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Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital
231 Whitehorse Road
Blackburn, VIC, 3130
Phone: 03 9878 3033


Nurse Emma has been with the Whitehorse Team for 4.5 years now, in that time she has become an incredibly invaluable asset to the hospital and team. We would like to wish Emma the very best for this exciting time as she goes on Maternity Leave from today.

We already know that Emma and her husband Tom will make the most amazing, doting parents and we can't wait to meet the gorgeous little bundle!

Best of luck Emma, Tom and Fur-Sibling Pip xxx

Contents of this newsletter

01  Welcome Nurse Amy!

02  The power of a wee sample

03  The magic of a blood test

01 Welcome Nurse Amy!
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Meet Nurse Amy!

Amy started with the Whitehorse Vet family recently after we put the call out for a nurse to cover Nurse Emma whilst on maternity leave.

In the 8 years Amy has been a Veterinary Nurse, she has gained plenty of broad experience in Surgical Nursing, Puppy Training, Grooming . Amy's key areas of interest include behaviour, surgery and canine health.

Amy has 3 dogs (Hooch the Labrador, Rogue the Labrador X Kelpie, and Mollie the Great Dane X Boxer X Rottweiler), 2 cats (Kimba the Chinchilla X and Sparty the Bengal)  and a couple of goldfish (Mango and Splash), as well as two daughters Annabelle (4) and Felicity (2) to keep her busy!

If you see Amy around the clinic be sure to say hello!

02 The power of a wee sample

It's not only blood tests that give us an insight into the health of your pet. Testing your pet's urine is another essential part of good veterinary medicine.

Did you know that a small amount of urine can give us information about your pet's internal health, and rule out problems such as kidney disease and diabetes?

As part of a routine urine test, we usually test how concentrated your pets urine is. This gives us an idea of how well your pet's kidneys are working. We may also test for the presence of blood, look at pH, protein levels and glucose and even spin the urine down to form a sediment to look for bacteria and crystals. Sometimes it is necessary to send your pet's urine to an external laboratory for testing (such as for deciding what antibiotics are appropriate if a bacterial infection is present.)

Collecting urine at home can be a bit overwhelming and we will be able to advise you on the most suitable technique for your pet. If you don't succeed at home we routinely collect urine from pets using a very small needle (a painless and quick procedure.) This routine procedure is called a cystocentesis and is necessary if we need to collect urine without contamination.

We will advise you if your pet needs an urinary test but remember, if you think your pet's urination habits have changed it is best to phone us for advice.

03 The magic of a blood test

Blood tests can give us a wealth of information about the health of your pet. They provide an insight into the health of many organs, help detect disease and can also confirm if your pet is safe to undergo anaesthesia.

From a blood test, we can work out if your pet is dehydrated, has underlying kidney disease or liver changes, and assess your pet's red and white blood cells. All of this helps improve the level of care we can provide to your pet.

So, what actually happens when we take blood from your pet?

Most blood samples are taken from the jugular vein in the neck. This vein is large enough to provide a good sample and allows us to collect the blood as quickly as possible. This is important as blood will start to clot if it is not collected swiftly and this can affect the results.

Most pets are also more relaxed when blood is taken from their jugular vein and there is minimal, if any discomfort. If necessary, a smaller sample can be obtained from a vein in the leg but these veins are preferably 'saved' for administering injections or IV fluids.

Once the blood has been collected we place pressure over the vein to prevent any bruising. Your pet should not require a bandaid but a liver treat (instead of a lollipop) is a must!

The blood is placed into tubes appropriate for required tests. Some tests can be run on machines we have in house but there are certain tests that require more extensive equipment and so the blood sample is sent to an external laboratory.

Blood tests are an essential part of good veterinary medicine and can be critical when diagnosing and managing diseases. You should always ask us if you have any questions or are worried about the health of your pet.