Routine health examinations are an important part of preventative health care for your pet in all stages of life. A wellness examination is a great way for our vets to detect changes such as weight change, dental disease, heart problems, or other subtle differences that may not be evident at home.
We recommend having your pet checked annually, along with their routine vaccinations. A physical examination begins with a nose to tail inspection of the animal, checking the abdomen, ears, eyes, mouth and listening to their heart and lungs. We also focus on any problem areas such as pain and check any lumps and bumps.
We know how exciting a new puppy or kitten is, however there are many important things to remember regarding health care; including vaccinations and parasite control.
To answer any questions you may have, and to ensure you’re new addition to the family is fit and healthy, our veterinarians provide free puppy and kitten checks.
These check-ups include a thorough personal examination, nail clip, ear cleans, and give an insight into any genetic conditions some breeds may be at risk of. Our nurses can also make you up a health care regime, with all the information you need to know about taking care of your new little pet.
Our vets have great experience in all sorts of animals. This can include your pet bird, guinea pig, rabbit, bearded dragon, snake, rat or any other little creature you call your pet. As well as pet care, we are dedicated to the support and rehabilitation of native animals within the area. If you have found an injured bird, possum, turtle, or any other wildlife animal, please contact us or bring it to the clinic.
We have performed many operations to fix fractures, heal turtle’s shells, and splint tiny birds’ wings, to give the care need to creatures great and small.
If you have found uninjured wildlife, or we happen to be closed, please contact the Native Animal Trust Fund for local wildlife support, on 0418 NATIVE (0418 628 483) or click here to visit their website.
All animals can be susceptible to parasite infection, and your pet is no exception. These can be in the form of internal or external bugs, and can be extremely harmful to their health and well-being. As well as being contagious to other animals, some, such as intestinal worms, can threaten the health of you and your family.
An external parasite that attaches onto the surface of your pet’s skin, injecting life-threatening toxins into the body.
Irritating bugs that can cause severe skin rashes, itchiness, and potential anaemia.
Internal parasites that reside in the gut of pets, causing abdominal pain, diarrhoea, anaemia and in extreme cases, death. These can also be transmitted to humans so prevention is important.
The four primary tummy worms are:
A different sort of internal worm, this parasite resides in the heart. Transferred by mosquitoes, this worm can grow up to metres long, entwining around the arteries of the heart, causing heart failure in dogs, and in rare cases cats.
We provide prevention methods for all of these parasites, in the form of tablets, topspots or injections. To have the best possible protection, and most convenient program to suit your pet, please phone us today, or come on in.
Here at Fletcher Veterinary Practice, we offer a range of pathology services. We have our own in-house haematology and biochemistry machine so we can be efficient in our blood testing diagnostic process for your beloved pet. We also have the option of sending our samples to Vetnostics Pathology if a pathologist interpretation is required for specific cases.
We perform our own in-house cytology for ear and skin cases and our vets routinely look at fine needle aspirates of lumps together to provide the most ideal treatment plan for your animal. Urine testing is also a common service we provide pets, being a non-invasive but informative diagnostic test.
Ultrasonography is a non-invasive and useful diagnostic tool for range of conditions – ranging from pregnancy diagnosis, gastrointestinal cases, urogenital conditions to certain heart conditions. We are fortunate to have the technology and skills on site to provide you with information about your pet’s condition.
Our hospital is fully equipped to take radiographs (often called X-rays) of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen.
Our xray developer is digital therefore processing and viewing the image takes only a few minutes. This state of the art machinery assists us to quickly diagnose problems, magnify, contrast, and play around with many views, limiting the amount of radiographs we need to take to get a definitive result. We also can make you a copy of the radiographs on a disc to go home with.