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A fun post for the week! <3 :)

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Some interesting insight into those pesky 'extra' toes.The Function of Dewclaws 101

Front dewclaws are typically removed by some at 3-5 days of age, because they are believed to be a non-functional digit that poses an unnecessary risk for being injured.

In standing, the front dewclaw may not appear to be functional because it doesn't come in contact with the ground. However, observing the dewclaw when the dog is in motion tells a different story.
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Five tendons attach to the dewclaw and play an important role when the dog is in motion. For example:

-When a dog’s lead leg is on the ground during the gallop or canter, the dewclaw is on the ground to stabilize the carpus

-When a dog turns, the dewclaw digs into the ground to support the structures of the limb and prevent torque
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If a dog does not have dewclaws, there is a higher potential for the carpal ligaments to stretch and tear which could result in laxity and arthritis over time (OUCH!). This can then result in more stress being generated through the dog's carpus, elbow, shoulder, and spine as it tries to compensate for the lack of digit.
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On the other hand, the rear dewclaws do not have associated tendons and are considered non-functional (though they may be required for some breed standards to be present).

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In speaking with many vets, you would be surprised at how few dewclaw injuries they see.

So- given the front dewclaws' functional use, why are we so quick to remove them?
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In dogs, the most common injuries seen by many rehab providers and vets occur in the shoulder complex, yet we don’t see shoulders being removed. Food for thought!

Here are some cool videos if you'd like to learn more about the functional use of dewclaws in dogs:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp2xHj_NJn4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4XflsMEk-k
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Some interesting insight into those pesky extra toes.

With the evacuations of areas of the Buckland now in progress, we're offering short term space to any pets that need to be housed while their parents are waiting for waters to subside.

Hope you all stay safe and dry. Let's hope that the water doesn't rise too high!!
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Tom Nicholson

Once again you are going above and beyond to assist those in need during a weather event or fire! Not only are you the best Vet I have had...you always offer assistance in times of need!! Thank you!! Im sure that there are many people that will appreciate this!!🤗

Thoughtful offer. Well don Bec.

Youre a star Bek ! 🌟

Very considerate of you Bek.

Well done Bek. Very thoughtful and caring.

Well done again Bec. You are a good supporter of charities and community needs.

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Our summer temperatures are rising, and so are the chances of heatstroke in our pet rabbits.

To keep bunnies cool in temperatures above 25C we can:
- move hutches inside
- provide shade for outdoor enclosures
- drape hutches with wet towels
- provide bunnies with freezer blocks (empty 1.75lt drink bottles work a treat!)
- place iceblocks into water bowls.

If your rabbit is displaying symptoms of heatstroke such as fast shallow breathing, lethargy or wetness around their nose, please contact us here at the clinic ASAP on 03 5756 2444.
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Our summer temperatures are rising, and so are the chances of heatstroke in our pet rabbits.

To keep bunnies cool in temperatures above 25C we can:
- move hutches inside
- provide shade for outdoor enclosures
- drape hutches with wet towels
- provide bunnies with freezer blocks (empty 1.75lt drink bottles work a treat!)
- place iceblocks into water bowls.

If your rabbit is displaying symptoms of heatstroke such as fast shallow breathing, lethargy or wetness around their nose, please contact us here at the clinic ASAP on 03 5756 2444.

In-Depth: Explore our site

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

  • 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....

Past Events

  • Countdown to Carnival
    Countdown to Carnival
    Carnival is coming! Make a date for Sunday, 22 April and come along to Alpine Animal Doctors for an entertaining and fun time at Dr Bek’s Big Day Out for...
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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 — from Adipose Stem Cell therapy to Vaccinations — 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 nursing team — Mary, Tegan and Lizzie — are all locals, all professionally qualified, 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

Every issue available for online reading. Click on a cover below to start reading