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December Newsletter
Merry Christmas! 
It's that crazy time of year again, and we bring to your attention the Christmas hazards that your pet may encounter, from rich foods and turkey bones, to certain festive plants that can be poisonous to pets. 
We have some interesting stories this month, read our superhero cat story about 'Toulouse' who saves his best friend 'Treacle' during a dog attack, also a feel-good story about 'Luna' who has found her owners again after being missing for 2 years! Learn about Malocclusion  in rabbits by reading 'Tyrion's story, and what to do (or not to do!) if you notice that your bunny's teeth are not growing straight. 
 
Merry Christmas From All of us At The Vets! 
It's Christmas and we just wanted to say "Thank You"
It's been a pleasure working with you this past year... 
Hope you and your family have wonderful holidays and 
A Happy New Year! 
Treacle Survives Dog Attack

It was one of those really hot days in November when 'Treacle' (ginger cat) and 'Toulouse' (black cat) were lazing inside trying to keep cool. Unexpectedly, a dog jumped the fence and came inside, and grabbed Treacle, dragging him outside. Treacle's owners weren't home, but their flatmate heard the commotion and ran out, trying to get the dog to let go of him. Poor Treacle was being shaken by the dog, when out ran Toulouse to the rescue! He jumped onto the dog's face, making him let go of Treacle, and chased it down the road!! 



Treacle was rushed to our clinic, in a critical condition. He wasn't breathing well, and had a large flap of skin torn from his chest to his abdomen, with his ribs exposed. We brought him straight into surgery, and found one of his left ribs had punctured a hole in his diaphragm, and a tooth had ripped through the muscles on his side. As the chest cavity was punctured, his lungs deflated and he had to be manually assisted to breathe until our vet Heather had sutured the hole up. His stomach and intestines had several wounds, as well as a puncture in the pancreas. Needless to say, it was a huge job to repair everything, and Treacle was put on a lot of pain relief and antibiotics during and after surgery. 



Recovery in hospital took about 5 days, with a lot of bruising on his abdomen to heal as well as healing from the dramatic wounds and surgery. We sent Treacle home once he was eating well and we were sure that his wounds were healing nicely. At first Toulouse didn't know what to think and was a bit timid when Treacle came home. Now 3 weeks later, Treacle is back to his normal weight, and is bright, active, and happy. We are so glad he is doing well after such a traumatic experience, and we also want to nominate Toulouse as Hero of the Year for saving his best friend from the dog attack! 
Home Again After 2 Years!
A kind lady brought a stray black and white cat into our clinic who had been hanging around her place for the last few months. At first, she thought this cat had a home, but when the  cat wouldn't leave and was offered some food, she was so hungry that it was evident she was lost or a stray. At the clinic this little cat was given a health check, and we found she had some wounds from fighting, and a cut in her paw. But most significantly, we scanned her for a microchip and found a phone number for her owners. We found out that her name is "Luna" and that she had been missing for 2 years! Needless to say, her owners were extremely happy and excited to hear that she had been found. Luna is now settling back into home life, a bit timid to start with, but purring and contented to once again have found her family. 
Luna was very lucky to be microchipped, it was so easy for us to scan and contact her owners, even after she'd been missing for so long.
Tyrion's Crooked Teeth (Malocclusion)
                       
Tyrion was found abandoned in New Brighton domain earlier this year, but he was lucky and managed to find a caring owner who willingly took him in despite his crooked and overgrown teeth and unknown medical history. Originally it was thought that regular tooth trims would help Tyrion to be able to eat properly, but when the owner brought Tyrion to our clinic, we saw that his top and bottom teeth were growing so crooked and not lining up (malocclusion) that regular teeth trims would help him only for a week or so, and then they would grow crooked again, and hinder his chewing. We decided to remove his front teeth (incisors) so he could chew on his molars. Our vet Heather has done many rabbit incisor removals and so Tyrion had his incisors removed under general anesthetic. He coped with the extractions very well, and has turned out to be very friendly and cuddly, even playing nicely with the cat! He does need to have his veges shredded and hay chopped into shorter pieces, but he is managing to eat well without his incisors. 

Attempting to file or use cutters to trim down your own rabbit's teeth is strongly discouraged. It can be painful, traumatic, and end up fracturing the teeth (even below the gum line where you can't see). Furthermore, trimming them yourself can create sharp edges which may damage your bunny's mouth and tongue, create a lot of pain if you cut into the dental pulp, and could even fracture their jawbone! Often, malocclusion of the incisors will worsen with regular self-trimming, so we recommend that you have it seen to by a vet who has had experience with rabbits and their teeth.
Pet Of the Month!
December Pet of the Month is Rubin. Congratulations! You have won a bag of premium rabbit food. We hope you like your prize, and have a lovely Christmas!
For your chance to win Pet of the Month, send in a photo of your pet and keep an eye on our next newsletter. 

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