Paws, Claws and More – Autumn Edition 2019

Free Heartworm Prevention*

What is heartworm? Heartworm is a deadly parasite that is able to live inside the chambers of the heart of your dog, and feed off its blood.

How can my dog catch heartworm? Heartworm is spread between our pets through infected mosquitoes, making areas heavily infested with mosquitoes a potential breading ground for deadly disease.

How can I prevent my pet from getting heartworm? A once a year heartworm injection called Proheart, made by Zoetis, is a very convenient way to protect your beloved pooch from contracting this deadly disease. It can be started as early as 3 months of age, with Zoetis currently offering a *Free 12 week puppy heartworm injection to encourage our loyal clients to protect their fur babies. Please do not hesitate to contact our clinic on 4947 1311 to book in for your free injection.

Happy Easter!

Mount Hutton Pet Hospital would like to wish all a happy and safe Easter!
Our opening hours over the Easter long weekend are:

Good Friday 19th April – Closed, Easter Saturday 20th April – Open 8am-4pm, Easter Sunday 21 April – Closed, Monday 22nd April – Closed,

Anzac Day Thursday 25th April – closed.

For emergencies during this time, the Animal Referral and Emergency Centre in Broadmeadow will be available to help. Please contact them on 4957 7106.

Don’t forget to remind the Easter Bunny that chocolate is for people, not pets!

The MS Red Centre Adventure – Sarah is trekking to fight MS!

Mount Hutton Pet Hospital is proud to be sponsoring Sarah to trek on 22nd June for 7 days on the Larapinta Trail and fight for MS, one step at a time. Sarah was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 39 in 2008. Some of her symptoms include optic neuritis, drop foot, speech impediment, numbness/pins and needles, and more. Since being diagnosed, she has completed 3 city2surfs, 3 Blackmores Running Festivals, 2 Hill to Harbours, 2 Lake Macquarie running festivals and one Sydney Harbour 10km. She also did a “Walk the Great Wall of China to fight MS” in September 2016.

She has organised a Birthday Bare Foot Bowls for MS in March to raise money for the Trek and to also give back to the MS support community, and we are proud to be a sponsor. If you would also like to donate, Sarah has a go fund me page here. We will also put this link up on our Facebook page. We wish her the best of luck on the trek, and for all of her future adventures.



60 Day Weight Loss Challenge – where are they now?!

Snowden – One of our challenge participants is Snowden, a 6-year-old Labrador who has astrong love of food, his caring family and for his visits to see Dr Ray! In October last year, it came to our attention that Snowden had gradually increased in size to an unhealthy weight, so his mum and dad decided to put their beloved pooch on a diet. They were meticulous in feeding him the correct amount for his weight loss, and with the help of Hills Metabolic dog food, he has lost a total of 14kg! Although his journey has not quite finished, we are so proud of his mum and dad for their dedication to getting Snowden down to a healthier weight. Congratulations!

Delta Therapy Dogs

Last year, MTPH had the opportunity to sponsor the Delta Society and take part in their fundraising dog walk, “We All Need a Little Therapy” around beautiful Lake Mac! And this year we are doing it again! Delta Society is a national not-for-profit organisation with one core belief: that the human-animal bond remarkably improves our quality of life and leaves a lasting paw print on our hearts. They bring so much joy to sick children, the frail aged and disabled residents in hospitals, nursing homes and institutions. We love supporting this great cause, so head over to Speers Point Park at 10am (rego from 9am) on Sunday April 7 to join in and help us support the Delta Therapy Dogs!

Breed Bio – The Newfoundland!

Newfoundland’s are an amazing breed of dog, originally bred as large working dogs for fishermen in Newfoundland and famous for their natural instinct to save lives. They are now often used as water rescue/lifesaving dogs, with their muscular build, thick double water resistant fur coat and webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers!

Staff Profile – Dr Nikita! 

Nikita is one of our more recent vets at Mt Hutton Pet Hospital, having joined the team in mid-2018. Originally a Maitland local, Nikita studied companion, as well as farm animal medicine and surgery at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, gaining her a double degree in Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Science.

However, her love for the smaller, four-legged creatures, from dogs to cats to rats, have her enjoying working at a clinic located much closer to the city. That, and being closer to Newcastle’s glorious beaches and being able to wander the wide variety of craft, food and art markets in the region, which keep her busy outside of caring for the fur and feathered family members of our community!



Ray’s Reptile Report

Housing Your Reptile – Functional vs Decorative

Whilst it may be desirable to have your reptile housed in an attractive decorative enclosure, the truth is that it may not be the best option in keeping them healthy and happy. In many respects, the less complex the setup, the easier it is to maintain and, therefore, more suitable in terms of maintaining
good health.

A glass enclosure such as an aquarium is great for viewing your reptile but is a very poor thermal insulator and can be stressful for very secretive species. This can be overcome but entails cost and thoughtful design and sometimes the reptile owner only realises their error when something goes wrong. Timber is a far better material for insulating reptile enclosures but lacks the transparency. A timber structure with a sliding glass front door makes a good compromise. The contents of the environment are another important factor. You should always aim to duplicate a reptile`s natural environment but you must consider the implications of unsuitable substrate. A desert species may look great with a sandy habitat but utilising this medium in your enclosure is disastrous. Sand is probably the worst substance to have on the floor of your setup. It absorbs waste material and harbors disease, can become ingested by your reptile and is generally a disaster waiting to happen. Don`t forget that you are limiting your reptiles movements to a small area and this must remain clean and hygienic.

Plants, both living and dried, are another problem material. They look great but living plants will die quickly and decompose, dramatically raise the tank`s humidity through transpiration and are a factor that can lead to health issues. Large snakes such as pythons will quickly crush and destroy plant setups through their movements and they are very hard to maintain in an attractive way. Most large reptile collections are housed on newspaper or similar, easily cleaned or discarded flooring. It may not look good but is perfect for keeping reptiles healthy. I believe that a compromise can be achieved that looks attractive but is easy to maintain and is good for your reptile. I use a newspaper floor that is covered with clean, pest free local leaf litter that has been dried thoroughly. Add a few dried sticks or bark sheets to the litter and you have an easily discarded, cost effective and attractive environment that will satisfy your reptile`s needs and be pleasing to look at.

Be wary of commercially available enclosure materials that are pushed by reptile shops. They want to sell products for profit and have little regard for correct housing requirements. The answer is to recycle newspaper and use locally sourced and cost free natural materials. It takes a little more time to produce but saves you money, looks great and, above all, leads to happy and healthy reptiles. Your reptiles will thank you for the effort if they could.