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Alma Street Veterinary Hospital
67 Alma Street
Rockhampton
QLD 4700

Phone:
07 4922 8138
Fax:
07 4922 7439

Below you will find a list of services that Alma Street Veterinary Hospital provide.

     


     Consultations


    We have three fully functional consult rooms that are up to date with the latest equipment.

    During your consultation your pet receives a full health check and examination. Any concerns you may have or problems that are detected during the examination are discussed, and a treatment plan is made.

    Consultations are available by Appointment:

    Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm

    Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm

    Sunday 9:00am to 11:00am (Excluding Vaccinations and Microchips)

    Please call to book an appointment on 07 4922 8138


 House calls


If you are unable to come to us for any reason, we can come to you.

House Calls are available Monday to Friday and require 24 hours notice unless its an emergency. Extra costs are applicable.

Please call to book a house call appointment on 07 4922 8138



 Vaccinations


 Canine

To keep your Dog fit, happy and healthy we suggest the following vaccination program:

 6 - 8 weeks - 1st vaccination

12 - 14 weeks - 2nd vaccination

16 - 18 weeks - 3rd vaccination

Yearly Boosters - Each year for life.


The common vaccinations used are;

C3 - Protects against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus

C5 - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Kennel Cough

 * C5 is required when your dog is going to attend a Boarding Kennel

The Vet will discuss these different vaccines with you.

We also have available:

Tetanus – Recommended for dogs rural dogs

Leptospira – Recommended for dogs travelling to specific areas eg. Mackay


Feline

To keep your Cat fit and healthy please consider the following vaccination program:

6 - 8 weeks - 1st Vaccination

10 - 12 weeks - 2nd Vaccination

14 - 16 weeks - 3rd Vaccination

Yearly Booster - Each year for life


The different vaccinations are:

F3 - Protects against cat flu and feline enteritis

F4 - Protects against cat flu and feline enteritis PLUS Chlamydia

F5 - Protects against cat flu and feline enteritis PLUS Chlamydia and Feline Leukaemia Virus

* At least an F3 is required when you cat is going to attend a Boarding Kennel or Cattery

Feline FIV:

FIV- Protects against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS virus)

*FIV protection requires three needles two weeks apart and then a yearly booster. We recommend protection against FIV for cats which go outdoors as it is spread by bitting. 



 Microchipping

A microchip, also known as a radio frequency identification device (RFID), is the most effective form of permanent identification for pets. Microchips are approximately the size of a grain of rice (see picture below). Pet microchipping is an extremely common and safe procedure, and is simply implanted through a needle between the shoulder blades.

Queensland law now requires all dogs and cats to have a microchip implanted by the time they are 12 weeks old.

Microchips are available to be implanted from 6 weeks of age.

Please call to make an appointment or ask a question on 07 4922 8138.







 Desexing

We recommend dogs are desexed at 6 months of age and cat between 4-6 months.

Unwanted Puppies and Kittens is an ongoing problem. Every year thousands of puppies and kitten are dumped and euthanased from unwanted litters.

Desexing is a day surgery which involves a general anaesthetic. Your pet is to have all food taken away from 10pm the night before but water can be left with your pet overnight. You bring your pet to the Hospital between 8:00am - 8:30am on the day. Your pet has a check over with a veterinarian to check the health of your animal and discuss the options of the surgery.

Your pet is administered a sedative and pain relief prior to surgery and also intravenous fluids are administered during the anaesthetic. Once surgery is completed and your pet is recovering, a pain relief injection is given and you are notified when your pet is available to be picked up, usually after 3pm.

The cost of the surgery includes a health check prior to surgery, the anaesthetic, sedative, pain relief, fluids, surgery, and a consultation 10 days after the surgery to have stitches removed and the surgery site checked.

** In unforeseen circumstances (e.g emergencies and complications), your pet may have to stay overnight.

 Please call to make a desexing appointment or any questions you may have on 07 4922 8138


To assist your pet in a healthy recovery from surgery it is helpful to :

• Provide clean, dry bedding in a quiet place. Due to the anaesthetic, your pet may be tired for 1-2 days.

• Provide your pet with a small evening meal of about half the normal quantity. Some patients may not eat after surgery. Always supply clean fresh water.

• Please keep your pet quiet for 4-5 days, as this will reduce swelling and the reaction to the sutures.

• Please check the wound daily for any abnormalities such as excessive swelling, discharge or missing sutures. If your pet is chewing or licking at the sutures excessively, we may need to put a special collar on them to prevent them from irritating or removing the sutures.

• Your pet cannot get wet for 10 days as water can get into the surgery site and cause an infection, this includes bathing and going to the beach.

• The sutures are to be removed in 10 days after the surgery. Please phone the Hospital for an appointment to arrange this.

• If there are any problems after the surgery, such as vomiting or problems with the wound, please do not hesitate to phone us on 49 228 138. Thankyou and all the best.



 Surgery

At Alma Street Veterinary Hospital we are equipped to perform various surgical procedures. These vary from suturing wounds or removing lumps, to complex fracture repairs and complex abdominal surgery (such as removal of foreign objects). Some surgeries need to be performed urgently such as caesareans or twisted stomach, others are more elective and can be booked in at a later date. For these surgeries, the following points help.

Prior to surgery your pet is to have all food taken away from 10pm the night before but water is fine. You bring your pet to the Hospital between 8:00am - 8:30am on the day. Your pet has a check over with a veterinarian to check the health of your animal and discuss the options of the surgery.

Your pet is administered a sedative and pain relief prior, and administered fluids during surgery. Once surgery is completed and your pet is in recovery you are notified of the surgery outcome and when you pet is available to be picked up, usually after 3pm.

** In unforeseen circumstances (e.g emergencies and complications), your pet may have to stay overnight.

Please call to make a appointment or any questions you may have on 07 4922 8138

To assist your pet in a healthy recovery from surgery it is helpful to :

• Provide clean, dry bedding in a quiet place. Due to the anaesthetic, your pet may be tired for 1-2 days.

• Provide your pet with a small evening meal of about half the normal quantity. Some patients may not eat after surgery. Always supply clean fresh water.

• Please keep your pet quiet for 4-5 days, as this will reduce swelling and the reaction to the sutures.

• Please check the wound daily for any abnormalities such as excessive swelling, discharge or missing sutures. If your pet is chewing or licking at the sutures excessively, we may need to put a special collar on them to prevent them from irritating or removing the sutures.

• Your pet cannot get wet for 10 days as water can get into the surgery site and cause an infection, this includes bathing and going to the beach.

• If your pet should require any medication, please follow the vet’s instructions or the medication label and below.

• The sutures are to be removed in 10-14 days after the surgery. Please phone the Hospital for an appointment to arrange this.

• If there are any problems after the surgery, such as vomiting or problems with the wound, please do not hesitate to phone us on 49 228 138. Thankyou and all the best.



 Dental

Healthy teeth are a very important part of your pets general health. At Alma Street Veterinary Hospital we have a dental unit to assist us to treat dental problems. Some pets may just require a scale and polish. We do this with an ultrasonic scaler (similar to a human dentist) and specalised polisher. Other pets may require extractions for rotten teeth, damaged teeth or tooth root diseases.

We can also put fillings in damaged teeth, but this needs to be done soon after tooth is damaged (within 48 hours), otherwise it becomes infected and removal is required.

Please call us to make an appointment or to discuss your pet oral health on 07 4922 8138

Dental Care

Once teeth are clean, it is important to try and maintain clean teeth at home. This will help reduce tartar and slow the progression of dental disease. Good dental health is important for general health.

The following methods can help keep your pets teeth clean;

Brushing Teeth

Just like people, daily brushing is the ultimate in tooth care. Brush with a tooth brush or finger brush once a day. Use a pet toothpaste. Clean the outside of the teeth (This can be done with the mouth closed). Brushing can be done before food, and give food as a reward after brushing. Our staff can assist you in showing you how to brush your pets teeth.

Bones - Bones must ONLY be feed raw.

Large bones for bigger dogs (such as cow femurs) and brisket or chicken bones for small dogs and cats. Bones will help clean teeth, but can also fracture teeth and get stuck in the mouth, throat or gut, so use them carefully.

For best results - Use only raw bones

- Strip excess meat and fat from the bones

- Use whole bones, not cut bones


Dental Diets

Hills t/d diet for cats and dogs help clean teeth.

Dental Chews

Chews such as Greenies and Dentabones can help remove tartar. Pigs ears are a natural treat.

Dental Gel

Chlorhexidine dental gel daily helps remove tartar.

Good dental hygiene is important for your pets health, not to mention nicer smelling breath. A professional scale and polish may still be required from time to time to keep teeth in tip top shape.



 Endoscopy

An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a animal's body using an endoscope. An endoscope is a medical device consisting of a long, thin, flexible tube which has a light and a video camera. Images of the inside of the patient's body can be seen on a screen. Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure. It is used to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue.

Endoscopy can be used to examine the airways, and also the esophagus and stomach.



 Ultrasound

Sometimes x-rays cannot show all the details we require to make a diagnosis. Ultrasounds, using ultrasonic waves can help to show details of organs in the abdomen and heart. It is also used for pregnancy diagnosis. At Alma Street Veterinary Hospital we have recently updated our ultrasound machine.


 Artificial Insemination

Artificial insemination, or AI, is the process by which sperm is placed into the reproductive tract of a female for the purpose of impregnating the female. For some dogs, natural breeding is unsuccessful and artificial methods are required.

Please contact us to book an appointment of to discuss your options with a veterinarian 07 4922 8138



 Puppy Preschool

Puppy Preschool is a four week course run on a Tuesday night from 6-7pm. The classes are run by one of our Veterinary Nurses, Kimberly Foot, and Practice Manager, Lenore Stewart.

The classes cover general puppy health and nutrition, standard commands and socalisation for your puppy.

To attend a Puppy Preschool Class:

• Small Breed Puppies (Maltese, Foxy etc) - 6-14 weeks (when starting the class)

• Large Breed Puppies (Cattle Dog, Mastiff) - 4-12 weeks (when starting the class)

• MUST HAVE had the 1st Vaccination

• Be on a Collar and Lead

• Bookings essential

The four week course costs $60 per puppy.

Please contact us to find out when out next class is being held and availability on 07 4922 8138



 Weight Loss & Nutrition

Did you know?

Over 40% of dogs and 30% of cats in Australia are overweight or obese. That is over 70% of cat and/or dog owners with an overweight pet.

Looking at these figures you can see you aren't alone with your pets battle against the bulge, and thankfully we run a Weight Loss Program within the hospital to help correct this problem. To become involved in the Weight Loss Program your pet will have to have seen a Veterinarian for a referral and body score.

So what's involved:

• In the first consultation your Veterinary Nurse will take your pets photo, measurements and weight which will be recorded on your file, you will also receive a starter pack which will have most of the information you need to get started. Any questions you have, feel free to ask.

 • After the initial consultation, you will need to bring your pet in every week to be weighed so we can update his/her progress (This is very important). Once your Veterinary Nurse is happy with your pets weekly weight losses, the weigh-ins will be spread out to fortnightly or even monthly consultations, this will depend on the patients progress and other factors of course.

 • When your pet has reached his/her target weight, they are placed on a maintenance diet which you can maintain from home, simple!

Obesity is a growing problem in our pets, and can have serious implications on their health. Conditions such as heart problems, arthritis and diabetes can all be related to obesity.

We recommend & stock a full range of Hill's Science Diet Life Stage foods and Hill's Prescription Diets for pets with specific medical conditions.

All our staff are happy to help you with dietary recommendations for your pet.

If you would like to learn more, book a consultation today by calling 07 4922 8138.



 24 Hours After Hours Service

We have an on call vet 24 hours a day for emergencies. Please be aware that after hour's services incur a higher fee than normal hours. If you are unsure of this cost, ask the veterinarian when you discuss your case.

To contact a veterinarian after hours please call 07 4922 8138. If you receive message bank, please leave your name, number and a brief message and they will return your call.



 In House Testing / Pathology Services

Pathology testing includes blood testing, checking lumps and taking biopsies and samples to aid us to diagnose problems.

Alma Street Veterinary Hospital has blood testing equipment for rapid diagnosis and monitoring. We can also run simple skin and ear tests. For more difficult pathology testing, we send samples to specialist veterinary pathology laboratories in Rockhampton and Brisbane.



 A range of Flea, Worm, Tick, Collars, Leads and other pet products.

At Alma Street Veterinary Hospital we stock a range of Hills and Advance pet foods, as well as Leads, Collars, Harnesses, Shampoos, Brushes, Combs and Flea and Tick Products.

If we don't have something that you are looking for ask one of our receptions and we will try our best to get it in for you.

Please contact if you have any questions about our products on 07 4922 8138.