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Winter is coming, Menai Animal Hospital

Winter Is Coming

Winter is coming…ok well winter is well & truly here. It’s cold, drizzly & comes with a bitterly cold wind that can ruin any sunny day. As it starts to get colder we hunker down in front of our heaters & stock up on wine hot chocolate but where are your pets?

There are many facets of winter that can affect our dogs, primarily the cold & what happens when your dog has bad joints & becomes cold. Contrary to popular belief that warm & fuzzy coat does not keep your pet completely warm

img_10577_apa_13442_600Signs that your dog is not coping so well with the cold:

  • They are curled up in corners or sheltered places they would not normally go
  • They are digging & laying in the dirt
  • They are slow to get up & get moving/ more so than usual
  • They are not as active as they normally are
  • If they are extremely cold they will shake
  • Their extremities will feel cold.
  • Senior dogs will seem slow & unstable on their fee

Ways to help your dog during winter:

  • Bring them inside at night or on particularly cold days, even if it is into a laundry or a garage.
  • Purchase pet beds, jackets, kennels & blankets to keep them warm at night.
  • You can purchase heat mats or electronically heated bedding – please note the safety hazards when using these products e.g. chewed wires etc.
  • Have a space your pet can escape the cold wind – note if you are home & this is not near your back door they may not use it.
  • Elevate bedding off the cold floor, especially for your older pets.
  • Supply a form of traction on the floor to make it more stable for senior pets.
  • Consult your vet; your dog might be slowing down & a bit arthritic but there are plenty of remedies that can help make your pet more comfortable during winter. These can include but are not limited to: Pain relief, Cartrophen injections & Stem cells

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Cleo’s Christmas 2nd Chance

“We are so pleased we took Cleo to the vet that afternoon as we hate to think what might have been…Don’t ever take your pets for granted as they can’t tell you what’s wrong”, Julie says.


Three days till Christmas the house is decorated, the presents are wrapped, all the holiday plans are underway, what can possibly go wrong?  Unfortunately for Cleo’s family, Christmas 2016 brought more than they bargained for.

11 year old Cleo the Kelpie was the dream dog from the start for owners Julie and Stuart. She had a wonderful temperament & loved nothing more than attending the yearly Kelpie muster with her son Slider & her human family.

Just days before Christmas, Julie was about to take Cleo out for her daily walk when she found her lying down near the front door very weak and uninterested in her walk which was quite out of character. Her owners became very concerned at this character change & increasingly so after offering Cleo her favourite treats, she would lay there motionless. A feeling of panic kicked in for owners Julie & Stuart.

Julie immediately took Cleo in to see Dr. Kay at Menai Animal Hospital for some testing and was given the terrible news that Cleo had a large mass in her spleen. Cleo would need urgent lifesaving surgery to have her spleen removed for her to have any chance of survival.

 “It was an anxious time for us as she is a special part of our family and not having her with us over Christmas was very difficult”, Julie says.

Cleo was in a critical situation, her spleen had ruptured due to the size of the mass. Dr Kay & her team did everything they could. It was a long surgery, Cleo had a large amount of internal bleeding & her spleen had to be removed.

Cleo made it through the surgery but was not out of the woods yet, Cleo remained in critical care for days following on from her surgery to ensure there was no further internal bleeding & she was able to eat & pass food.

Finally Dr Kay cleared Cleo to go home on strict bed rest & medication, her owners were over the moon to have her home. With each day that went by, Cleo had a glimpse of joy back in her eye. Her owners could see an improvement and every day she seemed more like herself again.

“We are so pleased we took Cleo to the vet that afternoon as we hate to think what might have been…Don’t ever take your pets for granted as they can’t tell you what’s wrong”, Julie says.

Cleo is now a happy, healthy 12-year-old who runs around with her son Slider as if nothing had every happened. Thanks to Dr Kay & her team, Cleo will enjoy a much longer, happier & comfortable life.

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Owning a Pet Benefits Your Health

Owning a is fun and pleasurable, but most people are unaware of the positive benefits when owning a furry friend. Whether it’s a dog, cat, bird or even that goldfish in your living room, they all play a part in many of our daily lives and help both our emotional and physical needs.

 Relieves stress and anxiety

Whether your stressed out from work, relationships, friends or anything life throws at you, be assured that your pet will never judge you and will be there for support even though they have no idea why you’re upset. Stroking a pet has been proven as an antidote to stress; with researchers finding that people talking to and petting a dog have lower blood pressure than when they interact with another person.

Increases happiness and well-being

Let’s face it, who isn’t happy when they see those smiling faces waiting for you at the door when you get home from work? The presence of a pet is positive for our emotional well-being and enhancing our emotions like, happiness, laughter and compassion. Even when we have a bad day, coming home and seeing those wagging tails puts a big smile on our face.

Exercise, weight loss and motivation

With the growing concern of obesity in both Adults and children, the remedy could be simpler than you think. Australian research shows those who own a dog are more active and outgoing than those who don’t, improving their overall health status. Taking your dog for a walk every day not only gives you a purpose and a responsibility, but deceases your chance of weight gain and obesity dramatically.  Owning a pet can also increase family bonding time, giving children a more positive outlook on life and increases their well-being.

Responsibility for Kids

Owning pets are an integral part of Australian childhood. I’m sure everyone remembers the feeling of joy and excitement the day they brought their first pet home. Although research shows that families with children are more likely to own a pet, people of all ages feel happy when a pet is around. For children, pets are more than a playmate and best friend, but also play a beneficial role in a child’s development. Unfortunately, adolescent teens experience feelings of stress, boredom, despair and depression. However, studies show these signs were decreased significantly when owning a pet. Pets can teach children social and nurturing skills which in turn can reduce stress and loneliness.

Less lonely/elderly

Just like children, owning a pet can have a positive outlook for people. In particular, those who live in a nursing home or aged care facility show a positive reaction to assistance dogs or companion dogs brought in to interact with them. Not only is there a lift in the atmosphere, but people interact more and seem to be having fun. Those who still live in their own home have the luxury of owning a pet which can provide a sense of comfort while helping those who feel lonely or are in despair.


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Keeping Your Dogs Teeth Clean

thumbnail_IMAG0296Just like humans, your dogs dental routine should be done on a regular basis to avoid discomfort and costly surgery. Routine vaccinations and other minor procedures are common in everyday clinics and owners are usually shocked and surprised to see the oral damage done in their dog’s mouth.

Infected gums and rotting tooth sockets are among other alarming symptoms that can lead to further health concerns and may require dental surgery with the possibly of loosing teeth.

The best way to prevent this is to get your dog used to getting their teeth brushed.


  1. Get your dog used to you touching their mouth and introduce any toothpaste you may be using. (Never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs) By regularly touching your dog’s mouth, you will make the teeth brushing process easier. When firstly using doggy toothpaste, put some on the tip of your finger and let them lick it off so they can get a taste of it. Most doggy toothpaste has a pleasant taste that dogs would usually enjoy. If you don’t have doggy toothpaste, either water or chicken broth will be a good alternative.


  1. Using either a rubber finger or children’s toothbrush, put a small amount of doggy toothpaste on the brush and start along the gum line of your dog’s mouth. Gently massage the gum and teeth in a slow motion without pressing to hard or too soft. It may take a few tries before your dog gets used to the feeling.


  1. Rubber chew toys such as kongs can assist with your dog’s dental health. Apply your doggy toothpaste in the grooves or surface of the toy and let them chew. This gives a similar feeling to you brushing their teeth.


  1. Dental chews and products can help with preventing further build-up of plaque and tarter.


Here are some products to keep your dog smiling:




  • Prevents plaque buildup
  • Fresh breathgreenies
  • Healthy gums


  • Tasty chew
  • Easily digested
  • No toothbrush needed
  • Easy way to brush teeth
  • Easily stored

Tooth brush


  • Used with dog friendly toothpaste
  • Can be in toothbrush or finger form
  • Freshens breathtoothbrush
  • Good for gums
  • Soft bristles


  • Gets hard to reach places
  • Long lasting
  • Portable
  • Easy to store



  • Rubber coating
  • Stores treatskong
  • Can be used for training
  • Boredom buster


  • Strong teeth
  • Fun toy
  • Strong gums

Fruit & Vegetables


  • Apples, carrots, watermelon, sweet potato and asparagus are all applehealthy treat alternatives that also help lessen the tartar buildup on your dog’s teeth.


  • Tasty Treat alternative
  • Not high in fat and good for weight control
  • Variety to choose from
  • Nutritious



  • Easy to chew
  • Dual action approach
  • Clean teeth and freshen breathoravet
  • The first and only dental hygiene product for dogs that contain delmopinol.
  • Comes in different sized Dental Hygiene Chews.


  • Tasty
  • Easy to digest
  • Affordable

Plaque Off


  • Powder form can be added to wet or dry food
  • Prevents tartar, gingivitis and bad breath
  • Can be used on dogs and cats
  • Softens and removes existing tartar build up and prevents new tartar from formingplaque off
  • Reduces gum disease.


  • Stronger teeth
  • Happier dog
  • No more discomfort
  • Affordable

If you are still experiencing dental problems or have any concerns after trying these products, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email about any questions you may have.

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Cemotherapy & Other cancer treatments for your pet

Million Paws Walk 2017


It’s that pawfect time of year again and registrations are now open at the RSPCA for the 2017 Million Paws Walk.

It’s a day for dog lovers to show off their pooch and have lots of fun while also raising money for those in need. Dog lovers everywhere gather and show support to help fight against animal cruelty and raise money by either walking, donations or merchandise sales.

The event will be held on Sunday 21st May and will be held in 22 different locations across NSW. To check where your location will be please visit the RSPCA website.

All funds made at the Million Paws Walk will be raised 100% through activities on the day. You may even decide to throw your own event at home to make donations and help contribute to the event. All funds made on the day will go directly towards helping abused, neglected or unwanted animals making it the largest yearly event by the RSPCA.

Your involvement in Million Paws Walk will help an estimated 35,000 or more animals who are turned into the RSPCA every year. Your contribution will also help on the road inspectors to run education and support programs to give an insight on animal welfare and help those understand why it is important to keep our animals safe and protected.

There will also be a new challenge event that has never been seen in the history of Million Paws Walk. Beginning from 20th April to the 20th May, you can take the Million Paws Challenge to see if you and your fury friend can conquer walking a million paws. Whilst doing this you can get sponsors from either family or friends to congratulate you on your efforts. Not only will this help the event, but you will get extra fit too!

So if you’re looking to shed those extra pounds or just looking for a fun day out with the family and of course your pooch, then come on down for a day of fabulous filled fun. Even if you don’t have a fur baby at home, still come along as there will be lots of activities for you to enjoy.

Register now, try something new and help transform the lives of our furry friends as you are the voice for them to have a better life.

You’d be barking mad to miss out!

Business Opening Hours

Monday08:00 AM07:30 PM
Tuesday08:00 AM07:30 PM
Wednesday08:00 AM07:30 PM
Thursday08:00 AM07:30 PM
Friday08:00 AM07:30 PM
Saturday08:00 AM12:00 PM
Sunday 05:00 PM06:00 PM


The clinic will be closed on the following upcoming holidays.

Holiday Date
Labour Day 01/10/2018
Christmas Day 25/12/2018
Boxing Day 26/12/2018