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Snakebite map for pets launched

Thursday, August 31, 2017

As the weather warms up, veterinarians are preparing for snakebite season with an interactive map to record when and where pets are bitten. The SnakeMap Project aims to better predict, prevent, diagnose and treat snakebite in animals as well as people.

The SnakeMap Project is the first of its kind in Australia and was devised by emergency and critical care veterinarians Dr Manu Boller and Dr Kylie Kelers from the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital.

Dr Boller teamed up with UVet Animal Hospital snakebite expert Dr Kylie Kelers, along with veterinary emergency and critical care experts from across Australia, epidemiologists and human snakebite experts.

The secure, electronic research database was established to allow veterinary hospitals across Australia to enter their snakebite data. The data can then be used as a medical resource for vets and, in the future, as a snakebite forecasting system for pet owners and the public anywhere in Australia.

Data collected in the SnakeMap includes information on the bitten animal, the location and time of the snakebite - including exact coordinates of the bite if known, the treatment provided, including antivenom administration and breathing support, and the outcome of the treatment.

Media Coverage

Channel 9 news: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/08/29/18/22/snake-maps-to-pinpoint-danger-areas-for-australian-pets?ocid=Social-9News

Emergency vet instructs: Learn to perform CPR on a dog in 5 minutes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

If a dog collapses and stops breathing it is most likely in cardiopulmonary arrest and every second counts. In this short video, Dr Erica Tinson, senior resident in veterinary emergency and critical care at the U-Vet Animal Hospital in Werribee provides instructions to pet owners on how to respond. In under 5 minutes, Dr Tinson explains how to recognize cardiopulmonary arrest and how to perform CPR in a dog following the newest pet CPR guidelines.

Could your dog have osteoarthritis?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Could your dog possibly have osteoarthritis? Many dogs, especially older dogs, suffer from the painful joint disease osteoarthritis. 

Your pet dog maybe able to participate in a free trial run by the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Clinic at the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. Eligible dogs receive a free health check, haematology, biochemistry and radiographs valued at $1105*. If your dog is having difficulty jumping or isn't moving around as well, ask your vet to check if your dog is eligible for our free offer.

We are seeking dogs over 6 months of age with clinical signs of osteoarthritis. Pets will need to have physical examination, a blood sample taken and have a radiographic examination. All those tests are usually worth $1105*. If eligible, your pet will then be asked to wear an activity collar (i.e. a FitBit activity tracker) for the duration of the trial which usually lasts around one month. During the one-month trials, pets will need to be taken to U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital on three occasions over a four-week period.

Our study aims to test a new gel formulation of Epiitalis, a plant oil extract which is the active principle from a product called 4-CYTETM. The product is used orally to relieve pain in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.


To enquire about the trial, please contact us on (03) 9731 2000.

*Conditions apply

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Dogs must be over 6 months of age with clinical signs of osteoarthritis.
  • Dogs can be male or female, desexed or not.
  • Referring veterinarians will receive all findings from tests. If tests indicate other disease, our referring vet will be informed. We reserve the right to end this offer at any time if information changes or we fill our spaces in the study.
Radiographs, if performed, will only be read for the presence or absence of osteoarthritis and no other abnormalities will be noted even if present, so they should not be considered as a complete radiographic investigation.

Media Coverage

9 News: Osteoarthritis is affecting our beloved dogs

The Melbourne Newsroom: New pain management study for dogs