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Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic
459 Princes Highway
Narre Warren, VIC, 3805
Phone: 03 9704 6463
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Senior Pet Month!

Why is geriatric health screening so important?


As our pets age, their health begins to decline, and they may become more susceptible to geriatric diseases. Diagnostic testing such as blood and urine tests, x-ray and ultrasound can highlight underlying conditions that we may not otherwise detect on routine physical examination.


Our senior pets can be prone to several conditions including heart and kidney disease, arthritis and diabetes. Early diagnosis and intervention can be crucial in the management of our pets as they age.


During February and March, Berwick Vet Hospital and Narre Warren Vet Clinic are offering some extra TLC to our geriatric patients.


Over the next two months we will be offering up to 20% off geriatric wellness examinations and screening. Please speak to our friendly staff to discuss what screening tests and discounts may apply to your pet.

Urgent notice - Hills canine can food recall


Dear valued clients, Hill's have issued a voluntary product recall for particular batches of the following canine products:

1) Hill's Prescription i/d Chicken and Vegetable Stew 156g

2) Hill's Prescription i/d 370g

3) Hill's Prescription j/d 370g

4) Hill's Prescription k/d 370g

5) Hill's Prescription w/d 370g

6) Hill's Prescription z/d 370g

7) Hill's Prescription metabolic + mobility vegetable and 
tuna stew 354g

8) Hill's Prescription Derm Defense Chicken and Vegetable Stew 354g

9) Hill's Science Diet Puppy Chicken and Barley Entree 370g

10) Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken and Barley Entree 370g

11) Hill's Science Diet Adult Light with Liver

12) Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Chicken and Barley Entree Dog food

13) Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken and Vegetable stew 354g

If you have any purchased any of the above products, please stop feeding these cans immediately and call us on (03) 9707 2655 for further information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Berwick Veterinary Hospital on (03) 9707 2655 or the Hill's Pet Nutrition at 1800 679 932.

Berwick Vet Hospital Bravery Award - January 2019

Our bravery award this month goes to Lilly.

Lilly came to visit us at Berwick Vets a few weeks ago following multiple episodes of vomiting. After a close look, we found that Lilly had a piece of red sewing thread wrapped around her tongue! Unfortunately, this was only the tip of the iceberg and the rest of the string was trapped within her digestive tract, unable to move as it was anchored around her tongue. Lilly was extremely brave and endured a tough surgery, requiring 5 separate incisions into her intestines and one into her stomach to remove the entire length of thread.

We are pleased to report that she has recovered extremely well, and hope that she doesn’t fancy eating thread anymore!

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Narre Warren Vet Clinic - Bravery Award January 2019

Meet Tessa - the dog with 9 lives! At nearly 15 years old she's endured spinal surgery, eye removal, spleen removal AND orthopaedic surgery to repair a torn cruciate ligament! 

Last week Tessa came in feeling quite unwell. She was suffering from anaemia and a list of other symptoms, seeing her enter our surgery suite yet again, for an exploratory laparotomy. 

Tessa is owned and loved by David and Rhonda, who do a magnificent job of meeting her dietary needs and providing her with all of her medications daily.

Regardless of all this, Tessa is still smiling wide and wagging her tail whenever she comes to see us.

Tessa’s resilience is admired throughout the clinic.

Puppy Preschool Graduates

Congratulations to our recent Puppy Preschool graduates - Olivia, Gangster, Frankie and Harvey!

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. 



Why heartworm prevention is so important

How many pesky mosquitoes have you seen this summer? Here's some food for thought: wherever there are mosquitoes, there is the risk of heartworm disease for your pet!

Heartworm is a dangerous worm, and when an infected mosquito feeds on your pet's blood, the heartworm larvae enter the bloodstream. The scary part is that these larvae mature into worms that can reach up to 30cm in length.

The worms mature in the bloodstream and eventually become lodged in your pet's heart leading to heart failure. It is at this point that the disease can be fatal. Dogs are more commonly affected by heartworm disease but cats may also be at risk.

The prevalence of heartworm in Australia has been mainly in tropical and subtropical coastal regions but in recent decades it has become increasingly prevalent in more southern areas.

The take-home point is that with changing weather patterns and subsequent alterations in the distribution of mosquito populations, heartworm disease can be unpredictable. This is why prevention is SO important as we just don't know where it might strike next.

Prevention of heartworm is far better than an attempt at a cure but it's important to realise that not all heartworm prevention is the same so it's best to ask us what is the best prevention for your pet.

Most importantly, you need to be aware that many of the intestinal 'all-wormer' tablets do not prevent against heartworm infection.

There are topical treatments, oral treatments and a yearly injection for dogs. Ask us for the most suitable prevention for your pet - we will make sure your pet is suitably protected.

Recognising a broken heart

We're not talking about a broken heart from lost love here but instead heart disease.

Most of the signs of heart disease are related to a decrease in the function of the heart. The signs can be subtle and sometimes hard to detect. Being able to recognise some of the early signs of this disease can make a big difference for your pet. It means we can initiate medical treatment and in most cases, ease the workload on the heart, meaning your pet will live a longer and healthier life.

Look out for these signs:

+ Coughing, especially at night

+ A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on walks

+ Laboured or fast breathing

+ Weakness or fainting associated with exercise

+ An enlarged abdomen

+ Weight loss or poor appetite

This example of why at least an annual check-up with us is important. We will always listen to your pet's heart as part of any physical exam and this allows us to detect any changes early. Sometimes we will hear a murmur (abnormal blood flow) or an arrhythmia (irregular rhythm). These may be reason for us to perform more tests such as x-rays, ultrasound and an ECG.

There are some excellent medications available to help a pet suffering from heart disease and the good news is that these can help your pet live a longer and near normal life.

If you are ever worried about your pet's health, you should call us for advice. 

This study was EPIC!

Recent groundbreaking research into canine heart disease is changing the way we treat one of the most common heart conditions.

It is estimated that one dog in ten may suffer from some type of heart disease and there it's a particular type of heart disease called mitral valve disease that can lead to congestive heart failure, reduced quality of life and an overall shortened lifespan.

The EPIC (Evaluation of Pimobendan In dogs with Cardiomegaly) Study was the largest veterinary cardiology study in history. This groundbreaking study set out to answer a key question: Can a particular drug (pimobendan) delay the onset of congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs with mitral valve disease?

The study, which began in 2010 and ran through to 2015, included investigators at 36 study centres in 11 nations across 4 continents. Investigators were held to rigorous scientific standards, and an independent team compiled and reported the findings.

The results concluded that dogs who received pimobendan experienced a 15-month delay in onset of clinical signs of CHF, cardiac-related death, or euthanasia. Some have described these results as 'epic' (pardon the pun!)

And the best news is that with x-rays and an ultrasound of the heart, along with the guidelines from the results of this study, we are now able to determine which of our patients with mitral valve disease will benefit from medication and which can be placed on a monitoring program. This means we can help your pet live a longer and healthier life.

If you have any questions about the management of heart disease or anything to do with your pet's health, we are always here to help.

A healthy mouth equals a healthy heart

Did you know that if your pet is suffering from dental disease they may be at risk of heart disease too?

When dental disease strikes, plaque and tartar that accumulate on the teeth lead to infection of the gums. Bacteria from this infection travel in the bloodstream around the body and can cause infection in the heart. This commonly occurs in the heart's lining and valves and is known as endocarditis. 

And it's not only the heart that is affected; the kidneys, liver and lungs can all be damaged by the bacteria.

Thankfully many of these problems can be reversed if dental disease is treated and the health of your pet's mouth is improved. 

Top tips for the prevention of dental disease

1. Lift your pet's lip and have a look and a smell. If you notice any yellowing of the teeth or redness of the gums OR your pet's breath smells a bit 'off', it is time for a checkup with us.

2. Regardless of whether you think something's not quite right, get your pet's mouth checked regularly by us. The earlier we spot an issue the better the outcome. Dental checkups at least once a year should be non-negotiable. 

3. Get your pet eating the right diet. It's essential that our pets chew their food! There are some excellent dental diets available and they work really well so ask us for the best recommendation.

4. Brush your pet's teeth. This is considered gold standard but just make sure you use a pet-approved toothpaste.

Don't be tempted by offers of 'anaesthesia free dentistry." This somewhat 'shonky' form of teeth cleaning is simply cosmetic and it fails to address the root of the problem (removing the plaque and tartar and subsequent bacteria from under the gum-line). You can read more information about this here.

We recommend a dental check-up at least once a year. Call us to book your pet in for a dental check-up today as you might be improving the health of their heart too. 

If cats sent Valentine's Day cards

It's Valentine's Day this month and while it may not be everyone's cup of tea, we think this take on the whole event is pretty funny. If you click here you'll find '14 Valentine's Day cards you could only get from a cat.'

And we definitely DO NOT recommend giving your cat any of the favourite toys from card #14! They are all potentially dangerous if ingested by your cat!