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Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic
459 Princes Highway
Narre Warren, Victoria, 3805
Phone: (03) 9704 6463
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A message from Dr. Tom

A BIG thank you to our clients and dedicated team here at NWVC. See Dr. Tom's message here

Arthritis alert

As Autumn comes to an end and you are at home with your pets more due to COVID-19, now is a good time to keep an eye out for arthritis. The colder weather always coincides with an increase in the number of pets with stiff and sore joints, so knowing what to look out for is essential.

The signs of arthritis in pets can be hard to detect, and it’s easy to blame the symptoms on your pet just simply ‘getting old’. The fact is, arthritis can be excruciating, and your pet will not always show a limp or yelp out in pain.

Here’s what you need to look out for in dogs:

- Stiffness and soreness, especially in the morning or after lying down

- Sleeping more or lying around for more extended periods

- Trouble jumping up on to furniture or into the boot of the car

- Changes in behaviour, such as being more grumpy than usual

- Muscle loss along the spine and down the legs

And keep an eye out for these symptoms in cats:

- Landing in a heap when jumping down

- Reluctancy to climb

- Hesitance jumping down from your lap or furniture

- Reduced grooming, leading to a poorly-kept coat and matted fur

The good news is that we can improve your pet’s mobility and ensure they are pain-free. We can also help slow the progression of arthritis.

Please phone us if you are worried about your pet and we will be able to help.

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What's on: upcoming events at NWVC

Osteoarthritis in our canine friends May 2020 

Annual stocktake sale Thursday 18th June 2020

Dental months July and August 2020

To keep up to date with upcoming events, follow us on Facebook

Osteoarthritis in our canine friends

This month we'll take a look at osteoarthritis in our canine friends. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram - we'll share some great advice and useful tips to help keep your arthritic pets comfortable as we head into the colder months.

- Receive 15% off prepaid Zydax courses 

- Discount vouchers available for Hills Prescription Metabolic Plus Diets

- Receive 20% off Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments 

- Receive 20% off Acupuncture treatments

- Arthritis take-home pack for all arthritis consults

Bravery Award April 2020

Let us introduce you to Doogle – one very brave old lady! View her story here.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (otherwise referred to as PRP) is a natural therapy used to relieve pain associated with joint disease and injury, promote healing and reduce recovery time in canine patients.

Platelets are a type of cell found in the blood and are primarily responsible for the formation of blood clots. Platelets also contain an abundance of growth factors involved in healing.

PRP therapy is a day procedure that involves a blood sample being taken from your pet. The sample is spun down in the lab, concentrating the plasma and beneficial growth factors in the plasma portion of the blood. While the patient is sedated, the sample is injected into the joint, where it stimulates healing of inflamed tissues, improving pain relief and function of the joint, utilising the body’s own ability to regenerate and heal itself.

PRP therapy is typically recommended for patients suffering from Osteoarthritis or undergoing orthopaedic surgery.

We’re proud to be offering this exciting new therapy, seeing some promising results in our patients so far. If you’d like to discuss this therapy further, please have a chat with one of our veterinarians.

For the month of May, receive 20% all PRP treatments. Give us a call or book online to make an appointment. 

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Happy Mother's Day

To all the Mums, Grandmas, Step-Mums, soon-to-be Mums and of course Pet Mums - HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Give a shout out to the special Mum in your life - head over to our Facebook page and leave her a special message on our Mother's Day Post (be sure to tag her!) 

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Hip Hip Hooray!

A BIG Happy Birthday to Nurse Danielle and Dr. Dawn - there's sure to be lots of Birthday Cake for everyone this week!

How pets can improve your mental health during COVID-19

Some say that all clouds have a silver lining and perhaps one major silver lining of the COVID-19 crisis is being able to spend more time with our pets. It is a stressful and challenging time for so many people right now, but there is plenty of evidence that having a pet around can improve your mental health.

Many will concur that it is often a pet that gets us up and out of bed. Pets are pretty persistent when they want breakfast and dogs are usually good at insisting on their morning walk! The flow-on effect of this can be really positive for someone suffering from poor mental health, and this just another reason why we should never underestimate the power of pets in our lives!

Here are a few simple things you can do with your pet at home during this time to help improve your day:

Physical contact: a gentle pat or a cuddle with your pet can release feel-good hormones that help calm and comfort you.

Take time to slow down: walk your dog in the sunshine or sit with your cat while you have a cup of tea. These activities can do wonders for the soul.

Keep a routine: pets help provide us with a structure to the day and can give you a sense of responsibility with a 'reason' to get up and start the day positively.

Learn new skills: now's a great time to learn how to trim your pet's nails or how to groom your pet. Try brushing your pet's teeth, as this is considered a gold standard when it comes to pet dental care! Call us to ask for more information.

We'd love to see some photos of you and your pet enjoying this extra time together. Please send them to us via email or upload them to our Facebook page.

Top tips for a healthy pet during isolation

There have been plenty of changes in the way we lead our life recently, and your pet's life has probably changed too! You, or the kids, may be home more and, if you have a dog, you are probably walking more to get out of the house.

With all of this in mind, here are our ten tips to help keep your pets safe during this period:

1. Keep your pet's exercise consistent: don't overdo it, especially if you have an older and arthritic pet as they can become stiff and sore after multiple walks to the park! If you think your pet might be in pain, you should call us for advice.

2. Try to keep a routine so that your pet knows what to expect.

3. Watch out you don't inadvertently feed your pet more during this period and come out with an obese pet!

4. As you will be eating at home more, watch that the human food isn't dropping on the floor and being vacuumed up by your pets.

5. If the kids are home more, does your pet have somewhere to go for some timeout?

6. With more people out with their dogs at the park at the same time, practice social distancing and keep your dog under control at all times to avoid dog fights.

7. Ensure that your pet is calm and collected around kids at parks to help keep everyone safe.

8. Avoid unnecessary visits to the vet by calling us first, as we may be able to help you over the phone.

9. To prevent separation anxiety after the pandemic, make sure you do leave your pet at home alone for short periods.

10. Keep an eye on your pet's daily habits: their appetite, thirst, urination and defecation. This will help pick up on any changes early.

If you are worried about your pet, you should always call us for advice.

A puppy's thoughts on isolation - a parody

Laughter is always a good idea and with the state of the world right now, here’s a great video to help put a smile on your face while you are staying home.