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Vitality Vetcare

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

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

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

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Voluntary Wildlife Care

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

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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.

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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

Time to vaccinate your horse against Hendra virus

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Keep your horses and family safe

Time to vaccinate your horse against Hendra virus

Horses can become infected with Hendra virus at any time of year but there can be a peak in cases in late winter and spring. Now is a good time to have your horses vaccinated to ensure you and your horses are protected against Hendra virus.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries states:

"Vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing the risk of Hendra virus infection in horses. Human infection and death have occurred following high-level exposure to body fluids from an infected horse. Vaccinating horses is an important measure to prevent this occurring and provides a public health and workplace health and safety benefit.

The vaccine has been released under special conditions and only veterinarians who have completed an online training module managed by the manufacturer will be accredited to order and administer the vaccine."

New Emergency Service

on Tuesday, 22 March 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

North Coast Emergency Vets weekends & PH

New Emergency Service

We are pleased to announce that North Coast Emergency Vets is providing after hours cover for Vitality Vetcare from 6pm Friday to 8am Monday and all public holidays. The vets at NCEV have a special interest in emergency medicine and surgery. You can rest assured that your pet will receive an excellent standard of care. Your pet will be closely monitored around the clock and the vets can respond to any changes in your pet's condition straight away. The services they provide include radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, surgery, laboratory tests and 24 hour monitoring of hospital patients. It is approximately a 20 minute drive from Vitality Vetcare, Bangalow to North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina. The team at Vitality Vetcare Bangalow have a good relationship with North Coast Emergency Vets. You may have already met Dr Ailsa Rutherford, who runs NCEV, as she occasionally works as a locum vet at Vitality Vetcare.

The vets at Vitality Vetcare provide emergency services as usual for the animals in our care on weekdays from 8am Monday to 6pm Friday. Vitality Vetcare continues to be open on Saturday mornings from 8:30am-12pm.

Vitality Vetcare 6687 0675 4a Ballina Road, Bangalow. Emergencies 8am Mon - 6pm Fri

North Coast Emergency Vets 0424 054 056 14 River Street, Ballina. Emergencies 6pm Fri - 8am Mon

Easter Chocolate and your pets!

on Monday, 21 March 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Keep your dog safe this Easter

Easter Chocolate and your pets!

Chocolate toxicty

Chocolate contains cocoa and cocoa contains the compound theobromine. Chocolate poisoning is a problem that occurs mainly in dogs but also occurs occasionally in cats or other animals.

The concentration of theobromine varies depending on the type of chocolate. For example, cocoa powder, baking chocolate and dark chocolate contain higher levels of theobromine compared to milk or white chocolate.

The toxicity effect the chocolate has is dose-related, therefore the overall effect of the chocolate on the dog depends on their size, the amount of chocolate that has been eaten and the type of chocolate eaten. 

Symptoms usually occur within 6-12 hours of eating a toxic dose of chocolate.

 

Fleas, fleas, fleas.

on Thursday, 17 March 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Learn how to control fleas effectively

Fleas, fleas, fleas.

The flea life cycle:

Understanding the flea life cycle is helpful in understanding why it is sometimes difficult to control fleas on our pets. The flea has four main stages in their life cycle; egg, larva, pupa and adult.

The ADULT flea prefers to live on the animal. The female lays her eggs after she feeds on a high protein diet – blood! She can lay up to 50 eggs per day!

The EGGs are found both on your pet and in the environment. The female lays her eggs on your pet and they then fall into the environment as your pet sheds. The eggs hatch in the environment depending on the climate – anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks.

The PUPA is the stage before the adult. The adult flea can lie in the cocoon for up to 6 months. The adult will emerge when there is high humidity and warm temperatures. This means that if a single flea treatment is missed, you have the potential for an outbreak in your environment for up to 6 months.

The LARVA emerges from the egg in the environment and then feeds on organic debris including the faeces from adult fleas. The larval stage lasts between 5 and 18 days before which it spins a cocoon and pupates.

Grabbing a dog by the ear.....

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

Grabbing a dog by the ear.....

Dog ears come in all shape and sizes. Although nice looking, some dog ears are not ideally designed for good air flow. Combine this with a dose of breed specific genetics and a large portion of allergen exposure and/ or lifestyle factors and voila...an ear infection has commenced.

Ear infections are unfortunately very common in dogs and can be surprisingly complex in origin.

The team at Vitality Vetcare can do a lot to help your pet with recurrent ear problems from a conventional and integrative perspective. Ask us about how taking a holistic approach that looks at your animal's health as a whole and integrates nutrition, herbal medicine or homeopathy with pharmaceutical drugs can help your animal recover from ear pain and infection and return to good health and wellbeing.

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.

WHAT IS IT?

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.

 

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN DOGS?

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

 

Pacing

Panting

Trembling

Hiding/remaining near the owner

Excessive salivation

Destructiveness

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.

 

 

PROTEIN BLISS BALLS

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.

CONTINUE READING TO FIND OUT ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL PET COMPETITION.....

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.

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Opening Hours

10am - 6pm Tue - Thur

Consultations by appointment only. A late appointment may be available on Thursday evenings

Late cancellation fees may apply

 

Emergencies: please call your referring general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599

 

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