Consultations & Health Advice

outdoor consult shade sailYou are able to book consultations with one of our vets six days a week. We have twenty minute appointment slots. This enables us to be able to give your pet a thorough and careful check over.  It is helpful if you could please make a note of any products you may be using for routine care e.g. flea or worming treatment plus details of the food you may be feeding at home. Our vets will take all of this into account when examining your dog and will advise of any changes as needed.

We want to make your dog’s experience with us as stress-free as possible and we have a unique outdoor consulting garden to help do this. This is used for dogs who really hate coming to the vet or are not good with other dogs. Some dogs are much happier when you examine them outside. We also have two areas for you to wait with your dog outside if they are nervous inside a vet hospital. When you arrive for your appointment, come and check in at reception then feel free to take your dog to the areas outside. The more relaxed we can keep you and your dog, the better the whole experience will be.

Treats are also a great way for us to make your dog feel special when they visit us. We use Vets Best Rewards liver treats, Prime 100 and sometimes yummy chicken stock icy poles! If your dog has food allergies or is on a special diet, it would be great if you could possibly bring some treats with you for us to give them.

Some of the common types of consultations we offer are detailed below.

Home visits.

We are happy to arrange to come to your home to see your pet if that is easier for you. We can also arrange transport for your pet to us if the need arises.

Skin, Ear and Eye assessments

Dogs are particularly prone to ear and skin problems. We understand how itchy skin can make your pet miserable. At Foothills we give the most up-to-date advice about how to stop the itch. The most common causes of itchy skin in dogs are skin parasites, skin infections, environmental allergies e.g. grass, dust mites and food allergies. Diagnosis of the cause of your pet’s skin itchy skin or rash is a complex problem and every dog is different. Tests that may be done include skin scraping for mites, swabs for bacteria, allergy testing and in some cases skin biopsies. Treatment ranges from diet modification to topical skin treatments and medication. We are able to treat your dog with any skin problem and will sometimes use the services of Dr Sharon Bryden from Perth Vet Dermatology. Sharon will visit Foothills regularly and is able to offer allergy testing if your dog needs it.

We are also able to do full eye exams that include assessment of vision, eye-pressure measurements, monitoring of tear production and removal of lumps and bumps near the eyes.  If you dog has a complex eye problem we are able to arrange for Dr Jonathan Wood from Veterinary Eye Referrals to see you dog at Foothills Animal Hospital at a time that is convenient to you.

Lameness and Arthritis

As pets get older they may get stiff and sore. But arthritis need not impede their quality of life. We will be able to tell you how severe their arthritis is and provide a wide range of solutions for the senior pet. Our vets are well versed in traditional and natural treatments for stiffness and manage to keep pets happy well into their later years.

Sometimes animals injure themselves and will come home with a limp. With expert examination techniques, digital x-rays and the option of specialist consultation we can fix most sore legs one way or another.

Senior Health Checks

At Foothills we pay special attention to older pets. We know that early detection of new problems is the best way to ensure a long life for pets. A simple health screen involves the drawing of a small amount of blood which we can then test for the presence of infection, anaemia, liver and kidney problems and several other serious illnesses. And the best news is that this is done in-house using our modern lab equipment. We will give you a full report just hours after you come to us with your pet.

Lumps, Bumps and Warts

Some lumps are benign and easy to remove, but some can be very serious indeed. We can usually tell the difference during the consultation but if we can’t, we know exactly how to find out. We can the discuss all the very best diagnosis and treatment options with you.

Dental Checks

dental productsAt Foothills Animal Hospital we offer FREE Dental Checks!!

A healthy mouth equals a healthy pet. Cats with bad teeth are prone to kidney disease and in dogs tooth infections cause chronic pain and anorexia. Our vets can do thorough dental assessments during the consultation. If required they will implement a full dental plan. This usually involves a clean and scale of the teeth using special veterinary-specific dental equipment. Cleaning teeth regularly adds years to a pet’s life!

For preventative dental care from the age of 6months in all dogs we recommend using products endorsed by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). These are products that have been tested under VOHC requirements and are shown to prevent tartar and plaque build up. Our favourite products for dental care are Hills Prescription Diet t/d Original bites & Small bites; Essential Healthy Mouth, Aquadent, Oral Cleanse Gel, Plaque Off and Petosan Pet Toothpaste.