Blog Articles

Blog Articles

At Bentons Road Vet Clinic we strive to provide our patients with helpful information that’s easy to read and digest (pun intended).  Our blog has some great topics and is regularly updated.  All blog posts are aimed at providing easy solutions to everyday problems.

We also have some great information regarding smelly breath, weight problems, common toxins and healthy diets.

Hopefully you can find what your looking for amongst our articles.  If you don’t or if you would like further information regarding any particular topic please use the contact form on the side of this page.  Remember, no topic is too big or too small, no question too silly.  You’re not going to annoy us by asking us questions.  We are here for you.  We are here for your pets.  We want to provide you with the right information.  Delivered in the right way.  To allow you to treat and care for your best friend in the best way possible.


Danger of Raw Feeding Cats – Why You Have To Get It Right.

Danger of Raw Feeding Cats: Why You Have To Get It Right I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking wait a second, Bentons Road Vet promotes raw feeding! Why are they now talking about the danger of raw feeding cats!!! Have they changed their minds??? The short answer is no, but you have to get it right otherwise you can run into trouble. Don’t stress though.  We are always here to help. But first we need to read a story about Pip (our honorary clinic cat). Does anyone remember Pip? The tiny scrap of a kitten delivered to our doorstep almost dead? She was stone cold and almost lifeless and we had almost given up on her. Then she started to move… and the rest is history. Little Pip Squeak found her forever home with Kim and her other cat Bubbles and has been living the good life ever since. Like most pets at our clinic, Pip has been fed a fresh, raw diet for most of her life and is very well and healthy. Recently, Kim started to source her cat food from the supermarket. These packets of vacuum sealed fresh meat were labelled as fresh and lean, fortified with thiamine, taurine and calcium.  Perfect you’d think! Fresh and Lean what could go wrong?  Unfortunately one thing.  And that one thing caused Pip to have a problem. Kim contacted us in a bit of a panic one day with a video of Pip behaving oddly. She was having trouble walking straight and kept falling over. She was very unbalanced. Kim was understandably very distressed as she was watching her little fur baby unable to function properly at all. Kim has always strived to do the very best for Pip. She was at a loss as to what was wrong or what to do. Thankfully the signs Pip was showing alerted me quickly to the most likely problem.  We were able to advise Kim to immediately feed a different type of food for a while. Pip rapidly recovered over the next few days. So what was the trouble? Bentons Road Vet […]

Surgery Day? How we care for your pet

Surgery Due – What to expect on the day Some people feel a level of anxiety when told their pet must stay at the clinic for a day to have a surgical procedure performed. It can be very daunting to leave your beloved fur-baby in the hands of someone else.  We understand the trust that this requires. Here is a description of what your pet will experience during a stay in our hospital.  Hopefully it will help you feel a little less apprehensive about their stay. Getting Your Pet Settled After being greeted and examined by the surgical vet in the morning and waiting for you to sign the admission paperwork, your pet will be taken through to the hospital area where they meet the surgical nurse on that day. This nurse will make your pet comfortable in a hospital cage.  These cages have padded mattresses, blankets and even a teddy to cuddle up to for small and anxious pets. You are welcome to bring in a favourite blanket, toy or one of your own articles of clothing that carries your scent. Please only bring one item as we don’t want to lose important things! Cats are settled into a separate area of the hospital and all pets have their own size appropriate space. All cages are labelled with the patient name, body weight and procedure. The surgery vet and nurse then order the surgery list for the day and prepare the surgery and equipment. What Happens Prior to Surgery Half an hour prior to the procedure, your pet is administered a premed.  This premed contains both a sedative and pre-emptive pain relief. They are then taken out for a toilet walk (not cats) prior to surgery.  Pets are then settled back in their cage while the premed takes effect. Once the premed has taken effect, gentle hands place an IV catheter and fluid therapy is started.  The vet then induces anaesthesia with a dose of medication into this fluid line. Once anaesthetised, your pet has an endotracheal tube positioned into the airway.  This is connected to the gas anaesthesia […]

Titer Test and Vaccinations

Titer Tests and Vaccinations – Tailored Vaccination Schedules Here at Bentons Road Veterinary clinic we assess your pet’s lifestyle and tailor their vaccination schedules to their individual needs. We offer vaccinations for cats, dogs and rabbits, as well as antibody titer testing to see if your pet needs revaccinating. Dog Titer Test and Vaccinations Scientific studies have shown that once dogs have developed immunity to the “C3” diseases (Distemper, Parvovirus and Hepatitis or DHP) following vaccination, their immunity can last many years, from 7 to 15 years in some dogs. These dogs do not need to be revaccinated to maintain this immunity. The antibody titer test that we perform in-house at Bentons Road Vet Clinic (Vaccicheck) measures the dog’s antibody levels to these diseases.  This test indicates if they are still protected or not. We can monitor these antibody levels over the lifetime of the dog and only revaccinate when (or if) they drop. Cat Titer Test and Vaccinations We have a similar titer test for cats that measures antibodies towards the “F3” diseases (Panleucopaenia, Herpesvirus and Calicivirus). Cats that frequent boarding facilities though will still need to be boosted with the Cat Flu components (Herpesvirus and Calivirus).  Thankfully we can also give these separately to the Panleucopaenia vaccination. Why Should You Titer Test This ensures that we give your pet the minimum amount of vaccines required to ensure they are fully protected against the infectious diseases that can affect them. Titer testing is simple, inexpensive and results are known within an hour or two of the consultation. This means we are vaccinating our pets in line with the Worldwide Guidelines on vaccination. We also recommend that puppies and kittens are titer tested at 6 months of age. This ensures your young pet has fully responded to their puppy or kitten vaccination course.  It also identifies any pets that may have had prolonged maternal antibody preventing the vaccine from working. We often do this at the same time as desexing. Currently the cost of titer testing is $40 on top of the Annual Health Exam fee of $65. The Biogal […]

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