Preventative Care

Preventing illness and disease is essential to your pet's health.

Preventative care can help achieve and maintain the highest levels of general health and well-being in your pet.

Did you know that some common worms can also affect us too? Another reason worming your pet is essential!

Vaccinations and parasite control protect against serious and life-threatening diseases.

Pet dentistry, as with humans, is an important part of preventing diseases and pain.

Blood tests can help to reveal underlying conditions and can also help to identify the genetic factors your pet may be pre-disposed to.

We are always happy to discuss any aspect of your pet's healthcare plan with you. Please contact us with any questions.

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Surgery

Surgery can be a stressful time for both you and your pet. We think it’s a good idea to keep you well informed about the procedures and processes that are required before, during and after surgery.

Our expert team is dedicated to providing your pet with the best possible outcomes. Our Vets perform desexing, soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures.

Your pet will be in the capable hands of our experienced staff and we are focused on making this processes as smooth and safe as possible.

We aim to ensure any surgery day is as stress free for you and your pet as possible. 
Your pet's safety is our highest prority.

  • Dogs and cats are housed in separate areas, to ensure they don't disturb or frustrate each other
  • Our clinics have separate surgical procedure rooms and operating theatres
  • Our clinics use modern anaesthetic machines, and the safest anaesthetic drugs and gases 
  • Your pet’s vital signs are monitored both electronically and by the surgical team, who will be with your pet until he or she has completely recovered from the anaesthetic
    

Please note: Late and early pick-up and drop off of your pet is offered, for added convenience.

Visit our clinics or contact us to learn more.

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Vaccinations

Fleas & Intestinal Worms

Heartworm Treatment

Dental care

Blood Tests

Healthcare Programs

After Surgery Care

Desexing

Pre-Surgery Care

Soft Tissue

Orthopaedic

Diagnostics

We offer the latest in diagnostic imaging technologies for your pet.

 

Why is my vet suggesting diagnostic imaging?

 

A complete physical exam is only part of the picture. Sometimes further tests are required to obtain an accurate diagnosis and select the right treatment for your pet.

When is diagnostic imaging used?

Some common situations where forms of diagnostic imaging may be recommended include the following:

  • Lameness - X-rays are required to rule out broken bones, evaluate arthritis and examine the joints.
  • Heart murmurs - X-rays can determine whether heart function is compromised, while ultrasound can determine the cause of a murmur.
  • Breathing problems - X-rays evaluate lung function.
  • Vomiting - X-rays check for foreign objects within the intestines or stomach.
  • Abnormal blood test results - Ultrasound is useful for evaluating liver, kidney and other problems, when abnormalities are found on blood tests.
  • Pregnancy assessment - X-rays can assess the number of babies your pet may be carrying, while ultrasound can be used in early pregnancy diagnosis and determining dates.

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X-ray

Ultrasound

Behaviour & Training

We all want a pet who is happy and well behaved. The more you understand why your pet behaves the way it does, the easier it will be for you to train your pet and make them a happy and polite member of your family.

What affects pet behaviour?

  • Genetics. For example, dogs have an inborn desire to dig. Cats have an instinct to sharpen their claws on vertical surfaces. Rabbits naturally go back to the same place to toilet.
  • What pets have learnt from past experiences
  • The environment. For example, a dog with no shade in the backyard will be more likely to dig a hole to keep cool. A cat with a litter tray that is only cleaned once a month will use the pot plants as a toilet.

Problem behaviour or behavioural problem?

Behaviour Consults are a great way to teach your dog good behaviour. Behavioural problems may be a result of lack of training or breed specifics. However, it is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!

How do Behaviour Consults work? 

Behaviour consults are booked at the Woodend Veterinary Centre, where reception details the problems that are experienced by the owner and their dog.  

In her extensive experience, Jennie Kyritsis has found that dogs will behave in various ways, depending on the breed (and the owner’s knowledge of how their chosen breed behaves) workload, (both physically and mentally) and prior training.  

Jennie communicates with the owner, ensuring she fully understands the depth of the problem and how best to approach the situation. The session includes talking with pet owners initially and observing the dog, followed by demonstrating relevant training techniques. 

Session Details  

The session will vary depending on the dog and what particular issue they are experiencing.

Duration: 1 hour sessions.

Where: Sessions are conducted in home (which is preferable as most initial training conducted in a familiar environment is far more beneficial). However, if requested by the owner, the session can also be held in the clinic.

 Price: $80 initial consult. $60 each consult after.

Who runs Behaviour Consults?

Behaviour consults are run by professional dog trainer, Jennie Kyritsis.

Jennie has been training working dogs for many years including livestock and her own farm dogs and has been training and competing in the obedience and agility ring for most of her life. She actively trains and competes in obedience and agility with her own dog Mika, and also currently instructs classes at a dog training facility. 

Jennie has completed many short courses in dog training and puppy pre-school training. She is currently studying a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training with one of the world’s most recognised Dog Training Companies - National Dog Trainers Federation of Australia. 

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Puppy Pre-school

Obedience Classes

Dr Paws Cattery

At Dr Paws Cattery (Woodend) we can assure you will have peace of mind while your on holidays! We are professional and friendly and hold a strong focus on providing quality care for your feline friend!

We provide quality care for your cat or kitten while you are away. Our cattery has been running for more than 30 years and our facilities will ensure your cat returns home happy and healthy.

We provide a safe, secure and friendly enviroment where  your cat is well looked after.  The cattery offers various types of accomodation options including open spaces to socialise and individual spaces for those cats who prefer some alone time.

We also offer dietry care to meet the needs of your feline friend along with vet checks and attending to any medical requirements your cat may need. Our professional and friendly team will ensure your cat will have the best care with oncall veterinary services and friendly staff to give your cat the quality care they deserve.

Conventiently located on the way to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, we are open 7 days a week and would love to have your feline friend stay with us!

To read more about our cattery click here, or for our price list click here.

Grooming

At Woodend Doogy Day Spa,  our  expert groomer will make your pooch look  and feel great!

 

Erin, our professional Groomer, works her magic from our doggy "day spa." It is equipped with two hydrobaths, clipping equipment and a blow-dryer to ensure that even in the Winter months your dog can be clean, warm and dry quickly.

Grooming services offered include hydrobaths, clipping, brushing, and nail trimming. For every nail trim a gold coin donation goes to the wondering charity, Stafford Rescue Vic

Your pet is welcome to stay for the day when he or she is booked in for grooming- so that it is easier to fit your pet's appointment into your busy schedule. 

 

Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.

Grooming

Woodend Doggy Day Spa

Erin, our professional Groomer, works her magic from our doggy "day spa." It is equipped with two hydrobaths, clipping equipment and a blow-dryer to ensure that even in the Winter months your dog can be clean, warm and dry quickly.

Grooming services offered include hydrobaths, clipping, brushing, and nail trimming. For every nail trim a gold coin donation goes to the wondering charity, Stafford Rescue Vic

Your pet is welcome to stay for the day when he or she is booked in for grooming- so that it is easier to fit your pet's appointment into your busy schedule. 

Please call us on 03 5427 9200 to book in! 
 

Equine (breeding services)

Large Animal Services

At Woodend Veterinary Centre we care for all animals great and small.

 

We are able to offer the following services for farm animals (alpaca, bovine, ovine, goats, etc) 

  • Manipulation
  • Ultrasound including pregnancy diagnosis
  • Breeding services
  • Nutrition and general advice
  • Bovine reproductive services including pregnancy testing
  • Vaccination and worming

We also pride ourselves on providing expert Equine services. 

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Equine Services

Behaviour Consults