Treatment Options

Following a diagnosis

Once a diagnosis is reach treatment options will be either medical (including chemotherapy), surgical or occasionally by other modalities

At SVH we have a well stocked pharmacy and excellent suppliers. Rarely do our clients ever need to purchase medicines or foods outside. Medical approaches are either as outpatient (the majority) or for the more severely ill animal, hospitalisation. We have a well equipped hospital capable of up to 30 patients at a time, although most commonly we have between 3-6 patients resident on any day of the week. A hospital stay is typically anywhere from 1-7 days, rarely longer. Many hospitalised animals are on a drip to maintain fluid balance while ill. Clients are encouraged to visit their pets daily, except in the case of tick poisoning were visits often adversely affect the patient. We are happy to show clients around our facility at any time.

At SVH we routinely treat animals with chemotherapy if the tumour is responsive to this mode of therapy. The practicality of this is determined from histopathology by biopsy of the mass involved. The word cancer (or tumour) when mentioned in connection with a client's loved pet often provokes feelings of fear, despondency, sadness and loss of hope. However this need not be so. It is our purpose to give hope and encouragement in the treatment of this disease. Veterinary medicine continues to make great advances in treating small animal cancer

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At SVH we have a well equipped operating theatre and are able to carry out many surgeries in house. Our level of attention to detail is reflected in: Highly trained nurses with years of experience who closely monitor the anaesthetic. A large range of premedication / anaesthetic options which we tailor to the individual patient's needs. Aseptic surgical technique. Pulse oximetry to detect drops in blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. The use of Doppler to monitor crucial blood pressure during longer surgeries. Special patient warming system to main body temperature throughout the surgery An extensive range of surgical instrumentation. Careful post surgical monitoring and rigorous attention to pain relief

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Preparation for Surgery, notes for clients

Pre anaesthetic Blood sampling and fluids

Acupuncture: may occasionally prove useful, and is now available at Seaforth Vets. The service is offered by Dr Liz Foo. Please call to enquire on availability

Physiotherapy: can be a good adjunct to surgical and medical approaches to disease of joints. These days Australia has people trained specifically in animal physio. To become an animal physiotherapist one must first be a fully qualified human physiotherapist, so these people do have a lot of experience! However as they are not trained veterinarians and have to work under direction from a qualified veterinarian

At Seaforth Vets we occasionally invite Khristine Edwards of Leichardt to carry out physio on a number of our patients. If you wish to know more about this approach you can contact us and we can provide Khristines current details