Our Purpose - Our Values - Our Belief:
We are your caring professionals dedicated to excellence in professional care.
Our Veterinary Hospital provides modern, professional and affordable health care for your pets. We aim to make your pet feel at ease in our clinic with a caring and gentle approach to treatment and consultations. Our dedicated staff and leading veterinarians are all passionate about your pets and avid animal lovers.
At our Veterinary Hospital, you will be fully supported with sound advice first and foremost. With fully equipped examination rooms, diagnostic machines and pharmaceutical stores we provide on-the-spot assistance for nearly all your pet's health and medical needs. Please take a moment to meet our team and our own pets. We look forward to seeing you and your pet again at your next scheduled visit.
New Parvo Strain:
You may have heard about a new strain of Parvovirus, called CPV-2c, that has been identified in dogs around Adelaide recently. This strain has been seen around Europe and Americe for the last several years, but it looks like it has now reached Australia as well. There have been various reports in the media, some of which may have been alarming for you.
For your peace of mind, we would like to reassure our clients that the vaccine we use at Gawler Veterinary Services across all 3 of our clinics has been shown to be effective at protecting dogs against the CPV-2c strain, and offers your pet the best protection available against all current parvovirus strains in Australia.
Some simple steps you can take to protect your dog against parvovirus:
- Ensure all your dogs are up-to-date with their vaccinations. Please call the clinic if you are uncertain about your pet's current protection.
- During the summer months, avoid areas where lots of dogs congregate, to reduce the change of your dog being exposed to the virus.
- Seek veterinary attention immediately if your dog becomes lethargic, stops eating, or develops vomiting or diarrhoea.
Wildlife are welcome...
At Gawler Veterinary Services, we don't just see and treat dogs and cats. In addition to other pets, such as rabbits, guinea pigs and snakes, we have also treated wildlife, including kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, possums, and many wild birds. Our vets work with wildlife rescuers to assess and treat wildlife prior to release. We enjoy the challenges presented when these animals come in, and the joy when these animals are able to be released back into their native environments again.
If you find an injured wild animal, please always call us before you approach so we can give you advice about the situation - in some cases, there is a danger to yourself, and rescue organisations with appropriate training need to be contacted to rescue an animal. And in some cases, especially with birds, an uninjured baby is better left in the environment, where the parents can continue looking after it.
If you own or look after any rabbits, please be warned that several cases of myxomatosis have been seen over the last few weeks, especially in the Barossa Valley area. Myxomatosis is a deadly virus, causing swelling of the eyelids and ears along with depression, that is spread by mosquitoes and rabbit fleas. Following a wet spring, mosquitoes are out in force, and could be spreading the virus to your rabbits. With no vaccine or treatment, to protect your rabbit keep it either inside or in a mosquito-proof hutch whenever mosquitoes are active.
Join Tanunda on Facebook:
The Tanunda Vet Clinic has just started up their own Facebook page, so please visit the page and check it out. Focussing on those topics most relevant to you around the Barossa clinic, from our local staff to your cute pets, and important health alerts, it will be a page that will join you to other animal lovers in your area. So please like us on Facebook to join the community.
Your rabbit may be at risk!
We would like to warn all rabbit owners that a new strain of Calicivirus has now been confirmed in the Adelaide hills and around Adelaide. This new strain is causing sudden death in pet and wild rabbits. Unfortunately, the current calicivirus vaccination that your rabbit is currently receiving may not provide full protection against this new strain. If your rabbit is not up-to-date with its vaccinations, please make sure you make an appointment to get the vaccinations back on schedule. Young or breeding rabbits may be even more at risk, so please discuss with your veterinarian if more frequent vaccinations are recommended. This will give your rabbit the best protection currently available. It is also recommended that you take other precautions to protest your pet against the virus, including keeping them inside or behind fine flywire to avoid insect bites, avoiding introducing new rabbits without quarantining them first, and avoiding any contact with ground that may have wild rabbits in the area.
Please contact one of our friendly veterinarians to discuss how to protect your rabbit, and to determine the best vaccination protocol for your pet.
How often do you check your pet's ears?
Ear problems are actually very common in dogs and cats throughout the year. In summer, your pets may get grass seeds stuck in their ears. But ear issues can occur throughout the year, with problems caused by infections, mites, moisture in the ears, or allergies. Often, the initial signs are missed, and the infections can cause rupture of the ear drum and middle ear infections also. If you get into a routine to check your pet's ears regularly for any smell or discharge, you can pick up the early signs and save yourself money and keep your beloved pet much more comfortable.
If you have any concerns with your pet's ears, please call us to make an appointment on 8522 2055.
Is your pet microchipped? Microchipping involves the placement of a small rice-grain-sized chip between the shoulder blades in a dog or cat, but microchips can also be implanted into rabbits, ferrets, birds and other pets, even snakes! This is the only method to permanently identify your pet - collars and tags can easily be lost or taken off, but a microchip has a unique number that connects to an international database with all your details to contact you if your pet is found. So get your beloved pet microchipped today to make sure they can always find their way home.
For more information on microchipping, please click here.
New First Aid App:
Ever felt out-of-your-depth when your pet hurts itself?
When you have pets, emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. While it is always best to contact a vet immediately, we understand this can be difficult afterhours or on weekends. Now, there is a new First Aid app for iPhones, iPads and androids that can help you at any time of the day or night. Free to download, this provides concise and easy-to-use information about what you can to do in an emergency, and when you need to get your pet to a veterinary clinic!
Gawler now on Facebook!
Our Gawler clinic has now also set up a Facebook page. Join the community and keep in touch with what is going on in your clinic. We will be using this page to relate more with you on what is going on in the clinic day-to-day. And keep an eye out for health alerts that may be relevant for you, so you get the information first. So, like us on Facebook today and join your fellow animal lovers on an exciting new page.
Smithfield is entering the technological age!
Our Smithfield clinic has recently set up a Facebook page to bring you up to date with what is going on around your clinic. From cute patients to health alerts, this will be another way for you to keep in touch with what is happening in your local area. So, like us on Facebook today to join the community.
Did you know Australia has one of the highest rates of FIV (Feline AIDS) infection in the world?
About 18% of cats in South Australia are positive for FIV, the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus responsible for Feline AIDS infection.
Is your cat one of them?
Feline AIDS is an incurable disease spread through fight wounds. Hence, if your cat goes outside, it is at risk of becoming infected with the virus. Fortunately, there is a vaccination available that can protect your precious pet from this deadly disease.
For more information on FIV, please click here to visit our cat vaccination page.
Could your cat be at risk? Click here for an FIV risk assessment form.
If you are concerned your cat may be at risk, or for more information on Feline AIDS and the vaccine available, please contact your clinic.
Meet our clinic animals
'Jet' came to us as an abandoned kitten in 2002. She is a cool customer who loves to greet you with a vocal cheer and a demand for a pat. We find it hard to keep her weight down to a reasonable level as food is a major part of her life. If you can't tell the difference between the black cats at the Willaston clinic, the one talking is probably Jet.
'Hugo' is a boy who was doing naughty things at his other home once a new baby arrived. He came to live at the Willaston clinic and after a settling in period has taken charge of the office area. Now into his senior years, he looks to have a long and comfortable retirement ahead of him.
'Jimmy' lives at our Tanunda clinic and is very much a part of the furniture there. He is a large, charming, very vocal and affectionate cat who loves attention and is happy to sprawl on the counter and get in the way of the eftpos machine (which he uses as his pillow). He is not afraid of standing up to any size of dog in the waiting room too, often to the surprise of the 50kg rottweiler in front of him!
'Edna' is the latest addition to our four-legged family. Edna came to us as an abandoned kitten, but to our surprise Jimmy accepted her well at Tanunda, so Edna has joined our Tanunda clinic. Still acting like a kitten, Edna enjoys chasing things round the clinic and greeting people and animals to the clinic. She is also learning how to get into trouble with Jimmy!