Meadows Vet News
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Jane Sheehan into our practice. Dr Jane graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 2008. After graduating Jane initially worked in mixed practice in one of the coldest areas of New Zealand. In 2010 she moved across the ditch to the West Island and has been working as a small animal Vet in Adelaide. Having been raised on a dairy farm she has had cows, sheep, goats, deer, chickens, cats, dogs and ferrets as pets. She first worked as a high school science teacher and then completed a Masters degree in Biochemistry, before returning to University to do her Veterinary degree. A decision she has never regretted. Jane lives locally with her husband Marcus. Currently she has four cats ranging from 8 to 19 years of age, and a cheeky cross breed dog. She is very passionate about animal health and looks forward to meeting you.
Talking about our vets. We were asked a little while ago if Dr Greg used to ride horses. The answer is a YES & recently when we were cleaning out a cupboard we found proof. This is Dr Greg riding many years ago before selling his horse Wizard to pay for the flooring when he opened up the practice over 31 years ago!
We are currently experiencing a flea invasion. Many clients are spending a fortune on supermarket flea products & they clearly are not working! Please speak to our well trained team who can provide you with the best advice as to which are the best products for you, your pet & your situation! This will ultimately save you from wasting money!
We realise that it can be difficult to find the money to pay for unexpected vet bills. Previously we have had VetPay but now we also have a new company called ZipMoney. It is really easy to apply online & the best part is there is a totally interest free option for clients! Go to zipmoney.com.au to apply.
Good news for horse owners.
Sedation for horses has been very expensive previously - mainly due to the fact that we only use the very best of the drugs available. There have been some new but equivalent drugs released onto the market meaning the cost of sedation is now lower - finally a win for horse owners!
Calving season has started!
If you have a cow calving and there has been no progress for 2-4 hours then vet intervention may be required. Please make sure you have the cow in cattle yards before the vet arrives!
May is National Arthritis Month!
Did you know that approximately 90% dogs will be affected by arthritis? Just like humans, dogs, cats and horses may be affected by this disorder. A number of times we hear that a dog is lame or limping because he is getting old and that is just part of aging. Well if any animal is lame or limping that is a sign of pain!
Signs that may indicate your animal/pet is suffering from arthritis
- Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play
- Lagging behind on walks
- Difficulty rising from a rest position
- Yelping in pain when touched
- A personality change
- Licking of the affected joints
- These signs become more obvious as arthritis progresses, and the pain becomes much worse. As a result of the changes that have occurred in the affected joint/s, arthritis is not a condition that can be cured. But the pain and discomfort can be very effectively controlled and managed. Early detection and preventative management is very beneficial! These days there are a huge number of options, treatments including therapies such as Cold Laser Therapy and products available to keep animals out of pain!
Please come and see us for further information or check out our website.