We realise it can be a stressful time when you pet is required to undergo a surgical procedure. Our pre-surgery testing, continuous monitoring and high standards ensure your pet’s safety and comfort are assured, no matter how big or small the procedure may be. Our safety protocols include pre-anaesthetic blood screening, intra-venous fluids with all anaesthetics, continual monitoring of oxygen saturation, respiration and heart rates, blood pressure and temperate. This ensures we maintain our exceptionally high safety record and you have peace of mind that your pet is receiving the best of care.
The latest digital x-ray equipment allows us to investigate health problems and quickly diagnose injuries in emergency situations. Being able to provide this convenient service on-site gives our patients the best opportunity for accurate diagnosis and a speedy recovery.
With our beautiful climate and outdoor lifestyle, it’s not uncommon to see cruciate ligament ruptures, particularly in larger dog breeds. This ligament can weaken in older dogs and may rupture suddenly during normal activity. Lameness, stiffness and instability of the knee are common signs of the condition. Left untreated muscle wasting and osteoarthritis will develop. The earlier surgical repair is performed the more successful it will be. Several surgical methods are available and the best option can be personalised for your pet and budget.
In House Laboratory
Not all diseases can be detected in a physical exam, yet even before symptoms can be seen an underlying condition may be causing damage to your pets’ vital organs. In-house blood testing gives a detailed view of the health of organs such as the kidneys, heart, pancreas and liver, and allows early, more effective and affordable treatment. This improves the level of care we can provide and the quality of your pets’ life.
In addition to blood screening we can also perform cytology, uninalysis, fecal testing and parasitology testing during a routine consultation.
We believe in the benefits of early detection. Because of this we offer urine testing at no additional charge with all vaccinations for pets over 6 years of age. This can detect problems with the urinary tract and other organs.
It’s not uncommon that by the age of three your pets’ teeth will have begun to stain with tartar accumulation and their gums may appear swollen and red. This is not a natural process of ageing, but the result of bacteria and food building up on the teeth. If this plaque is not removed, dental disease will progress and become irreversible. An animal with moderate to severe dental disease will be in pain and if left untreated can lead to systemic general health issues affecting the kidney, heart and metabolic systems.
A regular dental check-up will reveal problems and allow for early, less costly treatment. A change in diet may be all that is required to maintain healthy, strong teeth.
Desexing is important for future health, improved behaviour and for population control (reducing unwanted pets in refuges). This is a surgical procedure that renders an animal unable to breed. The procedure for a female is called a spey and for a male is called castration. These procedures are done under a general anaesthetic and using strict hygiene controls.
Desexing is best done between the ages of four and six months of age. At this age, the organs are relatively smaller than later in life. Therefore, it is safer, takes less time and less complications occur with the surgery. Your pet will be under anaesthesia for a shorter time, wake up faster and recover quicker. Additionally, the long term health benefits achieved are greatest when desexing is performed before sexual maturity.
Bli Bli Vet supports the Sunshine Coast Animal Rescue desexing program.
We know from personal experience the pain caused by a lost pet. Although collars and tags are great, they can come off or the text may become illegible. The best way to get a lost pet home is to ensure they have a registered microchip.
Queensland regulations require that all animals born after April 2009 must be microchipped and registered. These small chips are inserted under the skin and allow life-long access to your contact details should your pet ever stray from home. Microchips may be implanted only by a vet or other authorised implanter. This can be done during a regular consultation, or while your pet is under anaesthetic – usually whilst being desexed. Although not legally required, birds and other small pets can also benefit from the permanent identification offered by a microchip.
Our priority in caring for the senior pet is improving their quality of life and maximising the time you have together. Like us, as our pets age, they may develop issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Reduced Kidney & liver function
- High blood pressure
- Dental disease
- Digestive issues
- Reduced cognitive abilities & disorders
While breed, hereditary traits and excess weight can effect the development of geriatric issues simple changes at home, such as getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight will help maintain mobility and delay the onset of many geriatric problems. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) also encourages early detection and treatment to give pets the best chance of avoiding illness and living longer, happier lives.
This is why we recommend an annual wellness check, including blood and urine screening in both dogs and cats from the age of 6 years. Regular blood testing can identify conditions that a physical exam cannot, allowing earlier intervention. This allows us to detect disease in apparently healthy animals before obvious signs appear, making treatment more effective and affordable, and providing better outcomes.
Every new puppy owner wants a well-behaved, sociable pet, and we know firsthand the benefits of sharing your life with such a friend. Therefore, we encourage all new puppy owners to take advantage of the early developmental period between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. This is the best time to begin socialisation and Puppy Preschool is the perfect way to do it.
Unlike traditional dog training classes, Puppy Preschool is specifically designed for puppies eight to sixteen weeks of age. Your puppy will have the opportunity to experience safe interactions with other pups at the same developmental stage, gaining confidence and socialisation skills in a safe environment. You will learn about normal and abnormal canine behaviour, effective early training techniques and how to keep your new puppy happy and healthy.Puppy Preschool