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Mira Mar Veterinary Hospital
58 Cockburn Rd
Albany, WA, 6330
Phone: 08 9841 5422

Welcome to November, where the last month has certainly been a busy one for the team at Mira Mar Vets!  

  • Dr Dave W and Dr Renae celebrated a joint birthday party which was heaps of fun, and also raised $700 dollars for the Albany Community Hospice.  
  • Dr Jim and Dr Renae are the proud owners of a new labrador puppy Alice, and 'big sister dog' Susie couldn't be happier to have a playmate.  
  • Dr Dave W and Dr Dave M competed again in the Blackwood Marathon in the Great Southern Veteran Vets team, with a respectable 5th placing in their division.  
  • Nurse Ella has successfully completed her Veterinary Nursing qualification.  
  • Last but definitely not least, Dr Erin has become a mum, with her beautiful baby boy being born safely just a few days ago. Congratulations Erin!

This issue has information on vaccinations, heat stress and antibiotic use, as well as details on our November Bravecto promotion, where you could win a $200 voucher to Due South!  We hope you enjoy it.

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The new Darmody puppy, Alice! Rapidly learning life skills from her 'big sister dog' Susie (like chewing, digging holes and eating everything in sight!).

Contents of this newsletter


02  Congratulations Ella!

03  Veteran Vets do it again!

04  Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice

05  Correct use of antibiotics

06  Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat

07  Crazy cat markings

Bravecto due south voucher collage

Bravecto is a tasty chew for your dog that protects against fleas for 3 months.

For the month of November, if you buy a Bravecto product from Mira Mar Vets, not only could you win your next Bravecto treatment for FREE in our weekly prize draw, but you could also win a $200 voucher for Due South in our grand prize draw at the end of the month!

Come and see us in the clinic for details. Good luck to all of our entrants!

02 Congratulations Ella!
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Our lovely vet nurse Ella Bird is now a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse after the recent successful completion of her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Ella has juggled the completion of this certificate with working at the vet clinic, as well as an unfortunate fall from her horse which left her with a cracked pelvis.  We are very proud of her for getting through.  Congratulations Ella!

03 Veteran Vets do it again!
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The Great Southern Veteran Vets: Troy, Dave M, Dave W, Miles and Rob celebrating the completion of another Blackwood Marathon. Well done guys!

The Blackwood Marathon is over for another year, and once again the Great Southern Veteran Vets put on an excellent performance in their division, finishing in a very respectable 5th place.  Our very own 'veteran vets' Dr Dave Warren and Dr Dave Marshall competed in the kayak and cycling legs of the event, and we are very proud of their efforts!

04 Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice

Vaccination is a hot topic in the media at the moment. There's plenty of information and scare tactics floating around on social media and so when it comes to vaccinating your pet, we want you to get the right advice.

The take home message is that vaccination is one of the most important tools we have available to help keep your pet healthy. Vaccinations are safe, have minimal (if any) side effects and the reason we recommend vaccinations is because they work.

These are the top reasons vaccinations are so vital:

  1. They protect against deadly diseases: many dangerous diseases are completely preventable with the correct vaccinations.
  2. Vaccinations save money: vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they prevent. 
  3. You can board your pet with other animals: if you ever plan to board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations - what would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option?
  4. Visits to the vet hospital: if your pet has to stay in hospital he needs to be vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected.

There are many diseases we are able to vaccinate against but your pet's health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are deemed necessary - we can help you make an informed decision and are always happy to discuss vaccinations with you.

When it comes to vaccinating your pet, we will give you the right advice. 

05 Correct use of antibiotics

One of the greatest threats to human and animal health is antibiotic resistance and the emergence of 'superbugs'.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that 'unless urgent action is taken on the use of antibiotics in humans and animals, the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill'.

In the veterinary world, we are taking notice of these concerns and doing our bit to help prevent a global catastrophe. In fact, Australian veterinarians have guidelines in place to ensure they are not overprescribing or misusing antibiotics.

Here are some essential things to understand:

  1. Antibiotics can only be helpful in the presence of a bacterial infection. They cannot treat viral infections and are not needed in clean wounds
  2. We sometimes need to identify the type of bacteria present to help choose the most appropriate antibiotic and this involves taking samples for culture and sensitivity testing. This may need to be done at an external laboratory
  3. If your pet is prescribed antibiotics you must always use them as directed and finish the course, even if you think your pet is 'better' - stopping too early can lead to the development of resistant bacteria
  4. A revisit may be necessary to check your pet's and extend the course of antibiotics if necessary
  5. Never start any 'left over' antibiotics you have before you get your pet checked with us

And finally, please don't ask us to prescribe antibiotics without a consultation as it is unethical and it's against the law!

06 Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat

The warmer weather is here and it's time for days at the beach and ice cream in the sun. With the warmer weather comes an increased risk of heat stress for your pets.

Heat stress or heat exhaustion is a common condition seen in Australia. It is more common in dogs as they have very few sweat glands for heat loss and are generally more active than cats.

Signs of heat stress:

  • excessive panting
  • drooling
  • extreme lethargy
  • staggering
  • weakness and collapse
  • seizures

Heat stress can kill your pet. All pets are at risk but brachycephalic dogs with a short nose (such as pugs and bulldogs), overweight pets, pets with heart or respiratory problems or those with thick, furry coats are at greater risk.

So what's the best way to avoid heat stress?

  • Never leave your pet in the car as the temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes, even on a mild day. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows partially open is not acceptable
  • Make sure shade and cool water is available ALL DAY. On extremely hot days, your pet may need to be kept inside. 
  • Never exercise your pet on a warm day - stick to the cool of the morning or evening (or skip exercise all together.)
  • Some pets will need to have their heavy coat shaved to provide some relief from the heat.

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stress you should seek veterinary attention immediately as heat stroke is an emergency. 

If you are ever worried about your pet you should call us for advice, we are always here to help.

07 Crazy cat markings

Here are some pretty cool cats!

Check out their crazy fur markings - from cinnamon rolls to the cat burglar, which one is your favourite?

Click here to view them at Bored Panda.