|HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE NWVC TEAM|
On behalf of all the team at The Narre Warren Vet Clinic we hope that you had a safe and joyful Christmas and New Year surrounded by friends and family.
We thank you all for your ongoing support in 2020 and look forward to working with you again to ensure your pets receive the very best of veterinary care.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
|WHAT'S ON: UPCOMING EVENTS AT NWVC|
Anxiety in our pets: January 2021
Australia Day Public Holiday: CLOSED Tuesday 26th January
Keeping your pet safe this Summer: February - March 2021
Pocket Pet Month: April 2021
Vaccine Month: June 2021
Dental Month: July - August 2021
o Clients are no longer required to phone before entering the hospital - come on in!
o Two owners per pet can enter the consultation room. We respectfully ask that all clients sanitise their hands prior to entry and MASKS BE WORN for the duration of their visit in the hospital.
Please advise our team if you are unwell, or wish to remain in the car for the duration of your pet’s appointment.
As our Christmas holidays come to an end and we begin to resume our “Covid normal” lifestyle, we won’t be spending all day, everyday with our pets.
Whilst we can comprehend the changes that will happen and manage our emotions around this, our furry loved ones won’t understand the changes, and many won’t be able to control the stress associated with being apart from us.
The puppies and kittens of 2020 in particular won’t know what ‘normal life’ is!
With nice sunny weather upon us here in Australia, it's only natural for us to want to bring our pooches along to enjoy a day at the beach. There are a couple of things we should keep in mind when taking our hound to the beach, to ensure that it's a great day for all;
1. Discourage the ingestion of beach water and sand - salt toxicity is a thing, and can make our furry friends very unwell. If your pet is flat, lethargic or has vomiting or diarrhoea after a beach visit contact your local veterinarian.
2. Bring along fresh water and shade - staying hydrated and cool is important to prevent dehydration, fatigue, sunburn and heat stress.
3. Don't go to the beach on very hot days - if your feet are getting burnt by the temperature of the sand - so will your pets delicate paws. Depending on your individual animal and its' age, a good guide is to NOT go to the beach during the heat of the day or on days >30*C, always ensuring access to fresh water and shade.
4. Have a wash after a beach visit - the sand and salt water can be irritating to those pets with sensitive skin. A quick bath can reduce the likelihood of a skin flare-up.
5. If your pet isn't a fan of the ocean, don't push them to go in. It can break your pet's trust, and can make any fears worse. Gentle encouragement and positive reinforcement will make for a much more enjoyable experience for you and your pet.
6. Pick up all poo! Dog poo can carry some serious bugs and parasites that can make people, other dogs and wildlife very unwell. It's basic hygiene and a non-negotiable!
|DECEMBER PUPPY PRESCHOOL GRADUATES|
We were thrilled to reopen our Puppy Preschool Classes back in November. A BIG Congratulations to our most recent Puppy Preschool Graduates:
All classes are held in our designated Puppy Preschool facility. Places are limited, so give us a call to secure your puppy's enrolment.
|ANNUAL NWVC CHRISTMAS PARTY AND AWARDS NIGHT 2020|
Despite a somewhat hectic year, we were fortunate enough to get together for our annual NWVC Christmas party and awards night. As always, we had a ball and took the time to celebrate everyone’s efforts during 2020!
A BIG Congratulations to Nurse Jodie and her partner Lucas on their engagement.
We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together.
Oh and Lucas ... what a brilliantly executed proposal!!
|SPOTTING GRASS SEEDS|
If you live in a rural area, keep an eye out for grass seeds (or ‘awns’) over spring and summer. For our pets, grass seeds are more than just annoying – they can become painful foreign bodies, causing infection and requiring veterinary treatment.
Some grass seeds have sharp tips and backwards-facing barbs, which are unfortunately perfect for getting embedded in your pet’s tissues and migrating in deeply.
Pets who run through tall grass are most at risk, particularly breeds with dense medium-length fur that traps seeds against the skin.
Grass seeds most frequently get stuck in animal’s eyes, paws, ears or airways, and therefore common symptoms can include:
- A puffy, red, weeping eye, which is too sore to open.
- A sore swollen area between your pet’s toes, which your pet may lick a lot.
- A sore ear canal, often with discharge.
- Unusual respiratory sounds, such as nostril snorting (which may be accompanied by nasal discharge), gagging or persistent coughing.
If your pet is showing any of these symptoms during grass seed season, it’s best to book an appointment with one of our vets as soon as possible. If caught early enough, we may be able to remove the seed in a consultation using small surgical forceps. If your pet is in a lot of pain, or the seed has migrated more deeply, your pet will need an anaesthetic for surgical treatment. On occasion, pets may require a referral to a specialist hospital for advanced imaging, such as MRI or CT, to search for a seed that has migrated deeply into their airways or other body tissues.
To help prevent grass seed foreign bodies, groom your pet weekly to minimise their coat thickness. For longer-haired pets, consider clipping their fur short to help you spot grass seeds early.
Please contact our team if you have any other questions about grass seed injuries.
|Wildlife in the heat|
On those sweltering hot summer days, our native wildlife can suffer from heat stress and dehydration too. This can make them more vulnerable to injury or attack from predators. Here are a few simple ways that you can help support wildlife during the heat:
Try to provide wildlife with a variety of shallow drinking bowls in the shade (so they won’t get too hot), both on the ground and in trees. Place a few rocks and small branches in each drinking bowl, so small animals are able to climb in and out safely.
If you find an animal searching for water, resist the temptation to pour water straight into their mouth, which risks causing choking.
Plant native species
If you’re a keen gardener, ask your local gardening centre about the best native trees or shrubs you can plant to provide safe, shaded areas for animals or birds to shelter and feed in.
Assist distressed animals
If you find a weak or disoriented animal (e.g. a koala or flying fox on the ground, or a possum out in daylight), they may be injured or heat-stressed.
If you can’t see any obvious injuries, try providing the animal with some shade (a cardboard box or a beach umbrella) and a dish of water, and monitor them. If they don’t seem to be recovering over 30 minutes, it’s best to phone a wildlife care service. Check out this list for the closest wildlife rescue service near you. Depending on the situation, safe rescue may involve a carer collecting the animal, or you picking up the animal in a towel, placing it into a ventilated cardboard box and bringing it to our clinic for assessment. Remember to avoid handling flying foxes – these should be handled only by experienced wildlife carers.
This email contains comments of a general nature only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary advice. It should not be relied on as the basis for whether you do or don't do anything.
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