Pets

Companion Animal Hospital

Gympie Veterinary Services cares for all animals and our vets travel as far as Rainbow Beach, Imbil, Tiaro, Maryborough, Tansey and Goomeri and even beyond. Gympie Veterinary Services is open 7 days per week and offers an after hours service which is available 365 days per year. 

Our Tin Can Bay Clinic is open 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) from 9am to 5pm to service our coastal clients.

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.

Gympie Vet Services has access to an array of diagnostic imaging equipment, to ensure we can provide the highest standard in diagnostic care for your pet including:
> Ultrasound,
> Digital radiography
> Blood testing laboratory equipment.

Our in-house capabilities allow for rapid assessment, and ensures thorough medical attention for your animals.

 

Ultrasound

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.

Digital Radiology

The latest technology for diagnosis and treatment of animals.
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.

Specialist Referrals

When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there is often a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem. If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we can refer you to a specialist that has earned our trust and confidence in order to give your pet the optimal chance of recovery.

Australian registered veterinary specialists undergo a rigorous training and examination process to obtain their qualifications, and like human specialists are considered to be the epitome of knowledge in their field. We work closely alongside the specialists and together can offer optimum care for pets that require this service.

Specialists are independent veterinarians and set their own fees. It’s a good idea to ask them about costs when you call to make an appointment.

Our sense of responsibility doesn’t end just because you’ve taken your pet to a specialist. If you find yourself faced with difficult decisions regarding the recommended treatment, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll be pleased to help you evaluate your options.

We’re happy to discuss and organise a specialist referral if required by your pet.

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.

Cytology
Accurate testing of tissue cells.
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
Rapid and reliable.

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

Pet Insurance
It is common for some clients to assume that a Medicare rebate is available for pets, but there are unfortunately no subsidies for veterinary care, including both preventative and emergency procedures. The costs associated with providing high quality veterinary care to your beloved pet can be very expensive, particularly in emergency situations, and we find that most people are unprepared! It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that all of our clients consider a pet insurance plan. This covers your responsibility as a loving and caring owner to provide the best treatment for your four-legged companion who is completely dependent upon you for their health and wellbeing.

Ask our Reception team for a PetPlan Pet Insurance brochure or visit www.petplan.com.au

VetPay
We understand how heartbreaking it can be when a beloved pet requires extensive veterinary treatment and the funds are not readily available. In some cases, this can mean owners are forced to make a decision not to treat their animal.

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.

Mobile Vet Service

Mobile vet care for your pet in the comfort of their own home

We understand that pets prefer to be where they are most relaxed, especially the familiarity of their home., As they get older it isn’t as easy or comfortable for them to travel to the vet. With our mobile vet service your pet will receive the highest level of veterinary care. Avoid busy waiting rooms with friendly and personalised care at home.

  • No car trips
  • No waiting rooms
  • Less stress for your pet
  • Personalised veterinary care

We now offer weekly visits to Rainbow Beach area.

Fur Life Vet

Gympie Veterinary Services 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?

Pet Dentals

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.

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.

Vaccinating Your Pet

Dogs

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).
Vaccinating Puppies
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.
Vaccinating Kittens
F5 Vaccination

  • 1st Vaccination: 8 weeks.
  • 2nd Vaccination: Minimum 12 weeks (or 4 weeks after 1st).

FIV Vaccination

  • 1st Vaccination: 8 weeks
  • 2nd Vaccination: 12 weeks
  • 3rd Vaccination: 14-16 weeks
Vaccinating Cats 6 Months Plus
Vaccinating Cats – 6 months of age

 

  • F5 Vaccination – two vaccinations 4 weeks apart.

FIV Vaccination

  • Will need a blood test to make sure the cat is negative for FIV, then three vaccinations given at 2-4 week intervals.

Annual Vaccination

  • Both F4 and FIV vaccinations require annual boosters.
Information about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
What is 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.

2. Vaccination
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.

Cats

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.

ParasiteProtection

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.

Fleas
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.

Ticks
We are unfortunate enough to share this part of the world with a species of paralysis tick. These ticks are most commonly found in bush and beach regions, so keeping your furry friend protected when travelling through these areas, particularly in the warm weather, is paramount. Tick paralysis requires intensive medical intervention, and if left untreated is fatal.
Intestinal worms
There are a huge variety of species of intestinal worms, some more common than others, and your pet can pick them up in a variety of ways. In some cases, very heavy worm burdens can make your pet incredibly sick. Some worm species are also what we call ‘zoonotic’. This means they can be spread between animals and people. Ensuring your pet’s worm prevention is up to date also protects your family.
Heartworm
This parasite is spread by mosquitoes, and is particularly dangerous because by the end of a complex life cycle, the adult worms reside in the heart and all the major blood vessels from it, which can lead to some serious and potentially fatal cardiac complications.

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.

Pet Grooming

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.

Puppy Preschool

There are many benefits to teaching your puppy to be well behaved at an early age. Young puppies are quite able to learn obedience skills, toileting behaviour and social boundaries. All of these things help make your relationship with your dog more rewarding for the years to come.

We provide an effective Puppy Pre-school program for all of the puppies that visit our clinic. With our progressive and positive learning techniques you will:

  • Develop an understanding of normal puppy behaviour.
  • Learn how to read your puppy’s body language and respond appropriately.
  • Develop effective techniques for positive behavioural development.
  • Learn important tips about walking in public areas.
  • Understand the need for socialising your puppy.
  • Develop strong bonds between you and your puppy

The most important thing about Puppy Pre-school is ‘start early’. Waiting too long can allow behaviour problems to establish which then require more intensive training to overcome.

So start today and call us about enrolling your puppy in our local Puppy Pre-school classes.

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 Gympie Vet Services – Gympie

  • 2 Little Channon St Gympie QLD 4570
  • Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday 8 am – 4 pm & Sunday 9 am – 12 pm
  • Telephone: 07 5482 2488
  • Email: admin@gympievetservice.com.au
  • After hours emergency mobile 0409 708 526

Gympie Vet Services

 Gympie Vet Services – Tin Can Bay

  • 67 Gympie Road, Tin Can Bay, QLD 4580
  • Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Telephone: 07 5486 4666
  • Email: admin@gympievetservice.com.au
  • After Hours Mobile: 0409 708 526

Tin Can Bay Veterinary Services