Consultations at Trafalgar Veterinary Centre include a full physical examination and an opportunity to discuss any of your concerns with the treating vet. If your pet requires further testing such as a blood test, radiology, ultrasound or other procedure, the vet will discuss with you all options to allow you to make an informed decision.
We provide all types of vaccinations including puppies and kittens initial vaccinations. We recommend yearly health checks and boosters for the life of your pet. C5 vaccinations are highly recommended for all dogs and is compulsory for dogs that attend dog kennels or obedience classes.
We recommend any cat who enjoys the outdoors to be vaccinated against FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).
Rabbits require routine vaccinations with a course usually commencing from 3 months onwards and a booster vaccination required every 6 months for adult rabbits.
In Victoria it is legislation that all cats and dogs are microchipped. The single fee covers lifelong registration on the microchip database and ensures if your pet is lost it can be identified. At Trafalgar Veterinary Centre we register our microchips with Central Animal Records.
We firmly believe that prevention is better than cure! Many issues can be avoided by regular health checks and early treatment.
We strongly recommend a health check at least once a year throughout your pet’s life. At this visit the vet will give a thorough physical examination nose to tail and a booster vaccination. We will also offer dietary advice, monitor your pet’s weight and answer questions you may have regarding the well-being of your beloved pet. Health checks are particularly important for young animals to monitor growth and development and also once your pet reaches 8 years of age to allow for early detection relating to middle and old age.
Like humans, your pet requires regular exercise and nutrition to ensure prolonged good health.
Proper diet is crucial to your pet’s wellbeing, growth and development and long term quality of life. It is important that your pet’s weight is maintained at a healthy level as obesity can cause serious health and welfare problems.
We recommend premium pet foods as they offer high quality ingredients. Ensure the food is fresh and store in a cool dry place and keep it tightly closed. Discard uneaten food and always place fresh food in a clean bowl.
Maintain a daily routine and feed the right amount. Don’t go by those imploring eyes! Avoid people food if you can. Your pet’s digestive system is simpler than yours and can be easily upset by changes and can cause stomach upsets or worse.
Again like humans, your pet’s needs will change with age. Young animals require food high in energy, calcium and protein and animals in their vintage may need diets restricted in fat and supplemented with fibre.
At Trafalgar Veterinary Centre our Veterinary staff can provide a nutritional assessment in order to provide nutritional advice to maintain health and welfare.
We understand that sometimes due to circumstances you may be housebound and you may not be able to come to us so we will come to you (no addition charge if you live in the Trafalgar township). If further treatment and diagnostics are required, we will bring your pet back to the clinic for the appropriate care.
Our Puppy School was established in 2005 and is run from our Newborough Clinic by one of our experienced vets and is specifically designed for dogs 8 to 14 weeks of age. It is a busy time for owners and also a very important developmental period for dogs. The world is a big exciting place for puppies and they bounce about excited to learn about the funny sounds, smells and sights. It’s a great time to get to know about other dogs too and for some dogs, missing out on the opportunities provided through puppy school can lead to a life time of fear and possibly aggression. It is a great way to socialise your new puppy with others the same age, and introduce them to new people too.
Dr Kerrie Piper established our Puppy School because of her passion for obedience training. Kerrie has over 20 years experience in training dogs to compete in a variety of competitions including obedience, agility, jumping, endurance, herding, tracking, treibball, canine freestyle and heelwork to music. Kerrie's special interest is in veterinary behavioural medicine so is always keen to help find a solution to any tricky problem behaviours your puppy may have.
Our course introduces and encourages sensible play between puppies. We discuss common puppy problems as a class and share ideas in an open manner. Toilet training, chewing, digging and mouthing are discussed thoroughly. We also discuss health matters such as dental care, grooming, parasite control, breeding, nutrition and desexing.
Over the 5 weeks puppies will learn how to sit, drop, stand, stay and come. Trick requests are taken and we try to tailor tasks to suit each puppy and family.
A current vaccination certificate will be required.
Please phone us during business hours on 56331 327 to book in for our next course.
Ultrasound and X-Rays
Painless and entirely non-invasive, x-rays are an important diagnostic tool used in a number of injuries or ailments that may cause distress to your pet. The amount of radiation exposure needed to perform x-rays is very low, making it a safe form of testing for all pets, even those that are very young or who may be pregnant. The results are obtained within minutes and discussed with you to ensure the best treatment for your pet.
From time to time, some patients require sedation or anaesthesia if the area being explored is causing pain or full relaxation is required.
Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. We use ultrasound scanning to llo at soft or fluid filled organs like the liver, kidney, bladder and heart and to check for pregnancy in small and large animals.
You may notice that your pet has been clipped. The hair on the abdomen or the chest wall will be shaved prior to the examination. This is necessary as the presence of hair obstructs the ultrasound waves and causes "blackout" on the picture. This prevents us from obtaining the best view.
We are able to perform in-house various pathology tests such as blood and urine using state of the art diagnostic equipment. This offers us the opportunity to provide faster diagnosis and treatment. When we do require more detailed testing we will engage the services of a speciality laboratory.
Kitten Adoption Program
We are proud to have a history of finding new homes for kittens with the help of dedicated cat lovers and new pet owners in our local area. All kittens adopted will receive:
- A full veterinary assessment
- Flea treatment
- Deworming treatment
- And be very spoilt by our wonderful team
Routine and Emergency Surgeries
As with human surgery, our veterinarians scrub up, wear surgical gowns and safety protection as well as using autoclaved instruments throughout the procedure. Our surgical area is completely sterile. Our skilled Veterinarians can perform anything from basic stitch up, desexing, exploratory surgery, caesareans, tumour and lump removal, extensive orthopaedics, dental procedures and more. All patients are treated with TLC and reassurance to reduce stress.
Anaesthesias are fully monitored by our monitors and our well trained nurses and patients undergoing extensive procedures receive intravenous fluids which help your pet’s liver and kidneys to flush out anaesthetic drugs and maintain better blood pressure during surgery. During surgery your pet is kept warm using a warming machine and heating pads.
Post-surgery your pet will be given a clean, warm comfortable bed and post-surgery monitoring and pain relief will be provided. Staff will also provide cuddles and pats regularly during the day and ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible.
Prior to surgery some patients will require pre-anaesthetic blood test to ensure their organs can withstand the surgery. You will be advised how to prepare your pet for their surgery and when to withhold food and water.
When your pet is discharged you will be provided with instructions on how to care for your pet.
It may seem funny to have "dog breath" but for your pet, it’s not a laughing matter. Awful breath can be a sign of a serious problem in your pet’s health. Animals commonly show no sign of pain in the mouth and infection in the mouth does not merely stay there but can spread through the blood.
Taking care of your pet’s teeth is as important as looking after your own. Brush your pet’s teeth daily and feed pets raw meaty bones or special dental diets to help reduce the build up of tartar. Use dental hygiene products, dental toys, teeth cleaning biscuits or dental treats which may help keep teeth clean also.
In August, Trafalgar Veterinary Centre focuses on Dental Health which includes a free dental check to discuss your pet’s dental well-being. Consultations are by appointment only.
Farm Visits and Large Animal Services
Trafalgar Veterinary Centre prides itself on treating animals of all shapes and sizes and provides a full service for making on-farm visits for livestock and horses. We commonly treat cattle, sheep and horses, but have also visited alpacas, goats, llamas and pigs to name a few.
We provide consultation at the clinic for some livestock that can be transported safely in an appropriate vehicle and the option to examine horses at the clinic if you wish to transport your horse to us rather than have us visit you.
Please note that if there is any chance your horse may need to be sedated for examination or procedures we will recommend a home visit as it can be dangerous to transport a sedated horse.
To book a visit please contact the clinic.
Pregnancy Testing – manual and Ultrasound
Besides decades of experience in manual pregnancy testing, we are also equipped with a range of state of the art ultra-sound machines that are suitable for use in cattle, horses, sheep pigs and dogs.
Our team of professional Veterinarians conduct pregnancy testing on 1000’s of animals per year.
Dr Gee Tawfik is accredited under the National Cattle Pregnancy Diagnosis Scheme (NCPD) for both manual and ultra-sound diagnosis and as such offer the highest degree of accuracy possible. Dr Tawfik is qualified to to certify cattle for sale according their stage of pregnancy.