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

nurses@narrevet.com.au
Phone: 03 9704 6463

Berwick Veterinary Hospital
58 Clyde Rd
Berwick, VIC, 3806

nurses@berwickvet.com.au
Phone: 03 9707 2655

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Casey Pet Expo

02  Bravery Award

03  Puppy Preschool Graduates

04  Meet the team - Dr. Jon Boot

05  Meet the team - Nurse Kelsey

06  Meet the team - Dr. Candace

07  Meet the team - Crystal

08  Farewell Dr. Ruth

09  Lenno's arthritis

10  The subtle signs of arthritis

11  The many ways we can treat arthritis

12  How to make your home arthritis friendly

13  Cat hits dog's turbo button

01 Casey Pet Expo
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The rain held off for a fantastic day at the Casey Pet Expo in May. Staff from the Narre Warren Vet Clinic kindly offered free nurse health checks, free worming and endless amounts of treats, cuddles and advice to the fur babies of the Casey community. While our nurse checks were busily underway, the facepainting station transformed some very excited kids into all sorts of wonderful creatures including dogs, cats, snakes and unicorns! 

Congratulations to 'Maluma' Quiroz who won a 12 month subscription to our clinic Healthcare Plan valued at over $500! 

02 Bravery Award
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This month’s bravery award has been well and truly earned by Gracie.

After falling unwell at home, Gracie’s concerned family brought her to the clinic for some help. As a non-desexed dog, Dr Candace was quickly able to diagnose Gracie with pyometra - a severe infection where the uterus fills with pus!

Emergency surgery to remove the uterus was imperative. This is normally a straight-forward operation performed routinely during desexing procedures. 
However, Gracie’s uterus was very diseased and fragile - it could rupture at any moment. She was also already very weak and suffering with heart disease.

With all hands on deck, Gracie’s surgery was a complete success. She was discharged home for nursing care the very next day!

Gracie was feeling much more like her old self at her recheck appointment. We’re sure she’s looking forward to having those stitches out!

Love large, little Gracie!

03 Puppy Preschool Graduates
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Congrulations to the graduates from May - Diesel, Bailey, Lilly, Daisy Lou, Lupin, Dustee, Arnold & Rosie. Well done and good luck with your future training! 

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 10% OFF PUPPY PRESCHOOL CLASSES?

04 Meet the team - Dr. Jon Boot
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Dr. Jon Boot - Senior Veterinarian at Narre Warren Vet Clinic

Jon joined the team as senior veterinarian at Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic at the end of 2013. Jon graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989. He first worked in a dairy practice in South Gippsland before moving to small animal practice in Melbourne. He was partner in a large suburban practice for 8 years and was Practitioner in Residence at the University of Melbourne in 2012.

Jon enjoys surgery and medical diagnosis and has a keen interest in helping people understand the needs of their pets. Jon shares his home with his wife, three sons and a menagerie of pets including Obi the Jack Russell, cats G.T. & Louie, two pugs Rosie and Ella, a horse called Greg, a miniature pony called Hercules and numerous chickens. When not at work he enjoys travel, playing music with his band and spending time with his family and pets.

05 Meet the team - Nurse Kelsey
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Kelsey - Veterinary Nurse at Narre Warren Vet Clinic 

Kelsey joined the Narre Warren Vet Clinic team in 2012.

Kelsey has a keen interest in animal behaviour, it is for this reason that she runs our puppy school classes.

She has just completed her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Open Colleges Australia and looks forward to enrolling into a behaviour and training course in the near future.

She also holds her Certificate in Equine studies, Equine property management and Business management.

Kelsey enjoys weekends away camping with her partner, horse riding, 4 wheel driving and getting crafty.

At home Kelsey cares for a small collection of animals including Russell the Rottweiler, Harvie and Chatter the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Panda the cow.

06 Meet the team - Dr. Candace
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Dr. Candace - Veterinarian at Berwick Vet Hospital & Narre Warren Vet Clinic

Candace joined the Berwick and Narre Warren team in January 2017 as an Associate Veterinarian. She graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2013. After 2 years in mixed practice in south-west Victoria she returned to be closer to family and friends. She has an interest in small animal diabetes and dermatology. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her 3 horses and relaxing with her 2 cats.

07 Meet the team - Crystal
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Crystal - Veterinary Receptionist at Berwick Veterinary Hospital 

Crystal joined the team in 2017 as our dedicated receptionist. Her favourite part of the job is utilising her Vet Nursing knowledge and offering nutritional and petcare advice. Crystal has studied vet nursing, canine behaviour and has been in the veterinary industry for over 13 years. She enjoys spending time with her two little girls, husband and fur babies (Vegas a French bulldog and Carlos a Burmese kitten).

08 Farewell Dr. Ruth
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Last month we said 'goodbye' and 'good luck' to Dr Ruth! Ruth has been a part of the Berwick Vet family for the past two years. Whilst we're sad to see her go, we're so happy to watch her chase her dreams! We'll miss you, Ruth!

09 Lenno's arthritis
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Last month we introduced you to Lenno. He had recently been diagnosed with dry eye and had commenced on some eye medication to help improve his tear production. We are pleased to say that he has responded well to the medication and his eyes are improving. He will need regular tear tests and ongoing medication but things are looking good (pardon the pun).

This month we'd like to discuss Lenno's arthritis. He suffers from osteoarthritis of the hip as he has mild hip joint deformity. The ball of his hip joint doesn't sit in the socket very well allowing extra mobility and wear and tear of the joint.

This is a mild form of hip dysplasia. It is genetic and can affect certain breeds of dogs (mostly large breed dogs) but there are also environmental factors involved including diet, obesity and exercise.

Diagnosis was made with a thorough veterinary examination and was confirmed with x-rays.

Lenno's arthritis is managed with monthly arthritis injections and strict weight management. Lenno loves food so this might sound like a challenge but thankfully it's not so bad as he is on a prescription diet to keep his weight in a healthy range avoiding extra stress on his joints. It also helps to preserve joint cartilage and slow the progression of his arthritis. 

If you would like more information about arthritis and the treatments available we encourage you to read on as we have plenty of 'gems' to share this month.

10 The subtle signs of arthritis
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Our pets are more likely to feel the effects of arthritis during the colder weather so now is the best time for an arthritis check with us. Most of the signs of arthritis are subtle and you may not even realise your pet is in pain.

Arthritis is caused by the loss of the smooth cartilage that covers the bones at the end of a joint. This cartilage usually helps joints move freely and comfortably but over time, the ends of the bones become exposed and rub together. 

Your pet may not necessarily have a limp and won't yelp or cry out in pain. Watch out for the more subtle signs:

Dogs:

  • Trouble jumping up on to furniture or in to the boot of the car
  • Stiff and sore especially in the morning or after lying down
  • Sleeping more and lying around for longer periods of time
  • Changes in behaviour such as being more grumpy than usual
  • Muscle loss along the spine and down the legs

Cats

  • Hesitant to jump down from your lap or from furniture
  • Land in a heap when jumping down
  • Reluctant to climb
  • Reduced grooming leading to a poorly kept coat and matted fur 

    Don’t be tempted to put these changes down to 'just getting old' as your pet may be in significant pain. Arrange a check up with us so we can examine your pet thoroughly.

11 The many ways we can treat arthritis
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If your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis don't despair! There are multiple ways we can treat the disease and help your pet live a longer and more comfortable life.

They key to managing the disease is a multi-targeted approach. If we use a combination of treatments it can help reduce the need for large amounts of medication and lessen the potential side effects of any one treatment.

Some of the treatments might include:

1. Disease modifying drugs 
Given as a regular injection, these help to relieve pain and help to preserve joint cartilage. They can also improve the joint fluid meaning the joints are better lubricated and more comfortable when they move. They can be given as weekly, monthly or tri-monthly injections. 

2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
These help to reduce pain and inflammation. They can be given short term but may be needed for the rest of your pet’s life (as long as we monitor your pet’s kidney and liver function). They can be given in conjunction with other pain reducing drugs. Never give human pain relief medications to your pet. 

3. Diets formulated for joint health
A diet high in essential fatty acids (with added nutriceuticals as discussed below) may help reduce inflammation, decrease pain and improve your pet’s mobility. Prescription joint diets can also help keep your pet in a healthy weight range meaning there is less weight on your pet's joints. Ask us about the specific prescription diets we have available for joint health.

4. Nutriceuticals
Fish oil and green lipped mussel contain high levels of Omega-3 and may help reduce inflammation and pain. Supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin may improve joint function and slow down the progression of arthritis. Human supplements are not appropriate for our pets so it is best to ask us for the best nutriceutical for your pet.

If your pet has arthritis, we will come up with a treatment plan and work with you to ensure your pet lives a happy and comfortable life. If you are worried about your pet you should always phone us for advice. 

12 How to make your home arthritis friendly
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To help your arthritic pet live a comfortable life there are a few things you can do at home:

Our number one tip is to keep your pet’s weight in a healthy range to reduce the load on the joint.

If your pet is carrying even just 10% more bodyweight than is ideal they can really suffer, as can their joints. Ask us for the best diet recommendation for your pet.

Other things you can do at home:

  • Provide a dry and comfortable bed with plenty of padding
  • Heated beds are a good idea for winter
  • Use a portable ramp to help your dog get in and out of the car 
  • Provide an additional piece of furniture so your cat doesn't have to jump so high to reach his favourite spot
  • Continue to exercise your pet in moderation; gentle daily walks for dogs help keep the joints moving and muscles active
When it comes to arthritis and your pet, we are always here to answer your questions. We will help keep your pet happy and comfortable and most importantly, pain free. 
13 Cat hits dog's turbo button

Check out this hilarious video of a cat 'hitting a dog's turbo button'. It's safe to say that this dog doesn't have any mobility issues! We especially love the cat's reaction...