Who Are The Best Vets in Bunbury, Eaton, Australind and Gelorup

So who are the best vets in the Bunbury, Eaton, Australind and Gelorup area? The truth is, it depends on who you ask.

As with doctors and many other professions, people want and expect different things from their vets. The variations can be in personality, experience, gender, opening hours, practice policies, cost,   consult length, and many other factors.

  • Personality – this is a big one. It’s important to find a vet that suits you. For example, we have a vet called Gabby. She is wonderful at bonding with clients and their pets. She is an incredibly caring person, and many people who have experienced her style love her. We get some clients come from over 100km away to see her. Another of our vets, Andrew, is a bit more clinical and a “straight shooter”. He is very straight forward, and while that may not be for everyone, he also has a very dedicated following of clients. This is why we employ vets with different personalities. It’s so we have a vet for everyone.
  • Experience – How much experience is ideal? After 5-10 years you have seen most things, but you are ALWAYS learning. Once you have more than a few years experience you need to be working hard to keep up to date with your knowledge. We make sure our vets work hard to continue learning. Experience is a great thing, but a lot of experience without ongoing learning is not ideal. Equally remember that new graduates often have the most up-to-date knowledge, so seeing a new or recent graduate can have its advantages too.
  • Gender – I occasionally hear people say “my dog doesn’t like men”. We’re not offended if that is the case. We’ll happily book your pet to see a female vet if requested.
  • Opening hours – obviously a vet needs to be open when you need them. You also need to be able to access them or other emergency care if you have an emergency outside of their normal opening hours.
  • Practice policies – some practice policies help guide the clinics standards and ensure clients walk away happy. For example, our policies include everyone getting a written estimate before their pet is admitted to our hospital.
  • Cost – the cost between clinics is going to vary, and it does so for many reasons. These reasons include location, experience and qualifications of vets, equipment levels, consult length, etc. In fact, there are dozens of reasons.
  • Consult length – consult length can vary quite a bit. I have worked in clinics with 5 minute consults and I found it impossible to do a good job every time. By doing short consults we could do more per hour, which kept the cost a bit lower but gave very poor value. We do 20 minute consults, which means we can spend the time we need to with your animal and don’t have to rush. It is always a balancing act between cost, ability to spend enough time with an animal and being able to see all the animals in a day that we may need to see.

The list goes on. It is always worth talking to your friends with pets to see who they recommend. You can also check out clinics websites and Facebook pages to see if you like the way the clinic projects itself.

Finding a vet that you really like can take a bit of work, but it is worth it in the end.

Grass Seed Season

Grass Seed Season

One of the most common problems we see over spring and summer are grass seeds getting into dogs ears, paws, coat and even their eyes.

Grass seeds can be quite dangerous to animals. They have little barbs that are designed to catch an animals coat as they brush against the seed, then fall off at a later time. This is an evolutionary trait designed to help the grass spread further. The danger from these grass seeds comes from when the barbs catch in area where the seed is forced to continue into the animal.

Between the toes and in the ears are the most common spot for seeds to penetrate a dog. It is important to check your dog’s paws after every walk if you have been in the bush or long grass. The seeds can work their way in beneath the skin in a few hours, so regular checking is essential.

When the seed goes into the ear, it normally causes a lot of irritation. Left long enough, it can penetrate through the eardrum and into the middle ear, where it can cause a severe infection. It is very important that your pet’s ears are checked by a vet quickly if they are showing signs of ear irritation over spring or summer. If we see the animal early enough we can often remove the seed in the consult room without the need for sedation, and we can avoid chronic middle ear infections. Due to the shape of a dog’s ear (it is L shaped), you won’t be able to see a seed without special instruments.

Grass seeds can also work their way into the coat, especially if the coat is matted. We also see grass seeds under eyelids and up noses, so they can cause quite a range of problems.

Things you can do to help minimise the risk of grass seeds to your pet include:

  • Clipping the hair short around the paws and ears
  • Ensuring your pet is groomed frequently
  • Check between their toes daily
  • Keep grass mowed and remove seed heads in areas your pet frequents
  • Seek vet advice quickly (within 24 hours) if your pet has a sore ear or swelling between its toes

If you are concerned your pet may have a grass seed affecting them, please phone the Bunbury or Eaton Vet Clinics for advice. We have appointments available on the day so we can always see your pet when needed.

Kidney Toxins in Pets

Toxic Kidney Disease in Pets

Acute Renal Disease (ARD) can affect dogs and cats with very little warning. The sudden loss of kidney function is extremely dangerous and needs very rapid treatment to prevent catastrophic kidney failure.

There are many causes of ARD, including viruses and other infections, toxins, shock and bladder stones.

Toxins are amongst the most common causes, and are also the most preventable. The most common toxins we see include:

  • Radiator Coolants – the contents of car radiators includes ethylene glycol. This is very sweet, and can be ingested by animals if it is spilled or left in an accessible place. If your radiator has a leak at home, make sure you clean it up thoroughly before any pets can have access to it
  • Lilies – Lilies are extremely toxic to cats. Cats can be poisoned by even a few grains of pollen. If you have cats you should never have lilies in your house or garden
  • Grapes and raisins – The cause of these being toxic to dogs is still unknown. Many dogs seem to be able to eat grapes or raisins safely, while others can be poisoned by just one or two. We don’t know if it is something about individual dogs or possible a fungus or similar on some grapes, but the advice currently is to not let dogs eat grapes or raisins
  • Zamia Nuts – the nut from the Zamia palm are very toxic, causing severe liver and kidney damage. Few dogs survive ingesting these so please keep your dog on a lead when in the bush around Zamia palms
  • Medications – Some medications can be very dangerous to our pets. Never give an animal human medication unless your vet prescribes the medication specifically for your pet. We occasionally see people give their elderly pets human arthritis medication with disastrous results

Acute Renal Disease is very challenging to treat, and needs rapid, aggressive intervention. Please keep your pets away from these potentially deadly toxins, and if you are concerned your pet may have ingested any of these things please contact us for urgent advice.