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The Lilydale Vet Centre Rhino Project

We are happy to announce that the staff at Lilydale Vet Centre are going to participate in Tough Mudder this year to raise money and awareness for The Australian Rhino Project. At least 16 of us here are going to run the 16+ km course, with 20+ killer obstacles - out of pity or support, any donations would be appreciated! Spread the word and together we can save friendly giants.


Follow the link for more information about Tough Mudder & The Rhino Project. Donors enter into a draw to win a lovely Lilydale Vet Centre Hampers!



  • Vets Love Pets Winter 2017



    Welcome to the Winter edition of Vets Love Pets!


    Is your older pet exhibiting some odd behaviours? Do they seem to forget where they are or what they were doing? It could possibly be 'catzheimers' or 'doggy dementia'.  Read on to find out more about how these conditions can affect your pets and what you can do to help.


    It's getting cold outside and our furry friends are feeling just as much as we are.  The lack of opposable thumbs makes it very hard for dogs and cats to put on a jumper or start a fire, meaning keeping them warm and cosy during the colder months is up to us.  Below you will find some suggestions for helping keep your furry friend safe during the colder months.


    We just love older kitties, most of them tend to mellow out as they get older.  They want to spend more time snuggled up next to you sleeping, and they don't seem to get on the bench to steal your food anymore.  While these sound like ideal qualities in a cat, unfortunately, in an older cat these can be signs of arthritis.  Let us help you recognise these signs and start making your cat's life much more comfortable.


    Senior cats don't just suffer from arthritis, as they get older they become much more likely to develop some other worrying health problems.  One of the biggest causes of early deaths to our feline friends is kidney failure.  Although not cureable, this is a medical condition that can be easily managed to allow your feline friend to live a longer, happier life.  Find the list of symptoms below and start helping your cat today.


    Just because our pets aren't spending as much time outside because of the weather, does not mean the risk of a worm infestation decreases.  Unfortunately the long and short of it is that your pets are more likely to bring those nasty worms inside and infect with you.   Read on to find out the signs of a worm infestation and how you can avoid becoming a victim to these nasty parasites.


    Keeping all members of your family healthy can be hard; you work in an office where someone always seems to have a cold, there's always one kid on the sports team harbouring chicken pox, and Fluffy the dog is always picking up unwanted hitchhikers when you go on your daily walk.  It doesn't have to be so hard, there are many ways you can keep Fluffy healthy and avoid unwanted parasites.




    Could it be 'Dogzheimers'?



    • Bark inappropriatelyI (or meowing inappropriately in cats)
    • Incontinence or 'accidents' in the house
    • Repetitive or anxious behaviour e.g. pacing
    • Sleep/wake pattern disturbances e.g. does your pet want to be fed or play at 3am
    • Disorientation e.g. not knowing how to find their bed

    Sometimes loss of hearing or vision can make matters worse, however, cataract removal can make a difference to your senior pet's vision.  Medication for improving brain function and helping with anxiety makes life more enjoyable for everyone and means that you can get back to enjoying those precious golden years together.  Give us a call - 0397354211 - we are here to help pets of all ages. 





    Winter Survival Tips


    • Keep your pet warm with jackets and warm beds - especially seniors.
    • Be seen when out walking on dark nights with light reflective clothing and leads.
    • Keep exercising your pet.  If you can't, reduce calories to avoid weight gain which can impact on joint health.
    • Cats who toilet outside may need a litter tray inside if they are reluctant to go out.
    • Don't forget to check warm spots like car engines for cats hiding there before starting the car.





    Good vibes!


    There is nothing nicer than having that happy feline friend come purr next to you.  they might not be able to talk, but they can tell you when they are happy.  If they aren't their usually happy selves it pays to find out what's going on and act quickly.

    Five feline signs to watch out for:

    • Decreased grooming
    • Inability to jump or can't jump as high as before
    • Urinating or soiling in the wrong spot e.g. outside the litter box
    • Increased or decreased sleep
    • Hiding or avoiding human interaction and doesn't like being stroked or brushed anymore


    If your cat is displaying any of the signs listed, it could be suffering from osteoarthritis.  9 out of 10 cats over 12 years of age suffer from arthritis.


    Please give us a call on 03 9735 4211 to arrange a check up.  If it does turn out to be arthritis, don't worry, we have easy to give pain relief medication and foods that help look after ageing joints.  We can't promise to turn back the clock to kitten days again, but we can help your senior cat feel more comfortable and enjoy more purrs with you.





    Kidney Care


    KidneyKidneys are essential organs, they remove waste from the bloodstream and regulate fluids in the body.  When kidneys aren't working as well as they should, the result can be life-threatening.  Many factors affect kidney function, and while genetics plays a part, so does dehydration, shock, poisons, infection, blockages and trauma.  Please only give your cat medications that we prescribe, as some medications can cause serious kidney problems.

    Kidney problems can happen suddenly or slowly progress over time.  Signs of chronic kidney disease often don't show up until almost two-thirds of the kidney have been affected, and then a special diet is very important in managing the disease.  Often with sudden onset or 'acute' onset kidney disease cats can recover completely with our car and special diets.

    If your cat experiences any of the following signs, please call us as it could be kidney disease:

    • Loss of appetite
    • Increased thirst
    • Frequent or no urination
    • Vomiting
    • Poor coat appearance
    • Depression






    Boy and kittenThese nasty parasites live inside your pet and could evenput your family at risk.  Parasites have evolved over the years to become very good at what they do - reproducing and taking nutrients from their host.  They often have complex lifecycles with immature stages such as larvae and multiple hosts.  think of the butterfly lifecycle but without such a beautiful end result!


    Intestinal worms steal nutrition that our pets need to keep their bodies healthy.  Worms pose a real threat to young animals - often puppies have roundworm passed onto them before birth by their mothers.  That round belly we love to pat might not just be puppy fat!


    Infected animals often shed worm eggs into their environment via their faeces - many can only be seen with a microscope so you may not know your pet carries worms.  Signs of intestinal worms in pets:

    • Diarrhoea, perhaps with blood
    • Weight loss
    • Dry hair and generally poor appearance overall
    • Vomiting, perhaps with worms in vomit
    • Scooting along the ground on their bottom
    • What looks like rice or noodles in their faeces or around their rear

    If we contract parasites from our pets it could mean we need to have surgery or even have permanent eye damage.  Using human worming medications doesn't help and prevention is really the best option.  Worming your pet is easy to do, please don't put your loved ones at risk.  Get some pet worm tablets today.


    There are two key types of worms

    Intestinal wormsTapeworm

    • These live inside our pet's gut for part of their lifecycles and some can pose a threat to human health.
    • There are four main types of intestinal worms, these are; hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and tapeworm.  Ringworm isn't actually a worm, rather it is a fungal skin infection.


    • Is transmitted by mosquitos
    • The adult heartworm lives in the blood vessels of the heart
    • 'Allwormers' do not protect against heartworm
    • Prevention is easy with a once a year injection available, just give us a call to make sure your pet is safe from deadly heartworm





    Tips to keep your pets and family healthy


    • Girl and puppyMake sure your pets are on heartworm prevention - ask us what's best for your pet.
    • Treat for intestinal worms at least every season i.e. every three months, and more frequently if you live in rural areas where the risk from hydatid tapeworm might be a serious health risk.  Please talk to us as it's better to be safe than sorry.
    • Puppies and kittens need more frequent worming.  We have safe and effective products for young animals - just give us a call.
    • Pregnant dogs also need special worming before giving birth and whilst she is feeding her pups.  Pregnant cats also need special worming at 4 and 6 weeks of pregnancy to help minimise the risk to her kittens.  We can help with easy to give worming medication.
    • Pick up any faeces deposited into the garden straight away using a plastic bag over your hand, tie the bag closed and then dispose of it in the bin.
    • Please also pick up any faces your dog may deposit whilst out walking or playing in the park to avoid children being exposed to parasites.
    • Always wash your hands after playing outside, with pets and before eating.

Vets Love Pets Autumn 2017



Welcome to the Autumn edition of Vets Love Pets!


After being all 'loved up' in February with Valentine's day, we thought now is the perfect time to talk about hearts.  Did you know that pets can suffer heart conditions just like humans?  Below you will find a selection of information about two of the most common heart conditions Heartworm, and Congestive Heart Failure.


Shortly after February, we find ourselves in the midst of Easter.  Sadly all those yummy chocolate eggs make it a peak time for pet poisonings to occur.  We will help you keep your pets safe from treats that may be toxic. 


The holidays are also the peak time to take pets travelling.  It can be very stressful packing for a holiday, particularly if you have a large family, and it can be easy to forget things.  Luckily for you, we've done the hard work and created a list of 'can't leave behind' items for your pets when travelling.



How Can You Tell That Your Pet Loves You?



Is it by their waggy tail or loud purr? We love to receive our pet’s affection but love might not be the only thing residing in their hearts.


In Australia mosquitoes can transmit lots of nasty diseases and parasites – just one bite could put your pet at risk of deadly heartworm. Foxes are on the rise in urban areas and carry the disease, putting pets at risk. Dogs, in particular, are at risk as they can often carry the disease without showing symptoms until damage to the heart and blood vessels has occurred. Thankfully as vets we can help keep your furry loved ones safe. Prevention is definitely better than the cure when it comes to heartworm. Give us a call to see what the best option is for your pet.


Heartworm Symptoms


  • A mild cough that won’t go away
  • Less interest in play or exercise
  • Tiring more easily
  • Less interest in food
  • Weight loss
  • As heartworm progresses, heart failure can develop and fluid build up in the abdomen and you may notice a swollen belly


  • Coughing or asthma-like attacks
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • As heartworm progress, cats may have problems walking, may faint, have epilepsy-like seizures or have fluid accumulate in their abdomen causing a swollen belly as it does with dogs





Take The Healthy Heart Test Today


Pets, just like humans can suffer heart conditions. Thankfully as vets we can diagnose these at early stages and although cures are not always possible, we do have a range of medications and treatment options to help give your pet the best quality of life possible.


One way we keep track of how a heart is performing is by measuring a pet’s breathing rate. If the heart is struggling to pump properly, fluid can start to build up in the lungs, which will cause the breathing rate to increase.


There is a free app to help measure your pet’s respiration (or breathing rate) at home. Your pet’s respiration rate when he or she is asleep gives us a vital insight into how well their heart is working.  You can find the app in the App Store, or on Google Play.



  • Is your pet’s breathing rapid or laboured
  • Is your pet coughing
  • Becoming tired more quickly than usual
  • Not eating or gaining weight
  • A bloated abdomen or any swelling
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness no matter how long
  • Muscle weakness
  • Distancing him or herself from you or other pets and not wanting to play as usual


If you answered YES to any of these, please call us today!





Sharing Isn't Caring When It Comes To Chocolate


Chocolate is not for pets.

As vets we all too often see well-meaning owners or children share their treats with pets with dire consequences. Chocolate even in small amounts can be fatal as pets can’t process the theobromine in chocolate like us humans can and toxic levels build up quickly.


Just as you would keep garden chemicals and medications out of reach of children you must also do the same for pets. Please ask us about safe treats for your pets and keep all chocolate cake out of harm’s way.


Avoid feeding any of the following, which are potentially toxic to pets:

  • Chocolate (e.g. bars, cakes, choc milk)
  • Onions and garlic
  • Yeast dough, mouldy or spoiled foods
  • Alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco
  • Any human medications
  • Macadamia nuts





'Bone' Voyage! Travel With Pets


It’s great to share holidays with pets, and we have so many great pet-friendly destinations to choose from. For a safe and happy holiday for all the family we recommend you give us a call to check for any parasites specific to the area you are travelling to, e.g. paralysis ticks. If you aren’t travelling soon keep our checklist on hand for when you plan your next trip.


If you need to use a kennel or cattery please don’t forget to book well in advance. Make sure you have up-to-date vaccinations with current certificates to avoid disappointment. Not sure? Give us a call.


Safe travels and happy memory making!

  • Parasite protection – paralysis ticks can be found in NSW, QLD and in part of Victoria and heartworm prevention is a must. Call us to discuss
  • Regular medications for your pets e.g. arthritis or anti-seizures
  • Car seat covers and a car harness for dogs or carrier for cats
  • Collars and leads
  • Food and bowls (keep water on hand for drink breaks on long car journeys)
  • Bedding, if not supplied
  • Toys and treats
  • Poo bags
  • Shampoo and towel
  • Download our free emergency app for iphone or android