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The luckiest little dog!

Twas the day before Christmas………..and we were absolutely BANANAS busy! In rushed concerned parents with their little pupper, Snoopy. Poor little Snoop had been frolicking in the park and was attacked by a large dog.

She was in shock, bleeding heavily and had a several puncture wounds to her abdomen.

The team launched into action……IV fluids, pain relief, and antibiotics to stabilise her while Dr Bek assessed her injuries and planned the best course of action.

Whilst poor Snoopy had only a couple of puncture wounds, dog bites are often misleading. Beneath the couple of small holes, there was horrific damage………she had multiple lacerations to her diaphragm, a small tear near her groin into which most of her intestines had herniated into and a large tear to her abdominal wall just behind her ribs through which her kidney had been avulsed and torn away from it’s blood supply.

Little Snoopy needed some immediate and very serious emergency surgery! 🤞😳

That afternoon, Dr Bek performed a nephrectomy (removal of the damaged kidney), patched the diaphragmatic damage using a flap of muscle from the abdominal wall, sutured several ribs together, repaired a tear in the spleen, and closed both tears in Snoopy’s abdominal wall.

It was a long, arduous process, but Snoopy handled it like a pro! She woke with very little pain and by the next day, she was almost back to her usual self.

Two weeks later, all the sutures were out and Snoopy hasn’t looked back. 🥰

Animals will never cease to amaze me with their recuperative powers. ❤
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The luckiest little dog!

Twas the day before Christmas………..and we were absolutely BANANAS busy! In rushed concerned parents with their little pupper, Snoopy. Poor little Snoop had been frolicking in the park and was attacked by a large dog. 

She was in shock, bleeding heavily and had a several puncture wounds to her abdomen. 

The team launched into action……IV fluids, pain relief, and antibiotics to stabilise her while Dr Bek assessed her injuries and planned the best course of action. 

Whilst poor Snoopy had only a couple of puncture wounds, dog bites are often misleading. Beneath the couple of small holes, there was horrific damage………she had multiple lacerations to her diaphragm, a small tear near her groin into which most of her intestines had herniated into and a large tear to her abdominal wall just behind her ribs through which her kidney had been avulsed and torn away from it’s blood supply. 

Little Snoopy needed some immediate and very serious emergency surgery! 🤞😳

That afternoon, Dr Bek performed a nephrectomy (removal of the damaged kidney), patched the diaphragmatic damage using a flap of muscle from the abdominal wall, sutured several ribs together, repaired a tear in the spleen, and closed both tears in Snoopy’s abdominal wall. 

It was a long, arduous process, but Snoopy handled it like a pro! She woke with very little pain and by the next day, she was almost back to her usual self. 

Two weeks later, all the sutures were out and Snoopy hasn’t looked back. 🥰

Animals will never cease to amaze me with their recuperative powers. ❤Image attachmentImage attachment

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Great job guys. 🙏👏 Tough Snoopy. Hope the offending dog got a fine

Oh my this makes me so upset!!! what an absolutely horrific event... much love and hugs to the owners and to poor Snoopy who will be very traumatised as will they!!!! I hope that they are able to gain some healing and confidence to go outside again. When I was 17 I had a similar thing happen when I was walking one of my dogs. Thankfully the damage done was no where as severe as poor snoopy as I got into the fight myself and people nearby all helped by trying to get the big dog off my boy. To this day I’m terrified of wolfhounds. I do hope the big dog’s owners were located and authorities notified. One of my biggest regrets as a timid 17year old was not reporting as the owners in tears begged me not to. I found out later the same dog had killed two other male dogs and attacked every male dog it saw. My dog would have been it’s last straw and would have been put to sleep which is why they were so scared... It cleared a 6ft fence 5doors up and bolted to my boy and shook him like a rag doll 😔 Causing this damage is not acceptable 😭

Wonderful outcome💕🐾

Absolutely wonderful

Poor little darling I hope that dog owner payed your vet bill, people that have aggressive dogs in parks off lead should be wearing a muzzle.

Way to go Bek xx

Clever Lady, Dr Bek. I hope the owner of the big dog realises what damage was done.

Amazing work Dr Bek and team we are so lucky to have you 🐾🐕😍

Love your work Dr Bek 👍

Way to go Snoopy and Dr Bek! 😍😍

Thankyou for being the best veterinary surgery around!

Oh my! Poor Snoopy! 😓 But thank God for having such a wonderful vet in our local area ❤️ I'm glad Snoopy is all patched up and has healed quickly!

Oh my goodness! 😨 This re-affirms what I’ve always thought, which is that Vet teams are really angels sent to care for the most precious animals: the ones who love us humans (and all our faults) unconditionally. What a story, what a team. I’m so glad Snoopy has recovered so well 🙏 😇

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In big news today.........Dr Rachael officially starts her rounds tomorrow!

I hope she finds as much joy and warmth in this little community as I do.
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There is plenty of love in the neighbourhood. It’s a great place if you love critters and stand up for animals

Welcome to the area Dr Racheal

Welcome Dr Racheal..will see you soon no doubt and Dr Bek may get some time off now!!!

Welcome Dr Rachael - Abby and I will meet you tomorrow! You’ll love it here.

Welcome to the neighbourhood Dr Rachael .

Welcome to the extended family we sure in great had with the team at alpine 🌟

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About Alpine Animal Doctors

Alpine Animal Doctors is located at 7047 Great Alpine Road, Porepunkah, Victoria, Australia. We are on the front road between Porepunkah and Bright, just after the roundabout.

We welcome patients from throughout the region at the hospital, and do house calls and farm visits in the area stretching from Myrtleford, Beechworth and Yackandandah down to Mt Beauty. Within this area we cover every town and settlement as well as outlying farm properties.

All consultations are by appointment only.

News and Announcements

Our Facebook Page is the primary means we use to keep our clients informed of what's happening in the hospital and in the veterinary world. A Facebook feed also appears on this page (left). Major news items of broader interest are also published here on the site.

Community and Events

From time to time the hospital organises open days and events. Most are designed to be fun days out for pets and people, to help increase public awareness of animal health and welfare issues, and sometimes to raise money for local animal welfare initiatives.

Upcoming Events

  • Carnival at the Vets (Porepunkah)
    Carnival at the Vets (Porepunkah)
    Come join us for a fun filled day on Sunday the 20th of October. There are free gift bags, prizes and non stop action for people and pets. Jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss and...

Past Events

  • Families and their pets at the 2014 Blessing of the Animals
    Make a note…
    Our next community event will be the annual Blessing of the Animals for 2016. This family day is generally held around October. Check back for details nearer the time....
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When we hold one of our community public events a photographer will usually be there to record the fun. Occasionally we will publish a full web gallery of all the images taken. You can find the most recent galleries here...

Fact Sheets and Articles

Our website contains a wide range of helpful and informative articles to assist animal owners. We are constantly adding to the library so please check back frequently for new content.

Talk With The Animals

Although our Talk With The Animals print newsletter is no longer being produced you can still enjoy all of our previous issues online. Click here for all issues, or go direct to a specific issue using the links below...

And all the rest...

Alpine Animal Doctors carries an extensive range of animal and pet products for sale at competitive prices. We also regularly have special offers, which are always featured on our Facebook Page, and sometimes here on the website as well. You can find any current offers here.
Careers with Alpine Animal Doctors. We are always interested in hearing from qualified veterinary professionals seeking a more fulfilling career role. Even if we are not currently listing any current vacancies we encourage skilled and dedicated professionals to contact us to discuss future career possibilities.
Testimonials. See what our clients are saying about us.
Being the owner of several pets, I must say that the very best vet I have ever encountered is Dr. Bek and her staff. Keep up the good work. Barbara Clapperton

THE ALPINE ANIMAL DOCTORS' PROMISE

Our full service Veterinary Hospital provides quality care for all animals.

Since 2009, when Dr. Rebekah Day, BVSc (Dr. Bek) first opened a small clinic in Porepunkah, Alpine Animal Doctors has grown to become the ‘most trusted’ veterinary practice in the region. Our clients and patients come from across the Alpine region — from Myrtleford, Yackandandah and Beechworth to Bright, Harrietville and Mt Beauty.

With an A-Z of almost 350 veterinary services available our team is equipped to provide the optimum level of care for all conditions, and for all animal species, great or small, including farm livestock.

Our hospital is fully equipped with the most up to date and technologically advanced equipment available, with state-of-the-art facilities the equal of any capital city-based specialist veterinary facility. We are constantly re-evaluating and upgrading our equipment and facilities to ensure that our patients receive only the very best treatment outcomes — the same level of care that we would want for our own animal family.

Dr. Bek’s team Includes our newly appointed Dr Rachael Harfield and our amazing nurses Mary, Cassie, Emily and Maddie — are all locals, all professionally qualified or studying, and dedicated to ensuring your animals are treated with compassion and kindness. Our practice is ably managed by Mark, Dr. Bek’s partner.

Most importantly, everyone at Alpine Animal Doctors loves animals just as much as you do. It’s why we do what we do. Our high tech equipment and advanced facilities are important, but, more than anything else, what makes us different is our people and our dedication.

Our promise is that we will never stop striving to achieve excellence in the delivery of animal healthcare. And we will never stop caring.

 

TALK WITH THE ANIMALS

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