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Narre Warren Veterinary Clinic
459 Princes Hwy,
Narre Warren VIC 3805
 
NWVC NEWS
NOVEMBER 2020 EDITION
 
WHAT'S ON: UPCOMING EVENTS AT NWVC
All things animal behaviour: November 2020
 
Annual Christmas Sale: Friday 11th December 2020
 
BRAVERY AWARD OCTOBER 2020

Mr. Rafa paid us a visit last month to undergo routine desexing and hernia repair … what happened next was far from routine!

 
COME ON IN!

We’re pleased to advise that as of THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER welcomed our clients back into the clinic!

What does this mean for you and your pet?

YOUR PET’S APPOINTMENTS:

✅ Please phone us from the carpark when you arrive. Our team will collect a history from you over the phone and advise you when it is safe to enter the clinic.

✅ ONE owner only will be able to accompany the pet into the clinic.

✅To minimise contact time, your pet will be taken into our treatment area for assessment, while you wait in a consultation room.

✅ Once their examination is complete, the veterinarian will return with your pet and discuss their findings and treatment plan.

If you wish to remain in the car for the duration of your pet’s appointment, please notify our team.

COLLECTION OF FOOD AND MEDICATION:

✅ Please continue to call ahead of time for your pet’s food and medication.

✅ Please phone us from the carpark upon arrival. Our team will advise you when it’s is safe to enter the clinic.

✅ If you wish to remain in your car, one of our team will happily bring your order out to you for contactless collection.

Please note that all clients MUST WEAR A FACEMASK AND USE HAND SANITISER UPON ENTRY ��

Please notify our team if you have been unwell, in contact with someone who has been unwell or is awaiting COVID test results ��

A BIG thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during recent months ��

 
POST COVID BLUES - HOW TO HELP OUR PETS COPE AS RESTRICTIONS EASE

The COVID lifestyle has become the ‘new norm’, spending most of 2020 in lockdown, together with our furry friends – but what happens now, as restrictions begin to ease?

 
WHY VACCINATIONS ARE IMPORTANT
 

Before you take your four-legged family member out and about for summer adventures, it’s important to keep them protected from common diseases by ensuring their vaccinations are up-to-date!

In Australia, dogs should be vaccinated as a minimum with the C3 vaccination – this protects against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis. Most dogs also require protection against kennel cough. Depending on your dog’s particular lifestyle, we may additionally recommend that they are vaccinated against leptospirosis.

Cats are recommended to receive at least the F3 vaccination – this helps protect them against cat flu and feline panleukopaenia. Depending on your kitty’s lifestyle, they may also need to be vaccinated against FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (feline leukaemia virus).

Sadly, we occasionally see cases of these particular diseases, with the vast majority occurring in unvaccinated pets. Episodes of these illnesses generally require at least a veterinary consultation and treatment to get your pet feeling well again, so to avoid this, just ensure that your pet is always up to date with their vaccinations.

Unfortunately, some of these diseases (such as parvovirus) can require your pet to have intensive care treatment in the vet hospital, and sometimes these diseases can even be fatal, especially in puppies, kittens or older animals.

Every puppy and kitten should receive a primary course of vaccinations (usually three separate vaccines between about four weeks apart), followed by their first adult vaccination one year later.

Thereafter, it’s best for your pet to have a health check annually, where our vets can assess your pet’s general health and discuss which vaccines are required each year to maintain their protection. Dogs or cats that go into daycare or boarding are generally always required to be up-to-date with annual vaccines.

If you are unsure whether your pet is up-to-date with their vaccines, ask our friendly team for advice!

 
ARE YOU PET'S MICROCHIP DETAILS UP-TO-DATE?
 

As we all start to spend more time outdoors, it’s especially important to make sure your pet is properly identified with an up-to-date microchip. Sadly, many stray pets with microchips are unable to be safely reunited with their owners due to incorrect or incomplete microchip registration details.

How should I register my new pet?

If you are adopting a cat or dog that has already been microchipped, you should receive a signed ‘Change of Owner/Details’ microchip form (with your new pet’s microchip number on it) from the breeder or previous owner.

You must then use this paperwork to register your pet as soon as possible with your state pet registry – this can be done at your local council, or in some states, online via a state pet registry website.

This will link your contact details with your pet’s microchip number. This way, if your pet is ever picked up as a stray, authorised individuals or organisations can scan your pet to get their microchip number and search it on the state pet database to obtain your contact details.

What if my contact details change?

If you move house or change phone numbers, ensure you update your pet’s microchip contact details on your state pet registry as soon as possible. Animals in new homes can feel disoriented for a while and may be more likely to stray.

For previously registered pets, you can often change registration details online yourself, using your previously created registry profile. Otherwise, contact your local council for assistance in updating your pet’s record.

If you are not sure if your pet is microchipped or whether your details are currently up-to-date, just ask one of our friendly team for assistance.

 
MEET THE TEAM

Nurse Tayla joined the NWVC team in 2019 after completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ����‍��

She has a keen interest in animal behaviour and enjoys teaching our very popular Puppy Preschool (which we’re very much missing during COVID ��).

In her spare time, Tayla enjoys spending time with family and friends and spoiling her cat Trigger ����

 
HIP HIP HOORAY!

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Nurse Mel who celebrated her birthday earlier this month!

 
POPULAR POSTS

If you happened to miss some of the fun had by the team last month - here's a few highlights ... Vet Nurse Day, puppy cuddles ... oh, and just a few more puppy cuddles!

 

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