St George Animal Hospital | Services
At St George Vets we offer consultations:
Monday - Friday
8.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday - Sunday
9.00am - 4.00pm
All our Veterinarians have extensive experience in veterinary medicine and are happy to examine and discuss any concerns related to your pet.
We strive to provide a professional service which is personable, thorough and informative and hope to develop close relationships with our clients and their pets. Seeing your same Vet each visit is what helps achieve this, so requesting your regular Vet is always encouraged.
Vaccinating against infectious diseases is an important way of keeping your puppy healthy and happy.
All puppies require a course of 3 vaccinations, starting from 6-8 weeks. These are given one month apart and protect against distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough.
- Distemper is a highly contagious disease causing fever, depression, discharge of pus from the eyes and nose, convulsions and death. Treatment is often ineffective.
- Hepatitis can cause sudden death in puppies. Adult dogs can suffer from fever, diarrhoea, bleeding and acute abdominal pain. In severe cases, death may occur within 24-36 hours.
- Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral gastroenteritis. Signs include severe vomiting and diarrhoea, leading to extreme dehydration and frequently death within 24 hours.
- Kennel cough consists of both canine parainfluenza virus and/or Bordetella bacteria. Both of these agents can cause a dry hacking cough that may persist for several weeks. While the vaccination will not offer 100% protection, the vaccination will help reduce the severity of symptoms and recovery time.
- Canine Coronavirus can cause gastroenteritis, which is inflammation in the stomach and intestine with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea. These infections are contagious and can spread rapidly around kennels. Young dogs are most at risk of infection and developing serious illness. Your pet will receive an initial vaccine followed by a booster in 3 weeks, then annual boosters. Canine Coronaviruses is in no way related to the current ‘coronavirus’ outbreak causing respiratory illness in people.
- Leptospirosis, caused by the Leptospira bacteria, affects animals and humans and is spread through the urine of infected animals such as mice, rats, cattle and marsupials. Signs of leptospirosis may include fever, lethargy, inappetence/dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, organ failures and death in extreme instances. Your pet will receive an initial vaccine followed by a booster in 3 weeks, then annual boosters.
Heartworm is a parasite spread by mosquitos that can cause heart failure. Both the disease and treatment for the disease can be deadly.
Although monthly oral or topical preventatives are available, studies show that dogs can still be tested positive for disease. We recommend the annual Proheart vaccination to ensure year round prevention from disease.
Kittens should be vaccinated from 8 weeks of age, with a course of 3 vaccines.
- Feline panleucopaenia or infectious enteritis: is a highly infectious viral gastroenteritis. Clinical signs include fever, vomiting and/or diarrhoea and death.
- Feline herpes virus causes cat flu. Signs include sneezing, eye and nasal discharge. Some cats can become life long carriers and symptoms may recur when stressed.
- Calicivirus also contributes to cat flu. It causes upper respiratory tract symptoms, ulcers on the tongue, gums, lips or nose.
All cats with access to the outdoors or who interact with infected cats should be vaccinated. The FIV vaccination can be started from 8 weeks of age and requires a course of 3 vaccines, two weeks apart, to provide full protection. Immunity is then retained through yearly booster vaccines.
Feline immunodeficiency virus affects a cat’s immune system and is in the same class as human HIV. FIV is mostly spread through bite wounds from infected cats and therefore being un-desexed, male and outdoors increases risk.
Symptoms include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, diarrhoea and swollen lymph nodes. Feline FIV can progress, just like human HIV, to AIDs.
Rabbits require regular check ups and vaccinations to keep them healthy. In Australia we vaccinate against the rapidly fatal Rabbit Calicivirus Disease.
This virus is spread through close contact with infected rabbits and also through spread by biting insects. The virus is used by the government to control feral rabbit populations and is regularly released for this purpose.
Immunity against this disease requires six monthly booster injections of the CYLAP vaccine. Young rabbits can be started on the vaccine from 4 weeks, in high risk situations, and again at 10 to 12 weeks of age.
Microchipping is a permanent form of identification for your pet. This is achieved by inserting a small implant under the skin between the shoulder blades.
The implant has a barcode which is unique to your pet and allows your contact details to be registered on a database.
Microchipping is a legal requirement in NSW and is best performed when your animal is still young.
The desexing of your pet is something that is strongly encouraged at SGV. This is a procedure which is best performed prior to your pet reaching its sexual maturity and is normally done around six months of age.
For all species the procedure is a day stay, whereby you drop your pet off between 8 and 9am (fasted from 9pm the night before) and can generally return to pick them up after 3pm in the afternoon.
Both castration and spaying are operations that the vets at SGV have extensive experience in performing. All animals are supported during their general anaesthetic by intravenous fluids, have intradermal (under the skin) sutures placed, to help stop them being chewed out, and are provided with take home pain relief.
We also offer keyhole (laparoscopic) desexing for female dogs and cats. This procedure is minimally invasive and allows for fast recovery and reduced pain for your pet.
Keyhole Surgery (Laparoscopy Surgery)
In recent years the ability to perform many procedures through small incisions using specialised cameras and instruments has become a reality in veterinary surgery. This option is only available in a small amount of veterinary practices in Sydney and we are proud that St George Vets has been one of those for several years.
Laparoscopic surgery involves specialised training and experience in these techniques. Our principal veterinarian, Dr. Shelton Smith, and senior veterinarian, Dr Pauline Phan, both have extensive knowledge and experience in performing a variety of laparoscopic procedures.
Keyhole surgery has the advantage of being minimally invasive and less traumatic. These advantages reduce post- surgical pain and greatly speeds up return to normal function. This form of surgery has many applications including - female de-sexing, retained testicles (cryptorchids), gastropexy and organ biopsies.
Cruciate disease is the most common cause of chronic hindlimb lameness in dogs. This injury commonly requires complex surgery to stabilise the problematic knee.
At SGV our surgeons have extensive experience with many forms of cranial cruciate surgery. Depending on your pet’s size and conformation, our vets will recommend the operation which will most likely result in return to normal function on the leg.
These surgeries include lateral sutures (De Angelis Procedure), Modified Marque Procedure (MMP) and Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy (TPLO). These surgeries are all available at SGV.
If your pet has an injury which requires bone surgery, then you can be assured that their operation can be performed at St George Vets.
At SGV, we have a specialist orthopaedic surgeon to perform any complex surgery that may arise.
This means your pet can stay in familiar surrounds without needing to travel to a referral centre and also reducing overall costs.
Just like humans, dogs and cats need to take care of their teeth too. Dental disease is the most common health problem in our pets and commonly remains unnoticed until quite advanced.
Dental disease causes pain and infection, which ultimately affects our pets quality of life. Dental procedures can range from a basic scale and polish, to remove tartar, to multiple teeth extractions in the case of severely diseased teeth.
If your pet’s teeth appear discoloured, their breath is smelly, or they are showing signs of reluctance to chew, then don’t hesitate to call for a free dental check with one of our experienced nursing staff.
At St George Vets, we are able to to offer a range of onsite blood testing.
This enables a quick turn around with obtaining results and better care for your pet.
Any other pathology testing can be easily arranged for external laboratory testing.
St George Vets offers onsite radiology services with state of the art digital xray equipment.
If any illness or injury requires an Xray to investigate further, this can be performed quickly and efficiently at our clinic.
At St George Vets we have a range of flexible and rigid endoscopy equipment to provide the best care for your pet. Investigations of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract often require endoscopy to fully appreciate the situation.
Practice owner, Dr Shelton Smith, has undertaken post-graduate courses in endoscopy and has many years experience with endoscopic procedures.
Your vet will recommend endoscopy when indicated in the diagnosis or treatment of your pet.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive way to investigate the internal structures of your pet.
Ultrasound is an effective imaging technique used regularly at SGV to provide our patients with the best care available.
The skills of an ultrasound specialist are available at SGV when required.