As the weather get cooler, rats and mice move inside to find shelter and in order to stop the mouse and rat infestations, rat bait is laid out to manage this.
Unfortunately this means that we start to see more rat bait toxicity cases, as bait can be temping for your pet as well.
Rodenticides work as an anticoagulant and stop the production of Vitamin K, which is essential to the blood clotting. Ingestion of rat bait can cause internal bleeding.
Some symptoms of rat bait poisoning include; Lethargy, difficulty breathing, pale gums, coughing (may have blood present), vomiting (with blood), blood nose, collapsing, bleeding from the gums, and death.
If your pet eats rat bait they may not show symptoms for 3-5days, It is important to contact your vet ASAP if you are worried your pet may have eaten ...
As a lot of you know our Morwell clinic has been closed due to fire damage.
We are pleased to announce that we have recently found somewhere suitable in Morwell to open up a pop up vet clinic and are in the process of setting it up.
We hope to be open before Christmas.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.
Summer is a fantastic time for a barbeque. However, something that is so much fun for us can pose some very serious risk to our pets.
Meat and bones
Sausages are delicious, but remember that, one thin Woolies sausage can be almost 25% of your dogs’ daily energy requirements. To put that into perspective that is 10 sausages for us, wow!
Daily energy requirement for 15kg dog – 840cal
Woolies sausage caloric content- 200cal
Average daily human energy requirement- 8300cal
Along with being high in energy content, BBQ food, are quite high in fat, which can cause issues for dogs, with more serious cases, even resulting in gastrointestinal distress and potential pancreatitis. Common foods containing large amounts of fat are turkey and chicken skin, butter, fatty cuts of meat ...
When the seasons change you may start to see your pets coat start to shed and change. Sometimes they may need help from you to help shed this old hair.
Dogs coats vary from breed to breed, some dogs simply require brushing to help remove excess hair, whereas some require clipping to help keep them comfortable, especially during summer. Research your breeds coat and speak to you vet/groomer as to the best treatment of their coat.
Dogs prone to hot spots may need to be clipped regularly.
Cats vary in their need for grooming. Typically the longer the hair, the more grooming needed.
Long haired cats especially require regular brushing, to remove old hair but also to prevent matts, which can be very uncomfortable and ...
We all know pets can be scared of fireworks and thunder, which is understandable because fireworks are scary! They are a loud BANG out of nowhere followed by crackles and more loud bangs. They just don’t understand what it is!
Anytime there are fireworks or a storm there are scared animals brought into vet clinics everywhere as strays, which have been found wondering and scared because of fireworks.
Another common issue we see as a result of fireworks and thunder is injury. Dogs that are so scared that they risk injuring themselves while attempting to escape their houses and yards. We have even seen dogs that have smashed through windows out of fear.
It is important to avoid leaving your pet at home alone if possible when there are fireworks planned or a storm forecast.
Dogs and cats can overheat quite quickly, this is because they do not sweat thought their skin, they expel heat by pant and sweating through the paw pads and nose. Therefore it take longer to cool down then for humans. This also means that temperature changes that may not bother us to much can raise the core temperature of your pet. This is dangerous and your pets’ temperature can continue to raise, causing irreversible damage to your pets’ organs and in some cases death.
It is a sad fact that every year as the weather heats up that we have patients bought in suffering from heat stress/stroke which could have been avoided.
Signs of heat stroke
Lying down and refusal to get up.
Increased breathing/respiratory issues.
Car sickness is an unenjoyable experience for all involved.
It can be triggered by stress, motion sickness, or even a combination of both.
We have compiled a few tips to help you on your next car trip.
1. Start slowly
Begin car training by sitting quietly and gently petting and praising your pup in the car without starting it. Once your pet is comfortable with this you can progress to turning on the ignition, still continuing to sit quietly and plenty of calm petting and reassurance.
Once comfortable with this, you can start with short frequent trips gradually increasing the length over time.
2. Be prepared
Have multiple layers of bedding over the seat (or puppy training pads etc.) so you can quickly get rid of the vomit without too much fuss.
The weather is warming up and it is more enticing to take your dog out for a walk.
But what could be the cause if you notice that your dog isn’t keeping up like they used to?
Exercise intolerance can be caused by a whole range of issues, including arthritis, weight gain, heart disease and injury.
Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition, which can cause your pet to struggle doing activities that they previously could such as- walking, running and jumping.
The good news for pets (and their owners) is that there are more treatment options for animals then there are for humans!!
For more information on what we can offer visit our page on arthritis HERE.
We have an opportunity for a trainee Veterinary Nurse to join Latrobe Veterinary Group. This position is ideal for someone based in the Latrobe Valley who is already undertaking online Veterinary Nursing studies and needs placement to complete the qualification.
To apply for this position, please contact our reception team on 03 5174 6999 to make an appointment time to attend the practice, deliver your resume and complete an application form.
Applications submitted by email or through social media will not be considered without prior telephone contact.
Applications close 7PM, November 6th 2019.
A little known fact is that if your pets’ microchip is not registered under your name, we may be breaking the law performing any procedures at the request of someone that is not the registered owner.
Please ensure your pets’ microchip information is up to date as we need to check before going through with procedures.
One of the best forms of identification is a microchip. It is placed under the skin so cannot be lost, but is completely useless if the details attached to it are not kept up to date.
Your pets’ microchip contact details are NOT linked to your pets’ council registration and need to be changed separately
How to update your pets’ microchip details.
Firstly you need your pets’ ...
It can be distressing, watching your pet being irritated by fleas and it can be very annoying dealing with a flea infestation within your own home.
A heavy flea burden can be quite stressful and potentially harmful to you and your pet’s health.
Fleas can be found throughout the year, but they tend to be most active in the warmer months, this is because any eggs in the environment can stay dormant until they detect heat or movement, which in-turn causes them to hatch, for this reason alone it is always best practice to continue on flea treatment all year round. Prevention is much easier than dealing with the problem. Early prevention is the main key to avoiding bad skin irritations associated with fleas.
For every adult flea you find on your pet there is potentially 50 more immature stages on your ...
We understand that taking your cat to the vet can be stressful for both you and your cat , so we have compiled a few tips to try and reduce the amount of stress to both you and your cat.
Before the visit
-Having the correct cage can help make the cat feel more secure. A wire top cage can leave the cat feeling exposed & vulnerable, while the cage pictured right is ideal as cat can feel relatively hidden when in it and the lid can be removed if need be.
-Rather than bringing out the cage only before a vet visit, make the cage part of the furniture of the house.
-Associate the cage with something good, if possible use the cage as part of play or feed the cat inside cage with the ...
September 2019. Due to fire next door, our Morwell clinic is temporarily closed. We are committed to continuing to run a branch of the practice in Morwell, and will re-open as soon as we can.
We are planning to establish a system to bring supplies (specialist food, medications etc) to Morwell for clients to pick up, twice a week, while the clinic remains closed.
Please ring our Traralgon clinic on 5174 6999 for appointments, or if you need supplies brought to Morwell.
We apologise for the inconvenience and plan to be back in business in Morwell as quickly as possible.
It’s a common situation when living in a town or built up area, hearing the horrible yelling and screaming of cats outside fighting each other, however it is always worse when your own cat is involved.
Cats are territorial animals and often fight to defend their territory.
The warmer months are the most common time for cat fights to occur as female cats are coming on heat, and more comfortable temperatures make it nicer for cats to wander outside at night.
It is important to never try and separate two cats in a fight or try and handle them afterwards, they are often highly strung after a fight and will act to defend themselves. You may be best attempting to spray them with some water to spook them apart.
Cat fights can be harmful to your cat ...
Here at Latrobe Veterinary Group we have complied a list of things to consider for your pet/s prior to heading away on holiday, to ensure you trip goes as smoothly as possible.
Latrobe Veterinary Group is seeking a qualified Veterinary Nurse for a full time maternity leave position. To obtain more information and apply for this position, please call 03 5174 6999. Extension – Applications close 23rd August 2019.
Latrobe Veterinary Group is seeking a qualified Veterinary Nurse for a full time position. To obtain a position description and apply for this position, please call 03 5174 6999. Applications closing, 19th October 2018.
A day in the life of Buzz the dog as he takes a trip to Latrobe Vet Group in Traralgon for an important operation.