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Middle Brighton Veterinary Centre
762 Hampton St
Brighton
VIC 3186

Phone:
03 9592 9811
Fax:
03 9592 7811

Consultation times :

Monday - Friday 9am- 1pm, 2.20- 7pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm
Sunday 10am - 12Noon

Our consultations are by appointment and are comprehensive. We allow 20 minutes to ensure we have the time to get to know both you and your pet. During this time your pet receives a full clinical examination.

Whilst it is always better to see your pet at the clinic, home visits are also available under certain circumstances.

In addition to looking after cats and dogs, our Vets and Nurses are well trained to care for the Veterinary needs of rabbits.

We have a close association with a number of specialists and consult with them on a regular basis for the more complex medical and surgical cases. Referral to a specialist may be the best course of action for your pet.

 

 

 


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 is there just one Vaccination protocol but rather, Vaccination programs are tailored to your pet's individual needs.

Most puppies come to us already having their first vaccination. They then have a C5 Vaccination (Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza & Bordatella) at 10-14 weeks and a final Canine Cough Vaccination at 14-18weeks. Adult dogs now receive an Extended Duration Vaccination against Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis (C3) every 3 years in addition to their Annual Canine Cough Vaccination.

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.

 


Middle Brighton Vet Centre promotes responsible pet ownership & encourages good behaviour in all pets. We conduct Puppy Preschool on a regular basis, where we aim to teach puppies good manners in a safe and relaxed environment. We also educate owners about raising puppies and the responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Classes will be held in 2015  on Tuesday evenings in blocks of 4 weeks starting at 7.00pm for 1 hour at the clinic by Dr Anna Platt. The recommended age of attendance is from 8 to approximately 18 weeks of age - depending on breed, temperament and class availability. The first week is without the pups, were we discuss the theory of how dogs learn, discuss problem behaviours (nipping, digging, whining) and ways to conquer toilet training! Each class comes with written information and homework! Week 4 is Graduation - a really fun night so don't forget your camera!

Dr Anna Platt has a particular interest in behaviour and commenced Puppy Preschool at Middle Brighton Vet Centre over 15 years ago, and can be consulted when problems with behaviour or training arise. If you believe that your pet has developed a behavioural problem, then contact the clinic to arrange a specific Behavioural Consultation.

Next Puppy Preschool Class - 1st August

 

 

The internet is a wonderful place full of information on training and behaviour - but always be mindful of who is giving the information and their expertise in the area. This is a link to walking dogs and breaks down the process - it is one of the hardest things to teach a dog - to walk with discipline, mainly because owner are in  hurry and send the wrong message to the dog...... have a look p://youtu.be/Z8cPkTh7Y3k

Having trouble clipplng your dog's nails?? Have a look at this You tube video by the American Veterinary Behaviour expert, Dr Sophia Yin.

Having  trouble giving your cat a tablet? The best thing to do is train them to LOVE having their head held and mouth opened! Best to start when they are a kitten - but it is never too late! Again Dr Sophia Yin shows you how - just take things slowly and make it FUN!


Microchipping is regarded as one of the best things that you can do for your pet, as it enables permanent identification and is now necessary for all new dog and cat registrations with the local council. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and in implanted between the shoulder blades just under the skin. Microchipping can be performed during a consultation.

Many other species can be chipped - both of Anna & Murray's rabbits have been chipped and we have had a stray ferret returned to its family because it was chipped! It is important to ensure that your contact details registered against the microchip are kept up to date at all times.

Should you come across a stray animal and are able to bring it into the clinic, we are able to scan the pet and, if a chip is present, reunite it with its owner.


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, blood pressure, ECG & body temperature) but have a dedicated nurse monitoring your pet's progress during the anaesthetic till recovery.

Dr Murray Collings heads the Surgery team and is particularly skilled in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery having achieved post graduate qualifications in surgery at the University of Melbourne at Werribee.

General Surgery include:

  • Desexing - Speys and Castrations
  • Caesarian operations
  • Lump (Cancer) Removals
  • Biopsy
  • Laceration repair
  • Abscess surgery
  • Ear cleaning

Advanced Surgery include:

  • Fracture repair
  • Knee reconstruction (Cruciate repair)
  • Patella stabilisation
  • Cancer surgery
  • Chest surgery
  • Abdominal surgery - foreign body removal, bladder stone removal
  • Hernia repair
Laparoscopic Surgery:
  • Spey - removal of ovaries
  • Cryptorchid castration - where one or both testicles fail to leave the abdomen
  • Minimally invasive abdominal surgery for abdominal exploration, including liver biopsy, intestinal biopsies
Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits for both cats and dogs, with a much smaller opening into the abdomen, your pet will recover faster and this means for dogs - we do not restrict activity for as long as conventional abdominal surgery.
Dr Murray Collings is a skilled Surgeon and has taken an interest in Laparoscopic surgery and is one of only a handful of non Specialist Vets in Melbourne offering this procedure.

Surgery Requirements:

No food after 10pm the night prior to surgery

Normal access to water

Admission is by appointment with the Surgery Nurse. Please allow 10 minutes.

Discharge is by appointment with the Vet. Please allow 10 -20 minutes.

Revisits are by appointment, generally 3 days and 10 days post surgery to evaluate your pet's progress.

To keep your pet safe and healthy whilst under General Anaesthesia all dogs and cats receive Intravenous Fluid Therapy.

We recommend Pre Anaesthetic Blood testing prior to anaesthesia. For more details why this is good for your pet, see Scout's story. 


Good dental health is vital for your pet. Regular dental checks are essential for all pets as early signs of dental disease often go unnoticed to their owners. 

During the examination we can discuss a number of strategies to keep your pet’s pearly white teeth. However, in some cases where there is extensive disease a dental procedure under general anaesthesia may be required to control disease and relieve pain.


Xrays & Ultrasound

We have a full modern Radiology suite  where we can take xrays on site. Xrays are not only used to diagnose broken bones but are used to evaluate internal organs - the abdomen and chest in particular. Xrays can be useful in the case of puppies that eat items that they should not such as tennis balls and corn cobs! Sometimes foreign bodies don't show up clearly on initial xrays and a special dye, a contrast agent, is then used to highlight the object. Contrast agents, such as barium can be given orally whilst others may be injected to show an area of concern (ie myelogram is when the dye is injected around the spinal cord). 

Diagnostic ultrasound allows us to scan animals internally without the need for surgery and in most cases without sedation or anaesthesia. Information gained from the scan provides us with more information as to your pet's state of health without the need for surgery. 

 

Pathology

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. Thismeans 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:

Urine test

Pre Anaesthetic blood testing

Emergency Parameters

Needle biopsies

Cytology (ear, skin)

More complex blood testing & tissue analysis are sent to a commercial Vet Pathology Laboratory on a daily basis.


Diagnostics

We also have the ability to avoid more invasive surgery with a flexible Endoscope that has been particularly useful in retrieving foreign objects (bones) from dog's upper gastrointestinal tract. Endoscopy is also used in the collection of biopsy samples from the stomach and upper intestine in animals that we suspect have Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Animals presented to the clinic with an abnormal heart rhythm can be promptly evaluated with our diagnostic ECG machine that records the electrical activity of the heart. We also have a machine to measure blood pressure in our pets. High blood pressure can be a significant concern in patients with heart, thyroid and kidney disease.


We maintain a well stocked range of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals on site which enables us to get your pet back to full health quickly. We also employ the services of a Compounding Pharmacist that is able to prepare selected medications into a form that enables easier administration.

Owners requiring repeat prescription medications are advised to call ahead so we can prepare the medication and have it waiting to avoid delays. Pets on long term medication require regular examinations to ensure the medication is still indicated & that they are free of potential side effects.


Our modern Hospital is well staffed and equipped to care for your pet. To ensure the best care for your pet, we have cages in the work area where we can closely monitor pets recovering from anaesthesia or those that are critically ill. In addition we have separate dog and cat wards which are ideal when sick animals need a little peace and quiet!

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.


Juvenile Health Check 

Your pet will benefit from a 10 month Juvenile Health Check. We will review your pet's diet, weight, teeth and ongoing parasite control program such that they enter their adult years fit and healthy! During this check we will also perform a full clinical examination and discuss any ongoing behaviour and training issues.

Weight Check

Obesity is becoming a problem in our pets. Just as it does in humans, it can lead to a variety of problems including diabetes, arthritis, breathing problems, reduced exercise tolerance and does reduce not only their quality of life, but life expectancy. Our Slimmers Club is a free service where we document your pet's current weight, select a realistic goal weight and tailor a Prescription Diet to suit their needs. Regular weigh in and reviews with your Slimmer Club Consultant are an essential part of your pet's weight loss success.

Senior Health Checks 

Our pets, unfortunately age faster than we do. We know the health of pets can change rapidly in older age, and many such changes go unnoticed to owners. Early intervention can effect the outcome of many diseases. Regular Health Checks form a vital part of your pet's Preventative Health Care. During this visit we perform a full clinical examination, review your pet's weight, diet, current medication and discuss any issues of concern. Regular blood and urine testing helps us better understand the health status of your pet. Routine Blood and Urine testing is carried out at time of Desexing, 5 years of age and again at 10 years of age. Additional testing may be required based on your pet's health status.


Our staff are well trained to provide nutritional advice for your pet. We stock, recommend and feed our own pets both Hills and Royal Canin Diets.

There are a number of Presciption Diets that are provide optimal nutritional support for a variety of disease conditions ranging from intestinal upsets & bladder stones to skin support and kidney disease. 

Premium diets include the Royal Canin Neutered Range, that caters for our desexed pets to enable them to maintain optimal weight.


Hydrobath

An easy to use, do-it-yourself hydrobath is available for your dog during opening hours.

Alternatively we can bath your dog whilst you have a coffee at one of the nearby cafes.

Bookings are recommended to avoid delays.