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Vaccinations
Dental Care and Dentistry
Tick Paralysis Treatment
Skin Allergies
Preventative Health and Nutrition
Pet Insurance
Complimentary Services

Keeping your pet happy and healthy requires regular check-ups and vaccinations to help ensure they’re at a much lower risk of preventable ailments. 

Vaccinations are an important part of the care of your pet. Like humans, side effects in pets that are associated with vaccinations are extremely uncommon and usually include lethargy for 24 hours and a short- lived fever. Should these occur, they are not an immediate cause for concern. If your pet has not recovered from these side-effects after 24-48 hours, contact us and we will guide you through the next steps.

We offer you all the advice you require, together with recommending the best preventative products specific to your pet’s needs. 

How do pet vaccines actually work?

A vaccine is a substance containing a small amount of killed or altered virus or bacteria that is injected under the skin. The vaccine stimulates an immune response, but does not cause any disease. The immune system then produces antibodies to this harmless impostor. When your pet encounters the real virus or bacteria in the future, the body quickly responds to attack and kill it.

How often does my pet need to be vaccinated?

Once your pet is a patient of ours, we set up a personalised profile that sends out an automatic reminder as to when your pet’s vaccinations are due. This takes all the worry out of you having to remember specific dates and ensures your pet is always up to date with their vaccinations and preventative healthcare.

Our pets require dental care too! At Allambie Vet, our focus is on prevention of dental disease. Just like humans, this means regular brushing and occasional dental cleaning (scale and polish). The only difference is that pets need to be placed under general anaesthesia for dentistry. Some pets are more predisposed to dental disease and require additional care such as dietary changes, special chews and more frequent cleaning to prevent decay and tooth loss.

Our veterinarians are extremely experienced in dentistry with access to the latest dental equipment including two new dental machines, dental radiography, surgical extraction equipment and a VetTome. 

We offer FREE Dental Health Checks with one of our veterinarians.

Do pets need constant expensive dental care?

Like any other aspect of pet health, dental care needs ongoing attention and maintenance. Costs associated with dentistry increase when dental extractions are needed. In order to try and avoid this, we recommend regular free dental checks with our veterinarians. This will enable them to develop a preventative plan for that specific pet, because let’s face it, not every dog or cat is going to let you brush their teeth!

Like people, not every pet is the same and unfortunately, some pets are more predisposed to periodontal disease. It is well recognised that small breed dogs often need more dental care and that cats can develop feline oral resorptive lesions.

What is the best way to clean my pet’s teeth?

The best way to clean your pet’s teeth is with a pet toothbrush or a mini tooth brush designed for small children. There is even pet toothpaste that comes in a range of flavours! Both of these are available for purchase at Allambie Vet. Do not use human toothpastes as they contain fluoride and occasionally xylitol, both of which are toxic to pets.

Living on the Northern Beaches means that tick paralysis is something you need to be aware of. These days, there are excellent products on the market to prevent this life threatening condition. The products we recommend are bravecto, nexgard/nexgard spectra or simparica

Tick paralysis is deadly and requires immediate treatment and hospitalisation. At Allambie Vet our team has decades of experience in diagnosing and treating tick paralysis in pets. Our veterinarians regularly attend conferences on tick paralysis to ensure that our treatment protocols are the most current and effective. Additionally, we have just acquired a new ventilator to better manage those patients that are severely affected by tick paralysis.

If you have found a tick on your pet or suspect that your pet has tick paralysis, please call Allambie Vet as soon as possible.

How do paralysis ticks affect house cats?

The normal signs of tick paralysis in a cat include paralysis (often starting with subtle weakness in the hind legs), changes in ‘meow’, vomiting or regurgitation and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of the above signs, please contact Allambie Vet for advice and to have your cat seen by a veterinarian.

How do I remove ticks from my dog?

Removing ticks from a dog is best done with a purpose made ‘tick hook’ that grasps the tick around the mouth parts, pulling it out without squeezing the body. Squeezing the body or burning/freezing the tick causes it to expel more venom into your dog. If you are unable to safely remove the tick, please visit us and we can have one of our staff remove it for you.

 A skin allergy, or hypersensitivity, is an overreaction to a stimulus such as food, parasites (flea allergy dermatitis) and environmental allergens such as contact allergies and atopic dermatitis. All allergies manifest differently, however common clinical signs are itchiness (pruritis), red skin, pustules, dandruff, hair loss (alopecia), over-grooming and even behavioural changes. 

It is also very common to see secondary infections as a result of inflammation and self-trauma from scratching and licking. 

How can I soothe my pet’s itchy skin?

Itchy skin can be difficult to soothe with home remedies and may require professional care. 

When treating skin disease we must first investigate and resolve any current secondary infection. This is performed in-house by collecting and assessing skin samples under the microscope and, if required, a treatment plan will be put into place. 

Once any infection is resolved, long term control should be achieved by looking for the underlying cause for the skin hypersensitivity. This may involve elimination diets, adjusting parasite control and removal of possible environmental allergens. In some cases, anti-pruritic medications may be needed longer term to achieve comfort and stability for your pet, or referral to a dermatology specialist for advanced allergy testing.

At Allambie Vet we focus on preventative medicine and correct nutrition to ensure your pet is in the best position for a long and healthy life.

What’s the best diet for my dog/pet?

The best diet is a good quality, commercial diet or a diet designed by a veterinary nutritionist. Different diets suit different pets, based on their breed, age and health status. If you are unsure, please get in touch to have a diet recommended by your veterinarian or nurse.

Is it safe to put my pet on a weight loss diet?

Weight loss diets are available for purchase from vet hospitals. Good quality diets will have recommended feeding guidelines based on desired weight on the packaging. 

At Allambie Vet we consider pet insurance a valuable component to your pet’s health care plan. Pet insurance is vital at times where unexpected accidents or health issues occur leaving you with unplanned veterinary bills. If you are considering pet insurance, it is important to investigate and apply as early as possible before any issues arise. For new pet owners, pet insurance is a simple way of giving you peace of mind. 

We offer eClaims with PetSure, making paper work obsolete. It's as simple as giving us your pet's insurance policy number.

There’s no paperwork to complete or sign, and you can leave the practice knowing your claim is underway. All our claims are submitted within 48 hours and then are assessed by a team of qualified vets and vet nurses, and most are processed within three business days.

We are proud to announce the release of GapOnly claims. We only offer GapOnly to patients admitted into hospital for treatment, diagnostic testing or surgery. 

The new GapOnly service calculates your claim, so you only pay the gap (the difference between the total of  your invoice and the claim benefits under your policy). It means less to pay upfront. 

*Please be advised that this service is only available for eligible PetSure insurance providers. Check with your insurance company or go to https://gaponly.com.au for more information.

What pet insurance would you recommend?

While we can't give specific advice about insurance policies, we can give general advice on what to look for to get the best policy that suits your pet, and we can advise what questions to ask the insurance company before committing to an insurance policy. We recommend choosing a pet insurance company that suits your pet’s age, breed and condition as well as your lifestyle and budget. 

What does pet insurance cover?

All pet insurance policies provide different levels of coverage. When researching pet insurance companies we recommend reading policies carefully to understand what is and is not covered.  Please call Allambie Vet if you would like advice.

Our nurses offer the following complimentary services:

  • Nail Clipping
  • Anal Gland Expressions 
  • Weigh-in and advice about your pet's diet 
  • Giving or applying medications 
  • Free coffee

Please call and book an appointment with one of our nurses for nails or anal glands. 

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