Racecourse Road Vets, we provide services with high knowledgeable staff from a
range of backgrounds, delivered in a new state of the art facility, to better
equip ourselves in order to give your pet the best treatment. We perform
surgery everyday and have two vets consulting and one vet performing surgery,
to meet your pets needs and demands.
Our combination Pharmacy and Pathology
unit enables us to run in house diagnostics with new modern pathology IDEXX
Machines, meaning answers about your pet's health in a timely manner, plus
medications can be dispensed from our fully stocked pharmacy. We have close
relationships with other Vets, Specialists and Emergency Centers in the area
and up North and can offer referrals to further investigate your pets health
Our dedicated dog, cat and wildlife/exotic wards, ensure your pet is kept safe. Separate from other animals and stress free. Our passionate staff will go above and beyond to make sure your pet is in the best hands when staying for the day or night. We have Adaptil and Feliway diffusers in the dog and cat room to help relieve anxiety and we also play calming music to help settle your pet. We offer nurse night visits if your pet is in intensive care and regular updates via phone or text to ensure you know exactly how your pet is doing. Our team are honest, hardworking animal lovers and you can depend on us to deliver friendly, compassionate care and attentiveness to yourself and your pet.
revolutionised control of infectious disease in our pets. It is essential that
all pets are adequately vaccinated to help protect the pet population as a
whole. Responsible pet care requires kittens and puppies to be given their
initial course of vaccinations from 6 weeks of age and then it is recommended
to vaccinate yearly. We can also do Titre Testing to check antibodies within
your pets body.
Here at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital we can have your pet
microchipped so that if they ever get lost, they can easily be
returned to you. The chip will contain information about you and how
to contact you should someone find your pet. Microchipping is available for both cats and dogs. The microchip is
about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s
skin. This can easily be done during a normal consultation or any
Desexing your pet is a
routine surgery we perform daily at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital. We wil
have you drop your pet off in the morning and have an admit with the surgical
nurse. We will call when surgery is finished to reassure you everything went
well and then we will organise a discharge time to pick your pet up that
afternoon. We recommend to get your pet desexed between 8 and 10 months of age
to enable to hormones and bones to fully grow. The most common reasons to get your
pet desexed is to;
litters, which can be very costly, and may add to the already overwhelming
number of stray animals that are put down each year.
testicular cancer and prostate disease in males, and it can help prevent
pyometra (infection of the uterus) and mammary tumours (breast cancer) in
Parasites are far too common occurrences with pets, especially those
who spend a lot of time outdoors. The most common parasites to be
aware of, especially in Australia, are:
Fleas & ticks
Parasite prevention and control ensure that your cat or dog remains
healthy for a very long time.
Here at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital, we provide education
regarding the best types of parasite control to use for your pet and
we offer a wide variety of products and treatments to help your pet
stay free from parasites.
Here at Racecourse Road Veterinary Hospital, we care just as much
about your pet’s dental health and hygiene as we do about their
The dental services we provide for your pet
Oral and dental diseases can lead to other problems with your pet
such as not being able to eat, increased risk of infection and other
Signs that your dog or cat may have poor oral or dental health:
Loose, broken or discoloured teeth
Teeth covered with tartar
Your pet doesn’t want to be touched around the mouth or teeth
Loss of appetite
Tumours on the gums
Pawing at the mouth or drooling
Please bring your pet to see us for regular dental exams or if you believe your pet may have an oral or dental problem.
If your dog is experiencing itchy skin, infected ears, watery
eyes or stomach upsets, they could be allergic to food or environmental
factors. Our Vets will talk you through why allergies occur and how they can be
treated with creating programs specific to your pet. We also offer specialist
referrals to Dermatologists to further refine diagnostics and treatment
Allergies occur when our bodies “over react” to normal environmental stimuli. Just like people animal allergies can be toe to a range of things from a flea bite, to plant pollens and foods. All allergies cause inflammation and itchiness and can then progress to a secondary infection of the skin. It is very important to treat the skin infection when it occurs but we must remember that the allergy is the underlying cause.
Unfortunately like hay-fever or asthma in people, some allergies cannot be cured. What we can do is try to control the allergy as much as possible and treat the symptoms when they occur.
a) Cure the allergy by removing the cause b) Control the allergy by reducing access to the cause or reducing the allergic reaction to the cause c) Treat symptoms as necessary Allergies on dogs can be divided into 3 categories- 1) Contact allergy (direct touch) 2) Atopy (airborne allergies) 3) Food allergy
Allergy testing and allergy injections are available with a skin specialist (dermatologist) . This involves skin tests and then a long course of weekly injections (you can give at home).. Response is varied and the treatment costly. Monitoring of your dogs immune system with blood tests is also necessary during treatment.
should be a priority for your pets. Poor nutrition can lead to many diseases
and injuries such as, pancreatitis, kidney disease, obesity, diabetes, dental
disease, cruciate ruptures, allergies and so on. Good food equals good health
and our vets can advise you on the best type of food or supplements suited to
your pet. Our Vets will discuss with you food plans that either involve, raw
food, dry food, wet food, homemade food and natural treats. Top quality food
should be fed to your pet to prevent other health issues occuring.
We also stock 100% natural treats in clinic by Naturalicious and Fit n Flash, which have no added hormones or preservatives. We are also a big advocate of Vets All Natural holistic food, which provides many vital nutrients and supplements in a grain form.
We are proud to practice as an anti anxiety clinic, where all staff are
experienced in reducing stress for your pet as much as possible. Being a vet hospital means the many smells that come with a clinic
are quite daunting to animals, plus being in a new environment, plus meeting
and seeing new animals - so pets usual reaction is anxiety which presents as
either shaking, barking, crying or running straight to the door! Apart from
this, many pets have specific phobias that our Vets are happy to discuss on how
to manage. Phobias can develop from not being socialised properly as a
puppy or kitten, having been mistreated by a previous person or
experiencing a traumatic event such as a dog fight, car accident or bad
There are a range of options our Vets will discuss with you including
training, safe anti anxiety medications (natural and pharmaceuticals) and
supplements, that can all help different forms of anxiety. We understand the Vet
clinic can be a scary place and we will put plans in place to make your pet
more comfortable, if that means only clipping nails of two feet per visit or
doing a consult outside or in your car. We will never hold down or force your
animal to do something they do not want to do - we will work around this. Some ideas for you dog's anxiety; give them a treat eg a Kong toy filled with their favourite treat/food inside as it will take them longer to reach the treat and keep their mind on something other than you not being there. Work with a behaviorist on retraining your pet with their anxiety. Making sure your pet has plenty of toys to occupy themselves with while you are away. Exercise. If you and your pet get plenty exercise together, like walks and going to the park, cat scratches, throwing a ball, catnip, then it can help to lower their excess energy levels and decrease the amount of anxiety they experience when you aren’t there. Have you tried Pheromones? For dogs, Adaptil and cats, Feliway. They are available as a spray, plug in infuser or collar (Adaptil only). The pheromones can help to calm and reassure your pet in stressful situations and lower overall anxiety. There are some natural supplements that you can add to your pets’ diet. Zylkene capsules can be added to your pets’ food and it also tastes good! It comes from a protein in milk and helps to naturally relax your pet. It’s also preservative free! Complete Calm is a daily kangaroo chew for dogs that has lots of B vitamins and Tryptophan (a stress reducing amino acid), as well as many other vitamins and nutrients that help to support the nervous function. It can be used at the same time as Zylkene for added effect.
We offer all natural
Australian made treats in the form of Naturlicious and Fit n Flash.
Naturlicious treats can be individually picked out from tubs in clinic (so reduces
plastic bags) and some popular treats include chicken lollipops, fish twists,
pigs ears, veggie ears and kangaroo jerky. Fit n Flash treats are 100% natural
and dehydrated and we stock it in chicken, kangaroo and fish - perfect for cats
We offer clips (not a
groom) for cats who need a clip for ticks, mats or for summer. Our staff are
all experienced in cat clipping and we can offer mild to strong sedation
to ensure the clip is done efficiently and as stress free as possible.