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Malvern Veterinary Hospital
547 Dandenong Rd
Armadale, Vic, 3143
Phone: 03 9509 7611

Could your dog benefit from loosing some weight?

For the Month of November we are running a competition as an incentive to help get your dog on the right track to a leaner and happier life.

All you need to do is:

-  During the month of November book a FREE 10 minute appointment with one of our friendly staff members. We will assess and weigh in your dog whilst you fill out an entry forms to go into the draw.

- You will receive 1 FREE 2.72kg bag of Hill prescription Metabolic food (while stocks last) to kick start your dogs weight loss journey.

- At the end of January bring your dog in for another FREE weigh. The winner will be the pet who has lost the biggest percentage of body weight by the re-weigh.

The winning dog will receive a Hamper of food and toys to the value of $200 as well as a Fitbit for you for doing such a great job.

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Contents of this newsletter

01  Pet insurance

02  Review us on Google

03  Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice

04  Correct use of antibiotics

05  Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat

06  Paralysis tick alert

07  Crazy cat markings

01 Pet insurance
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Pet insurance and why it's important

If your pet has an accident or serious illness, you might need to find some extra funds in a hurry to cover veterinary costs. Owning a pet is a privilege and providing health care is just one of the expenses you need to be prepared for, just like providing food. Malvern Veterinary Hospital along with the Australian Veterinary Association are supporters of pet insurance. We don’t recommend any specific scheme, as all policies are different. We recommend that you check the details of each option to see whether it meets your needs, or ask a qualified insurance advisor about what will suit you best.

Pet insurance  provides cover for veterinary fees if your pet is injured or becomes ill. It can give you peace of mind that you’re in a position to afford all the veterinary care that your pet might need.

What types of pet insurance policies are available?

The cover provided by different products can vary considerably, ranging from accident and illness policies, accident-only policies to lifetime cover policies. You should choose the type of product and the level of cover to meet your needs.  Our experience with claims at Malvern vet is over 80% of the claims are medical problems not accidents. Even a cruciate ligament  rupture is viewed as a medical condition in the eyes of insurance companies not as an accident.

What is not covered?

All policies will have some exclusions, the most common being pre-existing conditions (those your pet has already suffered from before the insurance is taken out), anything related to pregnancy or birth and any routine, preventative or planned treatments (such as vaccinations, spaying and so on). Most policies have medical exclusion waiting periods from the start of a policy which range from 10 to 30 days.We strongly suggest you do your research before you sign up.

We have compiled a comparison sheet with a list of Pet Insurance companies and their basic costs and services. Please feel free to pop in and collect one . We also have company brochures on Pet Insurance available at the hospital.

02 Review us on Google
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Review us on Google

We’d love for you to share your experience with Malvern Vet Hospital by reviewing us on Google. Please click on the link below to write a review (please note: you will need a Google account). If you’re not sure what to write we can give you a little help to start . You may like to mention:

* The services we provided

* why you chose our practice

* what was good about your experience

Review link: Here


Thank you

03 Vaccinations - ask us for the right advice

Vaccination is a hot topic in the media at the moment. There's plenty of information and scare tactics floating around on social media and so when it comes to vaccinating your pet, we want you to get the right advice.

The take home message is that vaccination is one of the most important tools we have available to help keep your pet healthy. Vaccinations are safe, have minimal (if any) side effects and the reason we recommend vaccinations is because they work.

These are the top reasons vaccinations are so vital:

  1. They protect against deadly diseases: many dangerous diseases are completely preventable with the correct vaccinations.
  2. Vaccinations save money: vaccinations are substantially less expensive than the cost of treatment for the diseases they prevent. 
  3. You can board your pet with other animals: if you ever plan to board your dog or cat he must be up to date with his vaccinations - what would happen if you had a family emergency and boarding was the only option?
  4. Visits to the vet hospital: if your pet has to stay in hospital he needs to be vaccinated. If your pet is sick, his immune system may be already be compromised so you want to know he is protected.

There are many diseases we are able to vaccinate against but your pet's health, lifestyle and where you live may affect which vaccinations are deemed necessary - we can help you make an informed decision and are always happy to discuss vaccinations with you.

When it comes to vaccinating your pet, we will give you the right advice. 

04 Correct use of antibiotics

One of the greatest threats to human and animal health is antibiotic resistance and the emergence of 'superbugs'.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that 'unless urgent action is taken on the use of antibiotics in humans and animals, the world is heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill'.

In the veterinary world, we are taking notice of these concerns and doing our bit to help prevent a global catastrophe. In fact, Australian veterinarians have guidelines in place to ensure they are not overprescribing or misusing antibiotics.

Here are some essential things to understand:

  1. Antibiotics can only be helpful in the presence of a bacterial infection. They cannot treat viral infections and are not needed in clean wounds
  2. We sometimes need to identify the type of bacteria present to help choose the most appropriate antibiotic and this involves taking samples for culture and sensitivity testing. This may need to be done at an external laboratory
  3. If your pet is prescribed antibiotics you must always use them as directed and finish the course, even if you think your pet is 'better' - stopping too early can lead to the development of resistant bacteria
  4. A revisit may be necessary to check your pet's and extend the course of antibiotics if necessary
  5. Never start any 'left over' antibiotics you have before you get your pet checked with us

And finally, please don't ask us to prescribe antibiotics without a consultation as it is unethical and it's against the law!

05 Don't let your pet get stressed in the heat

The warmer weather is here and it's time for days at the beach and ice cream in the sun. With the warmer weather comes an increased risk of heat stress for your pets.

Heat stress or heat exhaustion is a common condition seen in Australia. It is more common in dogs as they have very few sweat glands for heat loss and are generally more active than cats.

Signs of heat stress:

  • excessive panting
  • drooling
  • extreme lethargy
  • staggering
  • weakness and collapse
  • seizures

Heat stress can kill your pet. All pets are at risk but brachycephalic dogs with a short nose (such as pugs and bulldogs), overweight pets, pets with heart or respiratory problems or those with thick, furry coats are at greater risk.

So what's the best way to avoid heat stress?

  • Never leave your pet in the car as the temperature can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes, even on a mild day. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows partially open is not acceptable
  • Make sure shade and cool water is available ALL DAY. On extremely hot days, your pet may need to be kept inside. 
  • Never exercise your pet on a warm day - stick to the cool of the morning or evening (or skip exercise all together.)
  • Some pets will need to have their heavy coat shaved to provide some relief from the heat.

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stress you should seek veterinary attention immediately as heat stroke is an emergency. 

If you are ever worried about your pet you should call us for advice, we are always here to help.

06 Paralysis tick alert

Paralysis ticks are out and about and even if you don't live in a 'typical' paralysis tick area, it's time to sit up and take notice.

The paralysis tick is usually prevalent along the east coast of Australia in dense bush areas. Due to changing weather patterns, overgrown gardens and the fact that these little critters can 'catch a ride', a number of paralysis ticks and have been found in metropolitan areas around Sydney and Melbourne.

Once the tick attaches to a host (such as your pet) it engorges itself with blood and injects a toxin. As the tick slowly grows in size, it continues to inject the toxin over days to weeks so symptoms can be gradual in onset. 

It is therefore important that no matter where you live, you know what to look out for.

Watch out for:

  • A change in voice; the meow or bark becomes softer
  • Weakness in the back legs; walking along then sitting down suddenly is a common early sign.
  • Vomiting, especially if it happens several times in a day
  • A moist cough and difficulties breathing

As the poisoning progresses:

  • Your pet might be unable to stand
  • Breathing becomes exaggerated and more difficult

If the tick is not removed and an anti-serum administered to your pet, death may occur.

There are lots of tick preventatives on the market and it is best to discuss the most appropriate type of prevention with us. It is important to realise that not one product can claim to be 100% effective so knowing the early signs and performing tick checks on your pet is essential. 

Ask us for more information.


07 Crazy cat markings

Here are some pretty cool cats!

Check out their crazy fur markings - from cinnamon rolls to the cat burglar, which one is your favourite?

Click here to view them at Bored Panda.