Arthritis and Joint Pain Management for Your Horse

  Arthritis and Joint Pain Management for Your Horse Introducing 4CYTE™ and EPTALIS® Osteoarthritis (arthritis) is a very complex disease that affects a large proportion of the horse population. Because of this, joint support for horses is extremely important regardless of age, and type of activity you and your horse partake in. Young horses can be affected as well as older horses. Clinical Signs and Symptoms There are two main clinical signs associated with arthritis: pain, exhibited as lameness, and effusion (swelling) of the joint. The two signs do not always occur together initially, but as the condition progresses both become apparent. Lameness may be subtle initially, and may present as the horse being reluctant to perform certain activities/movements, such as refusing jumps, through to overt lameness present at the trot or even at walk. Effusion of the joint results from the accumulation of synovial fluid within the joint, due to increased production and decreased removal. Based upon the severity of the clinical signs, combined with severity of changes on x-rays (radiographs), the most appropriate treatment regime can be developed. Treatment will not reverse the changes present, but is aimed at reducing the rate of progression of the disease, rendering the joint pain-free, and prolonging the athletic career of the horse. The response to treatment can be a very individual horse-thing, so it can take some time to find what treatments and management work best for each individual horse. 4CYTE™ Equine is a one-of-a-kind scientifically proven joint supplementation for the equine industry targeting all key areas of joint function. Epitalis is a patented plant extract with unique properties that...

Chocolate Toxicity

  Chocolate Toxicity Chocolate and Dogs Just Don’t Mix! Our dogs love a tempting treat like chocolate not realising a chocolate treat could kill them! Chocolate contains a product called Theobromine which causes vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity and excitation, muscle tremors, seizures, cardiac (heart) abnormalities, and in severe cases death. The level of Theobromine varies with the type of chocolate, there is more in baking chocolate and dark chocolate than there is in milk chocolates and white chocolates. Also small dogs will become ill with smaller amounts of chocolate As a guide a 5 kilogram dog could develop theobromine poisoning after eating just 80 grams of milk chocolate or 30 grams of dark chocolate or just 10 grams of baking chocolate. No amount of chocolate is safe for your dog! Even the smallest piece can cause serious illness. If your dog eats chocolate seek veterinary attention immediately. We may be able to induce vomiting to prevent absorption of the toxins. If toxic signs have developed the dog is likely to need hospitalisation, intravenous fluids and supportive care for a number of days. So don’t feed your dogs chocolate treats and don’t leave chocolate laying around! If you think your dog has eaten chocolate call your vet immediately on 5561 2255!...

New Options For Arthritis Treatment in Dogs

  New Options For Arthritis Treatment in Dogs Arthritis or osteoarthritis is a common condition affecting many dogs and cats. It is more common in older dogs of medium to large breeds, but can affect any animal of any size. Arthritis often develops slowly, and can affect one or any joints. Often in animals it is secondary to conditions such as hip and elbow dysplasia or cruciate ligament damage, or can simply be due to wear and tear on the joints due to old age. Signs of Arthritis Signs of arthritis in our pets are many and varied and may include: reduced activity reluctance to walk or play stiffness in the legs (especially in the mornings or after a sleep) difficulty getting up limping / lameness difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into the car lagging behind on walks licking or chewing at the joints yelping in pain when touched personality change (possibly aggression) and reduced appetite. Treatment options for Arthritis Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have previously formed the basis of pain relief for animals suffering from arthritis. However, a relatively new product called 4CYTE™ has become available for dogs. This product is one of a kind, in that it has been rigorously tested and proven to be as, or more effective than NSAIDs in controlling the symptoms of arthritis. Most importantly however, is that this product has no known side effects, and is therefore the safest treatment option available for arthritis in your canine friend. How does 4CYTE™ work and how is it different to other arthritis treatments? 4CYTE™ is a new generation neutriceutical containing a blend of potent marine...

Important Message for Rabbit Owners

New Strain of Calicivirus Warrnambool Veterinary would like to alert all our rabbit owners of a new strain of Calicivirus (RHDV1 K5) that will be released in the first week of March this year. Calicirus, or Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, is spread by mosquitoes, insects and by contaminated objects and clothing and generally presents as sudden death in our rabbits. The release of the new virus is planned to help control wild rabbits that have become immune to the old strain of Calicivirus that was released in 1996. The existing Cylap Calicivirus vaccine is believed to be effective against this new strain of Calcivirus however the guidelines for vaccinating pet rabbits have been revised. The new recommendation is for rabbits to be vaccinated every 6 months rather than every 12 months. These recommendations will be adjusted as new research comes forward and evaluated for each particular rabbit. It is recommended that all pet rabbits be vaccinated within the last 6 months prior to the release of the RHDV1 K5 strain. In addition, it is strongly recommended that rabbits are kept in an insect proof enclosure or kept inside as a further measure to reduce the risk of contracting Calcivirus or Myxamatosis (which does not currently have a vaccination in Australia). If your rabbit has not been vaccinated since 1 September 2016 it needs a booster now. If you have any questions or you would like to schedule an appointment for your rabbit to be vaccinated call Warrnambool Veterinary on 5561 2255. Dr Anthony Down Senior...

Discount on Pet Smiles Dental Program!

10% Discount on Pet Smiles Dental Program redeemable until 28 February 2017. Warrnambool Veterinary’s Pet Smiles Program is aimed at preventing a common, debilitating and painful condition in our pets. 70 to 80% of our pets over the age of 3 have evidence of tooth and gum disease. By receiving a preventative tooth cleaning (called a “prophy”) each year, your pet is far less likely to develop problems at all. We know from human research that people with rotten teeth die younger. The same applies to pets. So it is not an exaggeration to say that you are potentially adding years to your pet’s life by regularly cleaning its teeth. What’s included in our Pet Smiles Program Full veterinary pre-operative health assessment. Admission and discharge appointments. General anaesthetic including intravenous fluids. Professional scaling to remove tartar. Charting of the mouth to look for tooth decay, pain and mouth cancers. Polishing of the teeth so the teeth are gleaming. Advice on home-care to keep that smile sparkling. Is my pet elgible? All pets are potentially eligible, but there are some conditions: Your pet must have no worse than grade 2 dental disease this means tartar or early gingivitis. If your pet has more significantproblems then our regular charges will apply. Your pet must be otherwise fit and healthy. If your pet has other problems that might affect the anaesthetic the vet will decide if this program is suitable. To take advantage of our 10% discount call our friendly reception team and book your furry friend in for a dental...

Meet Dr Erica Schmidt

We asked new Warrnambool Veterianry mixed-practice Veterinarian a few get to know you questions. Nickname: Schmidty Where were you born?: Merced, California, USA Where did you grow up?: Atwater, California, USA- “small” farming community in central California Education: Bachelor’s in Animal Science at California State University Fresno and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University Family: Husband Ben Pets: Oliver, Corgi mix we brought from the States and Murphy, kitty we adopted from the RSPCA Sports & Interests: Casual tennis player, hiking and camping, recently discovered ocean swimming/body boarding! (Trying to convince Dr Mark Lewis to teach me to surf)! Favourite Pastime: DIY projects for the house and garden, trying to keep plants alive (what’s the opposite of a green thumb? That’s what I have) Footy Team: Undecided, really enjoy watching (and trying to figure out) Australian sports. Otherwise love cheering for the Iowa State Cyclones! Favourite Food: Anything dipped in chocolate Favourite Drink: love coffee, homemade lemonade, and red wine Favourite holiday spot: warm beach where I can lounge with a good book! What do you like/love about being a vet: I love pretty much everything about being a vet! I love the challenge of figuring out what’s happening with my patients, getting to interact with amazing clients, and seeing the power of the human-animal bond. My fellow vets and staff make the workplace such a great place to learn and grow as a vet, I just love it! (Super cheesy, but it’s the truth!)...