Companion Animal Hospital
Kyabram Veterinary Clinic provides compassionate routine, medical and surgical care for your pets.
It’s reassuring to know that your call to Kyabram Veterinary Clinic will be answered 24 hours a day, everyday of the year.
We stock quality pet care products and premium pet food. Our friendly experienced staff can assist you with all any questions you may have concerning your pet health and veterinary care.
Kyabram and Nathalia Veterinary Clinics have access to an array of diagnostic imaging equipment, to ensure we can provide the highest standard in diagnostic care for your pet including:
> Digital radiography
> Blood testing laboratory equipment.
Our in-house capabilities allow for rapid assessment, and ensures thorough medical attention for your animals.
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State of the art Diagnostics.
Ultrasound machines can be used to further investigate conditions involving the internal organs. These specialist machines are commonly used in pregnancy diagnosis and monitoring, and in investigating diseases of the urinary tract (such as bladder stones, tumours, prostate disease, and kidney disease). Ultrasound machines are very versatile and can be used to diagnose and monitor an array of conditions, including heart and lung disease, liver disease, and neoplasia.
High quality digital x-ray machines are used regularly, to provide valuable information on conditions affecting the bones, joints, and internal organs of our patients. By using digital imaging, we are able to quickly view high quality images, as well as easily distribute them electronically to any specialist or referral clinic.
Our endoscope allows us to insert a small camera through the mouth and into the stomach, to remove some objects that may be stuck in the stomach or the throat. Often, this means surgery can be avoided. The endoscope can also be used to examine ears, the nose, or throat.
ECG & Blood Pressure
Accurate diagnosis of heart arrthymias.
Blood pressure machines are widely used and are essential when diagnosing and monitoring conditions such as kidney disease and also greatly improve the safety of general anaesthetics. ECG machines are available to monitor the electrical activity and rhythm of the heart, which can be invaluable when assessing heart disease.
Our vets are also experienced in using cytology examination to diagnose many diseases. This involves taking a small sample of tissue, and examining the cells under a microscope at high magnification. This method of testing is used to assess many types of skin disease, as well as in investigating tumours, infections, urinary disease, ear infections, and parasitic infections.
In house laboratory
Our clinics possess a range of diagnostic equipment, which is used to conduct a variety of tests within the clinic, so we can provide you with a rapid and accurate diagnosis.
We are able to conduct bloods tests used in the diagnosis of anaemia, blood disorders, inflammatory conditions, and blood clotting disorders. We also have the ability to run more advanced biochemistry tests in-house; as well as tests used to diagnose diseases such as pancreatitis, feline immunodeficiency virus, canine parvovirus and heartworm disease.
Pet Insurance and Vet Pay
Ask our Reception team for a PetPlan Pet Insurance brochure or visit www.petplan.com.au
Our payment policy is that ALL visits are paid for at the end of each consultation and surgery. For this reason, we have paired up with a company called “VetPay” to cover the costs of those emergency visits that can unfortunately surprise us all. VetPay is a company that focuses in providing small loans specifically for veterinary treatment. The process of applying with VetPay involves a quick and simple approval process with us at the clinic and a small 10-20% deposit is made (dependent on the price of the procedure). VetPay will then pay for all of your pet’s treatment on the spot, while you make small repayments over time. VetPay is very flexible and will try their hardest to meet your needs, as we understand that each situation is completely different.
For more information on VetPay, or to seek initial approval, please visit www.vetpay.com.au, or give them a call on 1300 657 984.
Fur Life Vet
Kyabram Veterinary Clinic is proud to be a Fur Life Vet clinic. Fur Life Vet clinics are located across regional Australia and are dedicated to providing exceptional veterinary services for clients and their companion animals.
Everything about a Fur Life Vet Clinic has your pet’s best interest at heart. Our highly trained and compassionate vets and nurses understand how important your pet is to you and work with your to care for your pet, providing skilled diagnostics, treatment and recovery plans alongside preventative health management.
When you make an appointment for your pet with a Fur Life Vet Clinic you become part of a team that puts your pet’s needs first, helping you to take a proactive approach to your pet’s long-term health.
To find out more about Fur Life Vet and where our other clinics are located visit the Fur Life Vet website.
Annual Health Check
We recommend you bring your pet in every year for a health check. A yearly check means we can monitor your animal to ensure their ongoing well-being and address any changes that may adversely affect their health as early as possible.
The annual check also provides you with the opportunity to have a chat with us about any concerns you may have, as well as a chance to discuss your pet’s diet, exercise, and parasite prevention.
Combining your pet’s vaccinations with an Annual health check is a great way to ensure your pet stays fit and healthy and is protected against contagious diseases.
Why is an annual health check so important?
Vaccinating Your Pet
We currently use a C5 vaccine – this protects against five common or dangerous diseases that are easily spread between animals:
- Distemper – this disease can severely impact multiple body systems, and has a high fatality rate. It is no longer common due to several decades of vaccinating, however ongoing vaccination is required to prevent this disease from taking hold again.
- Hepatitis – caused by a virus, this disease results in chronic and irreversible liver damage.
- Parvovirus – this is a highly resistant virus that causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea, and has caused numerous recent outbreaks in Australia. It requires prolonged and intensive medical therapy, and can be fatal in young animals.
- Canine cough – Often called Kennel Cough, this disease is rarely fatal, but can cause severe pneumonia. Our vaccine protects against the two most common forms, Bordatella bronchiseptica(bacteria) and Canine Parainfluenza (virus).
Puppies gain some protection from their mother’s milk (as long as the mother has immunity) but this protection gradually declines around 6-8 weeks of age and we need to commence a vaccination program.
- 1st Vaccination: 6–8 weeks
- 2nd Vaccination: 10+ weeks. If a puppy commences the program after 10 weeks of age, only one vaccination is required. This is NOT a reason to delay vaccination until then as the puppy will be unprotected between 6–10 weeks.
- 3rd Vaccination is a kennel cough booster vaccination (if an intranasal vaccination was not given as part of the 2nd Vaccination) and final health check.
Vaccinating Adult Dogs
Adult dogs require their 1st booster vaccination 12 months following their puppy course, which is usually around 15 months of age.
- Triannual C3 Vaccinations – C3 vaccination lasts for 3 years in adult dogs.
- Annual Canine Cough Vaccination – needs to be given annually.
- 1st Vaccination: 8 weeks.
- 2nd Vaccination: Minimum 12 weeks (or 4 weeks after 1st).
- 1st Vaccination: 8 weeks
- 2nd Vaccination: 12 weeks
- 3rd Vaccination: 14-16 weeks
Vaccinating Cats 6 Months Plus
- F5 Vaccination – two vaccinations 4 weeks apart.
- Will need a blood test to make sure the cat is negative for FIV, then three vaccinations given at 2-4 week intervals.
- Both F4 and FIV vaccinations require annual boosters.
Information about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV), commonly known as feline aids, is a virus similar to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Once infected, FIV causes a lifelong infection that leads to immune suppression. A FIV infected cat may not show any clinical signs for several years. Due to poor immune function, however, a FIV infected animal is susceptible to a variety of other diseases that may lead to severe illness.
How is FIV spread?
FIV is shed in saliva and, hence, spread by direct bite wounds between cats.
Who is susceptible?
Cats of all ages are susceptible. Aggressive biting behaviour with stray and feral cats poses risk to any free-roaming, outdoor cat. High risk factors include sexually intact, male cats, living outdoors due to their tendency to display territorial fighting behaviour. Multi-cat households or high density habitats also increase the risk of territorial fighting and, hence, spread of FIV.
Public Health Risks?
It should be noted that FIV is host specific to feline species (including the domestic cat, lions, tigers, leopards, panthers etc) and cannot be spread to other species, including humans.
Due to their immunosuppressed state, FIV infected cats are susceptible to a variety of diseases; some of which may pose human threat. Humans who are immunosuppressed must be particularly careful.
Is there a treatment?
There is no cure for FIV; infection with FIV is life-long. Supportive treatment, however, can be offered. Furthermore, treatment may be directed at concurrent disease.
How do I prevent my cat from FIV?
1. Prevent exposure
Stop your cat from roaming freely outdoors. Spay or neuter your cat to reduce free-roaming and fighting behaviour.
A killed vaccine is available for prevention against FIV. Cats may be vaccinated from eight weeks of age. Any outdoor, freely roaming cat should be vaccinated to prevent infection with FIV. A full vaccination course should be completed before allowing your cat outdoors. An initial vaccination course requires 3 doses. Thereafter, yearly boosters are required. FIV positive cats cannot be vaccinated. Therefore, cats older than 6 months of age and unvaccinated must be tested for FIV infection before vaccination.
3. FIV blood test
An in-house blood test can be conducted to rule out FIV infection. Cats older than 6 months of age and unvaccinated should be tested for FIV infection. Before introducing a new cat (> 6 months) into the household we recommend testing for FIV infection. If your cat has been exposed to FIV (unvaccinated and freely roaming outdoors), we recommend testing to rule out FIV infection.
We have different levels of vaccinations for our feline friends. Our base vaccination is the F4. This covers for:
- Panleukopaenia – the cat equivalent of canine parvovirus.
- Herpesvirus – this causes significant disease of the upper airways and inflammation of the eyes. Cats become lifelong carriers, and stress can cause the disease to flare up and make your cat sick again. While the flare-ups can be treated, there is no cure.
- Calicivirus – This also causes upper respiratory tract disease, and affected cats often develop severe ulcers in their mouth. As with herpesvirus, cats become lifelong carriers and the disease can flare up when stressed. While the flare-ups can be treated, there is no cure.
- Chlamydiosis – This bacteria causes severe conjunctivitis and may also cause a respiratory tract infection. While it can be treated, it is debilitating, and has the potential to be fatal in young kittens.
In addition to these four core vaccines, we also offer vaccination against Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
- FeLV – can severely impact a number of different body systems, and infected cats are at high risk of developing cancer. It significantly shortens lifespan.
- FIV – most commonly causes suppression of the immune system, making cats more prone to developing other diseases and making it harder to recover. Also significantly shortens lifespan. (Further information about FIV on then left).
The most common route of infection for both of these diseases is through saliva, and thus is a particularly high risk for cats that get into fights. If your cat goes outdoors, we strongly recommend they be vaccinated against these two diseases.
Because of the potentially severe nature of these two diseases, any cat older than 6 months with an unknown FeLV/FIV history will require a blood test beforehand to confirm that they do not already have these diseases. Vaccinating for these diseases in a cat that is already positive can result in your pet becoming extremely sick. This test is done in our clinic and only takes 10 minutes to get results.
Rabbits can be vaccinated against calicivirus, which predominantly attacks the digestive system and can cause severe haemorrhage. It is nearly 100% fatal.
Another disease, myxomatosis, causes severe swelling and fever, and starts attacking various body systems. It is usually fatal. Vaccines are not registered for use in Australia, as this disease is relied on to keep the wild rabbit population under control.
Keeping your rabbit away from wild rabbits and hares, and protecting them from mosquitoes, are the only ways of preventing your rabbit from getting this disease
Vaccinating Rabbit Kittens
1st dose – 4 weeks
2nd and 3rd dose at 4 weeks intervals
Vaccinating Adult Rabbits
2 doses at 4 week intervals Twice yearly booster Every 6 months after finishing initial course
Dental disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque. Plaque is the thin, sticky film that covers teeth and is composed of bacteria and their by-products, saliva, food particles and sloughed epithelial cells. Much the same as with our own teeth.
Four ways to prevent dental disease:
- Appropriate food.
- Pet Dental chews.
- Brushing your pet’s teeth.
- Regular veterinary dental check-up.
- Dogs over the age of 3 with dental disease 80% 80%
- Cats over the age of 3 with Dental disease 70% 70%
Signs of dental disease
There are various signs you can look out for in your pet, these are:
- Bad Breath (halitosis).
- Discoloured or loose teeth.
- Excessive drooling, sometimes blood stained.
- Dropping of food from the mouth when eating, or reluctant to eat, especially hard food.
- Pain when handled around the head or behavioural changes.
- Facial swelling Pawing at the mouth Inflamed (gingivitis) or receding gums.
Pet dental treatment
A dental treatment involves:
- Full veterinary pre-operative health assessment.
- Admission and discharge appointments.
- General anaesthetic including intravenous fluids.
- Professional scaling to remove tartar.
- Charting of the mouth to look for tooth decay, pain and mouth cancers.
- Polishing of the teeth so they shine.
- Advice on home-care to keep that smile sparkling.
For more information specific to your pet, we encourage you to make an appointment for a dental check.
We offer a variety of parasite prevention products in our clinic to cover all the parasite groups discussed below. Our products are top of the range, whereas many supermarket products cannot guarantee sufficient protection. Please come in and have a chat to our staff … they can help you determine which parasite prevention products best suit your needs.
While these pesky bugs are most common in the warm weather, your pet can be infested all year round. Although fleas particularly love warm sandy environments, they can be found anywhere, including being tracked though your yard by strays and wildlife. In very severe cases, particularly in young animals, flea burdens can be life threatening.
Maintaining flea control, and regularly washing your pet’s bedding in a hot wash, are some easy but important ways to keep them healthy and itch free.
It is predominantly a parasite found further north in Australia. However, there have been isolated cases of heartworm in the region over the last few years, and the potential for the disease to be carried into the area by another animal is high.
If your pet is not up to date with heartworm prevention, it is extremely important to get them tested before starting any heartworm prevention product. Prevention products can kill all stages of heartworm at once, and if your pet happens to be heartworm positive with adult worms living in their circulatory system, this can result in blockages (embolism) that will likely be fatal.
We offer a full grooming and hydrobath service.
The hydrobath delivers a steady stream of high pressure water through the coat, which dislodges deep dirt, dead hair, crusts and scabs. This system is great for removal of crusts, scabs and scale, especially in dense coated animals. Unlike a conventional home-bath the dog does not sit in a tub full of water, and the animal can walk directly into the bath without lifting.
Reasons for a hydrobath you might not have thought of …
- Arthritic animals don’t have to be lifted up and down, don’t have to sit in cold water, and can be dried afterwards.
- Skin disease, hydrobaths are great for removing crusts, scabs and scale.
- We can do the medicated wash, you’re not stuck holding your wet dog for 10 minutes while the medicated shampoo does its’ job.
- It’s just nice to get rid of unpleasant smells and dirt. We know a lot of dogs live inside, but we aren’t to keen about the ‘doggy smell’ on the bed, furniture or in the car! (Let’s not forget cleaning that hair out of the sinkhole!).
Grooming may include:
- Full body clipping.
- Stripping (combing) out dead and loose coat.
- Thinning the coat (cutting and brushing feathering).
- Trimming feet and face.
The right type of grooming depends on what type of dog you have. Our staff can advise you. All dogs in for grooming recieve a hydrobath and nail clipping. Dogs require washing when groomed to loosen dead fur.
Please let us know if you require additional services from the veterinarians such as checking anal glands, a physical examination by a veterinarian or removing grass seeds.