We believe one of the greatest joys in this world is sharing your life with a pet

Our friendly staff are dedicated to helping you and your pet have the best possible experience each and every time you visit us.

We offer Veterinary Services such as Medicine, Surgery and Diagnostic procedures as well as Pet Grooming, Behaviour classes and Pet export services.

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, and beginning around age seven, your pet enters his or her 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.

Annual health checks can help us 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.

Identify your pets real age using the charts below then call us today to book a health check for your pet.

Caring for the family pet involves a lot morethan just fresh food and water each day. Remember the adage “Prevention is better than cure?” ….. well that especially applies to animals in the form of vaccination.

Vaccinations protect our pets against a number of incurable and often fatal diseases such as Parvovirus and Distemper in dogs and Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu in cats. These viral diseases don’t respond well to medications and treatment is difficult, expensive and often unsuccessful.

For most of us, caring for our teeth and gums has been part of our daily routine for as long as we can remember. If we don't we risk not only having bad breath but also plaque build up and gum disease. Just like you, your pet needs dental care too.

Teeth and gum problems are some of the most common conditions we see in dogs and cats with over 80% of animals over 4 years of age affected to some degree. The severity of gum disease is dependent not only on age, but also on diet and breed with small dogs and cats being more commonly affected.

Thousands of pets are destroyed each year simply because they lack identification. This is why we recommend microchipping as part of our preventative healthcare campaign for all pets... and word is spreading fast.

Microchipping is now compulsory in Queensland and all puppies purchased should already be microchipped by the breeder, however pets can be microchipped at any age.

A Microchip is a tiny identity chip about the size of a grain of rice, which has a 15 digit unique number encoded to it. It is injected under the skin of your pet and stays there for life as a permanent form of identification. The microchip can be read by passing a scanner over the skin. Once in place it cannot be lost, removed or altered for the life of your pet.

After your pet is microchipped with us, it is registered on a national database called the Petsafe Database. All lost pets taken to pounds or the RSPCA are scanned and if a chip exists it is cross checked on the database ensuring a quick call and a happy reunion.

 

It is not a nice subject, but dog and car owners, for the sake of their pets and their families, have to think about treating intestinal worms.

Most people know their animals should be treated from time to time for “worms”. Why? Because, if left untreated they will cause illness and possibly death to your dog or cat. They can also occasionally be passed on to humans particularly children with potentially serious side effects.

By the way, don’t confuse intestinal worm with heartworm. They are quite different and need different treatments.

Intestinal worms are parasites, which, as their name suggests, live in the intestines from which they draw sustenance. In Australia, dogs and cats are mainly affected by round worms, hook worms, whip worms and tape worms.

 

The area in which you live can affect the type of parasite your dog or cat is likely to get. For instance pets in tropical climates tend to be more heavily infested than those in cooler climates. Hookworm is a particular menace in Queensland, affecting both dogs and humans and with so much of Queensland being affected by floods this summer the risk is even higher.

 

specalistsOur number one priority at Ascot Veterinary Surgery is providing the absolute best possible care for your pet at all times. When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there is often a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem. If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we can refer you to a specialist that has earned our trust and confidence in order to give your pet the best chance of recovery.

Australian registered Veterinary specialists undergo a rigorous training and examination process to obtain their qualifications, and like human specialists are considered to be the epitome of knowledge in their field. We work closely alongside the specialists and together can offer optimum care for pets that required this service.

We are happy to discuss and organise a specialist referral if required for your pet.

Our Surgery is fully equipped to take X-Rays (often called Radiographs) of your pets. X Rays are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen. Our Veterinarians will discuss your pet's case and conduct a thorough health check to determine if your pet requires X-Rays.

Most of our patients are admitted into hospital for the day to have X Rays taken, unless it is an emergency in which case we'll take them immediately. We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission, as they will most likely be sedated or anaesthetised to allow us to take the best quality X Rays possible. X Rays are developed within minutes and we can read the results straight away.

Pets can't say how they're feeling - its usually how they look or act that tells you something is wrong. Blood testing goes a step further, showing us the earliest signs of illness, often before your pet even seems to be sick. Testing gives us immediate insights that we might not otherwise discover, and so is valuable both when your pet is unwell and also as a routine check.

When is a Blood Test necessary?

Sick and emergency situations. Blood tests provide us with a valuable picture of your pets health and is often the first step when sick or injured pets are brought into the clinic. It helps the Veterinarians make immediate decisions to help treat your pet.

Sick and emergency situations. Blood tests provide us with a valuable picture of your pets health and is often the first step when sick or injured pets are brought into the clinic. It helps the Veterinarians make immediate decisions to help treat your pet.

Pre anaesthetic blood tests. Blood tests are commonly done prior to your pets surgery, dentistry or other procedures and are particularly important in older pets. It lets us know if anaesthesia is safe and allows us to make adjustments if we see anything abnormal. These blood tests are usually performed on the same day as the anaesthesia, making it easy for your pet because it eliminates the need to have your pet fast more than once and reduces the number of trips you need to make to the clinic.

Preventative care screening. Because the signs that your pet is sick are not always obvious, preventative care testing is often recommended as part of your pets annual exam. Preventative care screening not only uncovers disease before it's too late, but also helps you avoid significant medical expenses and risks to your pets health.

Medication Monitoring. Some medications have side effects. Periodic blood tests while your pet is being treated can find these problems early and allow us to make necessary changes.. With other medications, blood tests are needed to ensure that the dosage is appropriate.