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EATING BEHAVIOURS - DOGS

(source Small Animal Clinical Nutrition by Hand et al)

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

RESPOND TO FOOD VARIETY
Dogs may display preference to specific types of foods according to taste and texture. The notion that dogs need a variety of flavours or taste is incorrect. Dogs prefer novel foods to familiar foods. Feeding a variety of novel foods free choice may lead to overeating and obesity. Dogs may correct for excessive energy intake by decreasing or refusing food intake the next day(s).

GARBAGE EATING
Many dogs prefer food in an advanced stage of decomposition. Garbage eating is often times unhealthy. Ingestion of garbage may cause mild gastroenteritis or more serious intoxication which may involve bacterial toxins, mycotoxins and by products from putrefaction, the clinical signs vary widely from vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weakness, incordination and dyspnoea, to shock, coma and death.

GRASS EATING
Plant and grass eating is normal behaviour. No one knows for sure why dogs eat grass or plants

BEGGING FOR FOOD
Begging for food can become annoying when whining, barking, persistent nudging and scratching take over. Begging may encourage owners to feed more of the dog’s regular food. Begging tends to increase with age and may indicate that most owners don’t realize that they reinforce begging by continuing to offer tidbits to their begging pet. Between meal treats reinforces begging.

Treatment consists of ignoring behaviours such as begging, barking and whining. Be prepared for a prolonged period of such behaviour before begging subsides completely. It may help to keep the dog out of the kitchen and dining areas when preparing and eating food and to feed the dog before or after the family has eaten.

PICA
Pica is perverted appetite with craving for and ingestion of non food items. Most treatment for pica is unrewarding. Offer a counter attraction the moment the dog begins to eat foreign material. Keep the dog on a leash when walked. Physically prevent the dog from engaging in pica.

COPROPHAGY
Coprophagy involves consumption of the dogs own feces or that of other animals. Bitches normally eat the feces of their puppies during the first three weeks of lactation. Coprophagy is a behaviour problem. There is a danger for transmission of parasitic diseases. Repulsive substances can be used to create aversion for feces

In the event that your pet is showing signs of discomfort or is not its usual self we do recommended that your present your pet to us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, bring exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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