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Joey’s Pet of the Week – Stryder’s Short Back and Sides

By Scott Lackenby | Dated September 11, 2014

A little unhappy after my Frontline Spray

A little unhappy after my Frontline Spray

Heya gang! How are you all? It’s the start of my least favourite time of year. Tick Season. And not just because I hate seeing all of the sick animals in from tick paralysis, but it means I have to re-start having my Frontline spray every 3weeks. I really hate having a spray! But I know it’s for my own good. Doesn’t mean I’m going to be good about having it done. But don’t believe Nurse Emma if she tells you I tried to bite her while she and Nurse Hollie were giving me my spray this week. Nurse Emma is a terrible liar…..

In all seriousness, it is now time to start your furry friend on their tick prevention. For the canine creatures out there, we recommend using Advantix EVERY TWO WEEKS. And for the fabulous felines, they can either have a Frontline Spray, like me, every 3weeks, or you can use the Frontline top spot EVERY TWO WEEKS. If you aren’t sure about what to use or how to use, either give us a call or pop in for a chat. Just be sure to use something and use it regularly. While no product gives your pet 100% coverage, it’s certainly better than using nothing. I would hate for your furry friend to end up with me this tick season.

In exciting news for me, and what Nurse Layne is describing as gross news, I caught a rat!!! My friends at Jax Tyres often get rats in the workshop, and not long after I was first allowed to go visiting I helped them get rid of a pesky rat and then left it for Renee from next door at the Grooming Salon. This time Nurse Layne and Nurse Ange tried to take my rat off me, and in the commotion, it got away. Needless to say I was a little mad at them.

My star this week is the very handsome Stryder, an almost 11year old Malamute who initially saw Dr John Morgan to start his latest course of Cartrophen injections to help with his arthritis. During his pre-injection exam, Dr John noticed that Stryder was having some issues with his skin, which he has a long history of and we are seeing a lot of at the moment. When we have had some wet weather followed by some sunny weather, we start to see a flair up of skin conditions. And for dogs like Stryder who have a big thick coat, it can be hard to get this under control. Stryder needed a hair cut, a BIG one! So when Stryder came back the following week for his next Cartrophen injection, we sedated him and gave him a HUGE clip. We actually weighed the fur we clipped off Stryder and it weighed a whopping 1.5kg!! That’s probably the quickest way to loose weight I’ve ever heard of!! It took Stryder a few days to get used to his new look, but he is back to his cheeky self now.

Well, better go. There’s still a little bit of daylight left and I might get lucky and find my missing rat. Have a good week and I’ll catch you all next time. Meows for now, love Joey xoxo

Scott Lackenby
Written by Scott Lackenby

Scott joined the team at Gordon Vets in 1999, where he was immediately impressed with the high standard of customer service. Scott is very popular amongst clients for his kind hearted approach to pet care and his great sense of humour. His particular areas of interest are endocrinology and dermatology.

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