We’re going paperless!

We have decided to do our part to help the environment and will be slowly transitioning into a paperless clinic!

Our Vaccination & Annual Check Up reminders were originally being sent via snail mail, so instead we will be emailing those out! If we do not have your email on file, feel free to send us a message on Facebook or give us a call to update us with your current email address!

If you do not have an email address on file for you, we will continue to post the reminder out to you.

We currently and will continue to send text messages for Flea, Tick & Worming Prevention and appointment reminders.

Blood Tests for Pets!

Did you know that blood tests are just as important for your pet as they are for you? Blood testing is a very important part of your pet’s anaesthetic procedure!

It can detect problems with your pets vital organs and tell us what is happening deep below the surface by testing blood cells, analysing the kidney and liver and much more.

Complications that may be picked up in a pre-anaesthetic blood test will indicate whether we should go ahead with a surgery or not, including clotting issues! For example, we would never go ahead with a vascular (bloody!) surgery, if your pets blood results ind icate that they can not form a blood clot!

Blood testing allows us to check for diseases or health problems that might not show up in a general examination, so its very important to test your pets blood before they have their anaesthetic procedure! Ask us about pre-anaesthetic blood testing in clinic, or call us on 07 5564 2822.

WHY IS MY DOG LICKING & CHEWING HIS FEET?!?!

A lot of the time....... the answer is allergies!

Allergies in dogs is one of the most common conditions seen by veterinarians. It can be a very frustrating condition for both the pet and pet owner. Has your pet ever sat in the corner of your room licking and keeping you up all night?! Yep, you’re not alone.

There are a few types of allergies in dogs including:
• Flea bite allergy
• Atopy (inhaled allergies)
• Food allergy! (Very common)
• Contact allergy from something in the environment

BUT, there are many things you can try and we can guide you to help alleviate the symptoms.

If your pet is keeping you up at night, let us help you!

Ph: 55642822

Animal Aid Unlimited India & The Point Vet

Do you have any medications or pet supplies that you no longer need and want to donate to a charity?! Feel free to get in contact with us and help us support the many animal charities in need!

Over the last few months we have collected quite a reasonable amount of medications that clients have donated to us, usually if their pets no longer need them or have sadly passed away :(

This year we have been working closely together with one of our amazing clients “Suzy” who will be travelling and transporting the much needed supplies over to “Animal Aid Unlimited” based in India. Animal Aid Unlimited is a charity and sanctuary that save, rescue and treat the un-owned street animals of Udaipur, Rajasthan, who have become ill or injured.

Animal Aid’s hospital has approximately 370 animals of different species under treatment on any given day, and the sanctuary is home to 150 animals.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all our clients for your donations.

Also a special thanks to the following local businesses who have donated all sorts of equipment and medications.

Jonathan at Chempro Pharmacy Paradise Point!

Phil Morris at Pharmazo!

The Team at Zebravet!

“Saving one animal will not change the world, but surely for that one animal, the world will change forever.”

Nurse Tess, Dr John & The Team at The Point Vet

Chocolate Toxicity Calculator

Christmas is close by, and along with that comes the celebratory feasts which usually always includes chocolate of some sort!

Now, us humans can eat as much chocolate as we want however our dogs CAN NOT! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, they may love eating it, but it will make them ill!

If your pet has eaten chocolate and you know the quantity and the type of chocolate you refer to the below calculator. The calculator will tell you how much theobromine and caffeine your pet has eaten, what symptoms to expect and whether an emergency vet visit is required!

The calculator is a guide only! If you are concerned your pet has ingested chocolate of any form, please call us straight away! If your pets calculation is classified as “MILD” in the calculator, Dr John highly recommends bringing your dog in as they will usually have some diarrhoea.

PHONE 5564 2822

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE CHOCOLATE TOXICITY CALCULATOR!

Foods that are toxic to dogs!

Here's a few types of foods that are toxic to dogs and we highly recommend keeping them out of reach of your furry friends!

CHOCOLATE!
Candy
Alcohol
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Avocados
Cherry pits
Coffee
Garlic
Grapes
Gum
Macadamia nuts
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach pits

Raisins
Tea & Coffee
Walnuts
Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
Yeast dough
Plum Stones


If your pet ingests any of the listed items, call the clinic immediately - 55642822



 

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Paralysis Ticks!

Paralysis Ticks are very unforgiving and can be fatal!
Paralysis Ticks love warm, moist, hot areas - including your dogs bed, the beach, shrub area such as Coombabah Lake.
The toxins released by ticks cause lower motor neuron paralysis, which is defined as a loss of voluntary movement.
Symptoms of Paralysis Tick include:
Uncoordination, Weakness, Collapse, Vomiting or retching, Change of bark or meow & Difficulty breathing

If ticks are found near the eyes they can make the eyelids paralysed and stop blinking which can cause the eyes to dry out and become damaged.
Clipping your dog or cat’s coat short, especially during the tick season, makes performing tick searches much easier.

If you have found a tick, you should use a tick remover to detach it from the skin ASAP! Don't apply alcohol, mineral oil or petroleum jelly to the tick.
Even once a paralysis tick has been removed it is possible for a dog or cat that was previously unaffected to start to show signs of tick paralysis. Also dogs and cats that are showing signs of paralysis can deteriorate further even after the tick has been removed.
The longer that the pet is left without treatment, the harder the paralysis is to treat, the treatment takes a lot longer and is a lot riskier! If your pet has any symptoms or you find a tick, get to the vet ASAP!

We highly recommend having your pet on a Tick preventative such as Bravecto or Nexgard! We are pretty excited that Bravecto will also be available for cats soon! We will let you know when we have it in stock :)
🐾💕 The Team at The Point Vet

Dental Health in Pets

August is Dental Month at The Point Vet
 

We're talking about the risks of dental disease, the benefits of good dental health and what symptoms to look for in your pets!

Over time bacteria, saliva and food debris form a thick layer of plaque on the surface of our pets teeth! We humans can easily brush our own teeth, but brushing our pets teeth can be a mission! So therefore the plaque builds up over time on the tooth! Imagine not brushing your teeth for a couple of years, how your teeth would feel!  Ew!

To prevent dental disease we recommend:
-A dry food diet
- Dental care specific diets such as Hills T/D or Royal Canin Dental
 - Dental chews such as Deer Antler, Goat Horns or raw bones
-Regular dental checks with a Vet
- Scale & Polishes to keep your pets teeth nice and clean are also recommended if we have plaque build up. (These require a full general anaesthetic, so your vet will indicate if this is required).

 If we don't keep on top of our pets dental health the build up of plaque and tartar begins to  irritate then we start to see inflammation and gingivitis along the gums which is often quite painful!
 Eventually plaque and tartar build up leads to periodontal disease where the tissues and supporting structures of the tooth are affected which then results in our poor pets teeth needing to be extracted as they are becoming or have become rotten!
Dental disease also has implications on other organs in the body.  Infection within the mouth can be picked up by the blood stream and carried to organs such as heart, liver and kidneys which can lead to other health problems.

Symptoms of Dental Disease include: 
- Bad breath
- Pets seeking out softer foods or dramatic increase in appetite
 - Chewing on a particular side of the mouth  
- Salivation
- Pawing at the mouth
- Yellow or brown discolouration on the teeth and around the gums

Dental disease can be a source of misery for our pets which they often deal with for months on end.   As a part of pet dental health month, in the month of August we are offering free dental checks.  These provide you with appropriate dental care advice tailored to suit your individual  furry friend

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Why should I desex my dog?

The Point Vet presents just 20 of the million reasons why we always recommend desexing your pets!

1. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home looking for a mate.
2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male - reduce risk of prostate and testicular cancers.
3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.

4. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
5. Majority of dogs that end up at the Gold Coast City Pound are NOT desexed.

6. Your neutered male will be much better behaved! Desexing reduces dominance and aggression problems.
7. Your male dog will not cock his leg and mark his territory on every pole, tree, couch and object he can find!
8. It is highly cost-effective - The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your un-neutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

9. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
10. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth.
11. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.
12. Neutering reduces the risk of your dog being attacked by other male dogs

13. Most Dogs we see who have have been caught up in a scuffle at the dog

14. beach or dog park are not desexed!
15. Neutering can reduce sexual behaviors!
16. Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding
17. Pets generally live longer and healthier lives
18. Reduces territorial behaviour such as cats spraying indoors
19. Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviors. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
20. No need to find homes for unwanted or unexpected litters of puppies or kittens.

Give us a call today to enquire about desexing your furrbaby!
Ph 5564 2822

FREE DENTAL CHECK UP & QUOTE!

Does your pooch or pussy have bad breath? 🤢👎🏼
Book a Free Dental Check & Quote  🐶 One of our lovely Veterinarians will be able to discuss your pets dental hygiene and what options there are to see those pearly white choppers again 😬
🐾 PH 55642822

FAQ

What are the most important things to do when getting a new puppy or kitten? Look into getting Pet Insurance, book in for their Health Check & Vaccinations, enrol in Puppy Preschool, take as many photos as you can! 
Dog & Cat Groomers we recommend in the local area?
Fairy Tail Pet Grooming & Touch of Pawfection 
Kennels & Dog Boarding we recommend?      Bark Royal OR Abbey Yards
Catteries & Cat Boarding we recommend?  Carmichaels Cattery OR Simply Purrfect
Dog Trainers we recommend? Sandy from Dogworx
Dog Car seats we recommend? I Can See Dog Car Seats
Dog & Cat food brands we recommend?  Royal Canin, Hills Science Diet, Blackhawk
Dog Treats we recommend? Fit ‘ n’ Flash Chicken treats & Deer Antlers for dogs
Ear Cleaner we use and recommend? Epi-Otic ear cleaner
Flea & Tick Prevention we recommend for dogs? Nexgard, Nexgard Spectra or Bravecto
Shampoo for everyday use and sensitive skin? Aloveen Oatmeal Shampoo
Supplements for dogs we recommend? Fish Oils, Glucosamine
After hours & Emergency vet clinic we recommend?
ANIMAL EMERGENCY SERVICES

May Newsletter

May at The Point Vet 💓

Well we have been totally overwhelmed and ecstatic by the arrival of Dr Johns lil bubba but that doesn't mean we also haven't been busy busy at the clinic. 
We had Dr Penny come in and fill in for Dr John whilst he was on Paternity leave, which was amazing and we got some really great feedback in regards to her care which was comforting!

  • We also have DEER ANTLERS back in stock - which everyone loves and we always run out so hurry! 
  • We will be CLOSED on Monday 7th May for LABOUR DAY
  • We have a new PUPPY PRESCHOOL class starting this Tuesday 1st May! If you would like to enrol your new puppy give me a call or email me here
    - PH 55642822
  • We are also going to be apart of the RSPCA Million Paws Walk this year! We are fundraising and spreading awareness for pets in need! Check out our Facebook Event! Don't forget to click "GOING" to help spread the word! You can also donate to our fundraiser - The Point Vet Team HERE! 

- Also just a reminder that we are an appointment based clinic. We can be quite heavily booked up, making it very difficult to squeeze in walk-in appointments and can put our appointments & surgery schedule behind quite significantly. We really appreciate it if you give us a quick call prior to making your way down
However, in case of emergency disregard this! Get to us ASAP! 
Have an amazing day!  💓
Nurse Tess, and The Team at The Point Vet  

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