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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







 



2015 Veterinary Nursing Conference

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Veterinary Nursing Conference

Join us at one of the greatest Australian events providing high class vet nursing education whist having fun networking, socialising and developing your nursing skills and knowledge.

  • Date: 27-29 November 2015
  • Venue: 250 Princes Highway, Werribee,Victoria 3030
  • Accommodation:10% off bookings at Quest Serviced Apartments, Synnot Street, Werribee, Vic 3030 Ph: (03) 8744 6000

This year we are extremely excited to welcome David Liss as our guest international speaker, alongside a wealth of inspirational local presenters.

Two half day workshop sessions on Friday provide opportunities to develop hands on skills in small groups. Saturday and Sunday are packed full of lectures covering a variety of topics including behaviour, anaesthesia and emergency and critical care. 

Take full advantage of the opportunity to update your knowledge and skills with useful tools that can be applied in your practice. Learn from passionate and professional speakers hailing from a variety of backgrounds.

GUEST SPEAKER- David Liss, Veterinary Technician
 


David is a double board-certified veterinary technician specialist in emergency/critical care and small animal internal medicine and has diverse background in emergency and critical care nursing. He has contributed to numerous veterinary texts and was awarded the Veterinary Technician Educator of the Year award in 2012 by Western Veterinary Conference. David currently directs the veterinary technology program at Platt College in Los Angeles, works as an ICU technician and runs his own consulting business.

LINK TO DAVID LISS’ WEBSITE

Please contact Lynne Ashbolt if you have any difficulties with your booking or for further enquiries call 03 9810 3352 or email   l.ashbolt@commercial.unimelb.edu.au

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!