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!
We are COVID-19 Safe
Firstly, we would like to reassure all of our clients that we are still here to help during this difficult time, and we will work with you to ensure we can continue to attend to your pet’s needs, whilst doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We have put the following steps in place at our clinic for your health and ours:
- If you have been overseas within the last 14 days, you’re experiencing symptoms and need to self-isolate, please phone us for advice and we can make a plan.
- Whilst we are still more than happy to see you in person, we are also able to provide telephone, e-mail and photo consultations if you prefer.
- Wherever possible, we ask that you attend any appointments yourself to keep numbers to a minimum.
- To comply with social distancing, we request a maximum of two clients inside at any one time. If we look full just give us a wave and we’ll come out to see you.
- Please feel free to give us a phone call from the car park if you would prefer to wait in your vehicle until you’re able to be seen.
We appreciate your understanding and continued support.
We are very happy to announce that the lucky winner of our Bravecto competition is Isabelle Desvaux. Her dog “Olly” is a very cute little Shih-Tzu x Maltese.
The prize was a hamper which included one year’s worth of Bravecto – a long-lasting flea and tick preventative which also treats Sarcoptes, Demodex and ear mites.
Bravecto comes in a chewable tablet or a spot-on treatment and is available for both cats and dogs.
We stock both of these great products here in our surgery and if you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Listed below is some more detailed information from the manufacturer for your information.
Bravecto Chew for Dogs
Keep your dog protected with one long-lasting tasty chew.
- Defend against paralysis ticks for 4 months and fleas for 3 months
- Also treats brown dog ticks, bush ticks, Sarcoptes, Demodex and ear mites.
- Can be used in puppies over 8 weeks of age, weighing at least 2 kg and is safe in breeding, pregnant and lactating dogs
Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs
Our long-lasting protection is now even longer. Just two doses provide full year protection against fleas and paralysis ticks.
- Rest easier with 6 months protection from fleas and paralysis ticks in one Spot-on
- Treatment and control of ear mites
- Also treats and control sarcoptic mange
- Prevents flea tapeworm infections
- Our TWIST´N´USE tube makes it quick and easy to apply
We are very happy to be able to offer our clients a free Drontal worming treatment with vaccinations given during the month of January.
Just one Drontal Allwormer tablet every three months will keep your adult dog and your home free from worms. These tablets are safe for dogs and puppies of all ages, from as young as two weeks.
Ideally puppies should be wormed from 2 weeks of age once every fortnight until they are 12 weeks old, then once monthly until 6 months old and after that just once every 3 months.
Drontal Allwormer kills and protects against all types of gastrointestinal worms that are common in Australian dogs, including hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm. Most adult dogs only need one tablet every three months, but if your pet has hydatid tapeworm, you should increase the frequency to every six weeks.
The mode of transmission for most worm infestations in dogs is through ingestion of infected animals or faeces. If your dog has worms, the worms reside in the gastrointestinal tract and pass eggs out through faeces. As you can see from the diagram below they can also simply by you or your dog walking over the microscopic eggs and unknowingly transferring them.
Please phone us to make an appointment if you would like to take advantage of this offer or if you would like more information.
We would like to let all of our lovely clients know that for the month of September we are able to offer a fantastic saving for you on all Drontal worming products and Seresto flea and tick collars!
SERESTO FLEA AND TICK COLLARS – FOR DOGS AND CATS
For the month of September, you can save 50% on the normal price of Seresto flea and tick collars if you trade in an old tick and flea collar. The old collar can be of any brand, the only requirement being that it is a flea/tick collar. Seresto collars last 8 months for fleas and 4 months for ticks, and with this deal, you will only pay $27.65.
Not only does this collar last longer than any other flea/tick prevention on the market, it is convenient, water safe and odourless.
DRONTAL WORMING PRODUCTS – FOR DOGS AND CATS
All Drontal worming products will be sold at 25% off for the month of September.
Drontal Allwormer Tablets kill every important common type of intestinal worm found in Australian dogs, including roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm.
Drontal not only protects your dog from worms, it also provides protection for the whole family from gastrointestinal parasites.
We are lucky enough to see lots and lots of cute pets every day and along with Hitz Fm we are running a cutest pet competition. The prize is a full health check and $250 to spend with us. So whether you have a dog, cat, bird, horse, rat – whatever the species – if you think they’re cute, get entering!
It is super easy to do – simply follow this link to the Hitz939 Cutest Pet page:
Then follow the instructions! We can’t wait to see all the entries.
Nominations close on Wednesday 19 June and voting opens on Saturday the 22nd June.
Then it’s over to you to get voting on who you think is Bundaberg’s Cutest Pet!
Top 30 voting will open on Saturday the 22nd June-hitz-939-s-cutest-pet
We think our nurse Helen’s 2 dogs make for a very cute photo but unfortunately staff can’t enter!