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Middle Brighton Veterinary Centre
762 Hampton St
Brighton, VIC, 3186

enquiries@middlebrightonvet.com.au
www.middlebrightonvet.com.au
Phone: 03 9592 9811

Welcome to November! Gosh this year has sped past at a flying rate.

Hopefully later this month we will have on line booking available so that you can book your pet's appointment when it is convenient. There may be some of the usual teething issues but bear with us as we believe it will be worth it - saving time for everyone!

This month we say au reviour to Dr Kirsty as she commences her maternity leave. We welcome, Dr Marcus Cheung to our team - he is an experienced vet who will be a great addition- just quitely we think Murray will enjoy having another male in the building!

Wedding bells are in the air with Nurse Ash married last weekend and our Receptionist, Georgina to follow in the New Year. An exciting time for them - and we wish them all the very best! 

Next month we are having a fun competition - the funniest video of your pet. So get your phones ready to capture your pet and upload it to our FB page. The competition will open on December 1 and the winner will be announced on Dec 22, 2017. We will have three categories - dogs, cats and rabbits with a Christmas hamper for the winner of each category.

We hope that you enjoy this months newsletter - a reminder that if you are travelling over the summer months with your pet then make sure you download this great app - First Aid for Pets.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice

02  Correct use of antibiotics

03  Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat

04  Paralysis tick alert

05  Crazy cat markings

01 Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice
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Vaccination is a hot topic in the media at the moment. There's plenty of misinformation and scare tactics floating around on social media and so when it comes to vaccinating your pet, we want you to get the right advice.

The take home message is that vaccination is one of the most important tools we have available to help keep your pet healthy. Vaccinations are safe, have minimal (if any) side effects and the reason we recommend vaccinations is because they work.

These are the top reasons vaccinations are so vital:

  1. They protect against deadly diseases: many dangerous diseases are completely preventable with the correct vaccinations.
  2. Vaccinations save money: vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they prevent. 
  3. You can board your pet with other animals: if you ever plan to board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations - what would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option?
  4. Visits to the vet hospital: if your pet has to stay in hospital he needs to be vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected.

There are many diseases we are able to vaccinate against but your pet's health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are deemed necessary - we can help you make an informed decision and are always happy to discuss vaccinations with you.

When it comes to vaccinating your pet, we will give you the right advice to keep your pet healthy!

02 Correct use of antibiotics
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One of the greatest threats to human and animal health is antibiotic resistance and the emergence of 'superbugs'.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that 'unless urgent action is taken on the use of antibiotics in humans and animals, the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill'.

In the veterinary world, we are taking notice of these concerns and doing our bit to help prevent a global catastrophe. In fact, Australian veterinarians have guidelines in place to ensure they are not overprescribing or misusing antibiotics.

Here are some essential things to understand:

  1. Antibiotics can only be helpful in the presence of a bacterial infection. They cannot treat viral infections and are not needed in clean wounds - we do not use them for desexing operations.
  2. We sometimes need to identify the type of bacteria present to help choose the most appropriate antibiotic and this involves taking samples for culture and sensitivity testing. This is done at an external laboratory
  3. If your pet is prescribed antibiotics you must always use them as directed and finish the course, even if you think your pet is 'better' - stopping too early can lead to the development of resistant bacteria
  4. A revisit may be necessary to check your pet's and extend the course of antibiotics if necessary
  5. Never start any 'left over' antibiotics you have before you get your pet checked with us

And finally, please don't ask us to prescribe antibiotics without a consultation as it is unethical and it's against the law!

03 Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat
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The warmer weather is here and it's time for days at the beach and ice cream in the sun. With the warmer weather comes an increased risk of heat stress for your pets.

Heat stress or heat exhaustion is a common condition seen in Australia. It is more common in dogs as they have very few sweat glands for heat loss and are generally more active than cats, but we also see it in rabbits and guinea pigs that live outdoors.

Signs of heat stress:

  • excessive panting
  • drooling
  • extreme lethargy
  • staggering
  • weakness and collapse
  • seizures

Heat stress can kill your pet. All pets are at risk but brachycephalic dogs with a short nose (such as pugs and bulldogs), overweight pets, pets with heart or respiratory problems or those with thick, furry coats are at greater risk.

So what's the best way to avoid heat stress?

  • Never leave your pet in the car as the temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes, even on a mild day. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows partially open is not acceptable
  • Make sure shade and cool water is available ALL DAY - more than one water source is recommended. On extremely hot days, your pet may need to be kept inside. 
  • Never exercise your pet on a warm day - stick to the cool of the morning or evening (or skip exercise all together.)
  • Some pets will need to have their heavy coat shaved to provide some relief from the heat.

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stress you should seek veterinary attention immediately as heat stroke is an emergency. 

If you are ever worried about your pet you should call us for advice, we are always here to help.

04 Paralysis tick alert
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Paralysis ticks are out and about and even if you don't live in a 'typical' paralysis tick area, it's time to sit up and take notice.

The paralysis tick is usually prevalent along the east coast of Australia in dense bush areas. Due to changing weather patterns, overgrown gardens and the fact that these little critters can 'catch a ride', a number of paralysis ticks and have been found in metropolitan areas around Melbourne.

Once the tick attaches to a host (such as your pet) it engorges itself with blood and injects a toxin. As the tick slowly grows in size, it continues to inject the toxin over days to weeks so symptoms can be gradual in onset. 

It is therefore important that no matter where you live, you know what to look out for.

Watch out for:

  • A change in voice; the meow or bark becomes softer
  • Weakness in the back legs; walking along then sitting down suddenly is a common early sign.
  • Vomiting, especially if it happens several times in a day
  • A moist cough and difficulties breathing

As the poisoning progresses:

  • Your pet might be unable to stand
  • Breathing becomes exaggerated and more difficult

If the tick is not removed and an anti-serum administered to your pet, death may occur.

There are lots of tick preventatives on the market and it is best to discuss the most appropriate type of prevention with us. It is important to realise that no product on the marked is 100% effective so to help your pet know the early signs and perform daily tick checks on your pet is essential in the high risk areas.

Ask us for more information.

 

05 Crazy cat markings
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Here are some pretty cool cats!

Check out their crazy fur markings - from cinnamon rolls to the cat burglar, which one is your favourite?

Click here to view them at Bored Panda.