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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during COVID. As of Monday 28th February we will return to socially distanced consultations, in line with NSW Health Guidelines. We welcome a maximum of two adults, and we request for masks to be worn at all times when in the building. Please 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

Reminder: CPD Seminar Thursday 26th Sept.

September 24th, 2019
Join Us! Thursday, 26th September 2019 – Cavallino Terrey Hills
Poo: The good, the bad, and the runny.. * Chronic diarrhoea cases – how to maximise diagnostics, treatments and management prior to considering referral
* An update on novel treatment ideas (eg probiotics/prebiotics, faecal microbiota transplants etc.)
 Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Thrift,
Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine


 &

The Antacid Round Up
 * Proton-pump inhibitors: why, when, & what type to use!
 Presented by Dr. Anna Dengate,
Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine
 

Cavallino
Corner McCarrs Creek Road & Yulong Avenue
7pm for a 7:30 start.
RSVP by to info@northsidevetspecialists.com.au or 9452 2933

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! 

Did you know…

June 28th, 2019

Gastric foreign bodies can almost always be removed by endoscopy? Patient goes home same day, no pain relief, and generally significantly cheaper than surgery. In the last 3 days we have removed a pin, a needle, and a fish hook uneventfully!

Incontinence – when the drugs don’t work, there is still hope!

June 27th, 2019

Recent advances in the management of incontinence have drastically improved outcomes for pets and the quality of life of their humans! Two new procedures include injection of collagen into the urethral sphincter mechanism, and the placement of an inflatable occluder around the bladder neck to improve sphincter tone. We are running a special on collagen injections for a discounted rate of $820 throughout August (normally $1580). Chat to our medicine team of Dave, Anna, Liz, or Paul to see if this would be appropriate for your patient!

Effective Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

June 26th, 2019

Did you know that urinary incontinence can be treated by collagen injections to increase tone in the urethral sphincter? Contact our team to discuss if your female patients are candidates for this treatment. 

CPD EVENING – JULY 4th 2019

June 18th, 2019

Join Dr. Rita Singh and the team from Northside Veterinary Specialists on Thursday, 4th July for an evening of cardiology CPD. Rita will be covering congenital heart defects, including PDAs, pulmonic stenosis, and more. Learn about the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions.

RSVP on 02 9452 2933 or to info@northsidevetspecialists.com.au by Monday, 1st July. All practice members welcome. We hope to see you there!

SUB Systems

January 15th, 2019

We are seeing a run of ureteral obstructions in cats! Blocked Ureters are becoming more and more common, likely due to a combination of better detection and increasing incidence of calcium oxalate stones due to diet trends. We have been placing artificial ureters (subcutaneous ureteral bypass, or SUBs) in several cats recently, all of them going very well. Typical presentation is vomiting +/- anorexia, and a palpably enlarged or painful kidney (right more common than left). Some cats do not become azotaemic as their other kidney is still functional, so may go undiagnosed. Ultrasonography by someone trained to observe renal pelvic dilation and ureteral distension is sufficient to diagnose this, and the recommendation is usually to place a bypass as medical management fails in 85% of patients.