Dr. Ro, Dr. Lachy and all the staff at North Bundaberg Vet Surgery would like to take the opportunity to welcome everyone into the New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year period. Thank you to all of you who wished us well, we are all back on deck and looking forward to the coming year!
We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our lovely clients for entrusting us with the care of your fur family throughout an extremely trying 2020. We understand it has been a trying year for all and are honoured you choose us! We continue to aim as always to give you the very best service and the absolute finest in medical care.
So thank you once again, we hope you have a great year and if there is anything we can be of service with please don’t hestitate to call and have a chat with one of our friendly staff.
North Bundaberg Vet Surgery
With the silly season just about upon us, we wanted to remind our clients of the importance of having their pet’s vaccinations up to date.
It is often at this time of the year that we are travelling, and sometimes with very short notice.
If you are in the position of needing to board your pet in a kennel, it is requirement that their vaccinations are up to date. If you take your pets with you, there is always a chance they can contract one of the diseases that vaccination protects against if they are unprotected.
Vaccination is one of the most powerful tools we have when it comes to keeping our pets healthy. They are also very are safe and have minimal (if any) side effects. We recommend you vaccinate your pets because, quite simply, they work.
It is a kennel requirement that your dog be vaccinated with a C5 vaccination. It is the minimum requirement for most boarding kennels. We strongly recommend a C5 vaccination for all dogs due to the frequency that we see dogs with parvovirus and canine cough in this area. A C5 vaccination will cover your dog against all of the following diseases:
- Adenovirus (Hepatitis)
- Bordetella Bronchiseptica
We recommend an F4 vaccination be given for cats. It protects against the major diseases we see in cats and they include:
- Feline rhinotracheitis virus
- Panlecopenia virus
- Feline calicivurus
It is important to note that you can still call us for any emergencies out of hours on: (07)4151 3688.
CLOSING DATES OVER THE XMAS TO NEW YEAR PERIOD
Christmas Eve: Thursday 24 December, 2020
Christmas Day: Friday 25 December, 2020
Boxing Day: Saturday 26 December, 2020
Boxing Day Public Holiday: Monday 28 December, 2020
New Year’s Day: Friday 1 January 2021
We would like to wish a very merry Christmas and happy New Year to all of our wonderful clients and patients. Please stay safe during the time.
Each year as the weather starts to get warmer and warmer, snakes are out and the danger for your pets is very real. Over just the past few weeks, we have treated 7 dogs due to snake bite and we wanted to share with you some important information that could help save your pet.
The most common type of snake bites we see in our area are from the eastern brown snake and the king brown snake.
Several factors will determine what sort of reaction your pet has to a snake bite:
*The type of snake (some species of snake are more venomous that others)
*The amount of venom injected (depends on the size and maturity of the snake)
*The site of the snake bite (the most common area for dogs and cats to be bitten is on the limbs and around the head)
The most common signs of snake bit by a venomous brown snake are as follows:
*Shaking or twitching of the muscles
*Sudden weakness followed by collapse
*Dilated pupils not responsive to light
*Blood in the urine
*In the later stages paralysis may occur – this usually starts from the ind legs.
IMPORTANT!!! Please note that while your pet may initially show symptoms of snake bite, it is quite common for them to to appear to make a quick recovery, leaving you wondering if perhaps they were not bitten after all, or if they even need any treatment.
Unfortunately this decision can ultimately mean the difference between life and death. If it imperative that you ignore this apparent period of calm if you suspect they were bitten as they will rapidly deteriorate if they in fact have been bitten.
*Examination – we will assess the clinical signs they are showing and determine the best treatment from there
*Diagnostic tests may be required to determine if your pet has actually been bitten
*Treatment usually consists of intravenous fluids and the administration of antivenom to neutralise the snake venom in the pet’s body. Some patients require multiple vials of antivenom.
*Ongoing veterinarian and nursing care in hospital will be required until the pet has recovered sufficiently to go home.
The winner of our cutest pet competition was recently announced by the HITZ FM 93.9 team and we were very excited to meet “Oaky” the talking Quaker Parrot and present his owners with their prize of a free consultation as well as a $250 gift voucher to spend in-store.
We would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to enter this competition – this is the second year we have been involved with this competition and it was fantastic to see all the great photos coming in. We were very happy we didn’t have to choose as they were all worthy winners!