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

nurses@narrevet.com.au
narrevet.com.au
Phone: (03) 9704 6463
 
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A message from Dr. Tom

On behalf of all the staff at the Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic we hope that you had a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year surrounded by friends and family.  I would also like to pass on a heartfelt thank you for your ongoing support throughout the past year.

2019 was a very big year for us at NWVC, we have in the past 12 months upgraded our anaesthetic machines and we have also upgraded the way we monitor our anaesthetics.  We now have state of the art monitoring equipment that not only measures oxygen saturation but records blood pressure as well as capnography (the amount of carbon dioxide expelled by our patients) and electrocardiography.  We have also recently purchased a second ultrasound machine that has colour doppler capabilities, this will enable us to diagnose complex problems more efficiently than before.  This is on top of our new state of the art digital radiography equipment that was purchased the previous year.  We also now offer PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, this process involves the taking of blood, removing the PRP from it, and then injecting it back into affected joints and tendons.  This utilises the bodies-own healing properties to treat conditions like osteoarthritis.  These upgrades ensure your pets receive world class veterinary care and attention when they visit the practice.

We have also welcomed two new veterinarians to our close-knit team, Dr Elita Frazer and Dr Dawn Hoo.  These veterinarians have brought with them their own special interests in veterinary science and have all contributed to our continual drive for excellence. 

On a sadder note, we said a final goodbye to our beloved Leroy, who left us in October.  Leroy had been my constant companion over the previous 10 plus years and was a regular at the clinic.  He was very much loved by all the staff, suppliers and clients alike, he will be sorely missed.  The clinic does feel a little quieter without him.  To all of you that have been in a similar situation with your beloved pet over the past year, my heart goes out to you.

Once again thank you for your patronage,  Happy New Year and we look forward to working with you again to ensure your pets receive the very best of veterinary care. 

Dr. Thomas Brennan 

 
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Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal

$20 from every vaccination performed at the Narre Warren Vet in the month of January will be donated directly to the Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal. 

To make a booking, give us a buzz on (03) 9704 6463 or book online https://tinyurl.com/y3f87qzs

If you would like to make an additional donation, head over to the Wildlife Victoria website 

https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/

 
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NWVC Bravery Award - December 2019

We often hear about AFL players having torn their ‘ACL’ – did you know that our canine friends are also at risk of rupturing their cruciate ligament?

Meet Ollie, he’s just undergone cruciate repair surgery. Check out his story here https://narrevet.com.au/bravery-award-december-2019-ollie/

 
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Puppy Preschool graduates

A big congratulations to our recent Puppy Preschool Graduates Aggie, Bun Bun, Max, Zeus, Austin, Richie, Havoc and Stormy. 

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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Australia Day Public Holiday

Please note we will be CLOSED for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday 27th January. 

For all emergencies please contact Berwick Veterinary Hospital on (03) 9707 2655 between 10am and 2pm. 

Outside of these hours, please get in contact with Casey Pet Emergency (03) 8790 1625

 
Help! I'm so confused about parasite prevention

Parasite prevention can get pretty confusing, but it’s an important part of responsible pet care. The start of a new year is always a good time to make sure your pet is up to date with their parasite prevention and the good news is, we can make it easier for you! To refresh your mind, here’s a brief overview of the major parasites you need to think about when it comes to the health and comfort of your pet:

Heartworm
Spread by mosquitoes, this worm matures in the bloodstream and can become lodged in the heart. It can be fatal and prevention is absolutely essential.

Intestinal worms
These worms live in the gastrointestinal tract of our pets and can cause diarrhoea, weight loss and anaemia, particularly in young animals or those that are immunocompromised. They include roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and tapeworms (which are also part of the flea life cycle). Some gastrointestinal worms are also a zoonotic risk to humans. Prevention is very important for the health of your pet and people caring for the pet.

Fleas
These pesky little creatures love warm conditions and can really cause your pet discomfort due to hypersensitivity to their bites. They can also bite humans! Flea prevention is easy and year round prevention prevents seasonal outbreaks and reduces the likelihood of secondary skin infections.

Ticks
The paralysis tick is the major concerning tick for our pets. Once they attach they gorge themselves with blood and inject a toxin that can cause rapid paralysis and even death. Paralysis ticks are common along the east coast of Australia and they love coastal areas, however they can also be found elsewhere as they can hitch a ride.

Help your pet start 2020 on the right paw when it comes to parasite prevention! Ask us what product is most suitable for your pet as this will help prevent doubling up on prevention or missing one altogether.

 
Summer heat can be deadly

When the Summer heat is upon us, it’s vital to consider your pet and make sure they are safe and cared for. Here are a few things you need to keep front of mind:

Heat exhaustion
Our pets are very susceptible to heatstroke. Dogs are not able to sweat like humans, so they rely heavily on panting to regulate their body temperature. Brachycephalic dogs (pugs and bulldogs) are particularly vulnerable as they have shorter muzzles and as a result, air-flow is restricted in and out of their mouth. This makes it harder for them to effectively exchange hot air for cool, and they can easily overheat.

Keep an eye out for excessive, exaggerated or noisy panting, drooling, weakness or collapse. If you think your pet might have heat stress, bring your pet to us immediately (or seek emergency veterinary care). It's best to place your pet in front of the air conditioner or a fan while you are in the car. You can also place wet towels on hairless parts of the body (footpads and groins).

Hot underfoot
Many people forget that footpaths, decking, tin roofs and bitumen roads get incredibly hot during the summer. Even sand can sometimes be too hot to walk on. This can cause painful burns to your pet's paws that may not appear for 24 hours, so be extremely careful in the heat. A good test is to hold the back of your hand to the ground, if you cannot hold it there for five seconds, it is too hot for your dog to walk on.

Hot cars can be deadly
Never leave your pet in the car during the warmer months. The internal temperature of a car can become like an oven in minutes (even on a mild day). 

We are always here to help you and your pet so please contact us if you have any concerns about your pet in the heat.

 
Snake bites - do you know what to do?

Dogs and cats are adventurous creatures, and at this time of year, they can occasionally be found harassing a snake. Snakes are common in rural areas but they are increasingly popping up in more urban areas, so it’s important to know the symptoms of snake bite and what to do if your pet is bitten.

Different species of snakes possess different types of venom, and your pet may show clinical signs anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite. Even if you only suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake you should see a vet. It is better that your pet is checked over rather than wait and be sorry.

The early signs of snake bite include:

- Enlarged pupils
- Salivation
- Vomiting
- Hind limb weakness
- Lethargy
- Rapid breathing

    How can you help your pet survive a snake bite?

    - Seek veterinary attention immediately
    - Keep your pet as STILL AS POSSIBLE - this is critical to help reduce movement of the venom around the body

DO NOT try treatment options such as cold packs, ice, tourniquets, alcohol, bleeding the wound and trying to suck out venom in place of getting your pet to the vet - they are a waste of VERY precious time. NEVER attempt to kill, handle or capture the snake as you risk being bitten too. Providing a description of a snake, or a photo of the snake can be helpful but only if it is safe to do so.

Always be vigilant and supervise your pet when they are off leash. Keep them inside from dusk (snakes like to hunt at night) and take care in off leash areas and around rivers and dams and long grass. This is especially important if you are heading to areas over summer with your pet that you are not familiar with such as camping trips or farm visits.

If you are ever concerned about your pet you should call us for advice.

 
Sustainable pet ownership

Caring about our planet as best as possible is a great way to kick off 2020. So what can you do as pet owners to ensure that we protect the planet and make sustainable choices as often as possible? Here are six top tips for sustainable pet ownership:

1. Buy in bulk - buying bigger bags of pet food reduces the use of plastic packaging. Remember that you can recycle your soft plastics (dry pet food bags) at participating supermarkets. If your pet gets wet food, recycle the aluminium tins (remember wash them out and remove the label before putting them in the recycling bin).

2. Deal with poo properly - keep it out of our fragile waterways (reducing potential contamination) by always picking up your dog’s poo. ALWAYS use a biodegradable dog poo bag as this will ensure the poo and the bag will break down.

3. Choose responsibly made pet toys and pet bedding - choose well made products such as good quality bedding, collars and leads. Invest in a product that will last longer and won’t just end up in landfill in a few months. Use recycled paper cat litter in the litter tray too!

4. Adopt a pet - save a life! This is a no-brainer when it comes to caring about pets and making sustainable choices for the planet.

5. Protect our wildlife - our wildlife is precious. Keep cats inside from dusk to dawn and place a bell on their collar when they are outside. Keep dogs leashed and under control at all times unless they are in a designated off leash area.

If you have any other great ideas for sustainable pet ownership, we’d love to hear about them!

 
How you can help our wildlife this summer

At this time of the year, it is not uncommon for us to see wildlife suffering from heat stress and dehydration. Birds, possums and koalas are often the ones commonly affected and it’s handy to know what to look out for and how you can help.

Signs of heat stress:

- Weak and lethargic
- Confused
- Venturing down to ground level searching for water (especially possums and koalas)
- Birds opening their beaks constantly or holding their wings away from their body

How you can help our native furry and feathered friends at home?
Provide multiple containers of water around your garden at varying heights - try and put them in protected areas such as hidden under a bush amongst the garden so the animals feel safe. Don't forget to place a stick or rock in the water, so if an animal falls in, they won't drown. Be sure to keep your dogs and cats away from wildlife to allow them to come down and drink safely.

What should you do if you find injured or heat stressed wildlife?
We recommend you have a read of the information provided here. It gives detailed instructions on helping wildlife affected by bushfires but is also applicable for many situations. Remember, whenever you are helping wildlife you need to make sure YOU are safe (a good example of this is when you stop to check wildlife on the side of the road as other traffic can pose as a potential hazard to you). Always make YOUR safety the priority!

If ever you have any questions about wildlife, we are always here to help.