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Vet Tip: Common Garden Items That May Be Harmful To Pets

Dr. Melissa Meehan gives us a few tips to help keep your buddy safe outdoors...

Gardens can be the perfect place for your pets to enjoy the great outdoors. However, they can also be danger zones for a curious cat or dog. Dr. Melissa Meehan tells us about some common hazards that may be making your garden unsafe for your pets...

  • Do not use snail bait in your garden. Snail bait is the No 1 cause of accidental poisoning in dogs, which can result in seizures, and even death. Snail bait can come in pellets or liquid form, but both are highly toxic to dogs. Even one teaspoon of snail bait can be fatal. If you suspect your dog has consumed snail bait, take them to a vet or animal hospital immediately.
  • Plant bulbs can also be highly toxic to our pets. They might look like a chew toy to a playful puppy but chomping on plant bulbs can cause your dog to suffer from diarrhoea, nausea or skin allergies.
  • Lilies and cats can be a deadly combination that can result in feline kidney disease. Never allow your cat to chew on lily leaves or lick pollen, which can prove to be a fatal to our feline friends. Do not grow or bring home cut lilies if you have a cat.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.