Services We Provide
Life Plan is a program designed to tailor your pet’s yearly health check ups and vaccinations to their age and breed. Pets, like us, have a higher likelihood of certain illnesses at different ages. As your pet becomes older we will concentrate on different health issues with a strong emphasis on preventative health care.
When your pet is due for a health check, a reminder letter will be sent in the mail. This letter will contain a series of questions that may help us detect both behavioural and medical problems early. This will help us institute preventative health care programs before these conditions become severe. Certain tests, such as blood or urine tests will be recommended for specific age groups.
As your pet gets older we will begin to monitor for kidney disease and diabetes by getting you to bring a urine sample with you for your check up, and in the twilight years, we will recommend further tests such as blood tests and thyroid function tests to detect any illness early in the course of the disease.
Questions on your pet’s behavior and the utilisation of specific tests will allow us to recognise any health problems much earlier. The early recognition of health problems will ensure that your pet’s health is optimised.
The major benefits of Life Plan, we hope, will include maximising the information that we can gain at each annual health check and minimising the impact of illnesses in your pet through early detection and implementation of preventative health strategies. Our aim is “Healthier Pets for Life!”
It is well recognised that a healthy lifestyle, combined with early identification and management of age associated problems is the best way to approach old age The same applies to our pets. Your doctor will recommend a checkup once a year once you reach the age of fifty. For our older pets the checks need to be more frequent, as they age more rapidly than us. More information is found here.
Prahran Veterinary Hospital is an Accredited Microchip Centre. This requires us to follow strict protocols when implanting animals with microchips. You can then be assured your pet is chipped correctly and registered with the appropriate microchip authority. We use Central Animal Records for registering microchip details.
We perform routine elective surgery in our modern operating theatre. This includes neutering of cats, dog, rabbits and other small pets. We also carry out more advanced soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures, including cruciate and patella surgery.
In House Pathology
We possess state-of-the-art digital radiology equipment, this enables us to offer fast and reliable X-rays on site, ensuring accurate information about many health conditions such as bone and joint problems, as well as heart and other internal diseases.
We also offer specialised digital dental X-ray via our handheld dental X-ray unit. Being able to offer this technology dramatically improves the quality of dentistry we deliver, especially so for cats.
We frequently utilise ultrasound for the investigation of abdominal problems, cancer staging and pregnancy diagnosis. Ultrasound is a safe and noninvasive way for us to examine your pet.
We offer industry leading veterinary ultrasound equipment and several of our veterinarians have completed extensive postgraduate training in ultrasound, meaning a convenient and reliable diagnostic service for you and your pet.
We have a fibre optic endoscope that permits the visualisation of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. We can also take biopsies with this endoscope. In some cases this allows us to gain a lot of information without the need for more invasive surgery. It is also an excellent tool for removing some gastrointestinal and upper respiratory foreign bodies.
Our smaller rigid fibre optic unit also allows us to explore tight spots such as joints, nostrils and ear canals in most patients, again leading to less painful health outcomes for your pet.
Most pets will unfortunately experience dental disease in their lifetime. Regular preventative care and examination at their health checks will help reduce the incidence of dental plaque, tartar and caries.
If the need arises, we are equipped to offer state of the art dental care from our specially designed dental treatment facility. At Prahran we offer dental X-ray and more advanced dental procedures not typically available (such as endodontics) due to our level of expertise, and that of visiting dental specialists.
Once your pet’s teeth are clean, prescription diets, chewing aids and a dental hygiene routine will be tailored for you. Some diseases of teeth and gums will require more frequent check-ups. (These recommendations are a guide only and may be modified according to your pet’s particular needs).
Referral to Specialists
We consult with registered veterinary specialists on a regular basis. At Prahran our clients benefit from the convenience of having visiting specialists in cardiology, dentistry and behavioural problems.
We also commonly refer cases that require special diagnostic tests or specialist input. We can refer eye, skin, behavioural, medical and surgical cases. If you think your pet may benefit from referral to a specialist, please speak to your veterinarian.
When they’re in our care, we aspire to give your pet the full benefit of our medical expertise whilst also providing the same love and affection you do. We do our utmost to ensure you are a fully informed participant in their healthcare even when you can’t be by their side and will update you regularly.
All animals undergoing any form of anaesthesia will have a complete physical examination so that their health status is properly determined. A pre-anaesthetic blood test may be carried out and intra-venous fluids will be administered to ensure optimal anaesthetic safety.
With the proper use of safe and modern anaesthetic equipment and drugs, the possibility of an untoward anaesthetic reaction is extremely low. It is always your responsibility to ensure that your pet is in the best of health before submitting it to elective anaesthesia and surgery. For dogs and cats, do not offer food in any form for 12 hours before anaesthesia. (This means no breakfast on the day of admission). We recommend that you keep your pet indoors the night before admission. Ideally you will nominate one family member to handle all communications regarding your hospitalised pet, this is to eliminate unnecessary confusion and misunderstandings.
We use an external laboratory for some tests we can not perform in hospital, or when we require the expertise of a specialist pathologist. Most routine blood results are available within 24 hours (except on weekends), biopsy and other results usually take several days. We will always contact you as soon as your pet’s test results are available.
We have a comprehensive puppy training and socialisation program that is run in the Hospital. This program teaches you how to train your puppies to follow four basic obedience commands (Come, Sit, Stay, and Drop) and also covers many health and behavioural issues that are often problems in young puppies (such as mouthing, biting, barking and digging).
Classes are held once a week for four weeks and a graduation test is performed by each puppy member at the end of the classes. The focus is on creating a fun, safe and social atmosphere for puppies and their families, check out our most recent graduates
Puppies learn that the vet is a great place to meet new friends and play with others. Our graduates are usually eager to come back into the clinic for their routine check ups and will drag their owners in the front door to say “hello” to the staff
Contact 95101335 if you are interested in joining our next class, or for more information take a look here.
Tips For Feline Fun Seminars
For our feline friends, Prahran Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer seminars to cat owners regarding feline behaviour. These seminars aim to teach cat owners about normal cat behaviour and how to prevent problems arising.
We talk about routine feline health issues and the local laws and regulations pertaining to cat ownership
Finally we discuss how to keep cats happy as indoor pets and how to teach them to do tricks for rewards (Yes, it is possible to train at cat!).
A seminar is held once every two months. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the clinic for more details.