Welcome back - an experienced, personable Veterinary Nurse is not easy to find, but we have one in Renee.

An experienced Nurse brings with them surgical skills involving monitoring anaesthetics, equipment, knowledge, terminology, invaluable aftercare monitoring and a product/pharmacy background along with reception and client communication skills.  Experience like this makes introducing new staff members into the team a breeze.

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Another happy ending story, proving that, once again, microchipping your pets helps to ensure you can be reunited with them if they go missing.

Rosa Sheppard, a two-year-old miniature Fox Terrier, disappeared four months ago while the family were on holiday in South Australia.   They spent four days looking for Rosa in a small, remote town but they could not find their precious girl.  It was time to continue their journey.

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In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. Hip Dysplasia is the most common single cause of arthritis in the hips.

Hip dysplasia may be caused by the femur that does not fit correctly into the pelvic socket, or poorly developed muscles in the pelvic area supporting these bones.  The joint tries to help itself by producing new cartilage but this is a relatively slow process.  The joint gradually degrades due to abnormal wear and tear and it may not be able to support the bodyweight of the animal.  This is when the joint becomes inflamed and a cycle of cartilage damage, inflammation and pain commences.  This process spirals, in that the more the joint becomes damaged, the less able it is to resist further damage.  This breakdown of cartilage results in painful bone-to-bone contact known as osteoarthritis.

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If your dog or cat has been diagnosed with arthritis or mobility problems, the right nutrition can help manage the condition, reduce pain and keep your pet active.  Studies have shown that Hills Joint Disease Diet can help improve your dog’s mobility in just 21 days or your cat’s mobility in 28 days.

Arthritis is the general term for abnormal changes in the joint.  These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced.  Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones, when it wears away joints become swollen and painful.

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The loss of a four-legged family member is always difficult. They are part of the family, our closest confidants and our best friends. It’s only once they are not there, that we realise what a significant part of our family they are.  In clinic, the loss of our client’s animals is not easy.  We are also on a journey, normally at the end stages of life, with many of these pets.  Our heart goes out to owners, as we understand the hurt you go through at these times of loss.   The poem below rings true to many of our faithful mates that have gone to the “Rainbow Bridge”.

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