General Veterinary Care Services
Our healthcare team can assist you with education, advice and care to ensure your pet has the happiest and healthiest life possible. We provide a full range of medical facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of dogs and cats as well as birds and other small pets. In order to keep informed on current therapies and procedures our veterinary and nursing team regularly attend relevant seminars and education programs.
As with human surgery, our veterinarians scrub up, wear surgical gowns and safety protection as well as using autoclaved instruments throughout the procedure. The surgical bed is heated for the comfort and wellness of our patients who are continually monitored. A fully trained veterinary nurse assists the veterinarian throughout the procedure. Our hospital is equipped to perform most types of surgery with modern anaesthetic machines, respiratory monitors and more. Our surgical area is completely sterile and we use the safest and modern anaesthetics very similar to an operating theatre in a human hospital. Our veterinarians perform a vast range of operations such as desexing, exploratory surgery, caesareans, tumour and lump removals, wound stitches, intestinal obstructions, extensive orthopaedics and more.
Surgical desexing or sterilisation involves removal of part of the reproductive system of pets whilst under a general anaesthetic. Find out more about desexing in our pet library.
When your four-legged furry friend lunges for a big hug, does the smell of their breath knock you flat on your back? If this is true it's time for a dental checkup. A dental check up may highlight the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction or even just a change in diet. Remember, your pet will look and function better and also live longer with healthy teeth and gums. It's true that a high percentage of ageing pets suffer from some degree of periodontal disease. This is a condition in which bacteria attack the gum tissue causing a foul odour, yellowish brown crusts of tartar around the gum line and even pain and bleeding when your pet eats or you touch its gums.
The endoscope is very helpful as it enables us to look down into the oesophagus and stomach of a patient. We can also use it to look down into the trachea and inside the bronchi of the lungs. Using the endoscope we can take biopsies, which are small samples of tissue, from the lining of the trachea, oesophagus and stomach. At the other end of the patient, the endoscope can also be used to look into and take biopsies of the colon. The patient needs to be under general anaesthetic for endoscopy.
The ECG (electrocardiograph) machine is used to obtain a tracing which tells us how a patient's heart is performing. A series of leads are attached to the limbs and the machine maps out the trace. We compare the animal's trace to normal and can tell from this if there is heart enlargement, irregular heart beats and so on. Like an ultrasound, it is done with the patient wide awake and with minimal stress.
Ophthalmology is the study and treatment of eye diseases and disorders. We are fortunate to have the highly qualified Dr. Colin Sherry (BSc, BVMS, CertVOphthal.) who has been practicing Veterinary Ophthalmology since 1989 (completing his qualifications at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons U.K.). He is available at Vetwest Whitfords each Tuesday for all ophthalmology referrals.
We are able to perform various pathology tests such as blood tests within the hospital, thus giving faster diagnosis and treatment. For more detailed testing we engage the services of a specialist laboratory.
Our x-ray facilities allow us to investigate animal injuries and health problems. Having the equipment on hand means we are able to quickly diagnose injuries particularly in emergency situations. This is convenient for you as your pet can have all treatment done at the hospital and also means our patients are given the best opportunity for recovery.
This is a technique that provides us with a non evasive way of scanning your pet's body system without surgery. This equipment is used for the diagnosis and treatment of pets by using high frequency sound waves. Similar to an ultrasound that is used to monitor a human pregnancy a probe is placed against the body. Sound waves are converted into an image that represents a slice through the tissue, and this is displayed on a small TV screen so we can gain a better understanding of what is going on in your pet's body. For example we can investigate the liver, kidneys, intestines, gall bladder, bladder, uterus, heart, blood vessels, and so on. The types of things that can be diagnosed with ultrasound range from pregnancy to blockages of the intestine to bladder stones. It is very useful in patients with heart disease as we can measure the thickness of the walls of the heart and see the heart valves in action and it can be done while the patient is awake or sedated with minimal stress.