Here at Gayndah Vet Surgery we offer many services from routine health checks and vaccination through to disastrous emergencies and everything in between.
General Consultations and Vaccinations
We recommend and stock Hills Science and Prescription Diets for cats and dogs. Hills formulates its foods with a precise balance of nutrients to meet the specific needs of pets associated with their life-stage, size or special needs.
We stock a range of Hills diets but if we don’t have the right one in stock we can order it for you.
Soft tissue Surgery and Desexing
Our surgery is fully equipped with an inhalation anaesthetic machine, respiratory monitor, pulse oximeter, fluid administration pump etc. During anaesthesia, our patients are carefully monitored and anaesthetic charts are completed to be attached to the patients file afterwards.
We perform spaying, castrations, lump removals, abscesses, wound suturing etc on any weekday and offer a 24/7 emergency service.
Below is an injured dog’s jaw from hanging onto a cows leg for too long. Luckily the teeth remained intact and the jaw was easily repaired.
Preventative care/ Parasitic control
We stock a wide range of shampoos, flea & tick products, worming tablets, arthritis supplements and other over the counter products. If we don’t have what you need in stock, we can order it for you from our wholesaler.
Clinical pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, fluids or body tissues in order to identify existing disease. Common laboratory tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures and infectious disease testing.
At Gayndah Vet Surgery we have basic in house pathology available for urine and blood testing. We utilize IDEXX pathology services in Brisbane which offers rapid results the following day on blood tests. Pathologists are always available for us to consult if required. Histopathology on tissue samples and some specific blood tests have a longer turn around time.
We are equipped to take radiographs (X-rays) of your pet. Radiographs are an important tool to help us diagnose disease, fractures, dislocations etc. It is most suitable for bones, chest and abdomens.
Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have radiographs taken, unless it is an emergency and we’ll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality radiographs possible.
Most pets would never lie still enough or in the correct position for us to take good quality radiographs required to diagnose their condition. Sedation and anaesthesia allow us to get the most useful radiographs possible.
x-ray of a dog with complete fracture of distal radius taken in our clinic.
Just like humans, pets’ teeth need looking after too! The health of their teeth and gum’s has a significant impact on their overall quality of life.
Dental disease begins with a build up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth. Bacteria, combined with saliva and food debris, can cause plaque to accumulate on the tooth. As calcium salts are deposited, plaque turns to tartar (brown or yellow material starting near the gum line of the tooth). Without proper preventive or therapeutic care, plaque and tartar build-up leads to periodontal disease, which affects the tissues and structures supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can cause oral pain, tooth loss and even heart or kidney problems.
Common signs of dental disease, in order of severity, include:
- Yellow-brown tartar around the gumline
- Inflamed, red gums
- Bad breath
- Change in eating or chewing habits (especially in cats)
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Excessive drooling
- Pain or bleeding when you touch the gums or mouth
How can I prevent dental disease?
Long-term control and prevention of dental disease requires regular home care. The best way to begin this is to accustom your pet from an early age. Dental home care may include:
- Brushing teeth daily is the best form of dental hygiene but most pet owners don’t have the time or the inclination to do this. Pet tooth brushes and toothpaste are available. Human toothpaste formulas are not designed to be swallowed and may be toxic.
- Feeding pets raw meaty bones or special dental diets can help reduce the accumulation of tartar.
- Using dental toys, enzymatic chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits may help keep the teeth clean.
Regular and frequent attention to your pet’s teeth may avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anaesthetic, and will also improve your pet’s overall health.
What does a professional dental clean involve?
It is the same as a scale and polish done by a dentist for us. However, unlike us, our pets won’t sit still or open their mouth to allow a comprehensive cleaning of their teeth. For this reason our pets need to have a general anaesthetic for a professional dental clean. Your pet will need to be assessed by one of our veterinarians. The degree of dental disease will be assessed to determine if extractions, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories will be required.
We are equipped with ultrasonic scaler, polishing units and dental instruments.