Your Vet Care

No matter what concerns you may have about your pet, we’re here to help. Please browse through our list of services below. If it isn’t listed, please ask! Most importantly, if you are worried about your pet’s health, don’t ever feel you are wasting our time by getting him or her checked.

Medicine

Are you worried your pet may be sick? We’ve written a guide to help decide when you should see a vet.

dog having fluidsIn times of illness, your pet’s visit to our Adelaide vet will begin with a complete physical examination with an experienced veterinarian. Initially, the vet will read the patient file on the computerised patient records to familiarise his or herself with the previous observations and treatments. Then the vet will collect a thorough history of your pet’s current state of health and the details of your concerns.

Next your pet will receive a gentle and complete physical examination with particular attention to the problem. Often the combination of the history and the physical together with the vet’s knowledge and experience will point to the problem and its solution.

dog ear examination

If the diagnosis is not certain at this point, further testing will be recommended by the vet in order to get a thorough understanding prior to any treatments. Most of the time, the solution is clear enough that treatment can be started at the time of consultation.

Surgery

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dog knee surgeryWe have a purpose-built operating theatre which we use on a daily basis for surgical procedures. Our trained staff and the range of equipment at our disposal make us able to perform most surgical procedures, including fracture repair or abdominal surgery. Every surgical operation is performed using a fresh sterilised instrument pack used for only that patient. Intravenous fluid support and pain relief is standard.

We are very proud of our anaesthetic record, and take a careful and thorough approach to each individual, depending on their specific needs. All patients receive a physical examination prior to anaesthesia to identify any problems which may reduce the safety of the procedure. Some require pre-anaesthetic blood testing which is performed on our laboratory machine. Once anaesthetised, patients are continuously monitored using a patient monitor measuring blood oxygen levels and heart rate, blood pressure and core body temperature monitoring. Our vets use isoflurane gas anaesthesia due to its improved safety and all patients are induced with short-acting anaesthetics for improved recoveries.

Please ask us to show you our facilities before you book in your pet. Read more about anaesthetic safety in dogs and cats here.

Dentistry

Read our blog at Myth 22: Pets stop eating if they have bad teeth. Should you notice changes in your pet’s mouth, have it checked professionally. Your veterinarian will be able to assess damage and recommend the appropriate treatment. Should your pet’s condition be advanced and beyond being treated at home, the vet may suggest performing a dental scale and polish with an ultrasonic scaler followed by polishing the tooth surfaces. This procedure is performed under general

anaesthesia without any discomfort to the animal. Teeth are removed only when they are not able to be fixed, and will cause ongoing pain or inflammation.cat dental xray

Dental xrays are invaluable to diagnose problems like those pictured and are used when necessary for a modest extra cost.

Utmost care is taken prior to, during and after the procedure to ensure a safe anaesthetic for your beloved friend. Many owners, particularly of senior patients, understandably have concerns regarding general anaesthesia and the increased risk associated with the elderly. Rest assured we are even more aware of this and work with it every day, taking care and skill to choose the appropriate anaesthetic agent for the individual animal. Furthermore, our team of trained, competent nurses are always by our side. After dental work, owners regularly comment on how much better their pets are and how they thought it was just ‘old age’ making their pet unwell.

X-rays

Radiographs (xrays) are the most commonly used form of ‘diagnostic imaging’ in veterinary practice, giving us a ‘window’ into the body.

dog having xrays

They provide information on problems affecting the bones and joints, but also on those affecting the organs in the chest and abdomen.

For many disorders, we will require a radiograph to decide on the cause of the problem or to determine the best method of treatment. We are equipped with an X-ray facility capable of providing high quality images for all situations. The combination of a new high frequency X-ray generator with a specialised veterinary floating table and full digital X-ray processing gives us high quality images at a moment’s notice. These can then be shared electronically with the client, or other Adelaide veterinary clinics, and stored on the patient’s computerised records.

Ultrasound

Of our recent additions to our services, diagnostic ultrasound has been one of our most exciting and challenging. Dr Andrew Spanner has attended theoretical and practical courses to develop the necessary skills, and we have recently purchased a new state-of-the-art veterinary ultrasound machine.

ultrasound bladder stoneWe are now able to provide a more rapid ultrasound service when our patients need it. The main reasons are diseases involving the abdomen, where we are able to in many cases either provide a quick and non-invasive diagnosis or to narrow down the list of possible problems.

Examples include diseases of the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, small and large intestines, pancreas, bladder and reproductive tract.

Endoscopy

For conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract, especially foreign body obstruction of the oesophagus, endoscopy remains invaluable. Our endoscope enables us to identify and retrieve objects from the oesophagus and stomach and to visualise the internal lining of these organs when damage is suspected.

Blood Pressure Measurement

Hypertension is a leading cause of blindness and organ damage in middle aged to elderly cats. Our vets use a blood pressure measuring system involving Doppler blood flow detection to accurately monitor this condition.

Under anaesthesia, our patients’ blood pressure is continuously monitored via a Dynamap-style veterinary anaesthetic monitor along with pulse oximetry, core body temperature and ECG.

Blood Testing

dog cardiac ECG

We maintain a small laboratory for testing blood, urine and other samples. Our blood testing machine, manufactured by IDEXX, allows us to monitor many biochemical values such as liver and kidney function. This is especially useful prior to anaesthesia or for rapid analysis in emergency situations.

When time allows, we always prefer to send samples to an external laboratory for more comprehensive analysis. View an example of test results and read why we do blood testing here.

E.C.G.

For diseases of the heart, we often perform electrocardiography to assess the cardiac rhythm.

Euthanasia

The least pleasant part of our jobs is also one of the most important to get right. To help put pet owners’ minds at rest in this difficult time, we have written a guide to euthanasia.

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