Services


Below are some of the services that the East Coast Veterinary Clinic provides.

Consultations

Consultations are the primary way in which I gain information about the health of an animal. At the clinic there are two fully functional consult rooms with the latest equipment. At other times it is simpler to examine an animal outside either because of its size, nature or other issues, and this is able to be arranged.

Consultations are best organised by Appointment to ensure a vet is available when you visit:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm

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House calls

If you are unable to come to us for any reason, we can come to you.
House Calls are available as required especially for an emergency.
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Vaccinations

Canine
To keep your Dog fit, happy and healthy we suggest the following vaccination program:

  • 6 – 8 weeks – 1st vaccination
  • 12 – 14 weeks – 2nd vaccination
  • 16 – 18 weeks – 3rd vaccination

Yearly Boosters – Each year for life.

The common vaccinations used are;
C3 – Protects against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus
C5 – Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Kennel Cough
C5 is required when your dog is going to attend a Boarding Kennel

Dr Jeff will discuss these different vaccines with you.

Feline
To keep your Cat fit and healthy please consider the following vaccination program:

  • 6 – 8 weeks – 1st Vaccination
  • 10 – 12 weeks – 2nd Vaccination
  • 14 – 16 weeks – 3rd Vaccination

Yearly Booster – Each year for life

The usual vaccination given is:
F3 – Protects against cat flu and feline enteritis
An F3 is required when you cat is going to attend a Boarding Kennel or Cattery
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Microchipping

A microchip is the most effective form of permanent identification for pets. Microchips are approximately the size of a grain of rice (see picture below). Pet microchipping is an extremely common and safe procedure, and the microchip is simply implanted through a needle between the shoulder blades.

Tasmanian law now requires all dogs and cats to have a microchip implanted.
Microchips are available to be implanted from 6 weeks of age.

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Microchip


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Desexing

We recommend dogs and cats are desexed at 6 months of age.
Unwanted Puppies and Kittens are an ongoing problem. Every year thousands of puppies and kitten are dumped and euthanized from unwanted litters.

Desexing is a day surgery which involves a general anaesthetic. Your pet is to have all food taken away from 10pm the night before but water can be left with your pet overnight. You bring your pet to the Clinic between 8:30am – 9:00am on the day arranged.
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Surgery

At the East Coast Veterinary Clinic we have the experience of performing a variety of surgical procedures. These vary from suturing wounds or removing lumps, to fracture repairs and complex abdominal surgery (such as removal of foreign objects). Some surgeries need to be performed urgently such as caesareans or twisted stomach, whilst others are more elective and can be booked in at a suitable date.

Our surgery is located in a special room that is only a surgery. This room is never used for any other purpose so it remains free from dust and dirt and airborn problems that can cause troubles in surgery. We use gaseous anaesthesia for the majority of procedures and monitor this with a respiratory monitor as well as a pulse oximeter for blood pressure.

In the clinic we have great experience and have successfully anaesthetised most species even challenging species like echidnas and devils, as well as the more usual species such as dogs, cats, rats, mice, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits and birds of all sorts.

Routine surgery is performed weekdays and is usually started during the morning to allow sufficient time for your animal to recover from its anaesthesia before going home. I am normally able to arrange for special needs if you have to be quick for personal reasons, distance to travel and school needs. Please mention any requirements you might have when booking in the surgery.
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Dental

Healthy teeth are a very important part of your pet’s general health. At the Veterinary Clinic we have experience to treat a variety of dental problems. Some pets may just require a scale and polish. We do this with an ultrasonic scaler (similar to a human dentist) and specialised polisher. Other pets may require extractions for rotten teeth, damaged teeth or tooth root diseases.
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Weight Loss & Nutrition

Obesity is a growing problem in our pets, and can have serious implications on their health. Conditions such as heart problems, arthritis and diabetes can all be related to obesity.
We recommend Royal Canin and Hill’s Prescription Diets for pets with specific medical conditions.
Our staff have been trained to help you with dietary recommendations for your pet.
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Emergency Service

The clinic is on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.
To contact us after hours please call 03 6376 1577. If you receive a recorded message, please leave your name, number and a brief message and I will return your call.
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Out-sourced Pathology Services

Pathology testing includes blood testing, checking lumps and taking biopsies and samples to aid us to diagnose problems.
We can run simple skin and ear tests. For more difficult pathology testing, we send samples to a specialist veterinary pathology laboratory in Melbourne, Victoria.
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Fleas, Worms, Ticks, Collars, Leads and other pet products.

At the East Coast Veterinary Clinic we stock a range of Hills, Royal Canin and Advance pet foods, as well as Leads, Collars, Harnesses, Shampoos, Brushes, Combs and Worm, Flea and Tick Products.
If we don’t have something that you are looking for then please ask and we will try our best to get it in for you.
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Puppy Preschool

We are very fortunate in St Helens to have a trained and devoted dog trainer residing in town and the East Coast Veterinary Clinic is proud to support and endorse her programmes.