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Full time Veterinary Nursing Position Available

We are a small animal practice in South West Sydney - providing quality care to the local community for over 40 years, with an emphasis on 'getting to know' our clients. This position is full time – and involves all aspects of nursing from : reception to kennels, surgery, anaesthetics and patient monitoring / treatments. There are another 2.5 nurses to assist with the load – all with Cert IV and years of experience.

For more information , or to apply please contact Mandy or Warren on: 9602 6015 - or email vets@lvh.com.au

Taurine Deficiency Induced Dilated Cardiomyopathy( heart disease ) in Golden Retrievers

May, 2018. Recent studies in the U.S have found that Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is becoming more prevalent in Golden Retrievers. DCM is a disease that causes the heart to become grossly enlarged, and the heart muscle thinner and weaker- and not contract as strongly as it should. Veterinarians at UC Davis (USA), are seeing a pattern, and recognized that many cases were due to dietary taurine deficiency in Golden Retrievers fed grain free diets.The majority of cases they are seeing are from grain free diets that are high in legumes, like acana pork and squash singles.

Taurine is an amino acid that is found in high concentrations in heart and muscle. Among its many functions, it aids in normal contractile function.Taurine deficiency as a cause of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is not a new issue. Taurine deficiency in cats was characterized in the late 1980's , and has since been characterized as a cause of acquired DCM in dogs as well.

What this means for other breeds,and for dogs in Australia remains to be determined.

Puppy Preschool Classes

We recommend Les Treuer from Dogwise Training for puppy pre-school.Contact Les for more information, and to secure a spot: 0400 819 330.

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