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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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

chris

kim

 

kimsasha

pit crew

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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.

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Opening Hours

Vitality Vetcare is closed for 6 months whilst Dr Megan is on sabbatical

After hours emergencies please call: see our News page for phone numbers of local independent vet hospitals

Weekends & Public Holidays, North Coast Emergency Vets 0424 054 056

 

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