Glenvale Veterinary Clinic
Autumn 2015 Newsletter

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RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2015…

dog walk

The RSPCA Million Paws Walk is happening again this May! Taking part in the Million Paws Walk is a great way to help animals in need. All animal lovers are encouraged to brush off their walking shoes, pull out their pet’s leash and bring along their ‘best friend’ to Australia’s favourite pet event.

Event information:

Date:  Sunday 17 th  May 2015

Time:  Gates open at 8:30am , walk commences at 10:00am

Walk location :  Albert Park Lake, Ibis Picnic Area (near the Carousel Restaurant).

Walk length :  5km (wheelchair and stroller friendly)

Event concludes : 2:30pm

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Make sure you keep an eye out for these three pooches! Roxy, Sadie and Archie will be there along with the Glenvale Girls!

Introducing the next generation of Flea and Tick Protection for Dogs


Fleas and ticks are a nuisance to our dogs. Fleas can cause skin irritation, while ticks can result in severe illness and even death. There’s now a simple solution to flea and tick protection for dogs. 

NEXGARD® is the first tasty beef-flavoured chew that kills fleas AND ticks, including deadly paralysis ticks for a full month. Protecting your dog from these parasites is now as simple as giving your dog one chew, once a month. A monthly treat your dog will love, NEXGARD® can be given to puppies from 8 weeks of age and >2kgs in weight, with or without food.

What is Nexgard®?

NEXGARD® can be given to your dog with or without food. In Australian field studies, more than 95% of households felt that NEXGARD® was well accepted by their dogs. Based on taste, NEXGARD was preferred 19:1 compared to a leading flea-only tablet. Unlike other flea and tick control products which are applied as a topical ‘spot-on’ formulation or tick collars, NEXGARD® is a tasty, beef-flavoured chew which safely and effectively protects your dog from fleas and ticks from the inside out. NEXGARD® makes flea and tick protection as simple as one chew, once a month.


Coming soon BRAVECTO 3 monthly flea treatment chews!
Tired of spot-on treatments, collars, sprays, and baths?

Now there‘s BRAVECTO, the first and only chew that doesn’t wash off, rub off, or wear off...for up to 12 weeks!

BRAVECTO  is a tasty oral chew that gives your dog up to 12 weeks of protection against fleas and ticks. BRAVECTO can be used in adult dogs, and it's even safe for use in breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs. For use in growing puppies, they should be 6 months of age or older and weigh at least 2kg.

How does it work? 

After you give your dog BRAVECTO, it quickly reaches tissue fluids just under your dog's skin. When fleas and ticks feed, they ingest BRAVECTO and die. BRAVECTO starts working within 2 hours. By 12 hours after treatment, fleas and ticks are dead. BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks. Bathing, shampooing or swimming should not affect how well BRAVECTO works. Coat length and grooming or brushing also have no impact on how well it works compared to spot on treatments.

Where can I buy it?

BRAVECTO is available in five sizes. Each chew is packaged individually into aluminium foil blister packs sealed with a peelable paper-backed foil lid stock. BRAVECTO is only available from your veterinarian or veterinary clinic.

Pre-anaesthetic blood test

Our greatest concern is the health and well being of your pet. Any surgical procedure, no matter how minor it is, that involves general anaesthesia, carries with it a small risk. Prior to anaesthetising your pet, we will perform a thorough physical examination.

However, many conditions, including disorders of the liver, kidneys or blood, are not detected unless blood testing is performed. They are especially important before surgery requiring a general anaesthetic, as they help us to detect any unforeseen risk to your pet.

To increase the safety of general anaesthesia and surgery, we strongly recommend a pre-anaesthetic blood test prior to any such procedure.

The results of the pre-anaesthetic blood test will be available for us to examine before any anaesthesia is commenced. Should any serious abnormalities appear on the blood test we will contact you prior to any anaesthetic or surgical procedures.

There are a number of important reasons to test your pet before anaesthesia.

These include:

  • Enjoy peace of mind. Testing can significantly reduce medical risk.
  • Detect hidden illness. Healthy looking pets may be hiding symptoms of a disease or ailment. Testing helps detect this kind of illness so we can avoid problems with anaesthesia. Early detection means early intervention.
  • Reduce risks and consequences. If the pre-anaesthetic testing results are normal, we can proceed with confidence.
    If not, we can alter the anaesthetic procedure or take other precautions to safeguard your pet’s health.
  • Protect your pet’s future health. These tests become part of your pet’s medical record, providing a baseline for future reference.

So if your pet is having an anaesthetic we would recommend that we perform the pre anaesthetic blood test before going ahead with the surgical procedure. Even if your pet is not having an anaesthetic but you would like to have a blood test done to ensure the health of your pet a Pre anaesthetic blood test is a great idea.

The cost of this test is $128.10 but for the peace of mind, the health & safety of your beloved fur children it’s priceless.

Kong premium grain free treats!

KONG grain free treats  are all natural and full of flavour. They are a treat you can feel good about giving your dog, whether you are teaching a new trick, rewarding the recall or stuffing a KONG toy!

Kong grain free premium treats are mad using real meat products and protein and contain NO wheat, corn or animal by-products. They are great for training as they are highly palatable and are able to be broken easily. They are made in Australia and come in a re-usable zip lock bag. The new KONG treats come in  meat strips (beef and kangaroo flavour – Roo is good for dogs with food allergies),  Meat sticks  (beef and chicken flavour), and  training treats  (beef and kangaroo flavour) and are sold in the clinic for  $4.50 for a 100g bag.

Cat scratches

cat scratch

Cats have sharp claws, and occasionally they scratch their human family – usually unintentionally. Cat scratches can burn, itch and also be very painful. If you or someone in the family has been scratched, here are some tips for dealing with it:

Wash the area with soap and water.
Cats’ claws often have material or bacteria or under them. When they puncture your skin, that dirt is right there and can enter the wound. Use mild hand soap and warm water and wash the cat scratch and the surrounding area. Flush the area thoroughly with warm water to rinse any material away.

Protect the areas of the wound that were deep enough to bleed.
Depending on the size of the scratch, this could be a Band-Aid or a piece of gauze, as long as the covering allows the injury to breathe. It is important not to smother the wound with anti-bacterial cream but these can be used sparingly.

Watch the wound for signs of infection.
These include swelling, redness, tenderness and oozing. If these signs appear, see your doctor.

Watch for signs of cat scratch disease - especially in children or those with lowered immunity. 
Cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection that causes swelling of the lymph nodes, is usually due to a scratch or bite of a cat. Bartonella henselae, the bacterium that causes this disease, is found in all parts of the world. Fleas spread the bacteria between cats, although there’s no evidence that fleas can transmit the disease to humans. The bacteria live in infected cats’ saliva but don’t make the animals sick. In humans, a blister or bump develops several days after the scratch or bite, which is usually painless and may be mistaken for a bug bite. Within a couple of weeks, one or more lymph nodes close to the area will swell and become tender. In most kids, swollen lymph nodes are the main symptom of the disease and the illness is mild. If people have other general symptoms, they might include a mild fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, rash, sore throat, and an overall ill feeling. Cat scratch disease usually resolves without any lasting illness.

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