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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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Bravery Award - September 2019 - Blossom

Blossom, the 13.5-year-old Birman cat, presented to the NWVC after her owner noticed a large swelling on her behind. After clipping away some of her long fur, a large pus-filled abscess was discovered.

Blossom was scheduled for surgery the following day to flush and clean the area. A drain was placed, allowing fluid to drain from the area.

Blossom is recovering well; her drain has been removed and her stitches will be out shortly.

Abscesses can occur all over the body and for a variety of reasons, however cat bite abscesses are a common reason for veterinary visits. It’s not unusual for cats to fight, often over territory. Cats’ teeth are sharp, and easily produce puncture wounds on their opponent. These wounds typically heal over quickly; however, they leave behind an abundance of unwanted bacteria. In an attempt to fight the infection, white blood cells and bacteria accumulate beneath the skin, forming a pus-filled pocket, known as an abscess.

These infections can be painful and should not be left untreated.

If you notice an unusual lump or swelling on your pet, never hesitate to seek veterinary advise – we’re here to help!

 

 
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Spring is here - is your pet up to date with parasite control?

Spring is finally here! If your pet isn't currently up to date with their parasite control, you're in luck.

- Receive $10 off  Nexgard Spectra 

- Buy 3 months supply of advocate and receive $15 off 

Did you know that we supply free tapewormers with every Nexgard Spectra (for dogs) and Advocate (for cats)? 

Have a chat with one of our friendly nurses to find out which product is best suited to your pet. 

 

*Terms and conditions apply*

 
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Puppy Preschool graduates

Congratulations to our latest Puppy Preschool Graduates - Archie, Waltx, Gus, Murphy, Hazel, Axele, Leo, Benjie, Archie, Theo, Reggie and Irie! 

The Narre Warren Vet Clinic, in conjunction with the Berwick Veterinary Clinic, 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). 

 
Celebrate World Animal Day

This month we celebrate World Animal Day! 

The mission of World Animal Day is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the world. It helps to mobilise animal welfare movements into a global force to make the world a better place for animals.

The aim is, through increased awareness and education, to have animals always recognised as sentient beings who deserve full regard given to their welfare. Recognised on the 4th of October, World Animal Day shares its spot with the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron saint of animals.

We think it should be World Animal Day every day, so we will be celebrating in our own way throughout the month of October. To join in on the fun, we encourage you to share pictures of you and your pets with us on Facebook!

 
What you need to know about kidney disease

When it comes to kidney disease, the statistics can be pretty scary. As many as 1-in-3 cats, and 1-in-10 dogs may suffer from some form of the disease in their lifetime.

The chronic form of kidney disease is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’ as it can sneak up on your pet and signs may be subtle and hard to notice. In other cases, kidney disease can come on quickly (classified as acute kidney disease) and might occur following the kidneys being exposed to a toxin or a certain drug for example.

Signs of kidney disease to watch out for:

- increased thirst
- increased urination
- weight loss
- lethargy
- vomiting

Measuring your pet's water intake over 24 hours and bringing us a morning urine sample are two things you can do to get the investigation process started.

The good news is that there is now a blood test available that can help with early detection of the disease. The result of this blood test is always evaluated with the results of a urine test, routine kidney blood tests, and with a blood pressure check. All of this information helps determine the stage of the disease and will ascertain which treatment, if any, is necessary.

Treatment may include diet modification and medication that can help reduce protein loss through the kidneys. This can all help slow the progress of this insidious disease.

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

 
Wee makes us happy!

You might laugh at us but we love wee! Just a small amount of your pet’s urine provides us with valuable information about their internal health and can also help rule out diseases such as diabetes and kidney insufficiency.

After we have collected a sample of your pet’s urine, we will perform a few routine tests. These will include:

USG (urine specific gravity) - this helps us to determine how well the kidneys are working by measuring how effectively they are concentrating the urine. This is especially important when we are on the hunt for kidney disease as sometimes a change in USG can be an early indication of disease. This early stage of kidney disease may not be detectable with a routine blood test.

A urine dipstick also allows us to look for the presence of blood, protein and glucose. It can also indicate if a diabetic patient is severely unwell by detecting ketones.

In some cases, it may be necessary to examine the sediment of the urine under a microscope to look for particular cells that may indicate disease. White blood cells and bacteria can be detected on a sediment exam as can urinary crystals, a telltale sign of other urinary tract problems.

We often need to send urine samples to an external laboratory to run more specific tests. This may include one to determine if there is a true bacterial infection present. The laboratory will culture the bacteria and then run tests to determine what antibiotic is required to treat the infection. Another example of a laboratory test is one to measure the level of protein that is being lost by the kidneys. This can help stage kidney disease and greatly assists in determining if medication is indicated to treat the condition.

We may ask you to collect some urine at home and whilst this can seem a little overwhelming, there are a few tricks and tips that will make it a whole lot easier. We will be able to give you the best advice for your pet based on what we are looking for, just ask us for more information.

 
Monitoring your pet's blood pressure

At some point in your pet’s life, it will be necessary for us to measure their blood pressure.

An elevation in blood pressure (hypertension) can indicate an underlying disease. Hyperthyroidism in cats or Cushing's disease in dogs are just two examples. If hypertension is left undetected, the increased pressure of the blood flow can cause serious damage to organs such as the kidneys and even lead to blindness due to damage to the retinas in the eye.

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is typically something we get concerned about if your pet is undergoing anaesthesia and this can also cause damage to organs but is conversely due to reduced blood flow. This is why monitoring your pet’s blood pressure while they are under anaesthesia is so important.

Your pet's blood pressure will usually be measured using a fancy piece of equipment such as a doppler. It is essential that the correct size cuff is used on your pet's leg or tail for accurate results. Multiple measurements will also need to be taken to achieve an average reading.

Stress can sometimes affect the readings, so measuring blood pressure in a veterinary consult can sometimes be difficult! It is therefore important that we take things quietly and slowly during the measurement process.

If your pet is diagnosed with hypertension it is essential that the underlying disease is treated. Repeat blood pressure measurements may be required every 1-3 months depending on the response to treatment. In some cases, it may be necessary to give your pet medication to help lower their blood pressure and reduce any potential side effects associated with hypertension.

Ask us if you are worried or have any concerns about your pet, we are always here to help.

 
Top tips for correct antibiotic use

It is becoming more and more evident that one of the greatest threats to human and animal health is antibiotic resistance and the emergence of 'superbugs'. As veterinarians, we are taking steps to help prevent the world from a global catastrophe where common infections and minor injuries once again kill.

As a pet owner, you can do your bit too by familiarising yourself with the following recommendations for correct antibiotic use:

1. Antibiotics are only helpful in the presence of a bacterial infection. They cannot treat viral infections and are not needed in clean wounds

2. It is sometimes necessary to identify the type of bacteria present to help us choose the most appropriate antibiotic. This involves taking samples for culture and sensitivity testing at an external laboratory

3. Never start any 'leftover' antibiotics you have before you get your pet checked with us as they may be inappropriate or unnecessary

4. 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

5. Always give the prescribed dose and give them exactly as we have directed (don’t change the dose or dosing schedule as this can reduce their effectiveness)

6. Please don't ask us to prescribe antibiotics without a consultation. This is against the law!

7. A revisit may be necessary to check your pet's and extend the course of antibiotics if necessary

If you have any questions or concerns please ask us for more information.