Here’s what’s happening in and around the hospital…
Foothills Animal Hospital are awarded ASAV Accreditation
Congratulations everyone at Foothills. After years of hard work behind the scenes Foothills has now been awarded the title of ASAV Hospital of Excellence.
This is an accreditation awarded by the Australian Small Animal Veterinarian Association. We are one of only 54 vet hospitals in Australia to have this title and it recognises that we meet the highest standards of diagnostics, surgical, laboratory and nursing for the animals in our care. Dr Nicole Laurence accepted the award last week at the national conference on behalf of the amazing team of nurses and vets at Foothills. It has truly been a team effort.
To all the animals, our patients – we did this for you – you deserve only the best.
Cytopoint - Lasting Relief from the Dreaded Itch!
In early October we welcomed the arrival of a new medicine to help in the control of skin allergies in our canine companions. The new product is called ‘Cytopoint’ and whilst it is new to Australia it has been available to help allergy patients in the US for the last 18 months and has a great track record so far. We are excited about the relief potential that this medication has to offer our itchy dogs. It has an excellent safety profile, a fantastic response rate and can be used in conjunction with many other medications which means we no longer have to choose to treat one medical condition over another. We can treat both problems at the same time giving our close furry family members the relief they deserve. Cytopoint is given in clinic by injection with each one lasting between 4-8 weeks. We recognise that each patient has individual needs and at your initial vet visit we will discuss what these are both for you and your dog. The feedback we have received from the patients that have received Cytopoint already this month has been very positive. More information can be found at the recent Australian Veterinary Association conference proceedings of which Dr Nicole attended: https://conference.ava.com.au/node/102101
If you would like more information or would like to book in for an appointment, please contact the clinic on 9497 7488.
Puppy Pre-School at Foothills
Puppy school is now running at Foothills Animal Hospital and is proving to be a great success!
Pictured above is one of our groups of graduates looking very proud of themselves! At Foothills, we offer a comprehensive 4 week program for puppies and their parents to learn the basics needed for raising a happy and healthy dog.
If you are interested in signing up, please click here for more information.
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Are your pet's vaccinations up to date?
As the warmer months are starting to creep up on us, we think back to around this time last year when parvovirus showed its ugly head.
Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog’s body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract.
Parvovirus is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by any person, animal or object that encounters an infected dog’s faeces. Highly resistant, the virus can live in the environment for months even years and may survive on inanimate objects such as food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors. It is common for an un-vaccinated dog to contract parvovirus from the streets, especially in urban areas where there are many dogs.
If you are not sure about your dog’s vaccinations, please give us a call so we can let you know if your dog is covered or not. If you haven’t had them vaccinated in the last 12 months – give us a call.
Let’s aim for this year to be Parvo free!
Resident hens arrive at Foothills!
The two newest additions to the Foothills family are Betty & Stevie the hens. The staff have been eagerly awaiting their arrival to the clinic after meeting them at just a few days old. Dr Nicole raised the chicks until a couple of weeks ago when they were big enough to fend for themselves. The chooks spend their nights roosting in the ‘Taj Mahal chicken coop’ and the days wandering around the outdoor area keeping the vegie-eating bugs at bay! Next time you’re in, be sure to say hi!
FAH Compete in the Annual Blackwood Marathon
The Blackwood Marathon – WE DID IT!! 💪💪😊😊
Over the weekend, 3 Foothills teams competed in the Annual Blackwood Marathon in Bridgetown. The race challenged each and everyone one of us and no one was left within their comfort zone that’s for sure!! We are all still buzzing and are already making plans for next year’s race.
'Jazz' -Pet Ambulance & Mobile Vehicle joins the team!
Our newest member of the team “Jazz” (our mobile vehicle and pet ambulance) is finally dressed to impress and ready to start doing her thing 😍 🚗
🔸vet and nurse house calls
**When 2 or more pets are seen, we will waive the house call surcharge **
Foothills veggie garden thrives!
The staff at Foothills have had a veggie garden on their wish list for quite some time now and this spring, our wish was granted.
What a lovely surprise we received when we arrived at the clinic to find the soil had been enriched and trestles had been put in place to support our veggies. Each staff member was gifted a plant and we all got busy seeding them. We are now beginning to reap the rewards as our tomatoes, beetroot, lettuce, broccoli and capsicum flourish! Our chickens also play a great part in helping keep the insects at bay.