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Welcome Dr Shayne!

We are very lucky to be able to welcome Dr Shayne to our veterinary staff. Earlier this month Dr Shayne was registered by the Australian Veterinary Board.

Dr Shayne has been a wonderful veterinary nurse with our clinic for four years and we are excited to be working with her in her new role as a vet.

You will gradually see Dr Shayne treating your pets and loved fur babies more and more over the coming months as she settles into her role.

We hope you will welcome her as much as we have done.

 

Clinic Social Night

Our most recent social event was a night out bowling. These family events are important to enable us to let our hair down and chill out for a night. It’s great to get together with everyone’s families and have a night of fun. We get to know each other better and bring our newer clinic members into the LRV family. 

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Dental Month

Are you ready to start celebrating DENTAL MONTH with us 🙌

We have some free nurse dental checks available at tooth hurty over the coming weeks 😹

📞 Call the clinic on 0269224659 to book in or hit the book now button to book online.

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Giving Blood

This is Jenny, our Accounts Manager. She is one of our behind the scenes Admin people who work so hard to keep the clinic running.

Jenny is one of our fabulous blood donors. She dropped by last week to make a little donation. Her donation will go towards helping or saving three people!

It only takes a little bit of time out of your day and your blood can help save lives. Think about it when you want to help someone.

Traineeships

We are so lucky to have signed Joella and Renelle to formal traineeships. This will give them a clear path to their veterinary nursing goal.

They are now trainee veterinary nurses and will study externally to achieve their Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

Congratulations Joella and Renelle!

Team Player of the Week

Georgia L- Love, Compassion, Honesty

Asthma (cont)

DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis of asthma relies on ruling out other causes. Your veterinarian will determine the tests required to diagnose the condition such as x-rays and bloodwork.

Asthma categories:

Mild Intermittent symptoms that do not interfere with daily activities
Moderate Intermittent symptoms that do interfere with daily activities
Severe Debilitating symptoms that occur daily
Life-threatening Severe symptoms that result in oxygen deprivation (normally pink lips, nose and gums turns blue). This is considered an emergency situation.

 

MANAGEMENT

Management of asthmatic cats involves veterinary medications such as corticosteroids and bronchodilators and the reduction of environmental triggers e.g. dust, smoke, aerosol products.

Mild asthma can be managed at home and may not require treatment at all.

Moderate to severe cases may require medication daily or as needed. Bronchodilators can be given every 6-24 hours via an inhaler, aerosol chamber and face mask.

Severe and life-threatening cases require in-hospital treatment for oxygen therapy, mild sedation to reduce stress and bronchodilators to relieve inflammation.

It’s important to keep a log to help relate an attack with changes in the environment.

PREVENTION

Tips to help prevent asthma attacks:

Environmental
  • Limit exposure to allergens
  • Keep your cat indoors
  • Air filters to reduce allergens
  • Keep shoes at the door to prevent allergens from entering home
  • Avoid using litter that is dusty
  • Consider a humidifier to keep the air from becoming too dry
Healthcare
  • Reduce environmental stresses
  • Regular de-worming
  • Regular external parasite controls for fleas and mites
Nutritional
  • Weight control
  • The use of Omega-3 fatty acids have shown some clinical benefit in reducing inflammation when used in combination with medications

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