Veterinary Services

We offer a full range of care to all pets – both unwell and healthy. Our focus is returning your pet to health if they are sick, maintaining their health through preventative care and giving you expert advice.

Preventative Health Care

Port Phillip Animal Hospital offers a full range of care to all pets. Our focus is returning your pet to health during illness, maintaining their health through preventative care and giving you expert advice.

Here is a sample of the wide range of healthcare services we provide:

  • Routine health checks
  • Vaccination and preventative care
  • Heartworm and intestinal worming
  • Flea treatment
  • Microchip Implanting
  • Geriatric care
  • Compassionate euthanasia
  • Travel preparation for pets
  • Behavioural problems
  • Premium pet foods

Surgery

Port Phillip Animal Hospital has a dedicated surgical suite catering for both soft tissue and advanced orthopaedic procedures. This allows us to perform operations from routine desexings and lump removals to emergency and advanced procedures. We are experienced with orthopaedic surgeries ranging from Cruciate Ligament and Patella Luxation repair to complex fractures.

We are able to offer the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) procedure which is the gold standard of surgical correction for the rupture of the cruciate ligament.

General Anaesthetic and your Pet
Patients undergoing a general anaesthetic at the Port Phillip Animal Hospital are appointed a dedicated veterinarian and surgical nurse who will care for your pet throughout the day. Our trained nurses will monitor your pet continuously in conjunction with the veterinarians throughout their anaesthetic. We use the most up to date monitoring equipment to ensure your pet’s anaesthetic proceeds without complication. All patients that undergo a general anaesthetic at the Port Phillip Animal Hospital are placed on intravenous fluids (a drip) during their procedure, this assists in maintaining optimal blood pressure. We also offer all of our surgical patients pre-anaesthetic blood testing. Pre anaesthetic blood testing checks that organs such as the kidneys and liver are functioning properly. We also check that your pet has adequate red blood cells to carry enough oxygen around their body during an anaesthetic. We are able to quickly perform these important tests in our in-house laboratory.

Pain Relief
At Port Phillip Animal Hospital we firmly believe that pain relief is not an optional extra. We design individualised pain management strategies for all of our surgical patients, before, during and after their procedure. Rest easy, in the knowledge that they will be too.

Dentistry

A specially designated treatment area is used for dental procedures. We use an ultrasonic scaler and deluxe dental unit which allows us to clean and then polish your pet’s teeth to ensure optimum dental health is restored. It is a similar procedure to how your dentist would clean your teeth! A veterinarian can assess your pet’s teeth and use our dental Xray unit to advise you if any of them require removal or restorative procedures.

We offer FREE DENTAL CHECK with one of our experienced nurses all year around, so please call us to arrange a visit.

Diagnostics

In-House Blood Testing
We offer a comprehensive range of pathology services at the Port Phillip Animal Hospital. We believe that pathology results should be rapidly available when your pet is unwell, has an emergency or for monitoring ongoing medical conditions. Our in-house pathology, urinalysis, blood count and serum biochemistry can be done in minutes, so appropriate treatment can be started immediately.
Annual blood checks are encouraged for all geriatric pets (over eight years of age) or for those who have been unwell or displayed a change in behaviour. These important tests can help us diagnose problems at an early and more treatable stage.

X-ray
X-rays are taken and processed on site via our computed radiography unit. This allows us to make a rapid assessment and diagnosis of your pet’s condition. Commonly used for diagnosis of fractures, hip and elbow dysplasia, arthritis and many other internal diseases.

Ultrasonography
Ultrasound is used at Port Phillip Animal Hospital for disease identification, pregnancy diagnosis, cancer staging and also in emergency situations. Ultrasound offers us a safe and non-invasive way of collecting information about the internal organs, either prior to surgery or possibly even eliminating the need for surgery.

Endoscopy
Video endoscopy mainly assists in the identification of abnormalities of the digestive and respiratory systems. Biopsy samples can be collected allowing us to take a minimally invasive route to diagnosis in some patients. We also utilise this equipment to quickly retrieve foreign material – such as a bone or other ingested material – from an animal’s digestive system where necessary

Puppy Preschool

Welcome to puppy heaven

Puppy pre-school classes are run by Bark in the Park.

When it comes to raising a puppy, the early months of your dog’s life are the most important. Early experiences will shape how your puppy interacts, communicates and learns as an adult. Enrol in our puppy school and let our experienced trainers help you to raise a confident, calm and well-adjusted dog.

Our 5-week program is $180 and suited to puppies aged between 8-16 weeks.
We cover the following topics using rewards based training methods, led by your qualified Delta & Gentle Dog Trainers Association puppy class instructor:

Basic obedience exercises:

  • Respond to name
  • Settle on the bed
  • Sit, look, drop, stay
  • Come when called
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Give over items
  • Leave it
  • Puppy graduation pack, certificate and photos!

We’ll also discuss:

  • Socialisation: what is it and how to do it safely
  • The way dogs are designed to learn
  • Canine body language and communication
  • How to set up a space for your puppy in the home
  • The best way to toilet train your puppy
  • How to work through the teething period
  • Teaching your puppy to accept handling and grooming
  • How to teach your puppy impulse control

Please contact 0410 418 372 to book.

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