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Investigation into diseases and diet in pet dogs

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

   

Veterinary staff at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Hospital have been caring for dogs and trying to understand the basis of the recent rise of megaesophagus cases in Australia.

There are currently over 100 cases of Australian dogs diagnosed with megaesophagus that have also been fed Advance Dermocare petfood in the recent past.


Image: Confirmed cases of megaesophagus as of April 2018 (one point represents the postcode of a referring veterinarian).


Megaesophagus is an enlargement of the oesophagus, the muscular tube connecting the throat to the stomach. A ‘megaesophagus’ is like a deflated balloon where the muscles of the oesophagus can’t propel food or water into the stomach. As a result the dog regurgitates frequently and has difficulty in getting enough nutrition.

U-Vet staff are undertaking independent studies on behalf of family pets into the basis of recent megaesophagus cases, in addition to those studies being conducted by Mars Petfood.

Independent research funds are very limited in the field of veterinary science, so we are seeking your support to understand the potential association of food with megaesophagus, and to develop a range of advanced tests for these and other diet-related studies.

There is currently no specific treatment for cases of megaesophagus with no known cause (called idiopathic), apart from managing the condition and changing the way food is eaten by the dog.




Watch the 7.30 Report: "More than 70 dogs sick as popular dog food is investigated" (30 April, 2018).


 Image: Dr Caroline Mansfield, Head of U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital on the 7.30 Report.


For further information, contact us.


 

Lily with atrioventricular (AV) block

Tuesday, May 01, 2018


Image: Lily playing with her friend

Lily the 9-year-old mixed Bull Terrier initially came to see us for evaluation of limping. However, when she was examined her heart rate was found to be low, about 40 beats per minute compared to 80-120 in normal dogs.

Lily was diagnosed with third degree atrioventricular (AV) block, where the electrical signals from the heart do not get through normally.

This condition also occurs in humans and is treated with a pacemaker – luckily for our pets, we can also do the same procedure in dogs!

Lily had a pacemaker implanted last month and is doing well. Animals can have a wide range of normal heart rates and in general, the bigger an animal is, the slower its heart beats – for example a blue whale’s heart beats only 8-10 times a minute, while a hummingbird’s heart can beat up to 1200 times per minute. 



Image: Lily



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.

Enquiries

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.
Note:
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







 



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

CANINE BLOOD DONOR PROGRAM


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.**

OUR BLOOD STOCKS ARE CRITICALLY LOW.

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.

BEFORE COMPLETING THE FORM, PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR DOG MEETS THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
  • 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
 


















MEET OUR CANINE SUPERHERO DONORS

 
April
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!!
Archie
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!
Angus
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!
Matilda
Greyhound
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!
Skyler
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!
Pepper
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!!
Nala
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!
Mopane
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!
Benji
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!
Clay
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!!
Bridgette
Greyhound
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!

Blood Donation Programs

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Could your dog or cat become a blood donor and save lives?

Just like humans, pets can suffer from life-threatening illnesses such as anaemia, toxicity, trauma or severe injury that could result in them needing a life-saving blood transfusion. U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital’s Canine and Feline Blood Donor Programs constantly are in need of blood donations to ensure blood products are readily available for immediate use for critical ill pets in our care.

Canine Blood Donor Program



What is the process?
To determine if your pet is heathy and eligible to donate we need to complete a full physical examination including a temperament test and comprehensive blood screening. The tests will verify whether your pet is healthy and in no danger to give a blood donation. The blood donation will be collected from a vein in your dog’s neck and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to donate so it is important for your dog to have a calm temperament. On completion of the donation your dog will be provided with cuddles and delicious treats.

What happens to the blood donation?
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. Your dog could donate for a maximum of four times per year.

Criteria
Before completing the form, please confirm your dog meets the following criteria.

Is your dog:
  • between 1 and 5 years of age? 
  • 25kg or more in weight?
  • up-to-date with vaccinations and parasite control?
  • healthy with a calm temperament?
  • a resident of Victoria? (never travelled out of the state)
  • available to donate for up to four times a year?

Enquire now
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 complete Canine Blood Donor Enquiry Form below.

* Required
 


















Feline Blood Donor Program



The U-Vet Feline Blood Donor Program is now in urgent need of cat donors.

Cats require emergency blood transfusions in the same way as humans and dogs do. If a cat loses blood due to trauma, becomes anaemic, undergoes major surgery or has cancer, it may require a blood transfusion to survive. Time is critical when in need for a life-saving blood transfusion and having blood products readily available may make all the difference.

The U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital is now capable of storing cat blood for immediate use in an emergency. The U-Vet Feline Blood Donor Program accepts blood donations from pets that are volunteered by their owners.

What is the process?
To determine if your pet is healthy and eligible to donate we need to complete a full physical examination including a temperament test and comprehensive blood screening. The tests will verify whether your pet is healthy and in no danger to give a blood donation.

Your cat will be admitted to the hospital for the day, where a sedative will be given and a blood donation will be collected from a vein in your cat’s neck. After the donation, your cat will monitored closely and placed on intravenous fluids. Once recovered, your cat will be provided with cuddles and tasty treats.

What happens with the blood donation?
Each donation is separated into two products: plasma and red blood cells. These are used to treat and save the lives of animals suffering trauma, anaemia or clotting problems.

Red blood cells can be stored for 35 days and the plasma up to three years.

One life saving donation from your cat will help treat and potentially save the lives of up to two other pets. Your cat can donate for a maximum of four donations per year. 

Criteria
Before completing the form, please confirm your cat meets the following criteria.

Is your cat:
  • between 1 and 5 years of age?
  • 4kg or more in weight?
  • healthy with a calm temperament?
  • up to date with vaccinations and parasite control?
  • a Victorian resident (never travelled out of the state)
  • not a blood transfusion recipient?

Enquire now
For more information or to sign up your cat to be a lifesaving blood donor, contact U-Vet Blood Donor Program on (03) 9731 2328 or complete Feline Blood Donor Enquiry Form below.

* Required
 



















Meet our superhero donors!



Mopane

Staghound cross
Meet the utterly gorgeous Mopane who is a Staghound cross and our star donor. Mopane wags her tail the entire time she is donating; she is a real treasure. To date Mopane has donated 11 times: that’s potentially 33 lives saved! Thanks Mopane – we couldn’t do it without you.




Truman

Labrador
Say hello and thank you to Truman the lovely labrador. What a trooper at 6 years old! He has donated 6 times and we hope to make that a few more before retirement. Truman is a true gentleman, loving his visits to the Blood Donor Program.




James

Domestic Short Hair
Handsome James is a most-willing 3-year-old tabby and white domestic short hair. He is always keen to come in to donate blood for fellow felines in need. James loves the cuddles and attention he gets throughout the process, as well as the tasty treats following donation.




Skyler

German Wirehaired Pointer
This is the adorable Skyler who is a German wirehaired pointer. Skyler is extremely generous and has donated 9 times so far. She is always willing to help her fellow canines. Skyler is an absolute delight to have in the clinic!




Paddington

German Shepherd Cross
Greetings Paddington; our cuddly-bear who is a 2-year-old German shepherd cross. Paddington is passionate about giving blood donations and has provided blood 4 times so far. We are looking forward to seeing Paddington again soon.




Callie

Domestic Short Hair
Callie is a 5-year-old tabby and white domestic short hair, and is U-Vet’s Blood Donor program Queen of the castle! She has already donated for her second time recently, potentially saving the lives of 4 other cats! We look forward to a long and fruitful association with Callie.




Archie

Border Collie
Meet the wonderful Border Collie, Archie, who is a regular at The Blood Donor Program. Archie donates his time, blood and beautiful attitude regularly and to date has donated enough blood to potentially save 21 dogs lives! Thank you, Archie, you are amazing!




Jed

Staghound cross
Jed is a 3 year old staghound cross who has potentially helped 15 dogs in need of lifesaving blood transfusions, with his five donations. It is a joy to have Jed as a donor!




Arrabell

Domestic Short Hair
Meet the amazingly compliant (especially for a tortoiseshell) domestic short hair, Arrabell. She recently joined our team of feline life savers and did an awesome job! We’re looking for more feline donors just like Arrabell.




Baloo

Italian Mastiff
Beautiful Baloo, an Italian Mastiff, is a hugely enthusiastic 4 year old. He is always excited about helping critically ill patients in their hour of need. Baloo loves his treats and cuddles following his blood donations. Keep up the good work Baloo!




Dorothy

Domestic Medium Hair
Affectionately known as Dot, our dreamy grey and white domestic medium hair is a new inclusion to our lifesaving Feline Blood donor brigade. At just one-and-a-half years old, Dot has every possibility of saving many feline lives going forward. Purrfect!




Linus

Domestic Long Hair
Lovely, laid-back tabby and white Linus is an old hand at donating blood. He has saved 3 lives already! Thanks for the huge contribution Linus. We’re relying on you to show the young ‘uns how it’s done!