Our Purpose - Our Values - Our Belief:
We are your caring professionals dedicated to excellence in professional care.
Our Veterinary Practice 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 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.
Snakes are out again...
With the warm spring weather, snakes are out and about again, sunbaking and coming out of hibernation. Since the most common snakes you will see are highly venomous, if you see your pet with any snake, please have them checked by your veterinarian immediately. Snake bites are often fatal for pets, but antivenom is available if we see your pet early enough.
Try to avoid snake bites by keeping your pets away from overgrown areas or along creeks, especially on warmer mornings when snakes are out warming up. And keep your pets out of overgrown areas on your property, especially around wood piles and other areas where snakes can hide.
With simple precautions, you can continue to safely enjoy the warmer spring days with your pets.
Is your cat scared to visit their vet?
Cats are true creatures of habit, so any change to their routine is scary. This includes visits to the vet. However, for their best health, they do need to see their veterinarian regularly. So we want to help you make these visits as easy and stress-free as possible, for both you and your cat.
Try some of these tricks to keep your vet visits enjoyable:
- Let your cat get used to the carrier - leave the carrier out so they get comfortable around and in it. Try putting your cat's food or favourite toy in the carrier, and encourage them to sleep in it with a soft blanket.
- Get them used to car travel by taking short trips to places other than the vet clinic.
- Cover the carrier with a towel or blanket for the trip into the vet clinic - cats like small, dark places when they are nervous.
- Bring your cat's favourite toy or food with them to make the experience a good one.
- Use a pheromone spray called Feliway in the carrier and on the blankets. This spray helps to calm and settle your cat's nerves.
- If your cat still gets very stressed, your veterinarian can discuss some medication to give your cat before each visit that reduces their anxiety and makes the visit better for you and your cat.
Please call to discuss any concerns you have with bringing your cat in to the clinic.
Have we seen your cat recently?
About 35% of cats aren't seen by a veterinarian each year for a health check. Is your cat one of these?
Cats are great at hiding illness, often not showing signs until a disease is quite advanced. However, yearly health checks can pick up early signs and will ensure that your cat is kept in the best health possible.
So if it has been a while since your cat has visited the vet, please make an appointment today.
Are your pets microchipped?
New laws are coming into effect that mean that by July 2018 all dogs and cats will need to be microchipped. To help you get ready for this change, Gawler Veterinary Services is currently offering half-price microchipping with any other services.
To take advantage of this special offer, please call (08) 8522 2055.
For more information about microchips, click here to visit our microchipping page.
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.
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.