Hello Pet Parents,

Another wonderful month at Divine Creatures with Channel 7 News filming us for a segment about how much we love our pets.
View it here if you missed it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W0YnZhZ_xk
Divine Creatures is the example of how much we love our pets, both clients and staff alike. Every day we answer calls from worried first time away pet parents. This is exactly how Divine Creatures started and it has been a mission to ensure you and your cats have a peaceful and relaxing holiday because we understand first hand how important that is.

As we come to the end of 2014 we thank you for your loyalty to us, for voting for us and your absolutely beautiful testimonials. We are also very thankful for all the media attention and proud to be recognized as the best!  (Dr harry coming soon!)

It’s going to be a busy month ahead which kicks off on the 6th December:

Pop in and visit us on the 6th and you may win an on the spot prize! Although if you can’t make it, you can enter the raffle anytime. The raffle will be drawn on the 24th December.

We are looking forward to our new Cat Adoption Center and proud to be partners with Cat Protection Society. They do amazing work at C.P.S. You can also help support them by donating or better still, setting up a small regular monthly donation. Also spread the word! If your friends are looking for a cat, let them know about us! Together we can save lives.

Please stay safe this Christmas and New Years. Below is a valuable article on how to stay safe this Christmas and avoid a trip to the Vets. Remember common sense prevails and its always better to be cautious and safe than sorry.

Wishing you all a very lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All the best,
Jules & Dr Katie;
Robyn, Bree, Emma, Silvie, Luisa and Laura.

Click here to read full article on avoiding Christmas dangers:

Christmas – let’s make sure it’s a time of good will not vet bills!

While many rejoice at the idea of Christmas and well earnt holidays, for vets the Christmas period is often our busiest time of the year. Fortunately for most careful pet owners, the vast majority of Christmas admissions to vet hospitals could be avoided.

Chocolate poisoning: many people put chocolates wrapped under the Christmas tree or under beds. This is no challenge for dogs with their sensitive noses. Chocolate is poisonous to animals and causes vomiting, diarrhoea, fast heart rates, tremors, seizures and can cause death. Put chocolates up high or locked away.

Fireworks: we people may be the only animals that think explosions with fire are good to stand close to and watch. Many dogs are terrified of firework displays and will try to escape. If your dog is scared by fireworks be sympathetic , bring them inside, make sure they are safely confined and if necessary, talk to your vet about sedatives.

Pancreatitis: pancreatitis is a painful and potentially life threatening condition of dogs and cats that may be triggered by eating fatty or unusual foods. Do NOT feed Christmas ham to your dog. ABSOLUTELY do NOT feed the ham bone to your dog. It is much safer to feed your regular food and give your dogs and cats a good pat and grooming session

Diarrhoea and Vomiting: again, eating “treat” foods often doesn’t agree with pets and we see many upset tummies over the Christmas break. And, remember that if a food has become no longer fit for human consumption, don’t feed it to your dog. Last Christmas I treated a dog that has been given a half tub of sour cream that was “on the turn”. The poor dog seizure for 3 days (it did survive). This was a simple mistake.

Tinselitis and other Foreign Bodies: many Christmas ornaments and toys are fun for cats and dogs to play with. Tinsel and wrapping ribbon can be swallowed by cats easily and unfortunately gets stuck in their intestines and tears. Keep ornaments up high and let us skip the tinsel and ribbon.

Dog Attacks: Over the Christmas –New Year break many people visit and travel with their dogs. Some dog’s just don’t like other dogs and dog fights can and do occur commonly during this time.  If you are going to mix your dog with other dogs, supervise them very carefully, especially when they are fed, during playtimes and when bedding is present.

Heat-stroke:  make sure pets have cool areas to rest, plenty of fresh water and don’t exercise dogs on hot days. Read our Heat Stroke article here

Ticks and Snake bites: Spring and Summer see big increases in the number of snake bites and tick paralysis. Remember that holidays on the coast or in the country may expose your pets to dangers they are not exposed to at home.

Medicines: if you have a pet on daily medicines such as insulin or trilostane, please make sure you have sufficient supplies to last you over the Christmas break. Emergency hospitals may not stock your medicine and legally they can not dispense restricted medicines to pets that are not under their care. Every Christmas break, we vets are abused for not dispensing medicines without requesting that we perform a consultation. Please be responsible owners and stock up before the holidays.

My final tips – Lots of cats and dogs get scared by fireworks, storms, unwelcome (to them) visitors and leave home. Please make sure your microchip details that are held by the council, are up to date with your correct address and phone number.
Lastly – if you need veterinary attention over the public holidays, you may need to use an emergency hospital. These services are more expensive than regular vets. Get your cats and dogs pet insurance so that cost is not an issue. I have never met an owner that regretted having pet insurance. When choosing pet insurance, check the limits and excesses – some pet insurances are better than others.

From myself and my family (which includes my 2 cats, 3 dogs, 12 horses, 10 chooks and a conure), we wish you and your family health and happiness during the Christmas break

Dr Katie

Sagittarius    22 November – 21 December

An enthusiastic cat, Sagittarian cats often act before they think. Sometimes they appear clumsy because of this over zealous approach to life. They are enthusiastic about most things but especially their food. Don’t be late with their dinner or you’ll never hear the end of it. The Sagittarius cat loves human attention but does not like being picked up and cuddled. They get on well with children.

Compatible Owners: Pisces, Aries
Favourite Food: Prefer meat to fish but like a change often
Best Attribute: They make you laugh
Worst Attribute:     Not very Graceful

December Special

  • Everything on SALE in store 6th December!

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Click it Harness

  • Clickit Utility is the first dog safety harness to incorporate three-points of attachment to absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy and keeping the dog in the car seat during an impact

Christmas Heggies

  • How adorable are these! You will love them and so will your dog.
  • These quirky characters are soft and cuddly – perfect for dogs all sizes who love their toys!
  • No matter how cute, they grunt!

Christmas Stocking

  • All ten Go Cat Go Holly Jolly Toys will get your kitty in the holiday spirit of chasing, pawing and hunting after these festive cat toys.

Christmas Play and Squeak Mouse

  •  With the patented electronic Real Mouse Kitty Sound and containing catnip, your Kitty will love playing with the Santa Mouse these holidays.

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