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Animal Emergency

Our animal emergency hospital is open 24h per day, 365 days per year, and is staffed by experienced emergency vets and nurses caring for your pet.

Internal Medicine

Our Internal medicine service deals with heart problems, cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neurology and a range of other illnesses.

Animal Surgery

We offer the latest techniques in chest & abdominal surgery, cancer surgery, wound reconstruction, spinal imaging & surgery and advanced orthopaedics.

Case Studies

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This seven year old female Beagle called 'Emma' was sent to us for severe neck pain that was not responding to anti-inflammatory medication. Her owners were concerned that her behaviour had changed and she was depressed. Emma had spinal imaging and decompressive surgery. She quickly improved and was able to move freely within days.Disc herniation is common in this breed and can be successfully treated in most dogs.
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This six month old male Bulldog pup never walked normally and kept trying to sit down. "Max' was also unwilling to run and could not jump up onto things. Thorough examination of his limbs revealed high grade bilateral medial patellar luxation (severe kneecap instability affecting both knees). He had staged knee reconstructive surgery to improve function and prevent arthritis. Max is now able to run and play like other Bulldogs.
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'Jasper' is five years old and was hit by a car six months ago. He was diagnosed with irreversible nerve injury to his front left leg and was not getting any better. The owners tried acupuncture, massage chiropractic manipulation. A rare and experimental tendon transfer surgery was performed and three months after surgery Jasper is using the limb better than before surgery. He is able to bear weight on the paw and use the leg well at home.
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This 14 month old female Dog de Bordeux was sent to us from Adelaide with severe bilateral juvenile hip dysplasia (loose joints). 'Jane' was not able to walk, run or even stand without discomfort. Her family vet had tried anti-inflammatory medications for months. You can see the muscle wastage prior to surgery. She had a total hip replacement six weeks before the second video was taken. You can see improved limb use and muscular development. Jane has now had the second hip replaced too.
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This pet Kelpie was ten when she developed progressive tetraparesis (weakness in all four limbs). 'Emma' was also incoordinate and did not know where her limbs were (ataxia). Her regular veterinarian in Melbourne felt that she could have a neck problem or worse a brain tumor (cancer). Emma had a myelogram (special spinal x-rays with a dye) to diagnose a ruptured disc. Decompressive spinal surgery was perfomed five days before the second video.

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Physical Therapy
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'Lucky' was a seven year old female Dobermann who had been healthy all of her life. She became stiff in her front legs. The owner then noticed her back legs getting wider apart. Over a period of two weeks she became recumbent (unable to stand) and started losing muscle on all limbs. Her owners requested referral to a specialist vet. Lucky had a cisternal myelogram (contrast diagnostic series of x-rays of the spine) followed by elective ventral slot surgery (microdiscectomy) to remove a bulging degenerate disc. She was treated with passive range of motion exercises and recovered well over the next 10 days.
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'Jesse' is a ten year old female yellow Labrador who has suffered from advanced elbow arthritis for many years. Her owners have given her shark cartilage supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin, fish oils (containing Omega-3 fatty acids) and a range of different non-steroidal drugs (carprofen, etodolac, meloxicam). She actually had a biopsy to exclude bone cancer as a problem. Jesse had an elbow replacement and by ten weeks was improved and consistently using the right front leg.
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Neurological Exam
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'Bronson' was a rehomed pound dog of unknown age when his current owners adopted him. He developed a strange hindlimb gait (way of walking) after running in the park one day. Bronson was tentatively diagnosed with femoral nerve deficits (isolated nerve problem) by his referring vet and scheduled for a neurological assessment by a specialist. A reflex hammer was used to look at his responses. Bronson had a hernaited disc and was treated with immediate spinal surgery (laminectomy). He improved over a period of several days.
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Underwater Treadmill
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'Rharc' Perconte was a 6 year old male hunting dog. He has several offspring and was leader of the pack on the owners farm. He used to be 55kg and prior to referral he lost 10 kg in weight and became weak in the raear limbs. He was diagnosed with spinal empyema (spinal infection) which was drained surgically. He received regular underwater treadmill sessional therapy and improved back to normal over the subsequent three months. Rharc lived another 5 years after spinal surgery and went on the sire more offspring.
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'Tess' Herceg is a 12 year old female Staffy who was found by a medical doctor in an Aboriginal community in Broome, far North Western Australia. She developed bilateral rupture of the anterior cruciate ligaments (knee problems) and actually had both knees reconstructed by a surgeon in Perth, WA. The owner contacted us five years after the knee surgery and was hoping we could help improve Tess's function. A knee replacement was performed on the left leg and you can see the immediate improvement within 24 hours. The right knee was replaced three months later. The owner mailed us this home video last year.
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Frank is an older (10 yo) German Short Haired Pointer who is very active and goes hunting with his owner. He developed a progressive swelling above his ankle due to tearing of his Achilles tendon. This condition results in a 'dropped' hock appearance and a mechanical lameness. The tendonopathy (sore tendon) is actually not painful. It slowly gets worse and eventually leads to complete rupture with the heel touching the ground. Surgery was performed to reattach the tendon onto the heel properly. We used a rubber band to stop him walking on the leg too much until the tendon had healed fully.
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This three year old Maltese Shitzu cross was having difficulty standing normally on the front legs. Hard to see with the long hair but the wrist joints were twisted and not able to function normally. This is a common style of limb deformity that can be corrected with rotational osteotomies (we cut the bent bone and straighten it using an internal plate). This patient had staged corrective procedures and an excellent cosmetic and long term functional result
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Johny was 8 weeks old when I received a call from the breeder saying 'we have a swimmer pup, can you fix that ?'. This rare muscular condition makes standing and walking difficult. If left untreated, skeletal deformities develop. The breeder was excellent and requested for us to try and fix the problems but was understanding that the overall outlook was grim. After two knee reconstructions and some inventive splinting, this pup went on to stand and regain the ability to walk. These cases are challenging and we cannot make the legs normal.