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Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic
459 Princes Highway
Narre Warren, VIC, 3805

nurses@narrevet.com.au
Phone: 03 9704 6463
 
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20% off vaccinations

Recieve 20% off all vaccinations for the month of July. 

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FREE FIV testing

Receive FREE FIV testing for the month of July! 

 
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BVH Bravery Award - June 2019

Meet Shyla, our very brave toe amputee.

Shyla the 7-year-old rottweiler paid us a visit in early June, after experiencing intermittent lameness and a very swollen toe. After a course of pain relief and anti-biotics, with minimal improvement, Shyla was admitted for a general anaesthetic and a series of x-rays.

Unfortunately, x-rays revealed a suspicious mass on one of her toes. Dr Elita immediately contacted Shyla’s owners to discuss her findings, and recommended toe amputation as the best course of action.

Dr Elita did an exceptional job of removing the toe and a tissue sample was sent off to the lab for further testing.

With the laboratory results indicating a nasty squamous cell carcinoma under her nail (a form of skin cancer), we take our hats off to Dr. Elita, the BVH team and Shyla’s very supportive owners for making what turned out to be a life saving decision to go ahead with toe amputation.

Shyla has paid many visits to the clinic in the proceeding weeks for ongoing post-operative care, but still greets us with a happy tail wag! We’re pleased to report that her recovery is going well!

 
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NWVC Bravery Award - June 2019

Here are the before and after xrays from a patient by the name of Rosie - a very deserving recipient of this month’s Bravery Award.

Poor Rosie was injured when the car she was travelling in was involved in a collision. Rosie was promptly brought into the clinic for veterinary treatment.

Upon arrival at the clinic, Rosie was assessed, given pain relief and x-rays performed. Rosie was scheduled the very next day for surgery with Dr Jon, during which the breaks were repaired.

We’re pleased to report that Rosie is recovering well.

 
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Dr. Candace is now PennHip accredited!

Congratulations Dr. Candace for successfully competing your Penn Hip accreditation! 

PennHip is a specialised screening test, aimed at identifying hip dysplasia, which can be performed at any age. It involves a series of hip radiographs, performed while your dog is under general anaesthesia which determines whether your dog has hip dysplasia, and if so, how severe it potentially can be. There are a limited number of veterinarians in Victoria who are accredited to perform these tests. 

BVH is fortunate to have Dr. Tracy Wong, Dr. Vicky Wade and now Dr. Candace Lace who are all fully accredited. 

Dr. Jon Boot is also fully accredited to perform these tests at the NWVC. 

Hip dysplasia is the most common inherited orthopaedic disease, affecting many dog breeds, especially the large breeds. Dogs with this condition have hips which develop abnormally, resulting in a hip joint where the ball does not fit the socket well, or there is too much slackness between the ball and the socket, resulting in abnormal wear and tear. This ultimately leads to arthritis, which is painful and debilitating. Diagnosis of the condition generally occurs when the dog becomes lame, and at this time, secondary degenerative changes have often already occurred, which are irreversible.

We generally recommend PennHip screening at 4-5 months of age. Detection of problems at this age can allow us to advise you of what can be done to minimise the progression of the disease. Alternatively, if your dog’s hips have severe hip dysplasia, there is corrective surgery that can be performed to alleviate future problems.

If you'd like to discuss hip dysplasia and Pennhip screening with us further, head over to our websites, or give our friendly nurses a buzz. 

 

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Meet our fur family!

Our staff love your pets as much as they love their own! Your pets are always treated as part of our family here at BVH and NWVC. 

Over the next few months we would love to share our fur family with you! Keep an eye out! 

 

What better way to start off meeting our staff pets than introducing Practice Manager Jess' new family addition! 

Meet Nico, the 2 year old miniature horse. 

Nico is fitting in perfectly in her new forever home, even the kids are helping out with her daily chores! 

 
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Puppy Preschool Graduates

Congratulations to our most recent puppy preschool graduates - Halo, Molly, Ollie, Yuzu, Gummi and Bella. 

The Narre Warren Vet Clinic, in conjunction with Berwick Veterinary Hospital, proudly offer regular puppy preschool classes. These sessions provide a fantastic opportunity for puppy socialisation and owner education, in a safe and knowledgeable environment. 

DID YOU KNOW THAT OUR HEALTHCARE PLAN MEMBERS RECEIVE FREE PUPPY PRESCHOOL ENROLMENT (ages 8-16 weeks). 

 
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Congratulations Dr. Tracy!

What an exciting weekend for Dr. Tracy! Congratulations on your engagement!

 
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Here's to another TEN!

A BIG congratulations to Nurse Casey who is celebrating 10 YEARS at BVH. We are thrilled to have Casey's smiling face back in the clinic, after being on maternity leave in recent months - we hope to hold onto her for another 10 years!  

 
Tummy troubles

There’s no getting around it, at some point in your pet’s life you may have to clean up some vomit or diarrhoea. No one likes this job and talking about it can make some people turn green. Thankfully we have simplified the facts so you don't have to dwell on these thoughts for too long.

What you should do at home

If your pet has a vomit or a bout of diarrhoea you should withhold food for a few hours (gastric rest), offer fluids for rehydration and feed a bland diet for a couple of days. In most cases, your pet will most likely recover without a problem.

There are times when vomiting and diarrhoea become a little more serious and that's when you need to call on us.

You should seek advice from us if your pet:

1. Vomits more than once
2. Has multiple bouts of diarrhoea
3. Seems lethargic or has a reduced appetite
4. Might have ingested something they shouldn't have
5. Has been losing weight recently
6. Has had intermittent bouts of vomiting and/or diarrhoea over a period of time

One of the most common causes of vomiting and/or diarrhoea in pets is a dietary indiscretion. This is just our way of saying your pet has eaten something they shouldn't. Other causes might be due to ingestion of a toxin, infection from a virus, a bacteria or a parasite, conditions such as pancreatitis, a gastric obstruction from a foreign body and other systemic diseases.

Treatment for vomiting and diarrhoea generally involves medications to help reduce nausea and even intravenous fluid therapy to help rehydrate your pet. In some cases, it is necessary for us to perform blood tests and further imaging such as radiographs of the abdomen to rule out the more concerning causes.

If you have a puppy or a kitten with diarrhoea or vomiting we recommend that you always get them checked by us as they can become dehydrated very quickly.

It's always best to ask us for advice if you are concerned about your pet. We might not be able to clean your carpet, but we are always here if you need reassurance.

 
What on earth should I be feeding my pet?

We know that when you go to buy food for your pet it can be very confusing. There are many choices available and lots of people that will give you their advice. Pet food companies also complicate things with claims that their food is better than others because it is all natural, paleo, vegan, grain free, wheat free and so on.

The best diet to feed your pet is one that is recommended by us. When it comes to nutrition, we are able to give you the most up to date information that has scientific backing. We will recommend the most appropriate diet no matter what stage of life your pet is at. For example, if you have a puppy, are you feeding it the best food for its breed to ensure correct bone growth? Or if your pet is suffering from a particular disease such as osteoarthritis, are you feeding the best diet to help manage the disease?

It is important to realise that all of the foods we recommend contain natural ingredients and these are precisely balanced for optimum nutrition. This means your pet won’t receive too little or too much of certain nutrients - and this claim is something only particular brands can make.

If you are feeling confused or have any questions regarding your pet’s diet please ask us for more information. When it comes to your pet’s nutrition, we are the best people to ask.

 
How do I know if my pet is overweight?

Pets come in all shapes and sizes and there’s not an ideal weight for every breed of dog or cat. The fact is, many pets are overweight and alarmingly, most people aren’t even aware of what to look for.

Here are our top tips for determining if your pet is carrying a few too many kilos:

1. Look at your pet from above - they will have lost definition of their waist. Instead of an hourglass figure, they may resemble a barrel on legs!
2. Have a feel of your pet’s ribs - you will no longer easily feel their ribs when you run your hands over their sides.
3. Can you see their neck? A very obese pet may have neck fat, a pendulous tummy as well as fat deposits over the hips.

The very best way to determine whether your pet is overweight is to drop in for a weight check with us. This will allow us to score your pet’s body condition and, if necessary, start a weight loss plan.

Thankfully, getting your pet to lose weight is easier than you think. Physical exercise will help but it is absolutely crucial that you are feeding your pet the correct diet and the right amount. You also need to ensure all family members are on the same page (so Dad, this means no sneaking them toast at the breakfast table!)

The best news is, there are diets available that will actually help your pet lose weight, including one to increase your pet’s metabolic rate. We are happy to say that many of our patients have had great success with these so you should ask us for more information.

 
Old tyres, new beds

Image Source: Instagram

We all love a feel-good story and this one’s a corker, because it not only benefits animals but the environment too.

Meet Amarildo Silva, a 23-year-old artist and entrepreneur from Brazil. In his spare time, Amarildo collects and transforms discarded tyres into animal beds. His family helps him find the old tyres and he then cleans and paints them, and adds a cushion for the pets to sleep on. Through the power of Instagram, he's managed to sell over 500 beds in 2 years! We love the impact these eco-friendly animal beds are having on reducing waste on the planet.

Click here to read more about Silva's amazing work.