Complete Companion Animal Care.
Wellness Checks | Dentistry | Full Laboratory Diagnostics | Elective, Orthopaedic and Emergency Surgeries | Geriatric Care | Pet Foods and Supplies | Pregnancy Ultrasounds | Radiography | Ultrasonography | Reproduction | Electrocardiography | IV Fluid Therapy | Micro-chipping | Euthanasia | Nutrition Advice | Weight Management | Parasite Control | Vaccination | Nail clipping | Puppy and Kitten Care | Feline Grooming
Prevention is always better than cure! As our pets age much quicker than we do, here at Avonhead Vets we advise regular wellness checks to detect disease and conditions in their early stages, ensuring your pet lives a healthier and longer life. These checks can be done in conjunction with your pet’s annual vaccination for your convenience.
Dental care for your pet is extremely important. Plaque and tartar build up can lead to gingivitis, (inflammation of the gums), potentially causing periodontal disease (bacterial infection). Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause bad breath, tooth loss, inability to eat and damage to internal organs. Common signs your pet has dental disease are: salivating, yellow/brown staining, inflamed red gums, pawing or rubbing at mouth, and difficulty eating.
Dental disease can be detected early by your veterinarian during annual Wellness Checks where it may be recommended to schedule a scale and polish for your pet’s teeth. Your pet will be anaesthetised for this procedure and a full oral evaluation is performed once they are asleep. The teeth are then scaled individually with an ultrasonic scalar, thoroughly removing all tartar and plaque (including under the gum line). Once clean, polishing is performed to create a smooth glossy surface which is more resistant to plaque build-up. Each pet is sent home with an informative dental pack including pamphlets, chews and oral biscuits.
Full Laboratory Diagnostics
Unfortunately our beloved pets can’t tell us when they are unwell. We depend on their behaviour, clinical examination and testing to determine when disease and disorders are present. Often, blood tests can reveal early stages of disease that may not be outwardly apparent. In such cases we can take action to delay or prevent the onset of disease, improving quality and quantity of life.
In emergency situations, immediate blood results can be vital, giving direction to the most appropriate therapy – often the difference between life and death in such cases. Our in-clinic laboratory allows us to provide:
- Liver, kidney function;
- Blood sugars;
- Blood protein;
- Complete Blood Count (CBC);
- Red blood cells – anaemia/bone marrow activity;
- White blood cells – inflammation, infection;
- Platelets – unexpected/excessive bleeding.
We also have tests available for Feline Aids Virus and Leukaemia, and Giardia, and can perform in-house urine-analysis. In-house testing allows us to promptly plan a course of treatment suitable for your pet.
Elective, Emergency and Orthopaedic Surgery
Broken bones and fractures are an all-too-common occurrence for our four-legged friends. Thankfully, with advances in surgical techniques, these injuries can be successfully treated. We offer a range of orthopaedic repairs from pinning and plating to external fixation. We also perform a range of elective, soft-tissue surgical procedures daily including: spaying, neutering, laceration repairs, lumpectomies, abscess removal, and delicate eye and ear surgeries.
We are well-equipped for all our surgical procedures with electric heat pads, fluid infusion pumps, electro-cautery and the latest anaesthetic monitoring machine. Each patient has an individual post-operative pain management regime designed to suit its requirements.
Our pets can experience the same aches, pains and health problems that present in elderly humans. A pet is considered senior from the age of just seven years, and they are at much greater risk for diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, cancers and others. Many of these conditions are treatable if diagnosed early enough.
To take your pet to the vet once yearly is equivalent to a person visiting the doctor/dentist every seven years. We wouldn’t wait that long before seeking medical attention, so why make your pet?
Bi-annual visits to your vet will catch any developing problems early, allowing a much better chance to treat and hopefully prevent these from becoming life threatening.
We often underestimate the importance of nutrition for ourselves and our pets.
An individually-evaluated nutritional diet is essential through all life stages of your pet, from puppies and kittens to adults through to senior years.
With the correct nutrition we can prevent many health-related diseases.
Weight management is vital to reduce stress on joints and internal organs, and prevent diseases such as diabetes.
The ideal body condition for your pet:
- They should have a visible waist; and
- You should be able to feel the ribs through a thin layer of body covering.
Your pet’s food should be complete and balanced for its specific life stage requirements.
We recommend Hill’s Science Diet, Eukanuba, Iams and Royal Canin; all of which are made with the highest-quality ingredients:
- High-quality protein source – promotes healthy muscle maintenance;
- Antioxidants and vitamins – promotes a healthy immune system;
- Omega 3 and 6, and essential fatty acids – important for healthy skin and coat;
- High levels of pre-biotics – promotes digestive health.
Dry biscuit formulas are most beneficial for dental care, whether it be added enzymes to help fight tartar build-up, or the kibble design to assist cleaning while chewing.
We also have available veterinary-specific diets for those pets who have a pre-existing condition such as:
- Renal disease;
- Liver disease;
- Urinary complications;
- Skin allergies;
- Reactive digestive tract;
- Degenerative joints.
*If you require further information regarding these diets, please don’t hesitate to call us.
Radiology, Ultrasonography and Electrocardiograph
At Avonhead Vets we have full x-ray capabilities. X-rays provide an internal image of your pet’s body. These images allow diagnoses of everything from cancer to foreign bodies, fractures, bladder stones, slipped discs, heart and lung abnormalities, and others.
Our x-ray facilities are fast and efficient to reduce stress for your pet!
To complement our radiology capabilities, we can also perform ultrasounds. Commonly used for pregnancy diagnosing in bitches and queens, but also very useful in detecting abnormalities in internal organs such as the kidney, liver, spleen and, especially, the bladder.
Ultrasounds are a useful resource in cardiac cases, showing hypertrophy (thickening of the heart muscles), valve abnormalities and pericardial effusions.
To accompany cardiac ultrasounds, we can perform an ECG (electrocardiograph) to determine distinctive arrhythmias which occur with specific cardiac diseases.
When things aren’t taking place naturally we can help.
- Blood test – progesterone tests show the best possible window for mating;
- AI – artificial insemination – fresh;
- Pregnancy scan – ultrasound after 28 days to confirm viable pregnancy;
- Emergency caesarean section.
IV Fluid Therapy
Fluid therapy is given in a wide range of cases. From routine surgeries to emergency and critical patients, geriatric patients, sick dehydrated cases (acute vomiting/diarrhoea) and, most commonly, chronic renal failure patients. Once we have an intravenous catheter placed, it allows easy access for not only fluid therapy but, in critical cases, for lifesaving medications to be administered with ease.
All our fluid drips are connected to an infusion pump to allow precise control over the flow rate and the amount delivered.
Many of us know the helpless, sick feeling when a pet is missing. Having your pet micro-chipped can alleviate some of that concern. Pets with a micro-chip can be scanned by most animal service facilities; the information retrieved from the chip will show the owner details, enabling them to be contacted immediately.
A micro-chip is a tiny computer chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) which is programmed with an identification number encapsulated within a biocompatible material. The microchip is implanted using a hypodermic needle just under the skin to allow permanent identification of your pet. The procedure only takes a few minutes but the information the chip holds is recorded for the lifetime of your pet!