Pets, on average, age five to eight times faster than humans. By age two, most pets have already reached adulthood. At age four, many are entering middle age. By age seven, many dogs, particularly larger breeds, are entering their senior years.
Because pets age so rapidly, major health changes can occur in a short amount of time. The risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, heart disease and other serious conditions all increase with age.
Today’s pets are living longer than ever, chances are that many may experience a potentially serious illness during their lifetime. Annual health checks can help your veterinarian diagnose, treat or even prevent problems before they become life-threatening.
They’re also a great opportunity to ask us about nutrition, behaviour or any other issues.
Consultations are available at both clinics by appointment. There is the advantage of onsite laboratory facilities that make testing possible for the investigation of sore ears, lumps and blood work at the time of consultation.
Some consultations can be done at a home visit, such as routine vaccinations, microchipping, yearly preheat injections and arthritis treatments. Although in some cases you may be advised to bring your animal into the clinic as further workup may be required.
Do you find it difficult to get your pet to the clinic, perhaps they are crippled by arthritis or simply too large to lift into a car? Or perhaps you would like a number of pets seen at once, a family of pets for vaccinations or a litter of puppies? Perhaps you have made the sad decision to put your pet to sleep due to ongoing health issues, and would prefer them to be seen at home?
Our veterinarians can travel to your home to do a home consultation. Please be aware that, depending on the health issue, we may be only able to do a preliminary health examination at home, and the pet may still need to be presented to the clinic for further tests or ongoing treatment. Some problems may not be suitable for a home visit as your pet may need a sedation, nursing assistants or diagnostic equipment at the clinic, (such as grass seed removal from ear canals).
There is a small surcharge for at home consultation. Standard vaccination fees remain the same, however, there may be an extra fee if a nurse has to attend the call also. There is a standard mileage fee from the clinic based on round-trip mileage.
If the visit is not urgent, you may prefer to place it on one of our valley runs to reduce the mileage.We take bookings up to 9.30am on the day of the run, work out the travel order, then phone clients back with an estimated time for the consultation, so you do need to be time-flexible for this option.
There is a set travel fee of $40.00, or $53.00 beyond Running Creek and in some areas of Wodonga.
MITTA VALLEY run day is Monday (and Thursdays July-October)
KIEWA VALLEY including Wodonga, Yackandandah and all the way to Mt Beauty is Tuesday (and Fridays July-October)
TALLANGATTA VALLEY / BETHANGA and BELLBRIDGE run is the first Wednesday (and third Wednesday July-October) of each month.
Runs are held on a different day of the week if they fall on a Public Holiday.
Please phone us on 02 60 712 594 if you would like to book a home visit or valley run visit.