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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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Essential services update

We have wonderful news to share - the Australian Government has ruled the Veterinary profession as an ESSENTIAL service - this means we will remain OPEN during the COVID-19 pandemic 

We do still need to comply with Government recommendations regarding social distancing, and have implemented protocols to keep our clients, patients, community and team safe during these times. 

We also wish to express our deep appreciation and thanks to our wonderful clients and the Narre Warren community for their understanding during these dynamic times in clinic. We know change can be challenging, but we are working hard to ensure that our service remains seamless.

It means the world to us to ensure we can remain here to care for you and your furred and feathered family,
The Team at Narre Warren Vet Clinic 

 
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Medication and food pick up

As a result of Government legislation for COVID-19, and in line with social distancing we have 'tweaked' the way we are doing food and medication pickups in clinic.

We kindly ask that you;

- Call the clinic to place and confirm your order, we will let you know the time the order will be ready for pickup
- Call us once you have arrived in the car park
- We will then deliver the food/medication to your car

Where possible, we prefer payment over the phone at the time of ordering. 

We also off FREE DELIVERY of medication and food - this service runs twice a week. This is perfect for non-urgent medication/food 

To place food/medication orders, or to arrange FREE home delivery, please contact the clinic on (03) 9704 6463. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 
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Whats on: upcoming events at NWVC

We're excited for the year ahead, and have a lot in store for our patients and clients alike. Take a look at whats coming up soon:

Osteoarthritis in our feline friends April 2020 

Osteoarthritis in our canine friends May 2020 

Annual stocktake sale June (date tbc)

Dental months July and August 2020

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

 
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Bravery Award March 2020

Meet Sarge – this young man paid us a visit last month following an eventful game of fetch. Head over to our blog to view his remarkable story 

 
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Osteoarthritis in our feline friends

In April we'll take a look at Osteoarthritis in our feline friends. All arthritis consults will go home with an 'Arthritis take home pack', full of goodies and useful information on how we can best combat this disease. 

Follow us on Facebook to view our Osteoarthritis content during April

 
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Easter Opening Hours

Good Friday 10th April - CLOSED 

Easter Saturday 11th April - CLOSED 

Easter Sunday 12th April - CLOSED 

Easter Monday 13th April - CLOSED 

For all veterinary emergencies on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, please call Berwick Veterinary Hospital 03 9707 2655

Outside of these ours please call Casey Pet Emergency (03) 8790 1625

 

***Anzac Day Saturday 25th April - CLOSED

 
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Puppy Preschool Graduates

Congratulations to our most recent graduates Benson, Hazel and Pepper. 

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). 

*** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Puppy Preschool classes have been postponed. 

 
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Hip Hip Hooray!

Happy Birthday to Dr. Tom as we celebrate his birthday this month! 

 
Did you know that Easter lilies can be lethal?

Lilies are popular flowers and commonly used in arrangements due to their appealing fragrance. Many pet owners are, however, unaware of the danger they pose to cats.

It can be extremely dangerous if a cat eats any part of a lily, or drinks the water from a vase with lilies in it. Once ingested, a toxin can cause severe damage to the kidneys and, in some cases, the kidneys can fail completely and lead to death.

All species of the Lilium and Hemerocallis plants are poisonous to cats. Their common names include the Day lily, Asiatic lily, Madonna lily, Japanese Show lily, Stargazer lily, Oriental lily, Rubrum lily, Western or Wood lily, Tiger lily and Easter lily.

Other plants that have lily in their name such as Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis), Peace lily (Spathiphyllum species) and Calla or Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) may have still lead to toxic effects if ingested (such as a gastrointestinal upset) but it is specifically Lilium and Hemerocallis that cause kidney failure.

Signs of lily poisoning include:

  • Drooling 
  • Vomiting
  • Refusing food
  • Lethargy and depression

Examination may reveal painful and enlarged kidneys, and the confirmation of kidney failure is made via blood and urine tests.

Treatment involves intensive hospitalisation and intravenous fluids, yet this may not always be successful, with some cats succumbing to kidney failure.

Please help us spread the word to help keep cats safe. Tell your local florist that lilies can be lethal and if you are gifted a bunch of lilies this Easter, the lilies are better off in the bin than around your cat!

 
It's time to look out for chocolate toxicity

 

With a large number of chocolate Easter eggs on the loose at this time of year, it is our job to remind you about the risk of chocolate toxicity.

Unfortunately, chocolate is not good for dogs! It contains a derivative of caffeine called theobromine and dogs have trouble digesting this ingredient and this leads to toxicity.

There will be dogs that are able to seek out any morsel of chocolate - big or small, wrapped or unwrapped!

It’s important to remember that ingesting chocolate can be fatal in some dogs.

As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. This means dark and cooking chocolate are extra-dangerous. Toxicity is also related to the amount of chocolate eaten relative to the weight of your dog. Be aware that smaller amounts of chocolate may still cause a gastric upset. You can have a play around with this calculator here to help determine what may be dangerous for your dog.

If you see your dog eat some chocolate or even if you think your dog might have ingested chocolate, it's best to call us for advice.

Signs of chocolate toxicity:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Tremors, panting and a racing heart
  • Seizures

Treatment of chocolate toxicity:

In most cases, if we are able to make your dog vomit up the chocolate they have eaten before it is absorbed, we can prevent the more serious side effects. Dogs with severe toxicities may require a lavage of stomach contents, intravenous fluids and supportive care in hospital, including medications to treat seizures.

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

 
Coronavirus and pets - what you need to know

The Coronavirus outbreak is currently affecting many people throughout the world and in some places, changing the way we go about life. There are many questions and myths floating about so we thought we’d help answer, and debunk, a few of them here.

How is Coronavirus spread?

Even though Coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to have emerged from an animal source (the pangolin), the main route of transmission is human-to-human. This person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when a person sneezes, coughs or when coming into contact with infected sputum (hand-to-mouth transmission.)

I’ve heard that dogs and cats can get coronavirus?

There are species-specific coronaviruses that affect dogs and cats but it is important to realise that these are not the same as the COVID-19 strain being transmitted by humans. The strains that affect cats and dogs can cause mild gastrointestinal (enteric) signs and, very rarely, can also cause a much more serious disease in cats called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP).

There is a vaccine available for the canine enteric form of coronavirus. This vaccine should not be used for prevention of the current COVID-19 strain as the enteric and respiratory viruses are distinctly different

Can I get coronavirus from my pet?

No. There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread from a pet to a human.

Can pets contract COVID-19 from humans?

A single dog has been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19. This is thought to have been via human-to-animal transmission. The dog had not shown any signs of disease related to COVID-19 at the time this article was written. According to the World Health Organisation, there is no evidence that pets can be infected with, or transmit, the disease to humans.

What should pet owners do?

The best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to adopt good hygiene measures and this includes washing your hands before and after handling animals. The US Centre for Disease Control recommends that people who are sick, or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, should restrict their contact with animals (this unfortunately means avoiding cuddling, kissing or being licked by your pet) until further information about the virus is available.

You should always contact us if you think your pet is unwell, or if you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and your pet.