pets or those with thicker hair, now is a good time to have them professionally clipped. They will feel so much more comfortable after the removal of their hot coat. Clipping will allow them to cool down much easier as the temperature starts to increase. It will also remove those horrible matts of fur that trap foreign bodies and pinch your pet's skin.

FLEAS AND TICKS

Now that the weather is warming up, fleas and ticks are organising their assault on your pets!!

Did you know that ten fleas can multiply to 7000 in just a fortnight!! At this rate of population growth, it is important to be on top of your pet's flea and tick prevention so they don't end up covered in the little nasties!!

Thankfully, there is a large range of flea and tick control products available which are effective and safe and we would be happy to help you select the best one for you and your pet.

New Product

Seresto is an innovative flea and tick collar which protects pets from fleas and ticks for up to 8 months - without the need to remember monthly applications. Seresto is available for cats and dogs

PARASITES

More fleas biting mean more chance of your pet contracting tapeworm (which is spread by fleas). The warmer weather also sees an influx in the cases of dogs and cats with roundworm and hookworm, as well as dogs with whipworm.

The beginning of a new season is always a good time to double check that your pet is up to date with their worming treatments.

Spring also means that mosquitoes are returning and they are ready to spread heartworm disease. Making sure your pet has been receiving their routine heartworm preventative is also a priority.

HORMONES

With spring comes longer days. The sun comes up earlier and stays up longer and this increasing day length plays with cat hormones. The result is kittens! Kittens grow up to be adult cats pretty quickly and before long, kittens start making kittens of their own.

Remember too that it's not just other cats that you need to be worried about. An undesexed female cat can become pregnant if she lives in a household with an entire male, even if the male is related to her. It's not uncommon to see entire male cats getting their daughters pregnant or even female cats becoming impregnated by one of their own male offspring. So don't just think because your female and male cats are related they won't go there... because they will!

All in all, the reproductive cycle of the cat makes the species a pretty efficient breeding machine. That's one of the reasons that desexing cats is so important. So if you haven't had your cat speyed or neutered yet, it's time to think about getting that done, pronto!

OUTSIDE

Dogs and cats tend to be more active in the spring when the weather is mild and prolonged exercise outside becomes possible. Be sure to provide your pet with plenty of fresh water, and refresh the water daily to keep the water tasty, clear and free of debris.

Now that your pet will be outside more, it's also a great time to check their collar, name tag and council registration tag. Be sure that the collar is snug enough not to snag on a branch and come off and that your telephone number on the dog tag is up to date.

And what about your pets microchipping details?

If you are unsure if your pet's details are up to date, our nurses are happy to check for you. Just let the nurses know your pet microchip number (or if you don't know it, bring your pet in and we can scan it), and they can find out and point you in the right direction of how to change the details.

Is your cat or dog registered with the council?

Council Registration is different to microchipping and dogs and cats need to be registered annually.

For information regarding registration for your pet, call the council on 1300 878 001 or go tohttps://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/payments-rates-and-permits/payment-options/animal-registrations

QUEENSLAND DOG BREEDER REGISTER

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to promote the responsible breeding of dogs. In Queensland if you breed a dog on or after the 26th of May 2017, you must be registered as a breeder and receive a Supply Number.

This means that even if your dog has an unplanned litter or you are only planning to breed once, you must register as a breeder

People who are buying a dog are encouraged to check the breederís Supply Number and contact the breeder if they any questions about where the puppy originated. For further information please go to https://qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au/information/

ALLERGIES

While humans suffer hay fever in the form of sneezes and runny noses, dogs will usually become itchy all over as the histamines are released in the skin. The skin plays a very important role for our pets. It is our pet's external defence; helps reduce excess water loss and maintain body temperature. With spring now here, there are many irritants that can work to upset our pet's skin and many dogs can show signs and symptoms of a skin allergy.

Some of the common irritants around your home include fleas, mites, pollen and grasses. These may cause your pet to chew, lick or scratch as they are itchy. This will cause the skin to become red and inflamed.

Excellent pet hygiene can help to minimise the itch. Bathing your dog regularly helps to remove dirt and pollens and other irritants, as well as offering a soothing effect on itchy skin. Medicated shampoos can help to heal mild dermatitis that can occur secondary to allergies. We stock a range of medicated and soothing shampoos that can make your pets allergies more manageable.

Also, Royal Canin produces a skin range of dog food that can help to reduce the clinical signs of allergies. The food contains a patented combination of vitamins and minerals to help increase the skins barrier function and reduce inflammation which helps reduce itchy skin and hair loss.

However, treatment for severe itching needs to be sought by a veterinarian, so if your pet is scratching itself silly, then make an appointment before both you and your dog go crazy.

DOG AND CAT URINARY ISSUES

Have you noticed your cats or dogs standing in the litter tray or garden for a long time trying to go to the toilet but not really producing any urine? It may be a sign of a urinary issue in your pet. Some other signs of urinary tract issues to look out for are blood in the urine and urinating in places they normally wouldn't.

Dogs and cats can have a variety of urinary tract issues, including but not limited to, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation, bladder stones and prostate issues. These can make it very difficult and painful for your pet to urinate.

If you suspect your pet has a urinary issue, it is recommended to make an appointment with a Vet as treatment for these issues can require medication or an exclusive diet to alter the pH of the urine. However, every case is different so your Vet will need to examine your pet and possibly perform a urine analysis to find what the problem is.

DID YOU KNOW!!

We all wish we could sleep our days away sometimes. Who doesn't love the occasional long, lazy nap or sleeping in on the weekends? Cats, however, take this desire for sleep to a whole new level. If you have a cat, you know they spend the majority of their time lounging about, basking in the sun or sleeping out of sight. There is a reason they call it a "cat nap."

However, humans don't often realize just how much cats sleep. Cats actually sleep 70% of their lives, which equates to about 16 hours a day. They sleep more than any other mammal besides bats and opossums.

As natural predators with few enemies, they can afford to sleep a lot. Also, the need for sleep increases proportionally to the amount of energy required. When cats are actually hunting (or pouncing on that toy mouse you leave out for them), they use enormous amounts of energy.

Spring Public Holiday Trading

Closed Monday the 2nd October 2017

If you have an emergency over the public holidays, please ring

JCU Emergency hospital on: 4781 3600

Download our WINTER NEWSLETTER 2017 here

In Townsville, winter is not commonly recognised as a season since our average temperatures are 13 - 25 degrees. During the day, a shirt and shorts is still the clothing of choice, but usually a jumper and some long pants make their way out of the cupboard for the evenings. With this in mind, we have put together some information for you to consider keeping your pets happy and healthy during winter.

...Feeling the chill...

Even though they may look cosy in their furry coats or feathers, we still need to keep in mind that our pets feel the cold just as much as we do.

Short haired breeds, pets that are regularly groomed and pets with a low percentage of body fat, such as Whippets or Greyhounds, are more susceptible to the cold. The very young and older animals also feel the chilly air.

If your friend is predominately an outdoors pet, including small caged pets, they too will feel the cold much more than a pet allowed inside the house.

...Beat the chill...

So how can you help keep your furry friends warm and toasty on those brisk evenings??

  • Providing a comfortable, warm area is a priority. All pets, including small caged pets, need to be kept warm and away from drafts. Our smaller friends, such as birds and guinea pigs, will be chilled if their cages are kept in drafty areas. You may need to bring their cages inside for the night and keep them away from doors and windows. For indoor cats and dogs, a nice comfy, warm bed should be sufficient. For outdoor pets, providing a kennel or sleeping area that is waterproof, draft free, off the ground and insulated with blankets is a must. When choosing which pet blankets to buy, make sure you get a natural fibre blanket such as wool, as it will retain the heat more effectively than a synthetic blanket
  • Your pet might also benefit from the added warmth of a jacket when they go outside. There are some great ones available but they need to be functional and waterproof not just fashionable. Be sure that jackets have a snug fit and donít restrict movement in anyway.

Be Aware!

When aiming to keep your friend warm, it's important to note a few things:

  • Pets will seek out the warmest part of the house, so this means keeping a close eye on your heaters. Heaters can be easily knocked over by a boisterous dog or a curious cat. Keep in mind, that if they are sitting too close, they can be at risk of burning their coats.
  • Some animals may get too hot in a heated house so it is good to have somewhere for them to retreat - like a tiled floor outside access.
  • It can be easy to forget that most home heating techniques make the air inside very dry. This reduces the much needed humidity in a bird's environment. Low humidity levels can lead to dry skin, brittle feathers, preening issues, and respiratory problems.
  • Don't overdo it. Just like us, if an animal is too warm, they can suffer from heat stress. Remember dogs, cats and birds don't sweat, so if you find them panting, this indicates they may be too hot.
  • Outdoor cats and wildlife seek shelter and warmth by crawling into available covered spaces. A favourite hiding spot is underneath a car or actually inside the engine cavity. In the morning, when you are dashing off to work, take a few moments to quickly check underneath your car and bang on the bonnet of your car before starting the engine in an attempt to scare out any stowaways.

Arthritis

Older pets often suffer from arthritis and this is exasperated by the cold.

Did you know?

  • Osteoarthritis is one of the most common canine diseases, affecting approximately 25% of the total population.
  • Dogs older than 7 years are approximately 50% more likely to suffer Arthritis.
  • It is estimated that 55% of Arthritis pain goes untreated.
  • Arthritis may be present long before your dog shows any physical symptoms.

Things to look out for in your pet, to indicate joint related concerns;

  • Stiffness.
  • Decrease willingness to jump or play.
  • Favoring a limb.
  • Reduced stamina with exercise.
  • Difficultly going up and down stairs.

If you think your pet is suffering from arthritis and they struggle with mobility, especially in the cold, it might be time to get them checked out by one of our vets.

We have a number of products at the clinic to treat arthritis. These are significantly proven treatments that are able to:

  • Stop the destructive enzymes that break down cartilage. Cartilage is the body's natural shock absorber.
  • Stimulate the body's production of cartilage.
  • Stimulate the production of joint lubricant to reduce the joint friction. Clear the blockages in blood vessels to deliver nutrition to the joint and bone.
  • Stimulate the production of anti-oxidants that block damaging free radicals.

In some cases, patients may also need to go on some pain and anti-inflammatory medication.

We also sell mobility dog food in our Royal Canin range, which contains Green Lipped Mussel. When added to food, the Green Lipped Mussel has shown its effectiveness on canine osteoarthritis. The food also contains L- Carnitine which helps mobilize fat reserves and encourage the formation of lean muscles.

At home, you can further help your friend by getting them to undertake daily gentle exercise. This not only helps to keep movement in the affected joints, but also helps the waist line. It's important that your pet is at their ideal body weight, as any extra kilos can put added pressure and strain on tiring, old joints.

'We recommend 4CYTE for Joint Health for this Winter'

4CYTE is a joint care supplement that helps reduce and reverse cartilage degeneration.

4CYTE Canine has been developed specifically to work proactively, helping to maintain cartilage and overall joint health. Scientific research has demonstrated the prophylactic use of 4CYTE may assist in the joints ability to function under stress, and may help symptoms associated with the aging joints.

Comes in: 50mg and 100mg

For more information regarding this product go to www.4cytevet.co

Food and Water

Feeding your pet may change as the temperature drops a little. During winter, our food intake increases as we burn more calories to keep warm. The same thing happens to our pets, so if your pet is especially energetic or active he or she may benefit from a small increase in their daily portion of food. However, some pets are less active in winter, which can make them prone to weight gain. This is why it's essential to monitor their body condition and change the amount of food accordingly to keep them at their ideal body weight.

Don't forget to provide fresh water at all times. It can be easy during winter to make the mistake of thinking that pets need less to drink. Clean fresh water should be available at all times.

Exercise

Keep active! As winter sets in, it's tempting to cuddle up indoors with your pets, but in actual fact, it's better for your pet (and you) to keep moving. This is especially important for pets with arthritis as a regular program of gentle exercise during the colder months can actually help with joint health and mobility. Even playing indoors with toys will help get the heart pumping.

Fleas and ticks

Finally, be sure to keep up your flea and tick control regime, even in winter. Dogs can pick up fleas from a walk, playing in the dog park, at a beach or even in the back yard. Fleas and ticks can still breed and be a terrible nuisance all year round in our climate, so it's important to keep up to date with your pet's treatment

New Product
NEXGARD SPECTRA® combines two active ingredients to offer broad spectrum control of the most common external and internal parasites of dogs in one convenient monthly treat.

This new soft, beef-flavoured chew represents the next generation of the popular NEXGARD® Chewables for fleas and ticks, now with the added benefit of treatment for roundworms, hookworms and whipworms and prevention of heartworm disease.

NEXGARD SPECTRA is a monthly treatment in the form of a highly palatable chew that is readily consumed by dogs when offered as a treat. Created with soy proteins and braised beef flavouring, NEXGARD SPECTRA features a beefy aroma that dogs love; and because it is vegetablebased it won't trigger beef allergies.

New QLD LAW

The Queensland Government has introduced new laws to promote the responsible breeding of dogs. In Queensland if you breed a dog on or after the 26th of May 2017, you must be registered as a breeder and receive a Supply Number. This means that even if your dog has an unplanned litter or you are only planning to breed once, you must register as a breeder. People who are buying a dog are encouraged to check the breeder's Supply Number and contact the breeder if they any questions about where the puppy originated. For further information please go to https://qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au/information/.

Public Holidays

Closed Monday the 3rd July 2017 Show day holiday

If you have an emergency over the public holidays, please ring

JCU Emergency hospital and Critical Care Centre on: 07 4781 3600

Download Autumn Time Newsletter here

Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny is on his way bringing chocolate treats for all (except the pets!!!).

Did you know that chocolate is toxic, and sometimes even fatal for animals?

The reason for this is that animals find it difficult to break down and excrete the Theobromine and Caffeine found in chocolate. These drugs cause constricted blood vessels, rapid and weak heartbeat, and stimulate the nervous system. Dogs are most commonly affected by chocolate poisoning due to the fact that they are more likely to help themselves to your chocolate stash and rapidly consume large amounts. Although dogs are the most susceptible, the toxin has been known to affect or kill cats, birds, rodents and reptiles as well.

If your pet has consumed chocolate it is best to contact us immediately. Your pet may start vomiting and have diarrhoea, 2 to 4 hours after intake and chocolate in the vomit may be obvious. Nervous system stimulation leads to hyperactivity, tremors, and seizures. The heart rate becomes increasingly rapid and irregular. Excessive urination may result from the diuretic (water clearing) action of the chocolate. Advanced signs include stiffness, excitement, seizures, and extreme response to noise, light, and touch. Heart failure, weakness, coma, and death can occur 12 to 36 hours after intake.

Therefore, it's very important around Easter time to keep all your Easter chocolate treats stored somewhere where your pet can't get to. It's a great idea to explain to children that chocolate isn't for animals and they must not share them with the household pets. Additionally, you might like to buy some treats especially designed for your pet so they don't feel left out, or you can make your own. We have included a recipe below.

RECIPE - Making Easter eggs for dogs

Don't be tempted to share your Easter eggs with your canine friend as chocolate is toxic to dogs. Follow our step by step guide to making your dog an Easter treat that is safe for him.

You will need

  • Doggy choc drops
  • Dog treats
  • Easter egg mould
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Water

Step 1: Place the Doggy chocolate drops into a heatproof bowl. Fill the saucepan with water and place the bowl on top. Warm the water gradually and stir the melting chocolate.
Step 2: Lightly grease the egg mould and spoon the melted chocolate evenly around it. Place the mould in the fridge.
Step 3: Once the two halves have set, fill one side with some of your dog's favourite treats.
Step 4: Spread melted chocolate around the edge of one half of the egg and stick the second half in place.
Step 5: Once cool, trim away any rough edges and wrap the egg in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. You could also make an extra egg for a friend's dog too.
REMEMBER! Dog-safe chocolate is a treat and should only be fed to your dog in small amounts at a time.

Get Ready for the Chill!!!

Autumn is sometimes referred to as a "transition" season, spelling the end of the hottest time of the year and introducing the upcoming coldest time of the year. Although in Townsville the temperature doesn't usually drop all that dramatically, we still use these three months to get ready for winter.

After the mass eating and relaxing we all seem to do around Christmas, it's a common complaint that after the festivities are over, we find we need to lose a few kilos. Some people make New Year's resolutions to get fit and start eating better and others start getting back into their health routine that was put aside for the holidays.

Have you ever thought that maybe your pet may benefit from losing a little Christmas pudding too?

Like us, as our pets get older, their joints get weaker, stiffer and sorer from the constant usage that day to day living requires. And just like us, if your pet is carrying a few extra kilos, this adds extra pressure to those already tiring joints. Throw into the mix the temperature drop we are about to get, and you have a recipe for mobility issues, joint pain and inflammation.

This is why we encourage all pet owners to start getting their pets back into optimal shape now, before the chill hits and causes those poor old joints to get even more stiff and sore. Also, let's face it, when the mornings and evenings are cool, you and your pet will be less likely to get out and be active. Starting an exercise routine now will get you and your pet in good practice and may help you to keep up the good work when your cosy, warm beds feel like the best place to be.

We all know that eating the right food goes hand in hand with exercise and losing weight, so just as you are trying to eat better, why not get your pet eating better too. We stock and recommend Royal Canin diets. We would be happy to help you select the right food for your pet's individual needs. You can also join our free in clinic weight loss program, which gives you details on how much food to feed your dog and what percentage of body weight has been lost.

*This is the Townsville City Council website for the off leash areas: http://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/resident/animals/Documents/Off%20Leash%20Exercise%20Areas.pdf


Puppy Preschool!!!

Puppy preschool is a great opportunity for puppies to socialise with other puppies during their critical socialisation period. We also cover basic obedience training. Puppies aged from 6 to 16 weeks are able to attend, with the requirement that the puppy has had their first vaccination. It is held indoors and is cleaned to make it safe for puppies without full vaccinations to attend.

Puppy preschool sessions run for 3 weeks on a Wednesday night from 6pm to 7pm. The cost of each class is $20.00 per class or $60.00 for the set of classes and is payable prior to or on the first class.Bookings are essential. Please call us on 47257691 to book your pup in for the next class.

















Puppy's First Groom Packages

Getting your haircut can be a scary experience when you are very young and this is no different for puppies. This offer is for puppies under 4 months of age that have never had a groom before. Puppies can feel frightened when experiencing new things so we like to take our time with them to make sure that it is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

Learning to be groomed at a young age can have a positive lifelong effect and will make future grooming appointments enjoyable and stress-free. Please call us on 47257691 to book your pup in for their first grooming appointment.

Autumn Public Holiday Trading

MARCH

Thursday 13th April 2017 - Normal trading hours
Friday 14th April 2017 - CLOSED
Saturday 15th April 2017 - CLOSED
Sunday 16th April 2017 - CLOSED
Monday 17th April 2017 - CLOSED
Tuesday 18th April 2017 - Normal trading hours

In 2017, this holiday will be celebrated with Good Friday on 14 April and Easter Sunday on 16 April.

APRIL

Tuesday 25th April 2017 - CLOSED

ANZAC day is a national day of remembrance to honour not only the ones who have fallen, but all the men and women who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations for our country and New Zealand.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."

LEST WE FORGET

MAY

Monday 1st May 2017 - CLOSED

Labour Day is a public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day; a victory for workers in the mid-late 19th century. The argument for the eight-hour day was based on the need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest.

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