Consulations for Large and Small Animals

Consultations are run by appointment and may be required for a variety of reasons, including: routine health checks, dietary advice, vaccinations, microchipping, monitoring of specific diseases or conditions, discussions around behavioural issues, holistic geriatric care and a variety of reproductive services, including Canine Artificial Insemination (AI) as Emma has extensive experience in canine breeding issues.

Vaccinations

Ensuring that your pet is vaccinated regularly is important preventative care which will protect your beloved pet from potentially fatal diseases.
A C3 vaccination is the core vaccine for dogs, which will help protect your pet against Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis. C3 vaccinations are now available in a 3 year vaccine as well as the standard 1 year vaccine. If your pooch is to spend any time at a commercial kennel, then a C5 vaccination will be required. This covers the 3 illnesses listed above and also helps to build immunity to two of the viruses that cause Kennel Cough.
Cats can be vaccinated with an F3 or F4 vaccine, the F3 protects against Feline Enteritis and the two causes for Feline Respiratory Disease or Cat Flu, the F4 will also protect against Chlamydia, which is an Upper Respiratory Infection. Cats must be vaccinated with either vaccine before they can attend a cattery.
There are additional vaccines available for the Feline Leukaemia virus and also the Feline Immune Deficiency Virus (Feline AIDS) that you may wish to discuss with one of our staff.

Microchipping

Microchipping involves implanting a chip with a unique number beneath the skin between the shoulder blades.
This identification number, when scanned, can then be used to easily locate owners of lost pets, ensuring they get home safely
Microchips can be easily inserted during a consultation, or may be done when an animal is de-sexed.
All animals to be registered within the Hepburn Shire will require a microchip

Radiography

We have the facilities available to perform and develop x-rays on site, allowing for quick diagnostic analysis and follow up treatments.
We are able to perform some contrast studies and even have a mobile x-ray that can be taken off site to x-ray large animals.
In cases where a specialist opinion is required, referrals will be made and radiographs forwarded to specialists for further analysis as required.

Pathology

We have the facilities available to perform a number of routine blood and urine analysis on site, including urinalysis, PCV (Packed Cell Volume), TP (Total Protein) and Serology.
We have an Idexx VetTest machine in the clinic which can be used to determine organ function and test a patients general health before an anesthetic. In cases where a more detailed analysis or culture of a sample are needed, we are able to send samples away as required. We also have in house microscopy and can perform faecal floats or cytology for dermatological or oncological diagnosis.

Dental Prophylaxis

Just like you, your pets teeth may require attention from time to time to ensure that they and the surrounding gums are healthy and free of plaque, tartar or gum disease.
Sometimes the teeth may just require cleaning at home with a doggy toothbrush and toothpaste, however, sometimes a professional ultrasonic scale and polish may be required, which is conducted while the patient in anaesthetised.
Badly affected teeth may require extraction and sometimes a dental diet may be recommended to prevent further dental disease.

Surgical Procedures

We perform a wide range of surgical procedures, ranging from routine surgeries, such as speys and castrations, lump removals or draining of abscess's to specilaised orthopaedic procedures, including repairs of ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments (modified DeAgelis), patella luxation repairs and pinning or plating broken limbs.
The safest anaesthetic agents are used, including Alfaxan as an induction agent, which is safe to use in sight hounds (greyhounds, etc) as well as other breeds like Wheaten Terriers. Isoflurane is used for gaseous anaesthetics rather than Halothane.