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Could your dog have osteoarthritis?

Monday, August 07, 2017

Could your dog possibly have osteoarthritis? Your pet maybe able to participate in a free trial run by the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Clinic at the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital in Werribee.

Pets need to be over 6 months of age and will need to have a blood sample taken, have a radiographic examination and wear an activity collar for the duration of the trial. Pets will need to be taken to U-Vet in Werribee for an initial consultation and on 3 other occasions over a four-week period.


To enquire about the trial, please contact U-Vet on (03) 9731 2000

Media Coverage

9 News: Osteoarthritis is affecting our beloved dogs

The Melbourne Newsroom: New pain management study for dogs


New canine parvovirus in Australia. But don’t panic!

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Researchers in Adelaide have recently reported the detection of a new type of canine parvovirus. Although this virus is new to Australia, it has been present in many overseas countries since 2000, and is very closely related to parvoviruses that have been present in Australia for the past 40 years.

Experience from other countries that have this particular virus, as well as specific scientific studies, have shown that the current vaccines we use are effective in providing protection against this new type. Similarly, although concerns have been raised about the effectiveness of tests used to detect infection, studies have shown these too are effective for the new type.

So what do you need to do? If your dog is up-to-date with its vaccinations – nothing! Take your dog for a walk and enjoy Autumn. 

However if your dog is unvaccinated, now is the time to schedule an appointment, as canine parvovirus, the old types and the new, can cause serious, and in many cases, fatal disease.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on (03) 9731 2000.


Easter Pet Safety Tips - Chocolate

Monday, April 10, 2017

Why is it a problem if my pet eats chocolate?

There are two chemicals in chocolate that are harmful to cats and dogs: theobromine and caffeine. The darker the chocolate, the greater the level of these chemicals and the less your pet needs to eat to cause a problem. Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs but dogs are more likely to scavenge and therefore suffer from chocolate toxicity. If enough chocolate is ingested it can be fatal.

What are the signs of chocolate toxicity?

Initially your pet may appear restless, start vomiting and/or have diarrhoea and show an increase in thirst and urination.

If not treated, the symptoms progress to their heart and breathing rates increase. They may appear shaky and unstable on their legs, have seizures and become unconscious.

What should I do if I think my pet has eaten chocolate?

If you think your pet has eaten chocolate or is showing any of the above symptoms call your vet immediately.

We are open 24/7 over the Easter period and we will be able to advise if your pet should be seen.

It helps us to have as much information as possible in order to assess what, if any, treatment your pet will need.

The questions we will ask include:

  • How much chocolate your pet has/may have eaten?
  • What time your pet ate the chocolate or had access to it?
  • What kind of chocolate your pet ate?
  • What is the weight of your pet?
Tips to protect your pet from chocolate toxicity:
  • If you’re having Easter egg hunts, keep dogs shut away in a completely different area of the property from where the egg hunt is held. Keep them away until the hunt is over.
  • Keep count of how many eggs are hidden and account for them at the end to make sure they have all been found.
  • Ensure family members aren’t leaving chocolate around the house or dropping chocolate on the floor.
  • Make sure all chocolate is shut away not left accessible around the house. Dogs can be very agile at getting into things that you think are out of their reach.
If your pet has eaten chocolate or you suspect they have or your pet shows symptoms, call us immediately. Most importantly – if in doubt call us for advice! We are always happy to help any time, day or night.

U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital’s Emergency & Critical Care service is ALWAYS OPEN.

Contact us on 03 9731 2000


Heat Stroke Safety Tips

Monday, March 13, 2017

It is important for pet owners to be aware that heat can cause heat stroke and be disastrous and fatal for pets. On hot summer days we receive a number of animals presented with heat stroke and near death. Heat stroke is a dire emergency and one from which many do not recover.

Here are some tips to keep your beloved pets safe during the warmer weather.
  • Never leave your pet in the car on a hot day, even with windows down and in the shade, not even for a minute. It may take only 10 minutes for a pet left in a car to die.
  • On hot days be mindful of pets outside, or enclosures unable to escape the heat, for example dogs in runs, and rabbit in hutches.
  • On extreme heat days bring pets indoors. If this is not possible make sure they have plenty of shade, fresh clean water and some iceblocks to lick as a minimum. For pocket pets, you can freeze there sipper bottles so nice cold water comes out. Even an icepack in their cage!
  • Keep pets hydrated.
Other factors that increase pets’ risk of developing heat stroke are being in an enclosed space, humid conditions, overweight pets, exercising pets in the heat, age of the pet, pre existing heart or lung disease, or if the pet is taken on holidays to a climate they are not used to.

Why does heat stroke occur?
Living cells of the body have temperature tolerant limits. Go beyond these limits and the cells break down. The longer the cell is above the 45 degree level, the faster cell death occurs, and the less likely the pet will recover. In fur-covered animals, they have few sweat glands, and their main way of cooling off is by panting.

What are the signs of heat stroke?
Signs of heat stroke are intense rapid panting, pounding heart, wide eyes, salivating, brick red gums, staggering, and weakness. They can then collapse, become unconscious, then gums then go pale and dry.

What do you need to do?
If you think your pet has heat stroke it is an emergency. For first aid, make sure the pet is put in a cold area or shade. Start soaking the body with cool water. Make sure that the water soaks to the skin and doesn’t just run off the fur. Don’t’ use cold or icy water, otherwise the superficial vessels at the skin constrict and the hot blood is trapped within the body, so the body stays hot still! Always seek Veterinary attention immediately!

Fore more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/dog-health/heat-and-pets


Blood Donor Daisy soon to Retire

Friday, June 05, 2015

Meet ‘Daisy’ the beautiful 56kg Leonberger who has been one of our regular blood donors at The University of Melbourne canine blood donor program. ‘Daisy’ is just about to hit retirement age so will no longer be able to donate her precious blood to help the many emergency patients presented at U-Vet Animal Hospital.

Each one of Daisy’s donations helped 3 dogs in emergency situations and we are so thankful that she has been part of the team!

 Want to find out more about your dog becoming a blood donor?

Blood Donor requirements:
  • 25kg or over
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Between the ages of 1 and 7 years
  • Not received a blood transfusion before
  • A known health and travel history
  • Ideally a calm temperament

For more information call or email the Blood Donor Program Call: 03 9731 2328  
or Email: UOM-Blood-Donor-Program@unimelb.edu.au or download Blood Donor Brochure.

Your dog could save lives!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Blood donors Fido and DJ, 2-year-old Great Dane X Labrador X Pointer brothers


Just like humans, pets can suffer from life-threatening illness such as anaemia, toxicity, trauma or severe injury that could result in them needing a life-saving blood transfusion.

What is the process?
We run initial blood screening tests on your dog to confirm blood type and to ensure they have no underlying health issues followed by a full physical examination at no cost. Tests are reviewed and if approved by our veterinarian, your dog can donate blood. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to donate that’s why it’s important your dog has a calm temperament.

What do you do with the blood my pet donates?
Each donation is separated into 2-3 products: plasma and red blood cells which are used to treat and save the lives of animals suffering trauma, anaemia or clotting problems.

One life saving donation from your dog will help treat and potentially save the lives of up to three other pets. Maximum 4 donations per year.

Our way of saying thank you!
Donating your furry family member’s blood is a lifesaving gift to the 100s of patients a year who desperately need it and to thank you we offer your pet FREE regular blood tests and veterinary examinations to ensure that your dog stays healthy and other generous gifts eg. Free take home treats, dog food.**


We urgently need donors!
For more information, to chat to someone about donating or to sign up your dog to be a lifesaving blood donor, contact: U-Vet Canine Blood Donor Program on (03) 9731 2328 or by via the blood donor form below.

  • 25kg + 
  • 1-5 years old
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Regularly wormed
  • Never received a blood transfusion
  • Known history of good health
  • Calm temperament 
  • Must live in Victoria 
  • Known travel history
  • Your dog is available to donate up to four times a year
* Required


Irish Wolfhound X Mastiff
Meet the absolutely gorgeous ‘April’ the 40kg Irish Wolfhound X Mastiff. ‘April’ came into U-Vet recently to have her free examination and blood work as part of the Blood Donor Program. She very kindly donated a full unit of blood for patients in need and was an absolute pleasure to have as our new donor dog! We cannot wait until we see her again! April’s kind donation has the potential to help 3 different dogs! And if she donates regularly has the ability to help up to 12 recipient patients per year!!
Border Collie
Meet the wonderful Archie who is a regular at the Blood Donor Program. Archie donates his time, blood and beautiful attitude every several months and at present has donated enough blood to potentially save the lives of 16 dogs! AMAZING! Thank you Archie!
Catahoula Leopard Dog X
Meet Angus our newest addition to the blood donor program. Angus is a Catahoula Leopard Dog X and he is 4 years old. He recently came in to The University of Melbourne to do his first blood donation and he was the perfect patient. He sat well for all of his blood tests and then lay down for us while we took 450ml donation. Afterwards he devoured a large bowl of food. His blood donation has the potential to help 3 other dogs in emergency situations and we are so thankful to have him as our newest donor!
This is Matilda the stunning Greyhound who is our latest donor to The University of Melbourne Blood Donor Program. We are so excited to have Matilda on board as she has such a beautiful nature and is an absolute pleasure to have in the clinic. Matilda is an adopted Greyhound who lives with her Greyhound sister Pip. Her generous donation has the ability to help save the lives of 3 different patients in emergency situations – Thank you Matilda!
German Wirehaired Pointer
This is the gorgeous Skyler who is a German Wirehaired Pointer. So far Skyler has donated 3 times – that’s a potential of 9 dogs that have been helped with Skyler’s incredibly generous blood donation, but not only is she generous she is an absolute delight to have in the clinic!
Labrador X Staffordshire Terrier
Meet the absolutely gorgeous ‘Pepper’ the stunning and sturdy 35kg Labrador X Staffordshire Terrier. ‘Pepper’ visited the U-Vet Blood Donor Program to have his free examination and blood work to see if he was a suitable donor – which he was. He very kindly donated a full unit of blood for patients in need and was an absolute pleasure to have as our new donor dog! We cannot wait until we see him – and possibly his brother - again! Pepper’s kind donation has the potential to help 3 different dogs! And if he donates regularly has the ability to help up to 12 recipient patients per year!!
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Meet Nala who is a gorgeous Rhodesian Ridgeback who has now donated twice at the UVet Blood Donor Program – that means that her kind donations have the potential of helping 6 dogs! Thank you Nala!
Staghound cross
Meet the utterly gorgeous Mopane who is a Staghound cross and routine blood donor! Mopane very kindly dropped into the clinic only recently to give her 3rd donation to a patient that was very much in need…thanks Mopane – we couldn’t do it without you!
Labrador Retriever
We had the absolute pleasure in meeting ‘Benji’ the Labrador Retriever when he came to The University of Melbourne Animal Hospital to take part in the Blood Donor Program. ‘’Benji’ had a full health check including lots of important blood tests. Afterwards he very kindly sat for us while he donated a full unit of blood so that it can be used to help patients in the Intensive Care Unit in emergency and critical care situations! Thanks ‘Benji’ – we can’t wait to see you again!
Staffordshire Terrier
This is ‘Clay’ the gorgeous Staffordshire Terrier who we were all so lucky to meet recently! ‘Clay’ visited the U-Vet Blood Donor Program to have his free examination and blood work to see if he was a suitable donor – which he was. He very kindly donated a full unit of blood for patients in need! He was the perfect patient, thank you so much ‘Clay’!!
Clay’s kind donation has the potential to help 3 different dogs! And if he donates regularly has the ability to help up to 12 recipient patients per year!!
Meet Bridgette, the 4 year old Greyhound who is the newest addition to U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital & the University of Melbourne Blood Donor Program. Bridgette popped in to visit us at the clinic last week, had a full examination and blood tests done before generously donating a pint of blood to help patients in need! She was an absolutely wonderful patient and enjoyed all the attention, cuddles and treats she received!