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5 things you can to improve the health of pets in Sydney

At Fox Valley Animal Hospital, we see a lot of pets in Sydney that are loved by their entire family. It’s not surprising. Nothing quite crawls into your heart like a family pet.

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Photo by Jez Timms

Pets have the unique ability to bring out the best in us. When we need comfort, they are there. Our family pets entertain us with their sense of humour and make our families complete. There’s nothing better on earth than seeing the kids grow up with a loving, patient pet.

Pets in Sydney are some of the most loved pets in the world, especially around our neighbourhood. The real desire to provide the best care is what unites our pet loving community from Wahroonga to Hornsby.

So today we’re going to take a quick look at 5 ways you can improve the health of all kinds of pets in Sydney. All so you can enjoy a long, fulfilling life together.

Oral hygiene for the win

Humans brush their teeth twice a day. We understand that we need to clean off the food and the decay to keep our mouths, gums and teeth healthy. Did you know that family pets also need teeth and beak hygiene?

Cats and dogs also need their teeth brushed daily. Quite like their humans, these pets need to have any wedged or trapped food removed from between the teeth and/or in the gum line. They also need help to maintain a healthy mouth, free from bacteria and decay.

Even brushing weekly can make a difference. If you are unsure of how to brush your pet’s teeth or what may be involved in a good dental regime for your pet, please ask one of our friendly vet nurses. We’re on a mission to ensure all pets in Sydney in the Wahroonga area have a great smile.

Rabbits and other pocket pets also have particular needs with their teeth. For example, an overgrown rabbit tooth can cause enormous amounts of pain and inhibit your bunny’s ability to eat. Tooth decay through trapped seeds and vegetation is also a risk.

For all kinds of pets in Sydney, dental hygiene is an important part of overall health. Tooth decay can lead to complications such as plaque in the arteries, bacteria issues and heart disease.

Please take the time to ask our vet nurses about your family pet’s dental hygiene needs. We stock a wide range of dental hygiene items for all kinds of pets in Sydney. We also have a helpful blog on how you and your pet can get used to the teeth brushing routine.

Using pet seat belts and animal carriers

We don’t think twice about strapping ourselves and the kids properly into seat belts. But when it comes to pets in Sydney, it’s not uncommon to see them travelling unrestrained unfortunately.

In cars, on laps, in Ute trays and even in the boot or hatch, it doesn’t matter where your pet travels. They need to be secured.

But pets should always be properly restrained and/or housed when you travel. Driver distraction from pets moving too freely around the vehicle is one key reason. But there is also the overall safety of your family and your pet to consider.

During a crash, an unrestrained pet has a higher risk of serious injury or being killed. Plus your pet can become a danger to you and your family if the car happens to roll. Imagine the damage a medium to large dog could do if it were tossed around a cabin to itself and to you.

Besides, you don’t even need to be in a crash to create an injury in a pet. Even having to brake hard may cause your pet an injury if they are propelled forward.

Want tips on road safety for your pet? Check out this great blog by former vet nurse, Hayley. And if you after some help to transport your pets, come on in to Fox Valley Animal Hospital. Our current vet nurses will help you choose what you need to secure your pets safely.

De-sexing your pet

There are way too many pets in Sydney in shelters and re-homing programs. De-sexing is essential.

We’ve busted the myths surrounding pet de-sexing before. Please take a read of that blog if you are considering whether to de-sex your pet.

De-sexing your pet is part of responsible pet ownership. It significantly reduces their chance of fighting through aggression. It also lowers your family pet’s cancer risk considerably. A de-sexed pet is healthier and happier.

Want to find out more about the health benefits to your pets when you de-sex? Call our vet nurses to find out more.

Continuous learning

The old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” isn’t true. Dogs, cats, pocket pets, birds and reptiles all love to learn. This stretches on throughout their life.

Giving your pet the ability to flex their mental muscle is termed enrichment. It’s an important part of keeping your pet healthy. Sydney pets are not immune to boredom. They crave mental stimulation. If they don’t get enough enrichment, it may lead to stress or even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

That’s why it’s in your best interest to allow your family pets the opportunity to flex their mental muscle.

We’ve got a great range of enrichment toys for all kinds of pets at Fox Valley Animal Hospital. Pop in and ask about our range of toys and puzzles to keep your pet sharp and happy.

Pets in Sydney and weight issues

One of the things any vet will see on a regular basis is a much loved pet that is carrying extra weight. Humans often think we’re doing our pets a favour by letting them eat our food meant. Or overindulging the insatiable appetite for pet treats most pets in Sydney have.

Carrying extra weight is not good for pets. It puts strain on their organs such as the heart, kidney and liver. It also places pressure on joints and bones. It can make them more susceptible to heatstroke. Diseases such as cancer and diabetes also pose significant risk to overweight pets. And it makes your pet a lot less able to do the things they enjoy with comfort, such as play, walk, swim and exercise.

If you want to show your pet love, don’t show it with excess food or junk food. Show it with affection, play time and exercise.

It can be tricky working out what is a good treat from a bad treat. That’s why we have put together a series of weight related blogs for your pet care needs:

Pet weight loss for cats and dogs
Lose weight with the FVAH slimmer’s club

The hard facts on pet obesity

Plus, you can always take part in the Fox Valley Animal Hospital slimmer’s clinic. We accept pets in Sydney of all type and age to the clinic. This clinic was specially set up by Dr Alex to assess your pet’s weight and guide them back to health through proper diet, exercise and enrichment.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help- we’re only an appointment away!

Improving your pet’s health doesn’t need to be difficult

We don’t expect our pet parents to understand everything about vet medicine and pet healthcare. We know there is a lot of information out there that may not be practical. We know as animal health professionals, some of the most common info is not up to date or even wrong.

That’s why we always make sure we have an open door policy to discussing your pet’s health needs.

If at any time you need to get clarification on any aspect of your pet’s health, drop in to visit us at 107 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga. Alternatively, pick up the phone and dial (02) 9489 4805 and talk to one of our friendly vet nurses.

We’re here to help all the pets in the Wahroonga area!


About the Author
Owner and Vet Alex Brittan, Vet Katie Syms and the team of Fox Valley Animal Hospital pride themselves on quality service. Fox Valley Animal Hospital is the one you choose for your family pet when the care your animal receives really matters.