CLINIC NEWSLETTER - AUTUMN 2018
Easter holidays are fast approaching!
Don't forget current vaccinations are required for all dogs and cats to enter boarding facilities. Don't leave it too late to check your pet's vaccination status! If vaccines are not current, a booster may be required in 4 weeks time and immunity cannot be guaranteed.
Our little clinic has been getting busier and busier recently which has lead to the need for some new members of staff!
While we welcomed Dr Jess Grice to the NCVC team recently, Jess is now taking a few months away from the clinic for travels with her family. We will be eagerly awaiting her arrival back at the clinic!
When one vet heads off, another comes back, and we have recently welcomed Dr. Carly Cheung back to the team after her maternity leave. She will be consulting for us on Wednesdays from now on and we are very glad to have her back with us!
Congratulations to our nurse Dani and her husband Zac on the news that they are soon to be parents!
All is progressing well and Dani will still be with us until her maternity leave in June/July.
We wish them all the best!
When Dani heads off on her maternity leave we will have a new veterinary nurse joining our team later this year and we hope you all get a chance to meet Nurse Georgie at the clinic soon!
TOPIC OF THE MOMENT
EASTER MEANS CHOCOLATE!
And we all know, like the delicious biscuit ad says,
"Chocolate isn't good for dogs!"
So this Easter as your homes fill with the delicious sweet brown treat that is chocolate eggs and bunnies, please make sure they are kept well away from our curious four legged friends. Don't forget how powerful their noses are either! Hiding treats like that in spots that are still accessible to adventurous puppies is fraught with danger.
Even small amounts of chocolate can be toxic for our pets, with dark/compound chocolate topping the list of most dangerous!
Signs your pet may exhibit post ingestion include:
If you suspect your pet may have had access to chocolate of any variety please contact your vet for appropriate advice and treatment.
Bunches of flowers often giving as gifts or used to decorate our homes for our visiting family members could potentially contain the always popular Lily! Different varieties of Lilies are toxic to our feline friends, whether it be the flowers, pollen, stems or leaves. Don't risk your cats life for a nice bunch of flowers!
SNAKE BITE SEASON CONTINUES
We aren't the only ones who love the warmer weather this time of year brings. Snakes are out and about and we have already had a few cases reported this year in our area. Snakes can be very tempting to playful dogs and inquisitive cats and while there is not a lot we can do to prevent snake bites (aside from clearing our properties and sticking to open areas and walking tracks when out and about) with prompt veterinary treatment including antivenom and IV fluids, survival rates range from 75-91%. Without treatment that number drops to around 31%.
Signs of snake bite include: vomiting, salivating, rapid breathing, trembling or progressive weakness, dilated pupils and paralysis.
If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake, keep your pet as calm as you can and transport immediately to your vet for treatment. If you have the ability, phone ahead to let the clinic know you are coming and make sure they stock the appropriate antivenom.
North Croydon Vet Clinic stocks antivenom year round.
We have your feline friends all catered for here at the clinic with on site boarding available year round.
Comfortable and affordable, you can rest assured on your trip away that your best kitty friend is being pampered by our dedicated nurses, with vets on hand if required.
Rates are as follows:
*Single cat - $17 per night
*2 friends together - $30 per night
*Cats requiring medications - $22 per night
(all boarders require proof of a minimum F3 vaccine)
For a reservation please phone 9726 9616