Why are blood tests important?
  • To check the effects of long-term medication
  • Prior to anaesthesia, to reduce any risks, in particular for senior pets
  • Yearly blood tests for senior pets can diagnose old age disease while they can still be managed
  • Increased appetite or thirst
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Sudden unexpected illness
  • Heartworm testing
  • FIV (Feline Aids testing)
  • Genetic testing. Understanding your pets lineage can mean knowing their predisposition to specific conditions
Our blood testing equipment

We have our own biochemistry and haematology blood machines in clinic. This means we will get results back quickly and save lives, in the case of emergencies. Your vet can also refer your pet to a pathology laboratory for certain tests, if required.

Is FIV included?

For an extra $50 you can have them included for the rest of your pet’s life.

What is the age limit?

7 years or younger.

Are rabbits included?

Yes, this works out very cost effective as we vaccinate rabbits every 6 months.

Surgery can be a hard time for both you and your pet. We think it’s a great idea to keep you well informed about the processes and procedures that are required before, during and after surgery. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing your pet with the best possible outcomes. We aim to ensure any surgery day is as stress free for you and your pet as possible. Your pet’s safety is our number one priority.

  • Cats and Dogs are housed in separate areas, to ensure they don’t disturb or frustrate each other
  • We have have separate surgical procedure rooms and operating theatres
  • We use modern anaesthetic machines, alongside the safest anaesthetic drugs and gases
  • Your pet’s vital signs are closely monitored both electronically and by the surgical team, who will be with your pet until he or she has completely recovered from the anaesthetic
  • Late and early pick-up and drop off of your pet is offered, for added convenience.
What are the behavioral benefits of desexing your pet?
  • Decreased urge to wander, roam or escape an area
  • Calming influence on behaviour such as a reduction in some aggressive behaviours
What are the medical benefits of desexing your pet?
  • No ovarian, uterine or testicular cancer
  • Desexing prevents pyometra-a which is a life-threatening disease in dogs
  • Desexing reduces mammary cancer and prostatic disease
  • Desexing prevents bi-yearly problems associated with on heat female pets, such as blood staining, male dogs visiting or cats calling
  • Decrease spraying in male felines
  • Decrease cat aggression and associated fighting, abscesses, and FIV (Feline Aids)
At what age should you desex your pet?

Desexing can be done safely from 6 to 8 weeks of age onwards, depending on gender, size, health issues, and other factors. Young pups and kittens are generally desexed at approximately 4-5 months of age.

Soft Tissue

The most common reason your pet would require a soft tissue surgery, besides desexing, is to have a lump or growth removed from them.

What soft tissue procedures do we provide?

We provide a variety of animal soft tissue procedures, including:

  • Removal of lumps
  • Biopsies
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Exploratory surgery of the abdomen
  • Removal of bladder stones

Orthopaedic surgery refers to surgery on pets bones and joints.

When is orthopaedic surgery needed?
  • fractures of the bones
  • removal of tumours
  • as a treatment for cruciate disease
  • as a treatment for hip dysplasia
What will happen prior to surgery?
  • Our vet will answer any questions about what will happen during the procedure
  • Recommend options, such as appropriate Pre-anaesthetic blood tests and intravenous fluid Therapy to increase safety and speed recovery time
  • Give appropriate pain relief to your pet
  • Explain the many things that make surgery and recovery safer
  • Conduct a pre general anaesthetic check free of charge, to identify any health issues prior to surgery
  • Ensure vaccination, flea and worm treatment is up-to-date to prevent cross infection
  • Phone you at the completion of surgery, so you do not worry unnecessarily
After Surgery Care
What will happen after surgery?
  • After surgery, a surgery team member will discuss what has occurred during surgery and give you as much time as you need to answer questions.
  • We will then talk you through your pet’s post-surgery care regime. You will also receive an information sheet, for your reference to understand how to care for your pet after surgery.
What affects pet behaviour?
  • Genetics. For example, dogs have an inborn desire to dig. Cats have an instinct to sharpen their claws on vertical surfaces. Rabbits naturally go back to the same place to go to the toilet.
  • What pets have learnt from past experiences.
  • The environment. For example, a dog with no shade in the backyard will be more likely to dig a hole to keep cool. A cat with a litter tray that is only cleaned once a month will use the pot plants as a toilet.
Problem behaviour or behavioural problem?

A problem behaviour is a natural, normal behaviour your pet is showing which is being expressed in an inappropriate way.

Common problem behaviours include: jumping on people, digging, barking and chewing objects. Problem behaviours respond very well to training.

True behavioural problems are abnormal behaviours that are damaging to your dog’s health, and may be akin to psychological problems in people.

Some behavioural problems include:

  • Noise phobias including thunderstorms
  • Separation anxiety or a fear of being left alone
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviours such as tail chasing or pacing
  • Aggression towards other dogs or people