By vaccinating your pet you minimise its chances of contracting serious contagious diseases. We vaccinate against diseases like Parvo, Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Bordetella (KC), Feline aids, Cat Flu and Rabbit Calicivirus.

Early socialisation of puppies is absolutely vital to ensure a balanced and well-behaved adult dog – especially when you realise that more young adult dogs are put down because of behavioural problems than die from the diseases we vaccinate against. Vaccination is essential as this means pups can play with other dogs without the fear of disease. Early socialisation means a well mannered dog. From about three weeks of age, puppies will approach anything or anybody willingly and without fear but by the time they reach 12 weeks, anything new will be approached with caution. Therefore, the critical time for getting a puppy used to its environment is between three to 12 weeks of age. Lilydale Vet Centre uses the Nobivac® vaccines ~ the only vaccines which can protect your pup to allow effective socialisation before 12 weeks of age.  Click here to learn more about diseases in Australia






Age doesn't discriminate and it is not a disease. We offer senior clinics to address changes associated with older pets. These include arthritis management, heart failure treatment and management, weight management, renal and liver disease monitoring and management and an array other diseases older pets are prone to.

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer than ever before.

However with this increased lifespan comes an increase in the types of ailments that can afflict senior pets. As our pets reach their golden years, there are a variety of conditions and diseases that they can face which can include:

Just as the health care needs of us humans change as we age, the same applies to our pets. It’s critical for pet owners to work closely with us to devise a health plan that is best for their senior pet.

At Lilydale Vets we have a proactive Senior’s Programme to monitor pet aging.

A senior health check will involve an examination of the teeth, eyes, ears, skin and coat, heart, lungs, muscle and ligament strength and health of all joints. Like us, aging means that there is a decline in organ function, cognitive (mental) ability and immunity for many pets. They are more prone to developing problems such as blood pressure fluctuations, kidney, dental and heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, incontinence, thyroid problems and cancer. Regular vet checks will often detect the early signs of these diseases leading to better outcomes if early treatment is instigated.

The initial examination will include blood and urine screen tests. Based on these blood tests, we may recommend further diagnostic tests such as x-rays, ultrasound or specialised tests to follow up on any abnormalities. And remember, a normal blood test is not a waste of money! it provides a baseline of normal measurements for us to compare in subsequent years to help identify even the most subtle of changes in your pets health.



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  Osteoarthritis is a common disease that affects one out of five dogs during their

  lifetime. Large-breed dogs are affected more often than small dogs and it is

  estimated that 70% of aging cats are affected by osteoarthritis. Heavy dogs are

  more likely to experience symptoms because of the extra strain placed on

  ligaments and joints.Dogs with degenerative arthritis experience varying degrees

  of lameness, stiffness, and joint pain, which is more apparent in the morning and

  after getting up from a nap. They often exhibit irritability and behavioral changes associated with increasing disability. Cold and damp surroundings increase pain and stiffness. Degenerative arthritis is progressive, and in time makes the dog’s life miserable.Clients get very upset if we criticise their pets weight or eating habits BUT clinical observations support the fact that for every dollar spent on the correct weight and nutritional management of senior pets, ten dollars can be saved in medical expenses..



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  Cognitive Dysfunction in dogs and Cats or Doggy Dementia as it is commonly

  known.Studies have shown that all dogs over the age of 15 years will suffer from

  this condition.These behavioural changes fall mostly into four categories namely

  loss of cognition and recognition, loss of housetraining, disorientation,and

  changes in the sleep-wake cycle. Old dogs do not all exhibit signs of cognitive

  dysfunction.One of the most common signs of dementia in cats is “night

  calling”Dementia is clinically manifested as behavioural changes, loss of

attentiveness and/or loss of housetraining. Dementia can result from infections, tumours, or,metabolic conditions (hypothyroidism) or can be unexplained. It was stated that senile dementia should never be considered a normal ageing change but rather a pathologic condition and from the age of 8 years there are steps owner can take to diminish chances of their pets going down this track.


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  There  are some serious diseases that pets can get and kidney disease is one of

  the more common.Cats and dogs can cope with only 25% of intact kidney

  function before symptoms will appear.THe only way to diagnosis early changes

  in the body is by doing screening tests.Once changes are recognised steps can

  be taken to minimise the burden on their kidneys. Report any changes in water

  intake and urination habits, vomiting and weight loss.


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  Heart disease in dogs and cats can take many different forms.Heart disease can

  be the result of aging changes within the heart which cause the structures of the

  heart (such as the heart valves) to become malformed.Depending on the type

  and the severity of the disease, symptoms may be absent.However, heart

  disease can also cause severe symptoms which may fatal for your pet.

  Symptoms of heart disease can also fall in the middle range, where the dog or

  cat has symptoms of heart disease but is able to live with the symptoms.


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  Your pet’s lack of oral health  doesn’t just make it unpleasant for you to be close

  to you pet but the bacterial trapped in the tartar also cause microscopic change

  to the heart muscle, kidneys and liver.With a good dental scale and polish and a

  bit of home care those mouths can stay and smell clean.


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  One in every 500 dogs will develop Diabetes and one in 400 in cats but recents

  studies has indicated that it is getting more common in cats and that it will shorty

  be the most common hormonal dysfunction in cats.WEight loss and increase

  water drinking are common signs but once again early detection is the gold



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  This is currently the number one hormonal disease in cats.There are now

  definitive links between developing over acting thyroid glands and lifestyle

  condition as a young cat. Does your old cat complain a lot, eat plenty and is still

  losing weight or vomiting often? these are all symptoms of an overactive thyroid

  gland. The condition is relative easy to treat once a diagnosis is made.

Senior Health Checks should be carried out regularly, so take a moment and show your pooch or puss just how much you care and call us now to book in their Senior Health Check.

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For more information about your senior Dog / Cat simply click on our Contact page to call us, send an email, visit our facebook page or come in and see us personally if you have any pressing questions you wish to be answered.


De-sexing is strongly recommended for all pets. Although it is a common procedure it is still a very significant and requires a high level of skill and should incorporate  high quality of care. For many animals that live a healthy and uneventful life desexing will be their most significant surgical procedure.Our surgical care involves the offering of pre anaesthetic blood test, all surgical cases will receive a full preanaesthetic examination prior to premedications as well as intravenous fluids while in theater and during recovery. Painkillers are given routinely. To get more information for your pet please come in and discuss the possibility of de-sexing your pet with us as some larger breeds mature slower and we prefer to do them a bit later.Of course by desexing your pet the annual registration fee in Yarra Ranges Shire is also much cheaper.


We supply pet food that caters from weaning age right through to geriatric stages. We can even help you to balance your pets meals if you like to prepare their food yourself. We are stocking the exciting Vet’s All Natural range as a wet food.The range also include a weight loss diet, a skin and coat range as well as a joint support solutions for assisting in the treatment and relief of joint aches and pains.The Vet's All Natural Range. is a concept based on the natural diet of wild dogs and cats. It is raw meat mixed with oats, barley etc to provide the necessary fibre and added vitamins and minerals. Great for people who loves to prepare their animals food themselves.

Our main nutritional range is Hills which is one of the top complete premium dry food diets available for cats and dogs.The company is most known for researching the clinical formulation, testing, manufacturing and marketing of a range of breed-specific and symptom-specific diets for dogs and cats. Our clinic offers a bonus bag of food for every 10 bags bought.


In Victoria micro chipping is compulsory. It not only helps to ID pets but it also promotes responsible ownership of cats and dogs. It is not a very painful procedure and it takes only a few seconds.Have any more questions?


We offer affordable dental services to our clients. The standard fee for a basic scale and polish for small dogs is $250.00. This includes a pre-anaesthetic health check, intravenous fluids during surgery, anaesthetic, monitoring, ultrasonic scaling to remove tartar and a tooth polish afterwards. Phone us to book a dental assessment to see if your pet qualifies.

In older dogs we will recommend that you get a blood test done to evaluate kidney and liver function. This test requires only a small amount of blood and cost under $100.00. If your dog has dental problems with a teeth that need  to come out then there are extra charges associated with the extraction and additional painkillers and antibiotics.  



The clinic offers digital radiography.This  is a form of x-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.We also offer 24 hour specialist review of the images for urgent cases.


We offer in house testing for a lot of common diseases including Canine Parvovirus, Heartworm and Feline Aids. We also do routine blood testing in the clinic which means faster results and diagnosis for your  pet.


Most general surgical procedures are done in house.


Itchy pets, hair loss and allergies in animals are among the  most frustrating conditions for pet owners. We can help managing these conditions with or without the help of a Animal Skin, Ear and Allergy specialist


With the help of our dedicated team of nurses non critical patients are kept on site overnight. This eliminates the need of transferring patients to emergency centres after hours and back the following morning.


There are always advancements in treatment strategies for different diseases. We stay up to date with any new treatments by attending courses right through the year so that you know your pets will get offered the best available treatments.


Being in Melbourne we are fortunate enough to have the best of animal specialists available on our door steps. Many of these services are providing “in-house” services. That means the specialist will travel to us and you and your pet can come into a clinic environment which you know and are familiar with. We offer ultrasound  services, Cardiovascular and Oncology care in this way.


Even if you don't see fleas on your pet it doesn't mean your doesn't have any. Cats for example will over groom, get rid of fleas and in the process make themselves bald. Have you thought about intestinal worms or heartworm prevention?

Come and talk to us and get reliable information on parasite control.


Do you know how often one can wash a dog? Does a flea rinse help? We will offer you expert advice on these often confusing products.


These can only be prescribed once we have seen the patients and deemed their use necessary.


If you answer yes to one of the questions below we invite you to contact us to learn how we can help your best friend.



  • Experience the pain of arthritis?
  • Suffer pain or disablement from long term injury?
  • Show signs of Hip Dysplasia?
  • Suffer from Ligament (e.g ACL) or tendon injures?
  • Experience ongoing orthopaedic surgery problems?

The In-house Adipose Stem Cell procedure developed by Medivet Pty Ltd has been used successfully on many Dogs, Cats and Horses for the treatment of osteoarthritis and bone and ligament injuries both here in Australia and abroad. This treatment is now an affordable way to treat animals suffering from a range of degenerative diseases.



  • Drugs for long term pain management for arthritis
  • Some orthopaedic procedures
  • Ligament and tendon damage in dogs and horses
  • Post orthopaedic surgery to promote faster healing and tissue regeneration
This procedure is non controversial as no embryonic cells are used, only cells obtained from your animal?s own fat tissue.




Stem cells are unique in that they can differentiate into many different types of tissue including muscle, nerve, cartilage, bone, fat, liver and more.


They occur naturally in the body and are naturally drawn to areas which are damaged once they have entered the body. They then quickly go to work to repair the damaged tissue in the problem area. Studies have shown that these stem cells help repair damaged cartilage and bone tissue, decrease inflammation (and pain), heal damaged cells, prevent further cell deterioration and promote active tissue regeneration.


Unlike the stem cell therapy that has been used in human medicine for many years -
this new technology uses only adult cells harvested from the pet's own body. This means no embryonic cells are involved so no ethical or moral values are at stake. In addition to this, the new technology allows us to be able to harvest more cells than any predeceasing technologies and activating them through state of the art LED Light Technology.

It's a completely natural process - just the body's own stem cells healing itself with a little help from modern technology by Medivet.



Firstly, the "dormant" cells are harvested by removing around 20 grams of fat from your pet's body, just behind the shoulder blade. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia, taking only 20 minutes or so. Then your pet rests and recovers from the anaesthetic. Meanwhile we process the fatty tissue to harvest and activate the cells. This takes about two hours.

The whole procedure is conducted in house  and in real time meaning your pet will be a day patient, in and out in less than one day!



The successful use of fat-derived stem cells as a natural therapy to promote regeneration of problem areas has been recorded in well over 6,000 procedures. This Australian Breakthrough Technology is now being used in over 10 countries globally and results have shown that over 90% of dogs undergoing the procedure show a vast improvement in their quality of life and a reduction in any pain levels present.

Owners have reported:

  • Greater range of motion of affected joints
  • Less obvious signs of pain
  • Less difficulty rising and walking
  • Reduced need for ongoing anti - inflammatory medications
  • Happier, healthier and more energetic pets loving life



The Adipose Stem Cell Procedure is suitable for but not limited to Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia, Cartilage Damage, Ligament Damage and damaged Tendons.

Stem cell therapy is not suitable for cancer patients or patients with active infections.


No. The Adipose Stem cell procedure is only available through specific accredited clinics and specialist centres


Lilydale Veterinary Centre uses the Medivet Advanced Stem Cell Technology and is an accredited clinic that can process the harvested fat sample using specially purchased laboratory equipment. This means we can complete the procedure from start to finish in just one day. It also means we can offer this procedure at a more affordable price.



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Lilydale vet pioneers stem cell op


A YARRA Ranges vet clinic is helping pioneer a stem cell treatment for dogs and cats with arthritic and ligament problems.


Lilydale Veterinary Clinic is one of six Victorian centres using the technique, which enables a pet's own stem cells to heal degenerative joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, ligament and cartilage injuries.


Vet Renier Oosthuizen said three pets had already received the treatment, and owners had reported amazing results within days. He said the process involved taking stem cells from a healthy part of the body and mixing it with blood before re-injecting into the painful joint where it works to heal the damage.


We are seeing more dogs with these kinds of issues because their life styles have changed; they are heavier than they used to be, Dr Oosthuizen said.


And we see quite a few older pets where surgery is not always the right option; this way it is less invasive and that is the key.


He said the technology had been used in humans and horses but it was the first time vets were able to use the technique inside their own practice. In fact a marked improvement is expected in the dogs activity levels within 30 days.


Its been in Victoria for about 18 months, he said. I have been a vet for 26 years, but I could not have imagined this was possible even five years ago.


Treatment trial for top agent

Tim Fletcher

Tim Fletcher had stem cell treatment for his knee after promising trials. Picture: Craig Borrow Herald Sun

TIM Fletcher became a "human guinea pig" last week when he hadstem cell therapy to try to repair a painful old knee injury.

The top real estate agent is one of only five Victorians to have had the treatment.

Mr Fletcher suffered years of pain caused by bone grinding on bone.


It was the success of stem cell therapy on animals that gave him theconfidence to proceed with a medical technique still in its infancy.


"I had nothing to lose and I was very prepared to take the risks," Mr Fletcher said.

"No one really knows what the downsides are, but the upsides are out there and well known."

It was his family vet who tipped him off to the success of stem cell trials on animals.


"Given all the positive feedback I had heard about stem cell therapy inanimals I was perfectly comfortable to proceed," he said.


TheHerald Sun previously reported that stem cell trials on dogs inMelbourne had shown stunning results. Once crippled canines were abletorun again.


Mr Fletcher had the treatment on Wednesday last week and was back at work on crutches the next day.


"By the third and fourth day I had noticed an improvement, though I have been having some pain again since then," he said.


But he was happy to be a human guinea pig.


"It also compared favourably with surgery to have an artificial knee fitted because once you undergo the surgery, it is not a reversibleprocedure," he said.


Sports medical specialist and North Melbourne Football Club doctor Dan Bates treated Mr Fletcher.


"I treated my first patient, a 43-year-old former state soccer player,last year, and MRI scans before and since have shown new cartilage growingin his injured knee," Dr Bates said.


"Of the other handful ofpatients I have treated, all have become either pain-free or are belowthe levels of pain before treatment."


Dr Bates will publish the results of his trial soon.


Mr Fletcher said the treatment took three hours at Dr Bates's LakesideSports Medicine Centre, starting with "uncomfortable" stomachliposuction to remove the cells.


"They took fat cells frommystomach, which they mixed with blood and then counted them out. Theyneeded 20 million cells and, within an hour, they squirted it intomyknee."