Our veterinarians in Great Brak River want every pet owner to know the importance of vaccinating pets. Pet vaccinations play an essential role in keeping your pet healthy. Vaccinating your pet can also prevent the spread of certain deadly diseases, such as rabies, to your family. In our area rabies vaccinations are repeated every 3 years, as required by law.
Vaccinations have prevented the deaths of millions of animals within the last century. Pet vaccinations help prevent pet diseases and can help you avoid costly treatments for preventable animal illnesses. These vaccinations protect your pet from many of the diseases that also affect wildlife, particularly rabies and distemper. Pet vaccinations are performed by a qualified veterinarian and includes a complete health examination. New puppy and kitten owners are given welcome packs with their first vaccination, with information and samples to ensure a safe and healthy start.
Professional Surgeries & Emergency care
Operations are performed using the safest anaesthetic agents as well as closed circuit inhalation anaesthesia. All anaesthetics are administered and monitored by professional staff and pets are continuously observed using pulse oximetry monitors.
Our veterinarians and veterinary nurse have extensive experience working in and with referral and specialist hospitals. The surgeries we do range from routine elective procedures such as spays and neutering to advanced orthopaedic, dental and emergency surgery.
Elective surgical procedures such as spays and neutering can be booked via reception and are performed Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. On discharge from hospital a veterinarian or veterinary nurse will discuss progress and medication requirements with you.
Accidents and illness do not keep a schedule. Therefore we have an emergency number where a vet can be reached at all hours - 7 days per week, 365 days per year
At Croft Animal Hospital we offer free weight assessment and follow up weigh-in visits because we understand the importance of a healthy weight for our pets.
To us your pets’ overall health is extremely important.
Pet owners rarely realise the big impact that excess weight has on a pets’ overall health.
We are seeing an increase in pets that are overweight but even more so pets that are obese. Clinical obesity results in more serious health conditions that every pet owner needs to be aware of, such as:
• Damage to joints, bones and ligaments
• Diabetes mellitus
• Heart disease and increased blood pressure
• Difficulty breathing
• Kidney disease
• Decreased stamina
• Decreased liver function
• Increased surgical and anaesthetic risk
Obese pets also have reduced quality of life and shorter life expectancy. Our weight loss program is managed by our veterinary nurse and runs hand in hand with the Hills Pet Slimmers Program to offer our clients the best advice and results.
Croft Animal Hospital offers the following specialist dentistry:
Full mouth extractions in cat to treat viral mouth infections
Tumour removals from the mouth and head
Jaw fracture repair
Surgical conditions of the salivary glands , head and neck
During a consultation a qualified veterinarian will examine the pet and do diagnostic tests if required.
We have state-of-the art in-house blood testing equipment with results available in minutes.
For more specialised tests we use the services of pathology laboratories.
During consultations all necessary advice on dental care, weight management or possible looming diseases will be discussed
We believe in investing in quality equipment to help us provide the best service to our four legged patients.
Radiology : Both a digital X-ray machine and a mobile direct imaging unit.
Rigid as well as flexed endoscope.
A dental machine for scaling and polishing.
An IDEXX in-house Vet lab for blood tests.
Ultrasound with different probes for optimal imaging.
Gas anaesthetic equipment.
Hospital with separate dog and cat wards.
Microchipping is an easy yet permanent way to identify your pet, prove ownership and help bring a lost pet home. A microchip is a tiny electronic device implanted beneath the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades with a special syringe.
The procedure is as easy and painless as a vaccination. The microchips unique number, as well as the owner and pet’s details are logged on a national pet registry.
Most veterinary hospitals and animal shelters have electronic scanners for detecting and reading these implanted microchips. If a lost pet is found and a microchip is scanned it is easy to trace the owner via the database.
Thanks to our in-house vet lab we have the capability to perform many diagnostic tests within minutes, including complete blood count, blood chemistry, urinalysis, fecal examination and many more.
We also work closely with pathology laboratories for more specialized tests and out of office lab work.