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Hills have announced a voluntary recall of some of their canned dog food. This is due to the possibility of increased levels of Vitamin D in some products. There has only been one case, in the USA, of a dog becoming sick from high Vitamin D levels but Hills are withdrawing stock in Australia as a precaution (the dog made a full recovery!). The Hills website has a list of the cans affected and these can be identified by the codes on each can. If you have any of the affected cans please return them to Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital for a refund, or contact Hills on 1800 679 932.
Click to the Hills website and the list of products here https://www.hillspet.com.au/productlist.
And if you have any concerns, any difficulty identifying the cans or with what to do, please phone us on 6360 3071.

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Beat the Heat

 

The heat this weekend will be severe - please watch out for all animals, and make sure they have access to shade and plenty of water. Remember, cats and dogs can't sweat to keep cool like humans can, and only have the skin on their paw pads to sweat through. That's not much when you are wearing fur or running around!  Make sure your pets don't overheat by keeping them inside or in a shady area. Provide plenty of water and a fan or airconditioning if possible. Some dogs love to sit in a small paddling pool, or to have icecubes in their water bowls. Frozen treats can be fun - chicken stock (no salt!) makes great icecubes for them to lick, or put a favourite snack frozen into an iceblock which they can then lick out. Give walks a miss in very hot weather, or go out at dawn. In the evenings or after dark, the pavements can still be too hot for a dog's paws. Its not safe for dogs to ride on the back of utes in extreme heat as even with a rubber mat to stand on, the tray can still get dangerously hot and dogs need shade. 

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New Year Fireworks

Fireworks are scheduled for around 9pm New Years Eve in North Orange - great fun for humans, but can be very scary for our pets! Please make sure gates and fences are secure. If possible bring pets indoors, and provide a safe place for them to hide. Leaving music or the TV on can help drown out the noise outside, and your pets might appreciate lots of cuddles until the fireworks have finished. 

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Christmas opening hours

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Christmas opening hours  - Mulberry Lane Vet Hospital is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day only. Emergency care is available for your pet on these days. In the event of an emergency, please call our usual phone number 6360 3071 and you will be directed to the emergency vet "on call". 

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Snake warning

There seem to be a large number of snakes on the move at the moment! Might be the "cold then hot then cold again" weather, might be the dry conditions, but whatever the reason we have sadly received a high number of emergency calls from people whose pets have been bitten. The golden rule is DON'T DELAY!  If you see your pet near a snake, if there's a dead snake in your garden or if you have any reason to think a snake has been around your pets then please get your pet to us as soon as possible. Better safe than sorry - have your pet with us for observation, than to be too late. 

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