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Tightrope Cruciate Ligament System at Alpine Animal Doctors

Tightrope Cruciate Ligament System at Alpine Animal Doctors

Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) ruptures are the most common cause of hind limb lameness in dogs. Dogs of any breed, sex or age can suffer a CCL injury. It’s a painful, acute or chronic degenerative injury, usually of the anterior cruciate ligament, that results in partial or complete instability of the knee joint.

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Alpine Region fires: A safe haven for your pets

While the immediate danger from the bushfire threatening Yackandandah has eased, all the signs are pointing to a long, hot, severe fire season in our region. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen but should fires get too close to home Dr. Bek and the team at Alpine Animal Doctors would like to remind pet owners in the Myrtleford, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Ovens, Porepunkah, Bright, Tawonga/Mt Beauty, Harrietville, FallsCreek and Dinner Plain that when fire threatens we throw open our hospital facilities to the community.

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Dangers of Panadol for dogs

Dangers of Panadol for dogs

You may be tempted to try to provide some pain relief for your pet by using paracetamol, or other over-the-counter painkillers you might have, but the reality is you may be killing your pet. Paracetamol is particularly toxic to cats and dogs. If it doesn’t kill them immediately, the toxic substances can be stored and accumulated in internal organs…

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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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Canine Parvovirus outbreak in Albury

Friday, 14 March 2014: An outbreak of the highly contagious and life threatening Canine Parvovirus (CPV) has been confirmed in the Albury/Wodonga region and other local areas. At this stage there are no confirmed cases in the Porepunkah/Bright area but the virus can spread very quickly and can kill your dog.

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Vet Nurse Mary graduates in Cert IV

Mary Clapperton is the latest member of the clinical team at Alpine Animal Doctors to attain her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, the highest qualification a vet nurse can obtain.

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Danger for Dogs: 1080 poison in Bright area

Dr. Bek and Alpine Animal Doctors would like to warn pet owners in Bright/Porepunkah that the Department of Environment and Primary Industries will undertake a 1080 poisoning programme in the area from 20 August 2013 through to 12 November 2013. All tracks to be baited will be clearly signposted. Pet owners should exercise extreme caution and keep dogs and cats well away from areas with poison baits during the programme, and for some time afterwards.

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The Thundershirt at Alpine Animal Doctors

Does your dog or cat get anxious during thunderstorms or when visiting the vet or travelling? Most pets do. If yours is one of them you might find the Thundershirt useful. A snug-fitting vest that exerts a gentle, constant pressure on the animal’s torso the Thundershirt can dramatically reduce anxiety levels and keep your pet calm. Drop into the clinic to test it out, or find out more on our website.

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Marijuana for dogs: Is it viable for pain relief?

Medical marijuana is being used by vets in the USA. Should Australian veterinarians be allowed to administer it to animals in pain? As a pet owner, would you want to have this treatment available? Please, vote in our poll to tell us what you think.

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New Arrivals — Lucky 13 for Dee Dee

They’ve arrived! Dr. Bek’s Neapolitan Mastiff, Dee Dee, has given birth to thirteen (yep, thirteen!) beautiful puppies. Dee Dee’s new family includes three girls and ten boys. All of the new arrivals are healthy and doing well and run the gamut of the typical colours of the breed. The birth was a marathon effort for Dee Dee, who managed to produce seven puppies naturally. The other six were delivered by c-section.

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