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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during this crazy COVID time, and business is (almost) as usual. In accordance with best practices to keep our employees safe and our hospital operational, we have moved to a contactless consultation and admission process.

Please rest assured, even though we aren't seeing you face to face, your pet is still getting the best of care. Visit the COVID section of our website for more information.

Call on 9452 2933 with any questions.

We thank you all for your support and patience!

COVID-19 CONSULTING HOURS 6am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK in case of emergency

Faecal Furphy

July 9th, 2019

When do you worry about a C. perfringens positive on faecal PCR? Well… Never. PCR tests for the genetic material to produce the toxin, not the toxin itself. There is no correlation between amount of genetic material and toxin levels, so this test is a bit of a furphy. Then why do so many patients respond to diet modification and metronidazole, you say? Most infectious or inflammatory GIT processes, even transient gastroenteritis will cause some degree of dysbiosis (aka altered GIT micro biome). So feeding a quality diet, full of “prebiotics” (foods that feed “good bacteria”), and metronidazole will help to rebalance things and decrease the effects of the original injury. There is currently minimal evidence to say that probiotics benefit these dogs, though the evidence is very strong in humans – and it doesn’t do any harm! 

Meet Our Team – Maya

July 2nd, 2019

Maya is a vet from Brazil, who came on board initially in our nursing team. Maya’s knowledge and understanding of complex medical conditions was so exceptional, we decided to make her our intern! Maya will be working with our medicine team throughout the week to help with our client contact and written communications, and generally keep everyone happy with her quality patient care and cheeky winks. Welcome Maya!