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

nurses@narrevet.com.au
Phone: 03 9704 6463
 
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Is your pet itchy?

For the months of OCTOBER and NOVEMBER we will be discussing all things skin - including skin disease, allergies and parasite control. 

All patients are welcome to come into the clinic for a FREE FLEA CHECK with one of our nurses, and why not discuss a suitable parasite prevention for your fur baby while you're here! 

Follow our facebook pages for more facts and freebies! 

 

 
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Help us to make sure the party is over for pesky parasites!

As the warm weather approaches help us to make sure that the party is over for pesky parasites by protecting your furry friends from fleas, ticks, heartworm and intestinal worms.

Fleas can be more than just a nuisance, they can create skin problems and transmit disease. Some ticks, such as the paralysis tick can cause serious illness and even death.  Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and can be fatal for dogs, whilst intestinal worms may cause ill health in your dog and some also pose a health risk to people too. So, why wouldn’t you want to protect your pet from these nasties?

Is it time for your dog to have NexGard SPECTRA, a tasty beef-flavoured chew that dogs love? It is the most complete protection against fleas, ticks, heartworm and intestinal worms in one monthly chew. Please speak to one of our staff for more information.

RECEIVE 10% OFF NEXGARD SPECTRA THIS MONTH ONLY! 

 
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Fundraiser BBQ - 1st December 2018

Come on down and join us for a BBQ alongside Rivercrest Christian College to raise much needed funds for the Orangutans in Borneo. 

The team at Berwick Veterinary Hospital will also be offering a weigh and worm session (gold coin donation) with all funds raised going directly to the Orangutans. 

For the week leading up to this event, all funds from the onsite dog wash will also be donated to this cause. 

Where: Berwick Veterinary Hospital 

When: 1st December 2018 

            11am - 2pm

 

 
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2018 XMAS SALE - SAVE THE DATE!

This year Berwick Veterinary Hospital we will be running the annual Christmas sale for an entire day! 

 
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Introducing Miss Blair Ivy

We are just so outrageously excited to share Nurse Casey’s exciting news! Casey and her partner Frankie have welcomed beautiful baby girl Blair Ivy into their family on October 9th, 6.54am - 3.33kg. Mum and baby are both doing very well. We can’t wait to get our hands on her!

 
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Happy Vet Nurse Day!

Last month we celebrated our brilliant team of vet nurses!

Happy Vet Nurse Day to all of our amazing nurses! We know the work can be hard, smelly, and heartbreaking. Despite these trials, you always put our patients first, and for this we are immensely grateful.


 
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Farmer's Raffle - a great success!

Thank-you to everyone for donating towards our clinic raffle to raise money for our drought-affected farmers! Your donations have helped to supply 7 bales of hay! 


Thank-you to our raffle sponsors; Dr Tom Brennan, Virbac, K9 Holmes, Ceva, Boerhinger and Hills Science Diet for donating some amazing prize packaging. 


Major Prize Winners: Olivia Winsall and Pearl Sutton
Additional Prize Winners: Zita Barber, Hayley Harrison, Bridie Baldwin
Contact the clinic to collect your goodies!

 
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Puppy Preschool Graduates

Congratulations to our recent Puppy Preschool graduates - Teddy, Archie, Sampson, Bear, Barney, Jet, Archer, Ruby, Benny and Mocha! 

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?

 
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Meet the team - Belinda

Belinda joined the team in 2006 as an animal attendant and oversees the weekly cleaning roster.

In her spare time Belinda enjoys visual arts, including photography. She shares her home with a rescued feline friend called Gamush.

 
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Meet the team - Nurse Daniel

Daniel joined our team as a receptionist in June 2017 with the goal to follow a career in veterinary nursing. Daniel has completed a Certificate II in Animal studies and has recently commenced a Certificate IV in vet nursing, allowing him to join the nursing team at Berwick Veterinary Hospital. He enjoys client interaction, particularly in the consultation setting and is eager to further develop his medical and surgical nursing skills. Daniel doesn’t share his home with any pets currently, but is looking forward to adopting a fur baby when he finds a place of his own.

 
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Does your pet need a vaccination?

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner (gasp!) and if your pet is going to be boarding this festive season, now is the time to check their vaccination status. Your pet may very well need a booster before they go into the boarding facility so read on to get all the details. 

You need to act swiftly to get things in order, especially if your pet is overdue for a vaccination or the vaccination is due while they are boarding. After all, you don't want the stress of being turned away from the boarding kennel or cattery when you are trying to leave for your holiday!

The best thing to do is give us a call, we can look up your pet's medical file and determine their vaccination history. We will let you know when their vaccine is due and if you need to come in for an appointment. It's also always a good idea to check with the boarding facility what their minimum vaccination requirements are as some places may differ.

Most boarding facilities require cats to have a minimum of an F3 vaccination. This vaccine protects your cat from Feline Herpes Virus, Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Parvovirus) and Feline Calicivirus.

Dogs require a C5 vaccination, protecting your canine friend from Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus as well as two components of canine cough; Canine Parainfluenza and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

Did you know that vaccinating your pet is one of the most important ways to keep them healthy?

Here are the reasons why:

1. Vaccinations protect against preventable diseases.

2. Vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they protect against.

3. Vaccinations protect your pet from transmissible diseases in boarding facilities, at parks and even when they visit us (if your pet has to be hospitalised for any illness, their immune system may already be compromised.)

If you have any questions about vaccinations and your pet, always ask us for the most up to date and accurate information. 

 
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Myth busters: kennel cough

It's not uncommon for us to be asked, "if my dog doesn't go to boarding kennels, why is it necessary to vaccinate against kennel cough?"

It's time to bust some myths surrounding this and here are the facts ...

Kennel cough's correct name is 'canine cough'. It is often incorrectly referred to as 'kennel cough' and this is simply because the boarding kennels are a common place for it to be transmitted (given the high numbers of dogs in one area.)

Canine cough is commonly spread via water droplets through the air and can be transmitted between ANY dog. Common sites of transmission include the park, at the groomer, doggy daycare and even walking down the street! As it can be spread through water droplets, a communal water doggy bowl at your local cafe may even be a potential source.

Vaccination is essential as it protects your dog against the worst strains of the disease (the ones that can typically cause nasty pneumonia). BUT it's important to realise that dogs can still contract a cough even if they are vaccinated. Thankfully the disease is never as bad as if they aren't vaccinated.

If you have any questions about vaccination and your pet, we are the best people to ask for advice.

 
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Is your cat a bit wormy?

When it comes to intestinal worming, it's easy to forget about your cat. Sometimes just the thought of giving your cat a tablet can give you nightmares! Never fear, we are here to help. We can either give your cat their worming tablet (they need to come and visit us but it's also a good time for a weight and dental check). Or we can provide you with a topical worming treatment so there's not even a tablet involved!

Don't ignore intestinal worming - it's an important part of caring for your pet. You might also want to familiarise yourself with the most common intestinal worms in cats, they are all rather interesting (in our opinion!)

1. Roundworms: These are common intestinal parasites and can affect cats of all ages. Eggs from these worms can be passed in the faeces and remain in the environment for several years. A cat may become infected after directly ingesting the eggs or after eating an intermediate host (such as a rat or mouse who has ingested the eggs). Some of these worms can even be passed from mother to kitten via the mother's milk.

2. Tapeworms: These long and flat worms are made up of many segments. These segments contain the tapeworm's eggs and are passed in the cat's faeces (they look like little grains of rice!). All tapeworms require an intermediate host (such as a reptile or rodent) to complete their life cycle. Some tapeworms are transmitted by cat fleas and infection can occur when a cat swallows an infected flea during grooming. Did you know that it is assumed any cat infected with fleas also has tapeworm?!

3. Hookworms: Hookworms can cause damage to the lining of the intestine and this may result in weight loss, bleeding and anaemia. Cats may become infected by ingesting the eggs from the environment, or from eating an intermediate host. In some cases, the larvae of the hookworm can even burrow through the cat's skin!

When it comes to protecting your cat against these ghastly intestinal worms, ask us for help, your cat's health depends on it.

 
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Tick tock

This is Annie. Annie is a 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Cross who has all the energy in the world and always loves a cuddle on the couch at the end of the day. This Christmas she will be travelling to Mallacoota on the east coast for the quintessential Australian family Christmas.

BUT, there's a danger lurking along the coast and it could be potentially fatal... the paralysis tick. This creepy critter usually loves hanging out along the east coast of Australia (who wouldn't?!) and especially loves dense bush areas. 

Why does the paralysis tick cause so much trouble? 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.

Signs to watch out for:

- A change in voice; the meow or bark becomes softer
- Weakness in the back legs
- Vomiting, especially if it happens several times in a day
- A moist cough and difficulties breathing

If the tick is not removed and an anti-serum administered to your pet, your pet can die due to paralysis of the respiratory muscles.

Thankfully there are lots of tick preventatives on the market and Annie has been dispensed a treatment to start before she leaves for her holiday. If your pet needs tick prevention, it is best to discuss the most appropriate product with us. It is also important to realise that not one product is 100% effective so knowing the early signs and performing tick checks on your pet is essential.

Oh, and these little critters can also 'catch a ride', and are sometimes found in areas away from the coast. This is just another reason to make yourself familiar with the signs of tick paralysis. 

Ask us for more information if you have any questions about tick prevention (or any parasite prevention for that matter). We are always here to help. 

 
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Man's best friend

The term 'man's best friend' may be even more appropriate than ever. Recent research by an American psychologist has revealed that up to 42 per cent of middle-aged men are more likely to turn to their dog for emotional support during the tough times than they are their human friends or their partner. 

The psychologist, Dr Chris Blazina, suggests that men are often reluctant to seek help - either from their social circles or via medical treatment but a strong bond with a canine friend might, in turn, help isolated men reconnect with people. 

We think this just highlights another one of the great benefits of owning a pet. 

You can read more about this on the ABC website here or even listen to an interview with Dr Blazina via RN radio on Life Matters here.