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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no line between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

Modern Veterinary Hospital

Modern Veterinary Hospital

State of the art surgical, x-ray & hospital facilities.

We aim to create a pleasant relaxed welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.


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Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Low Stress Animal Handling at Vitality Vetcare

on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

 Low Stress Animal Handling at Vitality Vetcare

One of our most important practice goals is to create an environment where animals (and clients) are happy to walk through our doors here at Vitality Vetcare. We achieve this be applying low stress handling techniques based on the research of world renowned animal behaviourist and veterinarian Dr Sophia Yin.

The team at Vitality Vetcare aim to handle animals in such a way that it minimises the amount of stress they experience when they are in for a vet examination or need procedures done.

Pocket Pets

on Thursday, 25 February 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Pocket Pets

Pocket pets are an increasingly popular pet that generally receive little attention when it comes to our website, so its high time we paid heed to these great little companion animals.

Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Mice and Rats are typically popular amongst pet owners who live in smaller dwellings, have limited outdoor space, want a shorter term commitment than dogs and cats or cannot keep a dog or cat for any reason.

Thunderstorm Phobia in dogs.

on Monday, 23 February 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Thunderstorm Phobia in dogs.


Phobia – fear or aversion (Oxford Dictionary)

Thunderstorm phobia is described as an extreme fear response to storms, or other stimuli associated with storms.

This phobia is often triggered by rain, strong winds, a drop in barometric pressure, static electricity, lightning and thunder.



 Dogs with Thunderstorm Phobia might exhibit, one or some of the following behaviours depending on the dog, and the level of fear being experienced.





Hiding/remaining near the owner

Excessive salivation


Excessive vocalization

Self-inflicted trauma

Faecal incontinence


Chocolate truffle, chocolate trouble.

on Tuesday, 15 December 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

A healthy alternative to chocolate truffles that are dog safe if accidentally consumed!

Chocolate truffle, chocolate trouble.

As Christmas inches closer, delicious treats start to trickle in, fruit filled christmas cake, mince pies, ginger bread cookies and let's not forget rich, silky smooth chocolate truffles. Yum!

While attending a Christmas function Dr Megan witnessed a small dog succumbing to the irresistible powers of one such chocolate truffle.  It was a timely reminder of how these Christmas delights can harm our precious pets and inspired Dr Megan to offer this safer yet equally scrumptious chocolatey truffle.




1/2 cup carob powder

1/2-1 cup almond meal or ground almonds

1/4 - 1/2 cup tahini

1/4 cup honey

4 tablespoons protein powder

2-4 tablespoons kapai puku seed mix or chia seeds

Optional spirulina

Shredded coconut or sesame seeds for coating balls

Mix all ingredients well and shape into balls. Roll in coconut or sesame seeds and enjoy!



Heat Stroke. What we would like you to know.

on Wednesday, 09 December 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Keeping pets cool this summer

Heat Stroke. What we would like you to know.

Dog fur offers great protection against the cold but can be a problem in hot weather. This is because dogs mostly eliminate heat by panting. Dogs do have some sweat glands like us, but only in the footpads.  This does help with heat dissipation but only minimally. When panting isn’t enough, their body temperature rises.

Hyperthermia, commonly known as heat stroke, occurs when body temperature rises above the generally accepted normal range.

A day of fun and games at Vitality Vetcare's 5th Birthday

on Monday, 30 November 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

A day of fun and games at Vitality Vetcare's 5th Birthday

The team at Vitality Vetcare had a wonderful day celebrating their 5th birthday open day last Sunday.

The day was a huge success with loads of fun, entertainment and food.

The hospital was open for display with each room showcasing the vast array of work we do here at Vitality Vetcare.

5th Birthday Celebration 29 November 2015

on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Come to the Family Fun Open Day

5th Birthday Celebration 29 November 2015

Our team at Vitality Vetcare is excited to invite animal lovers of Bangalow and beyond to celebrate 5 years of holistic compassionate professional veterinary care for all creatures great and small at our family fun open day on Sunday 29 November. Have a look behind the scenes, learn about natural diets, dog behaviour, acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy, see gross things under the microscope, dress up as a vet or nurse, practice your bandaging skills, look at digital x-rays, have your face painted, support local animal charity stalls, enter our virtual pet show or bring your well behaved dog to our dog-friendly dog show. Come and see how we integrate the best of conventional and holistic medicine and surgery for animals.

Vitality Vetcare Family Fun 5th Birthday Open Day 29 November 2015 9am-1pm 4a Ballina Road Bangalow.


Animal Communication with Anna Breytenbach

on Tuesday, 03 November 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Animal Communication with  Anna Breytenbach

One Step closer

Some of you will know about the process of becoming a member of the animal industry, the mechanics of becoming qualified as a veterinarian or a nurse.

Think a little further then about the path each of us has taken, the individual journey, which lead us to be a part of the team at Vitality Vetcare.

This industry opens many doors and there is little doubt that we are here because we love animals but how many of us have stopped to think how deep this connection can go?

Dr Megan's Adventures in Africa

on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Rhinos. Elephants & Lions Oh My!

Dr Megan's Adventures in Africa

Dr Megan was honoured to be key note speaker at the Complementary Veterinary Medicines Group of the South African Veterinary Association Annual Congress which was held at the Veterinary Research Station in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa in September 2015.

5 years of Vitality Vetcare

on Monday, 02 November 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Build and they will come

5 years of Vitality Vetcare

I feel deep gratitude to the animals and people of Bangalow and the Northern Rivers , my fabulous veterinary team and my family for supporting my dream of creating Vitality Vetcare. My dream was to create a healing centre where animals and their people would be happy to come through the door.  I wanted to create a practice that provides holistic compassionate professional care for all creatures great and small in a safe, low stress and eco-friendly environment.

Jemima's Pointy Adventure

on Sunday, 19 July 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Acupuncture for paralysis

Jemima's Pointy Adventure



A plucky little 5 year old miniature dachshund called Jemima suffered from acute neck and back pain in May. She wasn't able to use her legs properly and it hurt when she moved. This pain and weakness could have been caused by intervertebral disc disease, meningitis, infection of the intervertebral discs, trauma or a growth.



A great day at the Bangalow Billycart Derby

on Monday, 01 June 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

A great day at the Bangalow Billycart Derby

The team at Vitality Vetcare had a fanstatic day at the Annual Billycart Derby. We had high hopes for our the newly made over, pegasus insipred billycart. 

Ally was the test piolet in our first race of the day. We were all excited to see Ally race down to the finishing line but despite her pretty wings the pagasus did not fly.

After some quick thinking and a few minor adjustments to the cart by our pit crew, we were confident we might have some better luck in the tag team race. The competition looked fierce and we were no match for their speedy machines.

Despite the pegasus suffering a broken wing and the team a bruised ego the support we received from the crowd warmed our heats. We had so much fun at this years billycare derby and can't wait to do it all again next year.

Edited Ally





pit crew


Warming winter tips for pets

on Monday, 25 May 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Warming winter tips for pets

You know winter has arrived when the cat will stop at nothing to lay claim to the warmest spot in the house. Finding my cat in the oven after a lunch of grilled cheese on toast was a new low, even for a Devon rex. So once again I think it's time to consider what we can do to ensure our pets stay happy and healthy this winter.

It sounds silly, but despite wearing a lovely warm fur coat our pets still feel the cold. This is especially the case for very young or very old pets who can suffer adverse affects from the cold.

Geriatric dogs and cats are less able to maintain normal body temperatures in cold weather and they are less mobile to seek out warm areas.  They often suffer from arthritis which can be exacerbated by the cold.

Putting provisions in place to ensure your pets stay warm and healthy this winter is simple.


on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Keeping our clients informed


The team at Vitality Vetcare want to be clear and open with you about our fees for the services that we provide for you and your animals.  Please ask us if you have any questions or are unsure about our services and fees. We aim to give you an estimate of the fees before an animal is admitted into hospital or undergoes a procedure. Sometimes it is not easy to give a simple estimate especially if the fees change according to how quickly an animal responds to treatment or whether there are complications or extra procedures required. We aim to do our best to provide a range of payment options for our clients including cash, eftpos, credit card, VetPay and Centrepay.

Ally & Boo's Story

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Ally & Boo's Story








After losing her beloved Boo, Ally bravely shares her story in the hope of giving comfort to others suffering the loss of a pet. 

Everything in my power.....

by Ally Grace

I am not an expert, I am not trained in psychology but have seen it many times and recently, I experienced it myself. I would like to share my experience in the hope that maybe, hopefully, my humble words can help to ease the pain I know you feel.

 A veterinary nurse for ten years, I have seen many a pet owner say goodbye. I have often thought how I might be when the time came for my own pets. How would I prepare? Would I be selfish and hold on too long? How would I cope? The fact is, you don’t really know - until it happens. And it is a very personal experience. Everyone handles it differently.

 When you take on the ownership of an animal, I believe you take on a responsibility to care for it as you would any other dependent in your family. These beings, these souls, will rely on you completely for food, shelter and love for all the days of their lives. You are their source of mental and physical stimulation, you are the basis of their health and longevity. You accept them as they are, completely and utterly and above all, you are their friend.

 I first met Boo when he strayed into the veterinary clinic where I was working. I have told this story a thousand times over and I always say that it was love at first sight. He was a two year old Husky cross Border Collie with a history of escaping and he came home with me. For nine years I built fences, filled holes, walked miles and made apologies to neighbours. Nine years of worrying about ticks and snakes, farmers with guns and baits. I could have locked him in a tiny yard or tied him up to save a whole load of worry but we walked every day, swam every other day, went driving with the window open so he could feel the breeze through his soft hair and went camping with the grass seeds and the dirt so he could be the free spirit he was born to be. I like to think I found a nice balance for him which at least kept me on the good side of the law!

 Last Thursday Boo wasn’t well. Following a weekend of intensive care with lots of fluids and medication he went into surgery. A tumour on his liver had ruptured and toxins were spreading through his little body. He was struggling to fight it and the recovery prognosis was extremely poor so I made the difficult to decision to give Boo his forever wings.

 The first few days were the emptiest. My tears would not stop falling no matter how many tissues I used, no matter how many friends shared my sorrow. The words most relevant to me during this time were to let the tears flow; that no words would ease my pain, just time. So I rode the waves and they came often and in powerful surges. As the hours went by the waves came less often but were just as strong. As the days went by the waves eased in their frequency and the pain began to be replaced with beautiful memories.

 Two things helped me most. The first was to write down his story – how he came into my life and what he meant to me. It is no literary masterpiece and it doesn’t matter that no one will ever read it. It came from my heart and I simply let the words flow. The second thing that gave me comfort was knowing that I did my best for him, every day in every way, right up to the end. I provided all that I could and, when there were no fair options left, I was able to take his pain away. I take great comfort in knowing that I did everything in my power to help him.

 This is the way I choose to deal with the loss of my beautiful boy. I make a conscious effort to smile when I think of him. I close my eyes so as to remember every detail - his softness, his smell and even where the knots were.

 And when the waves come rolling in, I let the tears flow freely.

 Thank you to my dear friends who simply wanted to take the pain away, to stop me from hurting so much. Thank you for reminding me to smile because it happened - and not simply cry because it is over.


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