All Services at Monier Veterinary Clinic

• General Consultations

Dr Lucilla Pratt examining cat

To keep your pet happy and healthy we are offering health checkups, expert advice and more. Pets age on average 5 times faster then people.

By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. At age four, many are entering middle age. By age seven, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.

Because pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity,arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age.

Today’s pets are living longer than ever, chances are that many may experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life-threatening.
They’re also a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.

Call us today to book a health check for your pet with one of our vets.

• Vaccinations

Dog Vaccinations

Puppy Vaccination
Puppies are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first few months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary in a puppy.

Adult Dog Vaccination
The immunity from puppy vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations, as required, will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.

After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your dog may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

Please call us on (07) 3279 3999 to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your puppy or dog.

Cat Vaccinations

kitten vaccination

Responsible pet care requires kittens to be given their initial course of vaccinations, but this cannot protect them for the rest of their lives. Adult cats require regular vaccination to maintain immunity against disease.

Kitten Vaccination
Kittens are ‘temporarily’ protected against many diseases by antibodies received through their mother’s milk. These maternal antibodies decline in the first couple of months of their lives, however until they drop sufficiently they can also neutralise vaccines. This is why a series of vaccinations is necessary for a kitten.

Adult Cat Vaccination
The immunity from kitten vaccination weakens over time and your pet can again become susceptible to disease. Annual health checks and booster vaccinations will provide the best protection for the life of your pet.

A Guide to Cat Vaccination
Initial vaccination programs should provide at least two vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart against some or all of the following; feline panleucopenia, calicivirus, rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia and leukaemia virus at or after 8 weeks of age. Three vaccinations, 2-4 weeks apart, against feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are recommended at or after 8 weeks of age.

After Vaccination Care
Following vaccination your cat may be off-colour for a day or two, or have some slight swelling or tenderness at the injection site. Access to food and water and a comfortable area to rest are usually all that is required for a quick recovery. However, if the response seems more severe, you should contact us for advice.

Please give us a call to discuss a suitable vaccination regime for your pet kitten or cat.

Family fit consultations-

pre purchase advice

Prepurchase consults for dogs and cats

Are you looking for a new pet? there’s nothing more important than making sure you understand it’s health, welfare and long term needs so that you’re fully aware of the commitment you’re making.  You need to think about costs, and how the pet will fit in with your family and lifestyle.

If pet ownership is new to you and you would like some help on deciding which pet would suit your family at Monier Veterinary Clinic we are here to help.

Book a consultation with one of our nurses and bring your ideas and problems before you go out and buy a puppy or kitten.

Lots of mistakes can be avoided by asking about certain breed problems. Will a certain size or temperament suit your family. We don’t want to wait until it is too late to change your mind.

Our nurses have a lot of information for you before you buy a pet and when you have decided we will be here to welcome you with your new furry family member. ( or scaly or maybe feathery if that better suits your family)

Microchipping

A microchip is a small implant that sits under the pets skin and can be registered with the pet owners details. If your pet becomes lost or stolen the chip can be scanned by a veterinarian or shelter so that you can be reunited with your pet. The microchip lasts for the pets lifetime and owner details can be updated as required. This is usually done before you buy your puppy but make sure you ask us to check the chip when you come to Monier Vet clinic. Just to make sure it is still working properly

Desexing

At Monier Veterinary Clinic we recommend desexing to be done at 6 month of age. In all cats and most dogs the growing is all done. If we don’t want to breed with them than that is the best time to book in for desexing. They will need to come in in the morning and will go home in the afternoon. It is advisable that you are around that evening and preferably the next day.

If your dog is a larger breed then you are very welcome to come in for a FREE adolescent check ( between 6-9 months) so we can tailor the time of desexing for your dog to their breed and size.

For more information please ring

the clinic on (07) 3279 3999

• Weight management

Overweight and Obese Pets

Many pets are overweight or obese. Just like humans, pets that are overweight are at higher risk of suffering from many health problems that can be costly to treat and will reduce your pets quality and length of life. Problems associated with being overweight include type 2 diabetes, reduced mobility and osteoarthritis, heart disease and increased risk of injury (especially ligament tears).

How to tell if your pet is overweight:

Refer to the body condition score chart to assess if your pet is overweight or ask the veterinarian.

Run your hands over the pets ribs, you should be able to feel the ribs, spine and hip bones through a small layer of flesh, but you should not be able to see them.

Get your pet to stand. When looking at your pet from above, you should be able to see a waistline, behind the ribs and before the hips. When looking at your pet from the side you should be able to see an obvious abdominal tuck.

My pet is overweight, what should I do?

Bring in your pet in for a free weigh-in at Monier Veterinary Clinic for an initial consult with the nurse and come up with a plan to progress and get that excess weight off.

The principal of weight loss is increase exercise and decrease calorie intake.

Increase exercise:

  • Take your pet for longer and more frequent walks
  • Play with toys that encourage your pet to run and play
  • Use slow release food balls to feed your pet
  • Get your pet to chase a laser pointer around the house
  • Start participating in an activity with your pet, such as agility

Decrease calorie intake:

  • Feed a measured amount twice per day, remove uneaten food after 30 minutes and do not give any more until the next meal. Do not free feed your pet!
  • Minimise or completely remove treats from the diet. Treats and table scraps should make up only 5-10% of the pets diet, 90% should be a complete good quality dry food.
  • If you feed table scraps or treats, reduce the amount of dry food offered at the next meal.
  • Use a good quality low calorie complete dry food. High quality food includes SuperWoof, UltraDog, Hills, Royal Canin and Eukanuba which are available from the vet.

The key to maintaining the weight loss program is commitment to routine. The benefits are that you and your pet will live longer and be healthier and happier!

At Monier Veterinary Clinic we are here to help you every step of the way.

• Blood pressure monitoring

• Soft Tissue Surgery

• Orthopaedic Surgery

• De-sexing

• Wildlife medicine

• Avian medicine including looking after the health of your chooks

• Pocket Pets

• Advanced anaesthetic monitoring

• Blood pressure monitoring

• Referrals

• Emergency medicine

• Hospitalisation with client hospital visits welcomed

• Pathology (in-house diagnostics and external pathology laboratory)