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North Narrabeen Veterinary Hospital Vet Services

  - Dental Care;
Pets can develop dental disease and other dental problems, just like you. Many of these problems can be avoided by  bringing your pet in for regular check ups and giving your pet dental care at home. Regular professional cleaning is important in maintaining your pets health. We use modern and safe ultrasonic scalar to clean each tooth thoroughly. We polish teeth to create a smooth, lustrous tooth surface more resistant to plaque buildup.

- Internal Parasites - Worms;

Dogs and cats should be wormed at least quarterly against common intestinal worms - roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and whipworm ( cats do not get the last one). These intestinal worms are treated by most reputable "all - wormer" products available. In addition some of these intestinal worms can be treated by using a combination product (chewable or tablet), which also prevents disease. The common flea tapeworm can cause anal irritation and is visible in the faeces. Good flea control will help to prevent this worm.

Even though uncommon some worms such as roundworm can cause disease in humans, especially children, so a more regular worming program of puppies and kittens and washing hands after handling pets is essential.

Heartworm Disease is a serious and often fatal condition primarily dogs but sometimes cats as well. In dogs, the worm infests the heart and the main blood vessels leading to the lungs causing coughing, exercise intolerance and breathlessness. This disease is now easily preventable through an annual
This disease is now easily preventable through an annual Heartworm Injection (Proheart Injection).

Alternatives to the annual injection include monthly preventatives as Sentinel (tablets) or spot on treatments (Advocate or Revolution).

Cats are usually infested with far fewer worms and whilst less common, cats can suffer acute collapse and sudden death.

- External Parasites - Fleas;

Fleas are parasites which commonly cause severe skin allergies and also act as intermediate host for flea tapeworm. Fleas can be detected easily through inspection by combing your pets fur for "flea - dirt" which is actually dried blood excreted by the blood sucking flea. There are numerous ways of treating and preventing flea infestation such as " spot - on" products, growth regulators, sprays and collars . It is important to treat both the pet and the environment.

Fleas are best controlled with regular all year round application of topical preparations such as monthly Advantage, Advantix or Frontline.

Rabbits can have monthly kitten advantage applied (off - label). DO NOT USE FRONTLINE ON RABBITS.

 - Tick Advice; 

Paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) are among the most dangerous parasites that can affect your pet. It is estimated that many thousands of dogs in Australia are affected each year and, unfortunately, some die.




1. Avoid tick habitats

During the tick season, don't take your dog walking in bush areas known to harbour ticks. Keep lawns and shrubs short and remove compost material from backyards.

2. Search your dog every day for ticks

The most essential preventative measure is a thorough search of your dog's skin and coat at least once a day even if tick control products have been applied. This method gives you the best chance of finding a tick
before serious tick paralysis occurs.

Be systematic with your search

Use the fingertips to feel through your dog's coat. Ticks or tick craters can be felt as lumps on the skin surface.
  • Start at your dog's nose and slowly examine the face, ears, lips and eyes. Most ticks are found forward of the front legs, especially on the face, neck and ears. However, be careful to also check skin folds around the lips and ears.
  • Search around the eyes and on top of the forehead carefully before checking the neck.
  • Remove collar and search through the skin folds in the neck. Continue down the shoulders to the forelegs, remembering to check between the toes and under the armpits. Examine the chest, back, belly, around the tail and anus, and the back legs.
  • If you find a tick, remove it and don't forget to search for more. Some dogs can be infested with many ticks at one time.

3. Remove ticks

As soon as a paralysis tick is found it should be removed. Quickly remove the tick without squeezing the engorged abdomen. Your veterinarian can do this or show you the best method. A special hook or tweezers may be useful.

What Affects do ticks have?

The Paralysis caused by the tick mostly starts with an unsteady, staggering gait due to the hind limb weakness. The front limbs are affected next and then the throat. Lastly and fatally if the lungs are affected.

What can I use to prevent ticks on my pet ?
The Paralysis caused by the tick mostly starts with an unsteady, staggering gait due to the hind limb weakness. The front limbs are affected next and then the throat. Lastly and fatally if the lungs are affected.

What can I use to prevent ticks on my pet ?

1. Kiltix Tick and Flea Collar.

2. Permoxin Insecticidal Spray and Rinse. Permoxin also kills and repels fleas and mosquitoes.

3. Frontline Plus Top Spot is effective for ticks on dogs if used every two weeks. Frontline Spray is effective for ticks on both dogs and cats.

4. Advantix for dogs is a spot - on -  the -  back - of - the - neck.

Clinical Signs usually develop within 3- 4 days after tick attachment.

- vomiting and/or gagging or refusing food.
- A slight wobbliness of the hindquarters which worsens to paralysis and inability to stand.
- A change in the sound of bark or miaow.
-Difficulty breathing.

 - Fly Nuisance and Prevention;

Fly problems tend to become more apparent as the weather gets warmer including flies, fleas and ticks.

Flies love biting dogs ears and noses which can lead to serious damage and infection. 

 - Vaccinations;

Dogs and cats should be vaccinated annually against often fatal viral diseases.

Dogs are most commonly vaccinated against;

1. Parovirus (parvo); 

2. Distemper

3. Hepatitis

4. Canine Cough;

Puppies should be vaccinated at;
 6- 8 weeks - Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus.
12 - 14 weeks - Distemper,Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Bordetella and Parainfluenza.
16 - 18 weeks - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Bordetella and Parainfluenza.

After the 3rd puppy vaccination, the next vaccination is due 12 months later.

Cats are most commonly vaccinated against;

1. Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infection or Cat Flu; 

Feline Herpesvirus 

Feline Calicivirus 

2. Feline Enteritis 

3. Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) 

4. Feline Immunodeficency Virus (FIV) 

Kittens should be vaccinated at;

6 -  8 weeks - Feline Herpervirus, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Enteritis
12 - 14 weeks - Feline Herpervirus, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Enteritis.
16 - 18 weeks - Feline Herpervirus, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Enteritis.

Rabbits require a vaccination every 10 months against calicivirus.Rabbits should be vaccinated at 10 - 12 weeks of age

Ferrets are susceptible to the Canine Distemper Virus, which can be fatal, so
ferrets should be vaccinated.

- Microchipping;

It is compulsory to microchip all new puppies and kittens, for a life - long positive identification of your pet and registration with your local council. Government and private data bases allow immediate identification of lost pets following scanning, enabling most lost animals to be quickly reunited with their owners.

 - After Hours Emergency and Critical Care;

We have a 24 hour emergency service - 7 days a week.

 - General Surgery;

Beacon Hill Veterinary Hospital offers advanced surgical techniques and technology. We recommend all patients are screened for safety by doing a pre operative blood panels so anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pets. Surgical patients of ours all get IV catheters with IV fluids to insure the body is hydrated during the procedure. Also, a veterinary nurse/ assistant will be with your pet during the entire procedure and during recovery time. Surgical services and facilities include; fully trained veterinary and nursing staff. To ensure the safest. most efficient, state of the art procedures for your pet; advanced sterilization techniques, ECG, and oxygen saturation monitors, and intensive c after surgery care until your pet goes home.

 - Internal Medicine;

We cover all areas of internal medicine utilizing advanced diagnostics including; Radiology, Ultrasound  In - House Diagnostic Laboratory, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedic Surgery, Oncology, among others.

 - Radiology;

Radiology - X- Ray and Ultrasound - help our veterinarians evaluate muscular - skeletal, cardiovascular (cardiopulmonary), gastrointestinal, reproductive and urinary systems.

 - Boarding;

Beautifully air conditioned,  separate dog and cat boarding facilities are available

 - Heart Problems;

Does your pet show any of these signs ? 

Coughing or gagging especially after lying down.
Tries after minimal exercise.
Increased breathing rate, panting induced easily.

If you answered yes to any of these questions your pet could be showing signs of heart disease. When the heart is not pumping properly blood backs up in the lungs. The excess fluid produces coughing, the most obvious sign of heart disease.

You may also notice your pet tries easily from minimal exercise or just can't make it around the block like he used to. This is because the heart is not able to pump enough blood with adequate oxygen to the tissues.

Diagnosis of heart disease involve a combination of tests to help evaluate heart function. These include listening with a stethoscope, x - rays of the chest.

The good news is that there are many treatments available to help the heart function better, and this can help pets live happily from many more years.

Please speak to us if you feel your pet is showing any of the signs of heart disease.

 - Desexing; 

To understand how desexing saves lives, we need to look back 30 to 40 years. Undesexed pets, Especially dogs, roamed widely in search of a mate. While this is safe in the wild, in urban areas the risk of being hit by a car was high.

Partly as a result of so many dogs being run over, desexing became more common. Today, most pets are desexed and road accident victims are few and far between.

Other great reasons to desex are;
- Reduced risk of and other reproductive disease in both males and females.
-Lower aggressions for many male dogs.
- Reduced inappropriate urinating behavior eg; the male dog that wees on the curtains or male cats that spray.
- Helps controls the number of unwanted puppies and kittens.
- Reduced council pet registration fees.

Desexing  of dogs and cats is carried out at the hospital. The procedure includes a full general anaesthetic, sterile surgery and pain management. The combination of these modern techniques means pets recover quickly and comfortably.

 - Pre - Anaesthetic Blood Testing;

Many of us have felt apprehensive about a loved family pet having a general anaesthetic. While anaesthetics these days are extremely safe, it is normal to worry. Our job is to look after your pets and make the anaesthetic as safe as possible. One of the ways  we do this is with a pre anaesthetic blood test. 

Prior to an anaesthetic, we will examine each pet thoroughly. While this gives us important information about factors such as heart rate and rhythm, a blood test shows us what's going on internally. It gives us vital information about the health of the blood and major organs.

Pre - anaesthetic blood tests can detect conditions that otherwise may not be detected. These include Diabetes, Kidney and Liver disease, hyperthyroidism,Anaemia and other blood disorders.

Blood tests allow us to decide whether to proceed as planned, delay the anaesthetic until the underlying condition is treated, or adjust the type of anaesthetic used.

Pre - anaesthetic blood tests help to ensure your pet receives the best treatment possible.

 - What's That Smell;

One of the pleasures of pets is having a cuddle. Whether you're sitting in the sun in the back yard or collapsed on the lounge after a long day at work, pets are always there for you and love getting up close for a scratch or a pat. 

Keeping them smelling good is important, however, as waft of bad air can really turn you off.This is especially noticeable when pets live indoors. Bad breath, Ear infections and smelly coats are three of the main culprits;  Here's how to deal with them;

Bad Breath was until recently so common in dog and cats it was considered normal. With better understanding of dental care in pets, most people now recognize bad breath as indicating dental problems. Regular raw bones and brushing are the best way to prevent dental problems, but  some pets will need a dental clean performed under general anaesthetic.

Ear infections can often be very smelly due to the build up of yeast infections or ear mites. They also may be very sore and need to be looked at by the vet. Some pets may also need to have them cleaned under a general anaesthetic and go home on medication.

The smelly coat is usually the domain of dogs rather than cats. Dogs love to roll in the smelliest things they can but this is easy to fix; a good wash will do the job. Other smells may be tougher to banish.  Excess sebum, a natural skin secretion, is a common cause of bad smell. It encouraged bacterial growth, leading to the odour. To get your sweet smelling pet back, do the following; 

1. Feed a premium dry food. These contain omega 3 fatty acids in the correct ratio to reduce skin inflammation, a factor in smelly coats.

2.Use flea control every month of the year. Fleas contribute to most inflammatory skin conditions.

3. Brush the coat regularly. This remove loose hair, debris and dirt.

4. Use an anti - microbial shampoo. We'll recommend the right one for you pet. If the smell does not improve in 3- 4 washes, book an appointment for us to investigate the problem further.

 - Nutritional Advice;
Dogs and cats vary in their nutritional requirements and this will determine what comprises a good diet for your pet. Dogs are predominantly scavengers and in the wild their ancestors ate raw meaty bones, stomach contents, offal, eggs, birds, fruit and the like. Not only is it unbalanced but it is also likely to be deficient in calcium.
 A good quality commercial diet will provide your dog with a consistent and balanced diet. Good health can be achieved by supplementing this diet with raw meaty bones at least  three times a week. Remember never to give cooked or even microwave defrosted bones as these can cause intestinal problems.

Cats require a much higher protein diet since their ancestors were primary hunters and therefore ate higher quantities of meat than dogs. Once again good quality commercial food is the most convenient means to achieve a high quality consistent diet which is well balanced for your cat. As with dog's,  a Cat's diet should be well supplemented with raw meaty bones at least three times a week.

So while keeping pets at their correct weight is probably the best gift you can give your pet, doing it is hard. There is an abundance of food in our pantries 
and we're soft at heart. Here are some tips;
- Feed raw bones 3 times a week. Chewing releases serotonin in the brain producing a sense of well being.Pets will then pester you less for food plus have healthier teeth.
- Use a food dispenser toy. These toys hold the pets meal but only let small amounts out at a time. This means longer meal times and more satisfaction.
- Scatter food around the garden. Rather than feeding in a bowl, scatter food around the garden. This replicates pets normal instinct to hunt for food, and presents a challenge and leaves them feeling more satisfied.
- Weigh your pet at the clinic. The scales are in the waiting room, That you can use to weigh your pet.

 - Eye E
mergencies - When to see the vet;

When clients notice their pet has a sore eye they often call to ask what they can do at home and if they need to visit the hospital. Below are some basic rules to get you out of trouble and keep your pet's eyes safe.

You need to see a vet if your pet;

-  has one or both eyes closed or is squinting.
- has swollen eye lids.
- has redness noticed on the white of the eye.
- has a sudden increase in discharge.
- in continually rubbing its eye.

Only ever wipe your pet's eyes with a damp cotton wool ball.

NEVER put your own eye drops in your pet's eyes as this may damage the eye.

 - Planning for Easter;

It is not long until the Easter Bunny arrives and it is time to start planning for your pets at Easter.

Easter means chocolate and chocolate means danger for dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine - toxic for pets and can lead to death.Hide chocolate out of reach of your dog as they have a strong sense of smell and can find chocolate anywhere! There are treats available for your dog such as "doggy chocolate" which uses carob, a safe alternative. If your dog ingests chocolate , call us immediately.

Did you know that the Easter Lily ( and other species of lilies) are poisonous to cats? ingestion cause kidney failure so if you own a cat we suggest you keep them away from lilies or remove them from your garden.

If you are planning a trip away, book accommodation for your pet now as kennel and catteries fill up quickly at this time of the year. Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date when you make the booking.

 - House Calls;

 We have a 24 hour emergency service - 7 days a week.

 -The Geriatic Dog;

Older dogs have special needs. They are more likely to suffer from chronic pain such as arthritis. Diseases occur more commonly and it is sensible for older dogs to see a Vet more regularly (3 - 6 months) than younger pets. There are many treatments available for a dog in pain and our veterinarian  will help provide and effective pain management regime. Weight - Loss programs are very important if your dog is overweight and many studies show that leaner pets live longer and healthier lives. Do not "kill your pets with kindness". Ask our vet to advise the best pain management treatment for your dog.

- The Geriatic Cat;

Older cats require special attention and are prone to many  diseases such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. Early treatment of these diseases can often extend your cat's life for many years. Cat's also get arthritis and although some anti - arthritis treatment are dangerous for cats (Never give your cat paracetamol), our veterinarian can advise you on safe treatments to keep your cats comfortable.

 - Birds - General Information;

Budgerigars and Canaries bred for captivity are the most popular pet birds. Larger birds such as parrots, galahs, cockatoos and cockatiels may be kept as pets but not all are suited to confinement in cages. All caged birds must have flying exercise daily. It is better to keep birds in an environment where they can fly.

An outdoor aviary is a much more ideal environment for a bird and will avoid stress related diseases due to boredom often seen in confined birds.

The feeding and nutritional requirements of your pet bird will vary depending on type. Many birds eat seed but it is important not to limit the diet: cuttlefish offers calcium and beak exercise. Cages and aviaries should be cleaned regularly with food and water easily accessible. Perches should be provided with vary widths (such as a natural branch) since prepared dowel perches do little to exercise a bird's leg muscles. If you want to know how to best meet your bird's requirements there is excellent information available in guidebooks.

 - Exotic Pets - General Information;

Exotic pets are becoming more popular. Ferrets, Cavies (Guinea Pigs), Rats and Rabbits all make good pets. As all these species have unique husbandry requirements, it is important to seek advice from our veterinarian or books on these species. Remember that these species have short life spans so that whilst it is natural to become very attached to these pets, children will have to cope with losing them at some stage. This is an important part of growing up, however, as is dealing with the responsibility of caring for another living creature. It is becoming more common for veterinarians to see these exotic pets and more and more can now be done to help these little ones through their illness.
Just as in Cats and Dogs, Rabbits should be vaccinated once a year against the Calci Virus and Ferrets should also be vaccinated once a year against Distemper.

 - Appointments, Admissions and Discharge from Hospital;

In order to avoid prolonged waiting period, routine consultations are by appointment from Monday to Friday 9 am - 6.30pm, Saturdays 9 am - 3.30pm and Sundays by appointment. It is preferable to discharge animals during a set consultation time so that the case can be discussed fully with the veterinarian.

 - Accounts;

All accounts must be settled at the time of consultation or discharge from the hospital. Accounts may be paid for by Cash, Eftpos, Matercard and Visa. Please feel free to enquire as to estimated cost of procedures. Several excellent pet health care insurance schemes are now available with reasonable premiums to ensure optimum health care for your pet.

Business Hours
Mon: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tue: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Wed: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thu: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sun: Closed
Hols: Closed
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