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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.

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

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

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.


Identifing anxiety in your pet

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

Identifing anxiety in your pet

Do you have an anxious pet?

How to tell; and what you can do to help.

With some pets it’s really obvious. A thunderstorm rumbles in the distance, and your dog starts panting, dribbling, pacing, and shaking like a leaf. Your cat has licked all the hair off half their body. You leave your dog at home alone and they howl so much that it drives your neighbours crazy, or perhaps you come home to find a massive trail of destruction, furniture chewed to bits. Your dog is super-aggressive or fearful towards other dogs when you walk them.

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Carpet Python in a stitch

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Carpet Python in a stitch

Summer is the time of year when snakes are at their most active.  Hunting for food, looking for water or searching for a mate is the motivation behind the activity.

Unfortunately, this natural behaviour can sometimes end in disaster for our slithery friends. Dogs, cats and cars are the usual suspects.  Occasionally, however, injury can be caused by household debris such as old pieces of corrigated iron or wire left lying around on the ground.

One such unlucky snake, a carpet python, was brought in to Vitality Vetcare last week after being rescued by a member of WIRES.

Christmas Delights!

on Monday, 22 December 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events


Don't you love all the delicious food we enjoy with our family and friends at Christmas. Our pets certainly do! Since they are part of our family, it's really tempting to slip them some titbits here and some table scraps there.

Unfortunately some of this food can make our pets real sick.



Let's go through some of the food on the dinner table that can make our pets unwell.




Snakes and your pets

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

It’s a dangerous world out there - for snakes & pets

Summer is snake season. When the weather warms up, so do the snakes. Snakes are shy creatures and will avoid contact if they can, but our pets don’t know that. If a snake feels threatened, it will bite.

Tick Information

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Its 'that' time of year again:TICK SEASON.

This is a time when our pets are at increased risk of developing the life-threatening tick paralysis.

 Although paralysis ticks (Ixodes holocyclus) can be found all year round, the peak season is spring and summer, when warm weather combines with periods of rain.

 It is important we are aware of this, and :

  • Check our pets for ticks daily- ticks are tiny when they first attach

  • Use tick prevention appropriate for your pet

  • Know the signs of tick paralysis! Early detection and treatment may save your pets life

  • If your pet has even mild symptoms of tick paralysis GET YOUR PET TREATED. Waiting to see if and how the symptoms develop, usually results in your pet deteriorating quickly to the extend that treatment becomes a lot more difficult and expensive, while your pets survival chances diminish.



O Christmas Tree.

on Tuesday, 16 December 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Christmas tree faintedChristmas holidays are especially exciting, with all the sparkly lights and streamers, delicate ornaments and brightly coloured tinsel, and don’t get us started on the lollies and treats!

All of these things are great fun, and no less so for our pets. So, before you start taking out the decorations, take a few minutes to consider how their placement will affect your pets.

July is National Desexing Month

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Discounted desexing for young healthy dogs & cats

July is National Desexing Month

Vitality Vetcare is proud to support National Desexing Month again this July. We have special offers during July 2014 for young healthy dogs and cats who are not pregnant or in season as part of a community wide campaign to reduce the number of unwanted and stray dogs and cats who end up in shelters or being euthanased.

Horse Dies from Hendra Virus in Murwillumbah

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Now is the time to vaccinate!

Horse Dies from Hendra Virus in Murwillumbah

An unvaccinated 31 year old stock horse was found in a dam on a property west of Murwillumbah at about lunch time on Thursday 19 June 2014. The horse later developed a fever and died in the early hours of Friday 21 June 2014. The property has been quarantined and the dead horse has been buried. There are 5 other horses on the property which so far remain well. They have been tested and vaccinated and remain under observation.

Cases of Hendra virus can present in a wide variety of ways now. The signs and symptoms of horses with Hendra virus is changing over time. Any sick horse who has not been vaccinated against Hendra virus must now be considered as potentially being infected with Hendra virus.

Read on for information on how to protect your family and horses against Hendra virus.

Skittles, a real life Benjiman Button!

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Skittles, a real life Benjiman Button!

Living with Cushing's disease:

Several months ago Skittles the terrier cross was diangosed at Vitality Vetcare with Cushing's disease. For his owner Lou, the last few months have been a roller coaster ride. Here's their story;

When the first photo was taken, Skitty [Skittles] was a very sick little dog, drinking copious amounts of water, eating whatever he could find, but at the same time having difficulty getting up from the floor. Night times were the worst, with him obviously very uncomfortable and constantly getting up to drink. From being a very playful little dog he had become very sedentary. Plus he was losing huge amounts of hair and his belly was very swollen.

Older Pet Health

on Monday, 16 June 2014. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Older Pet Health

The Older Pet

The recent cold nights are a good reminder to consider the needs of your older pet. Once your dog or cat has reached the age of 7 years or 5 years for large dogs over 25kg, they are beginning to enter their senior years. Like us, the physical, mental and emotional needs of your pets change as they become older. The feeding and exercise routines you’ve been using may no longer be appropriate. As cats and dogs get older, they are at increased risk of developing health problems and should receive more frequent veterinary check-ups. Early detection of disease is the key to ensuring that your pet has a long and healthy life. Older pets can live happy and active lives when attention is paid to their health.

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