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Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic
459 Princes Highway
Narre Warren, Victoria, 3805
Phone: (03) 9704 6463
Money raised for bushfires

What a great result - with $20 from every vaccination in January being donated to the Wildlife Victoria Bushfire Appeal we are super proud to share that we raised $1800!

Thank you to everyone for your support, and of course to our wildlife carer Kay for her ongoing efforts. 

If you would like to make an additional donation, head over to the Wildlife Victoria website

10% off vaccinations

For the month of February receive 10% off all vaccinations

To make an appointment please call (03)9704 6463 or book online

Jetti Wilson
NWVC Bravery Award - January 2020

It would seem Jetti takes dental hygiene very seriously – so much so, she landed herself a hospital visit to have a common dental product removed from her gastrointestinal tract! Can you guess what it was?

Follow the link to read her story

Puppy Preschool Graduates

We had quite the crowd join us at Puppy Preschool last month – so much so that we ran several consecutive groups for the month!  

Congratulations to the graduates of the Tuesday class – Milo, Nova, Prince, Lexi and Cookie. 

Congratulations to the graduates of the Thursday class  – Mushu, Abby, Winter and Bear

And finally, congratualtions to our Saturday group - Jaegar, Bailey, Chikku, Cosmo and Jaegar

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. 


Bushfire crisis - how you can help

We continue to feel devastated for all involved in the bushfire crisis. The effects of this disaster have rocked us all, and we are deeply saddened to see the impact it has had on our wildlife and livestock, as well as the communities and beautiful bushland that makes Australia so unique. It will take many years to rebuild communities and restore crucial habitat for our beautiful fauna. We would like to remind you of ways you can help our wildlife in particular:

Every little bit counts, and while this list is small, there are many other organisations worth donating to as well.

Do pets get heart disease?

Absolutely! Heart disease is not uncommon in dogs and cats, and knowing what to look out for is important as it can really make a difference to your pet’s life. Our feline friends are particularly good at hiding signs of heart disease, but the condition can sneak up in all pets. To make things more complicated, heart disease may not always present with obvious clinical signs. This is just another reason why a check up with us at least once a year is vital (we will always listen to your pet’s heart and lungs).

Signs of heart disease in dogs:

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • A reluctance to exercise and tiring more easily on walks
  • Weakness or fainting

The signs to look out for in both dogs and cats:

  • Laboured or fast breathing
  • An enlarged abdomen
  • Weight loss or poor appetite

If we have a concern about your pet's heart, we will recommend a series of chest x-rays and possibly an ultrasound of the heart. An ECG, or further examination with a heart specialist may also be required. Thankfully we have a number of medications available to help improve your pet's heart function and advancements in the management of heart disease means if we are able to detect the disease early enough, your pet’s quality of life and life expectancy may be very good.

If you think your pet is showing one of the above signs, it is important we check them over. Call us if you are worried about your pet or if they are due for a health check.

Case study: mitral valve disease

Jack the cheeky eight year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel came in for his yearly vaccination and routine health check. During the examination, a heart murmur was detected. After questioning his owners, there was some concern that he may have been a bit slower on his walks lately too.

A heart murmur is simply an abnormal sound produced when blood is pumped through the heart. It can be caused by a diseased heart valve or other abnormality, but can also occur when blood flows very fast across normal structures (especially if a pet is excited).

X-rays of Jack’s heart revealed his heart was enlarged but there was no congestion (blood pooling) in his lungs. His owners opted for a more in-depth work up which included an ultrasound of his heart. This looked at all the structures of the heart more closely, and determined that the underlying cause of the heart murmur was mitral valve disease.

This disease is common in small breed dogs and is caused by a ‘wearing out’ of the mitral valve, which separates the left atrium and left ventricle. It can lead to congestive heart failure and can be fatal.

Jack was started on a medication that helps to improve the pumping mechanism of his heart. This will slow the progression of heart failure, and it reduces the amount of work the heart has to do over time. Studies have shown that this medication can improve a dog’s longevity and quality of life if started early enough.

It is likely that early detection means that Jack will live a longer and healthier life. He also has more energy on his walks and is one happy little pooch!

If you have any concerns about your pet, we are always here to help.

Does my dog need heartworm prevention?

Heartworm prevention is one of the most important things you can do for your dog. Wherever there are mosquitoes, there is the risk of heartworm, and why would you take the risk when heartworm infection can be fatal?

Why heartworm can be deadly
When an infected mosquito feeds on your pet, heartworm larvae enter the bloodstream. These nightmarish worms then mature, reaching up to 30cm in length! They can eventually become lodged in your pet's heart, leading to heart failure and death. Treatment of heartworm is complicated and often has a poor outcome.

Heartworm distribution
The prevalence of heartworm in Australia has been mainly in tropical and subtropical coastal regions, but in recent decades it has become increasingly prevalent in more southern areas. Changing weather patterns and subsequent alterations in the distribution of mosquito populations has meant that heartworm disease can be unpredictable. This is why prevention is SO important as we just don't know where it might pop up next.

What’s the best prevention?
Prevention of heartworm is far easier than an attempt at treatment but it's also important to realise that not all heartworm prevention is the same. There are topical treatments, oral treatments and a yearly injection for dogs. You should also be aware that many of the intestinal 'all-wormer' tablets do not prevent heartworm infection.

Ask us for the best prevention for your pet and we will make sure your pet is suitably protected against heartworm.