Our hospital contains all the things you'd expect in a modern day veterinary practice, and our premises are currently undergoing major renovations. This means we have many elaborate pieces of equipment. Our hospital is equipped to perform most types of surgery with modern anaesthetic machines, cardiac and respiratory monitors, patient warmers a monitor to check how much oxygen is carried by the blood at any tine. Our surgery can handle any sized pet (cat or dog), and we use the safest and most modern anaesthetics very similar to an operating theatre in a human hospital.
Many different types of operations are performed by our veterinarians, such as de-sexing, soft palate resections, caesareans, tumour and lump removals, wound stitch-ups, intestinal obstructions, knee reconstructions (cruciate repairs) and dentistry to name a few. A trained veterinary nurse assists the veterinarian and monitors the patient's anaesthetic throughout the procedure.
We have a close association with several specialists, and would refer you and your pet to the appropriate medical or surgical specialist if required, generally for a more specific type of service. Critically ill and unstable pets are referred to an Emergency Centre for night care where they are able to receive the ongoing attention they require.
X-rays are not just for looking at broken bones. We mostly think of x-rays as something to check if there is a broken bone, but x-rays can tell us so much more.
We use x-rays to examine the size, shape and position of organs in the body. We also use x-rays to check out if there is foreign material in the body - such as bladder stones, tennis balls or even bullets!
Sometimes we use a technique called contrast radiology to help us better determine what is going on in our patients. This form of x-rays uses material we place in the patient to highlight or contrast specific areas that may not show up very well with plain x-rays. At Mayfield Vet Hospital we have recently installed a new state of the art X- ray system to ensure top quality X-rays for better diagnosis.
Ultrasound allows us to scan your pet's body system without the need for surgery. It is often superior to x-rays when looking at soft tissue structures, sometime a light sedation is important for diagnostic images.
This equipment is used for the diagnosis of pet diseases in the abdomen, chest cavity and even tendons. Dr Nigel Dunn has a special interest in ultrasound and completed numerous post graduate studies and conference’s on ultrasound imaging. Our new ultrasound machine is the latest and greatest enabling more precise diagnosis.
Surgery is conducted Monday to Friday in our dedicated sterile operating theatre. We not only have advanced equipment to monitor your pet whilst anaesthetised (Heart & respiratory rate, oxygen levels) but have a dedicated nurse monitoring your pet's progress during the anaesthetic till recovery.
Our Surgeons Dr Nigel Dunn, Dr Micheala Keen and Dr Peter Barlett are particularly skilled in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, having completed further studies in these fields.
It's important to have a regular annual dental and health check-up for your pet because if they have dental disease or a toothache, you are unlikely to notice. Any smelly breath, yellow tartar build-up or signs of discomfort eating (e.g. dropping food) can be signs they have dental disease and need a dental examination.
A check up may reveal the need for cleaning, polishing, tooth extraction or even just a change in diet to prevent the problems and do away with the need for yearly cleans. Remember, your pet will look and function better and also live longer with healthy teeth and gums.
Up to 75% of pets older than 3 years old suffer from some degree of periodontal and gingival disease. This is a condition in which bacteria attack the gum tissue causing a foul odour, yellowish brown crusts of tartar around the gum line and even pain and bleeding when your pet eats or you touch its gums.
Even though as veterinarians we are well skilled to detect illness in dogs and cats, the clinical examination is limited in how much information it gives us. This means at times we will need to run blood and urine tests to further evaluate the health status of your pet.
Many tests we are able to conduct in our onsite laboratory with the results within the hour:
Some blood tests
Cytology (ear, skin)
More complex blood testing & tissue analysis are sent to a commercial Vet Pathology Laboratory on a daily basis.
Vaccinations are important to maintain good health for cats, dogs and rabbits.
There are a number of diseases that we vaccinate against on an Annual basis. No longer should there be just one Vaccination protocol but rather, Vaccination programs are tailored to your pet's individual needs, we don not believe in over vaccinations.
Most puppies come to us already having their first vaccination at 6 weeks of age. They then have an appropriate Vaccination (e.g. C5 Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza & Bordatella) at 10-14 weeks and a final Vaccination at 16-18weeks. Most kittens also come to us already having their first vaccination. They then require a F3 (Herpesvirus, Calicivirus and Enteritis) at 12-14 weeks and a booster at 14-18weeks. As well as receiving their Annual F3 Vaccination against, outdoor cats need vaccination against Feline Aids.
Rabbits require Annual vaccination against Calicivirus. Unfortunately there is still no vaccine available in Australia against Myxomatosis.