Winter 2018

What's New at KVC
Welcome Jayde

jayde sml


Jayde is new to veterinary nursing, but has a lifelong love of pets. She is currently working to support her lovely dogs Chase (pictured), as well as 3 other dogs and 2 cats.


Ask our vets:- about a new treatment for itchy dogs available in September

Did you know :- that most of our food and parasite control products have frequent buyers rewards? Check with our friendly nurses next time you are in and we can start a rewards card for you.

Online Bookings:-
Don't forget - to make your own appointment any time, checkout our online booking link (top right hand corner of our website).

Case of the Month
fizz sml"F" was brought into the clinic with a short history of vomiting, not eating and being very flat. The first thing that was very obvious was that he was markedly jaundiced and dehydrated, with no obvious cause. He was admitted to hospital and given medication to help with nausea and vomiting, and rehydrated with an iv drip. His blood tests confirmed severe liver disease and jaundice.
Jaundice can be caused by 3 mechansims :- 1. rupture of many red bloods cells intravenously 2. liver disease 3. obstruction of bile outflow from the liver eg. in some cases of pancreatitis.
Although we knew "F"had liver disease, it was still unclear what the cause was, so he had an abdominal ultrasound. His liver (and the rest of his abdomen) looked normal on ultrasound.
This left several possible causes of his liver disease 1. toxicity eg. human medications, fungal or bacterial toxins (from decayed food), plants 2. auto immune disease of the liver 3. cancer.
Liver biopsy would be the next step to further diagnose the cause.
Fortunately "F" responded to supportive care and made a full recovery. Although the cause of his illness was never fully confirmed, we assume that he suffered from a severe toxicity, and we hope that he has learnt his lesson and never finds that toxin again.

Paralysis Ticks

Recently there has been some media reports about the occurence of paralysis ticks in Melbourne.
Paralysis ticks feed by attaching themselves to their host (including our pet dogs and cats) and sucking blood. Possums and other wildlife have developed some tolerance to their poison, however domestic dogs and cats can be fatally affected.
Most ticks attach to the head and neck (where it is difficult to lick them off), and can be hard to see until they start to engorge with blood about 3-4 days after attaching. By this stage they have already injected their 13584556 mlpoison.
Fortunately, paralysis ticks do not live in the Melbourne environment. They are found naturally east and north of Lakes Entrance.
However, they have been isolated reports of tick paralysis in dogs and cats that have never left Melbourne.
These cases are thought to be due to ticks that have been carried in their immature form into Melbourne from tick areas on clothing or luggage, that have then developed to adults and attached to our pets.
Signs of tick paralysis include a wet cough or retch, loss of voice and unsteady back legs.
If you are concerned, then please seek veterinary attention immediately. Tick anti serum can be given to affected animals.
If you want to protect your pet against paralsis ticks, especially if you are travelling to eastern or northern Victoria, Nexgard or Simparica will protect your dog against fleas and ticks. Cats should be given frontline.