Maryborough Veterinary Practice
offers a comprehensive list of services and facilities.
- Annual Health Check and Vaccinations
- Radiology (X-rays)
- Intestinal Worms
- Puppy School
Consultations at the Practice:
When your pet is unwell or requires a routine vaccination or health check, contact the practice and we’ll book you in to see the vet. Most days we have 3 or 4 vets on duty and can usually see you without delay. We explore your animal’s history and give them a thorough physical examination to determine if further medication, treatment or surgery will be required. If needed we can also do further testing (such as a blood test or microscope work) on the spot, rather than having to plan an extra visit.
Farm services & home visits for large animals:
Our vets head out daily to visit farms and homes to attend horses, cattle, sheep, alpacas, goats and pigs. This may be for routine herd health or an unwell individual animal.
ANNUAL HEALTH CHECK AND VACCINATION
Just as people should with their doctors, each pet should have a
check-up from a vet once a year. We check all the vital signs and
often pick up on problems early such as a lump or a niggling pain that
animals can’t tell us about. We vaccinate pets routinely against some
common and potentially fatal diseases. The usual vaccines are known as C3 or C5 in dogs and F3 in cats.
We have full X-ray facilities at the practice, including mobile equipment for large animals, giving the vets an enhanced ability to detect problems and abnormalities. X-rays allow us to take a closer look inside your pet, and can be used to investigate anything from bones to lungs.
Sometimes, depending on what is wrong with your pet, an ultrasound
will give us a much better idea of what is occurring inside. We have state of the art ultra-sound equipment at the practice, including mobile ultra-sound for large animals, which allows the vets to have a non-invasive look inside.
We offer a variety of in-house tests. We can perform urinalysis to
examine your pets’ urine for any abnormalities. We offer blood tests
for diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) for cats,
Parvovirus for dogs and heartworm. We can also see if your pet is
anaemic, or has glucose imbalances (i.e. Diabetes). We are able to
look under the microscope to examine slides from ears, skin, lumps,
etc. For more complex testing we get results from ASAP laboratories back
within 24 hours.
We perform a wide range of surgery at the clinic. We routinely desex
dogs and cats, as well as the occasional rabbit and other pocket pet.
We also perform dentals (removal and cleaning), lump and tumour
removals, eye surgery, wound repairs and exploratory surgery
regularly. We are able to offer many of the more advanced orthopaedic
surgeries affordably via a visiting clinician who is a has
his membership in the Australian college of Veterinary Scientists,
specialising in surgery.
As the name suggest, heartworm is a parasite that lives in the large
blood vessels and heart of the dog and cat. Its prevalence varies
throughout Australia with the climate, as it is transmitted by
mosquitoes. Heartworm is a lot less common in cats than dogs, so we
don’t recommend heartworm prevention for cats. For dogs, we generally
recommend prevention as the disease is so serious and treatment
dangerous, compared with an easy once a year injection, or monthly
spot on treatments (drops on the back of the head) or tablets.
INTESTINAL WORM PREVENTION
Worms are extremely common in the animal population, especially in
young puppies and kittens (The hormonal changes in a pregnant animal
cause larvae in the muscles to come out and get transmitted to the
unborn pups/kittens) Worms cause a variety of symptoms in animals, but are
easily prevented with a tablet every 3 months (for adults) or spot-on
treatments. Worms also pose several risks to humans.
Fleas are also common and can cause Flea Allergy Dermatitis, anaemia
and itching. They are easily treated with monthly spot-on treatments,
or a monthly tablet.
Microchips are a reliable method of identification that can’t be
removed or lost. About the size of a grain of rice, a microchip
contains a unique number linked to the owner’s details. Make sure you
remember to update your details if you move house or change phone
number. To do this contact Pet Register on 1300 734 738 or Central Animal
Records on 9706 3187. Microchips are implanted with a needle, just like an
Dental disease is the most common health problem we see, with
approximately 80% of cats over 3 years old with tartar build-up. We
have a state-of-the-art dental unit for carrying out all dental
procedures, along with an ultrasonic scaler. Our pets do require a
general anaesthetic to have dental procedures performed, so we hope to
do what we can to prevent dental disease. In an ideal world, we would
brush our animals teeth every day, and if you’re able to do this,
fantastic!! We have toothpaste in “delicious” flavours such as chicken
or cheese, and toothbrushes that will fit over your finger like a
thimble. A soft child’s toothbrush is also good for pets’
gums. Less labour-intensive alternatives include raw bones (of an
appropriate size), dental chews, various mouthwashes and gels, and
high quality pet food which has both mechanical and chemical action to
stop plaque and tartar forming (whilst still being a fully balanced
We run puppy school classes for puppies up to 16 weeks of age once
they have had their first vaccination. This is an important age for
puppies to be socialised with other dogs. Puppies are taught basic
training and their care is discussed, all while the puppies are having
fun at the vet clinic.