*** Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update ***
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are still awaiting formal information regarding whether veterinary clinics will be considered an essential service. To maintain the safety of our staff and clients, we have developed the following strict measures in accordance with AVA recommendations, so we can remain operational for as long as possible:
~ A strict appointment only schedule is in place and we will no longer be accepting walk in patients.
~ Strictly NO clients are to enter the clinic. OUR DOORS ARE LOCKED. Clients are asked to call the clinic on 97434413 when you have arrived and wait in your vehicle for further instructions. One of our nurses will come to your vehicle and escort your animal into the clinic whilst you remain in your vehicle. One of our vets will call you from the clinic to discuss your pets care and treatments.
~ We ask that clients call the clinic for all medication and food orders and payment be made via phone limiting cash when possible. Clients are to call the clinic 97434413 when collecting these so one of our nurses can hand you your items through your vehicle's window.
~ If you are to enter the clinic, please note there is a ONE PERSON rule. Strictly no CHILDREN are to enter the clinic. You will be given a face mask and gloves to put on and you are required to wear them at all times.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. We are tyring our hardest to ensure we can stay safe and open so your fur family can be taken care of. Unfortunately these matters are our of our control and we encourage everyone to keep checking our social media pages for further updates, as these circumstances may change at any time. Thank you, Melton Vet Clinic Team.
Melton Veterinary Clinic is taking many steps to protect the health and welfare of clients, staff and animals during this unprecedented time. We have increased the level of cleaning across the clinic to further promote the safety of people visiting the Melton Veterinary Clinic.
We are continuing to offer veterinary care and and we ask our clients to support us by doing the following:
- only ONE owner accompanying pets while visiting the clinic
- using hand sanitiser that has been provided when you enter and leave the clinic
- maintaining a safe distance from other people while in the clinic
DO NOT attend the clinic if:
- you are experiencing a cough, cold, fever or flu like symptoms
- you have tested positive for COVID-19
- you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19
- you have returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
Please consider rescheduling your appointment or asking a family member to bring in your animal on your behalf if you are unwell.
We are all working very hard to ensure we can continue to provide complete veterinary care.
Thank you for your understanding and for your cooperation. This situation is rapidly evolving, and we will continue to provide updates as required.
Melton Veterinary Clinic Team
Bushfire Smoke and your pets.
The air quality is being affected by the smoke around the area from the current bushfires affecting Vic and NSW. Bushfire smoke can cause health issues with our pets also, in particular pets with cardiovascular (heart) and respiratory (lung) issues.
It is highly recommended to keep your pets in a smoke free or less smoke affected environment until the air quality improves.
Symptoms of smoke inhalation pet owners need to look out for include: Difficulty breathing (increased breathing rate and effort), Eye irritation, Fatigue or weakness, Disorientation or stumbling.
If your pet shows signs of any of these symptoms, please contact your local vet ASAP for more advice and medical attention.
Please be aware that Snakes are coming out very early each season (early spring time). On Saturday 28th September (ALF Grand Final Day) we treated our 1st snake bite for the season.
Please keep a sharp eye out for them, especially when you are walking your dog near long grass or even taken your family and pets to the park.
In most cases you will not see the bite marks from the snake.
Clinical signs can vary depending on the type of snake (brown, tiger, red belly black, copper head) but the most common symptoms are: Sudden weakness followed by collapse, shaking or twitching of the muscles, vomiting, dilated pupils not responsive to light, blood in the urine and in the later stages paralysis may occur and DEATH.
If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a snake, you need to bring it to the closest vet ASAP as time is vital. Identification of the snake is extremely helpful but not always possible.
If you happen to see a snake, please do not attempt to move it, kill it (it is illegal to kill snakes) or go near it, and remember to NOT PANIC! Most snakes will not deliberately move towards you unless it is provoked. Try to back away slowly from the snake but keep your eye on it. Licenced Snake Catchers are available to come and safely remove the snake.
Melton Shire council provide a FREE Snake Relocation Service for Melton shire residence. Please call Melton Shire on 03 9747 7200 for their FREE removal service.
For removal outside of Melton Shire please call a qualified Snake Removalist like Stewy the Snake Catcher on 0413277588.
For more information and to keep up to date with snake activity please continue to follow our Facebook page.
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