Animal Medical Centre
266 Charles Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250
Phone: 03 6705 7009
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Last year little Luca was brought to the AMC as she had Parvo Virus. This terrible disease causes dogs to vomit blood and have bloody diarrhoea. Without intensive treatment dogs will quickly die. Luca had been considered a hopeless case but came to the AMC for a second opinion. With great treatment and nursing care the brave little puppy went home after almost a week in our hospital.
Recently Luca came in for her annual check up and vaccination. She’s much bigger now, has a lovely nature and her owner considers her the best dog he’s ever owned.
There is a new strain of Parvo virus that has been found in Australia in the last year. Fortunately the vaccines that we use at the Animal Medical Centres work against this new strain. Luca’s story is a reminder to keep your pets up to date with their vaccinations! 

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Contents of this newsletter

01  My dog's done his knee!

02  Flu season is here

03  Is your pet a senior citizen?

04  Chicken therapy

01 My dog's done his knee!
Emmy bravery

Receptionist Rinelle and Emmy

It's footy season but your dog doesn't need to be on the sports field to do his ACL!

Rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is one of the most common injuries we see in dogs. This injury can lead to painful arthritis in your dog's knee if it is not treated effectively.

Plenty of dogs will 'snap' the ligament after suddenly jumping off a height or turning quickly. These dogs won't be able to stand on the injured hind leg. Cruciate ligament disease can also be a degenerative condition and older dogs may present with an intermittent lameness and a thickened knee joint.

Veterinary examination of the dog under sedation or general anaesthetic will enable diagnosis of a ruptured ACL. Radiographs will identify any evidence of swelling within and around the joint and any arthritic changes that may indicate progressive disease.

Surgery to stabilise the joint is the best option for treatment. There are different surgical techniques available that our Veterinarians are able to perform here at Animal Medical Centre. The technique used is dependent on what is the most suitable for your dog. The Animal Medical Centre can perform an advanced surgery for larger dogs, this is called a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA).  For more information click here 

The dog in the photo is Emmy. She required a Tibial Tuberosity Advancement to repair her ACL. 

If you think your pet has an injury it is best to have one of our Veterinarians assess it for you. Call the Clinic on 633 194 05 to arrange an appointment. 

02 Flu season is here

With flu season in full swing, now's a good time for us to answer the common question, can my pet get the flu?

The answer is yes - but unlike in humans, there isn't really a flu season for dogs and cats and infection can occur at any time of the year.

Dogs might contract canine cough (often referred to incorrectly as kennel cough) and cats can suffer from cat flu (commonly caused by a herpes virus).

Canine cough

Is a highly contagious disease that's passed from dog to dog by moisture droplets. Your dog might be infected at the local park or at a boarding kennel due to the large number of dogs in one area. Vaccination is given annually and is very effective at protecting your pet against the worst strains of this disease.
Your dog may still contract a milder form of canine cough, even if he is vaccinated, but this usually resolves by itself or requires only a short course of antibiotics.  At the Animal Medical Centre we have recently changed our vaccines to a version which is more effective at preventing Infectious Canine Cough.

Canine cough presesnts as a hacking cough which sounds as if a dog is trying to clear its throat. 

Cat flu

Is also highly contagious and can cause severe illness, especially in elderly cats or kittens. Vaccination is highly effective and while it won't always prevent cats from developing flu, it helps reduce the severity of the condition. Flu vaccinations are given annually and are an important way to help keep your cat stay happy and healthy.

Symptoms of cat flu are sneezing, nasal discharge and eye discharge. If your cat is showing any of these signs please phone us on (03) 63319405 and our freindly staff will be happy to help! 

To check if your pet is protected against these diseases, please the clinic and we can easily look up your pet's vaccination history and give you the best advice. 

03 Is your pet a senior citizen?

Is your pet starting to age a little?

Did you know that cats and dogs are considered senior citizens after the age around 8 years? As they reach their golden years there are a few things you need to watch out for.

Obvious changes might include:

  • forgetting toilet training
  • hearing loss
  • stiff legs
  • weight loss or gain

It's crucial to arrange more regular check ups with us during these senior years.

We will monitor your pet closely for:

  • sore joints
  • new lumps
  • dental disease
  • vision changes
  • heart changes

We may also suggest blood tests, urine tests and blood pressure measurements to make sure your pet's organs are all healthy. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis can be successfully managed if detected early.

Call our freindly staff on 63319405 for more information about keeping your senior pet happy and healthy. 

04 Chicken therapy

Meet the 'Hensioners,' the little chooks making big changes in the lives of elderly human patients. We all know that dogs and cats are great companions for our elderly population but did you ever think that a chicken might be able to help fight depression and dementia?

Click here to watch the story. 

Elderly woman with two chickens