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Oliver 7yr Chihuahua has Congestive Heart Failure: Pet Emergency

 

 

Oliver Chihuahua Emergency Vet Essendon Fields

Oliver  is a 7 year old Chihuahua has CHF (Congestive Heart Failure)

Yesterday, Oliver’s owner noticed an increased respiratory effort and brought him into our Essendon Fields Pet Emergency Centre.

Oliver was placed in an oxygen chamber and admitted for supportive care.

The leading cause of heart failure in dogs is chronic valvular disease, next is dilated cardiomyopathy and then congenital heart disease and heartworms.

What is Congestive Heart Failure?

CHF occurs when either the heart muscle or the heart values are diseased and the heart is not able pump blood efficiently. This causes a build up of fluid in the lungs and also sometimes the abdomen. Congestion the lungs means not enough oxygen is available to the body.

Symptoms:

  • Coughing more than usual
  • Having a hard time breathing or exercising
  • Tiring easily
  • Pacing before bedtime
  • Swollen belly due to fluid build-up in the lungs and other organs
  • Fainting
  • Tongue or gum change to a bluish grey colour
  • Weight loss

Unchecked  heart  problems can make things harder on your dog and even shorten their life span. Receiving the right  treatment and care your dog can go on to live a long life.

Sadly, Oliver’s heart disease will continue to progress and he is on medication for the rest of his life. The medication will give  Oliver a happy and comfortable life for as long as possible.

Oliver has gone today with his caring owner and the staff at AAE wish him all the best.

 

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Kitty Treated with Radioactive Iodine- I131 Therapy

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It’s time for a shout out to one of our patients!

Kitty is a very cuddly cat who has been under the care of Dr Linda Abraham for the last week. Kitty was referred from Altona Veterinary Clinic for treatment of an over active thyroid.

Kitty is one of the many cats that Dr Linda has treated with radioactive Iodine (i131) for Feline Hyperthyroidism. For most cats that are treated, their over active thyroid returns to normal and they loose the need for daily medication. Removing the need for daily medication greatly improves the health and well being for the pet and owner.

Animal Accident & Emergency Point Cook, is one of limited facilities in Australia that are licenced to perform treatment for cats. We perform the service weekly and are happy to discuss options for therapy with you.

Kitty will be discharged today.

For more information on I131 cat treatment click on the following link: I131 Radioactive Iodine Therapy

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I131 Cat Hyperthyroid Treatment in Melbourne

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Animal Accident & Emergency is proud to announce the introduction of I131 Radioactive Iodine Therapy for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats.

Our Radioactive Therapy Unit has been designed to ensure safety of our team and patients within our facilities. Our therapy unit is housed within our current facility and allows a comfortable stay in a quiet, temperature controlled environment for patients undergoing therapy.

The AAE I131 Radioactive Iodine Therapy Unit will be run by Dr Linda Abraham who has considerable experience in treating hyperthyroid cats with radio-iodine.

Bookings can be made by contacting our Medicine service at:

Animal Accident & Emergency Point Cook. Ph: 03 8368 7400.

Histories and any management questions are to be emailed to  medicine@animalemergency.com.au

For more information on the process please click on the link: I131 Cat Hyperthyroid Treatment Process

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Have you Lost your PET?

Animal Accident & Emergency have a created a page for local lost pets within Melbourne.

What to do when you loose your pet:

  • Walk or drive through your neighbourhood several times each day.
  • Ask your neighbours
  • Post a note on a your local BSS Facebook page
  • Contact local animal shelters and animal control agencies.
  • Contact local vet’s and 24 hour Pet Emergency Centres

For a list of local Animal shelters and Council number click on the attached link:

http://www.animalemergency.com.au/lost-pets.html

 

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36 degrees today & tomorrow – Keep your Pets Cool

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Tips to avoid heat stress/stroke:
  • Provide a cool  shaded area
  • Provide plenty of clean fresh water and extra water sources in case of spillage.
  • Bring animals indoors on hot, with the air-conditioning or fan on.
  • Do not exercise animals in hot weather conditions. Walk your dog very early in the morning or very late in the afternoon and avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Do not leave your dog in a vehicle - even when the windows are down dogs can still overheat and die.

 

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, please call Animal Accident & Emergency or contact your local vet without delay.

 

Essendon Fields: (03) 9379 0700

Point Cook: (03) 8368 7400

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Melbourne Vet OPEN Australia Day 2015!

Australia day 2015

OPENING HOURS FOR  AUSTRALIA DAY WEEKEND

Animal Accident & Emergency will be OPEN 24/7 over the long Australia Day weekend.

We have two Pet Emergency Centres in Melbourne which will be OPEN 24 hours on Australia Day.

Essendon Fields (03) 9379 0700
Point Cook (03) 8368 7400

Happy Australia Day!

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Animal Accident & Emergency would like to introduce an Australian first: CT Scanner

Fidex CT Scanner available at Animal Accident & Emergency

An Australian First – Fidex CT Scanner

Animal Accident & Emergency would like to introduce an Australian first.  In December, AAE installed a CT scanner in our Point Cook 24Hr Emergency Centre.  The CT unit by Fidex is a major advancement in technology and unique in many ways.  Traditional CT units are common place in human and pet medicine.  They work by taking several hundred radiographs and then using computer programs to “join” the images together.  This allows the Doctor to look at body organs and structures in much more detail.

The new unit now operating at Animal Accident & Emergency uses the latest technology to combine a traditional style CT unit with an X-Ray unit and Fluoroscopy.  The combination allows us to combined three different devices into one unit.

At present you would need three different units to perform a CT, an X-Ray or a Fluoroscopic study.  The Fidex combines the functionality of the three different machines into one user friendly unit.  One of the functions we love is seeing the images in a 3D perspective.  It helps the pet owner visualise the problem that their pet has.  We can even strip back tissue layers which is great for planning for complex cancer surgeries.

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The Fidex unit has some major benefits to patients.  It is able top generate X -Ray images using minimal doses of radiation.  This means that we can take radiographs or perform a CT and the amount of radiation that the patient experience is far less.  It also increases the safety for the Vet Team. 

The unit itself is environmentally friendly.  Traditional CT units require substantial amounts electricity to operate.  They require a specialised air-conditioning plant to prevent them from overheating.  Our Fidex uses minimal electricity, runs in any standard air-conditioned building and plugs directly into a normal PowerPoint.  This also dramatically reduces the running costs of the unit which means savings for pet owners.

The unit is small, compact but mighty and we were able to install it in a standard sized room.

Our Fidex unit is the first in Australia and is truly a unique installation.  The ease of use, lower radiation emission and speed of the unit means that we can provide sick pets with advanced imaging at a cost effective price.  It provides more options then currently available at most veterinary centres.

Our specialists and Emergency team are using the Fidex for a variety of sick pet conditions.  With trauma and road accidents, we can scan for internal bleeding as well as bone fractures.  Our Medicine Specialist Dr Linda Abraham is able to perform cancer scans which help identify forms of cancer within the body.  

The following are some of the used of the unit:

  • Traditional X-Rays
  • Looking at specific organ structure such as the lungs, kidney, liver, spleen, urinary bladder
  • Used to help identify spinal problems
  • Diseases of the nose
  • Brain Tumours
  • Head trauma
  • Collapsing airways
  • Angiography for heart disease
  • Liver shunt identification
  • Swallowing studies for oesophageal or gastric motility problems
  • Elbow, knee and hip orthopaedic problems

To view the Fidex unit in action click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJQE1ZBkzvQ

For more information contact our 24hr Pet Emergency Centre: (03) 8368 7400

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