What we do

Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic offers all of the usual services of a typical veterinary clinic, and a little bit more:

Preventative Medicine

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Preventative Medicine

Annual Health Exams are necessary for all dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds to thoroughly assess the health of your pet and obtain advice on the best way of preventing disease. We discuss the importance of good nutrition, dental care, parasite surveillance or prevention and vaccinations. We also assess weight problems and can discuss any behaviour issues you may have.

We recommend a C3 antigen titer test for dogs to see if they need a repeat C3 vaccination and we discuss and advise on the need for canine cough vaccination. The Vaccicheck Antibody Titer test is an inexpensive test performed in-house at our Mt Martha Clinic. The test indicates your dog’s level of immunity to Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Distemper. Canine Cough vaccinations can provide some protection against Infectious Tracheobronchitis.

For cats we also perform antibody titer tests for Panleucopaenia, Herpesvirus and Calicivirus, although if your cat attends a boarding facility we will still advise on regular vaccinations against Cat Flu. We can tailor your cat’s vaccination program to suit their lifestyle.

Rabbits on the Mornington Peninsula should be vaccinated against Calicivirus infection.

We individually assess each pet’s need for vaccination and can provide you with the assurance your pet is indeed immunised while still aiming to reduce the number of vaccinations your pet receives.

It is important that your pet is free of parasites, both internal and external. We can advise on ways to monitor for infestations and ways to prevent or treat these should they occur. Good nutrition is the key to natural parasite immunity and with regular checking, your pet may not need routine chemical parasite prevention being applied. Each pet is different and so we will design a program to suit your pet.

Talk to us to find out more.

Consultations

Consultations

We allow 20 minutes for our consultations to allow enough time to fully assess your pet’s condition, be it an Annual Health Exam prior to vaccination, or the investigation of a challenging illness. During this session your pet will be physically examined and any health concerns addressed. Medications may be prescribed and dispensed and a home health plan will be discussed. Bring your questions, we will answer any that you have.

Nutritional Advice

Nutritional Advice

At our Mt Martha vet clinic, we provide common sense nutritional advice to ensure your pet reaches its full potential and remains happy, healthy and full of vitality!  We offer advice on all types of diets, including raw feeding, natural alternatives and commercially prepared diets. We believe that a fresh, real food diet based on the whole foods that your pet would naturally eat will provide the best health outcomes for your pet. This is true for all species. We can help you nutritionally balance a home prepared diet or we can advise on the best commercial options for your pet. Bentons Road Vet Clinic stocks a wide range of natural and veterinary specific diets.

Your pet’s nutritional requirements change as they grow and mature or they may develop a chronic illness that would benefit from a diet change. We can ensure your pet is eating the highest quality diet that is available and nutritionally support them through health and disease. We offer dietary advice on managing arthritic disease in senior pets, early dental disease in all pets, skin and gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, pancreatitis, urinary and renal disease as well as many others.

Weight Management

Weight Management

Obesity is an increasingly common ailment affecting many pets on the Mornington Peninsula.  From Safety Beach to Mt Eliza, from all walks of life, obesity in our pets is on the rise.   Unfortunately, obesity in pets leads to early onset of osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease and also predisposes to many other chronic illnesses.  These diseases often present as pain and lameness, reluctance to exercise and still further weight gain. Obesity will severely shorten your pet’s life and definitely impact on their quality of life.  There are a number of ways of addressing the problem of obesity and weight management.

Diet change again is the main way to address weight problems. Changing your cat or dog from a high carbohydrate dry food diet to a higher protein, natural diet will often result in weight loss fairly quickly.

Please talk to us about the ideal weight target for your pet and the ways that you can ensure they reach it.

Veterinary Nurse Consultations

Nurse Consultations

Veterinary Nurse Consultations

Bentons Road Vet Nurses have well over 32 years experience between them and over the years they have seen, heard and treated it all. They are highly qualified and experienced to assist you with general health enquiries and we offer consultations with our vet nurses for nail trims, post-operative checks, suture removal, weight management consultations, senior health and dental checks. If you require some general veterinary advice on the Mornington Peninsula, please book a nurse consultation with one of our fantastic nurses.

Desexing Procedures

Desexing Procedures

We provide spey and neuter surgical procedures for all animals at discounted rates to ensure that all animals are appropriately desexed unless they are a specific breeding animal.  The Mornington Peninsula Shire council specifies that all registered pets are desexed unless they are registered for breeding and to help owners comply with this legislation we heavily discount the cost of these routine surgical procedures.

Dental Treatment and Prophylaxis

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Dental Treatments

Dental disease is the single most common problem suffered by the Mornington Peninsula pet population and we are able to offer advice on preventative measures to maintain and improve your pet’s dental health, as well as perform those procedures (dental scale and clean, tooth extraction and oral surgery) to return your pet’s mouth to good health. We have an ultrasonic veterinary dental scaler and polishing machine to properly clean your pet’s teeth and prevent the onset of periodontal disease, which results in painful infections and loss of teeth.  We want the smiles of pets from Safety Beach, Mornington, Mt Martha and Mt Eliza to sparkle.

Diagnostic Imaging

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Diagnostic Imaging

Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic has a new digital radiography suite and more recently a brand new ultrasound machine to ensure the highest quality images are taken of your pet to get an accurate diagnosis. For those complicated problems we are also connected to a specialist radiologist who can quickly review our x-ray images to ensure the correct diagnosis is always made. We also have a consultant sonographer who visits our clinic to perform more in depth ultrasound examinations for some cases.

Medical Diagnosis

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Medical Diagnosis

For unwell pets, the vets and nurses at Bentons Road Vet Clinic have a high level of experience in working through difficult medical problems. Vets Kelly, Kerrie and Sophie have worked alongside medical, surgical, dental and radiology specialists and each of us have our special areas of interest. All of our staff regularly attend continuing education conferences and seminars and have well-rounded knowledge in addressing the challenging problems that can affect the pets of the Mornington Peninsula.

Anaesthesia and Surgery

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Surgery and Anaesthesia

Bentons Road Veterinary Clinic possesses all of the advanced surgical patient monitoring devices that measure heart rate, respiratory rate, end tidal CO2 levels, non invasive blood pressure, body temperature and blood oxygen saturation to ensure that your pet’s anaesthesia runs smoothly and safely. All pets under anaesthesia are attended to by a dedicated anaesthetist throughout the whole procedure – no multi-tasking or distractions here.

We also possess advanced surgical equipment to make major surgeries easier and therefore safer, including patient warming, suction units and electrocautery. Pre-anaesthetic blood testing is always advised to improve the safety of anaesthesia and surgery. Fluid therapy is standard for almost all anaesthetics.

Dr Kelly Halls has a particular interest in surgery and has worked alongside surgical specialists in veterinary referral hospitals.

Pharmacy

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Pharmacy

Bentons Road Vet Clinic in Mt Martha stocks a full pharmacy of all of the required medications for your pet.  If you require any medication that is not normally stocked we can order it in for your pet.  Stock usually arrives within 24 hours of ordering. The usual legislation binds us with respect to prescribing medication for pets under our veterinary care so please don’t be offended if we require you to visit our clinic with your pet to obtain medication – it’s the law.

Pathology

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Pathology

In our Mt Martha Vet Clinic we have the ability to evaluate blood, urine, body fluid and tissue samples in-house.  This includes full biochemistry analysis, haematology analysis, centrifuge and cytology services. We also have access to an external laboratory with a 24 hour turnaround time for those pathology samples requiring further investigation.

Recovery Ward

Recovery Ward

For those pets recovering from anaesthesia or medical disease, we provide comfortable, warm and cosy recovery cages.  If your pets requires hospitalization at our Mt Martha clinic, be assured that your pet will be fed premium natural diets to aid rehabilitation. If any of our patients do need to be hospitalized overnight, these pets can be monitored via CCTV from outside the clinic by the vet. Any critically unwell pet that requires close monitoring will be advised to transfer to the dedicated after-hours and emergency hospital in Frankston, the AEC where highly qualified vets and nurses are on duty overnight and able to closely monitor our patients for us.

Acupuncture, Trigger Point Therapy and Herbal Medicine

Many pet ailments can be further supported with alternative treatment options such as Acupuncture, Trigger Point Therapy and Herbal Medicine. Dr Sophie Kershaw is qualified in veterinary acupuncture and can help many pets return to health by incorporating a holistic approach to your pet’s illness. Many herbal medicines have a place alongside traditional veterinary care in alleviating disease. Many pets in Mount Martha and Mornington have already benefited from this combined approach. Call us if you you think your pet may be helped by these techniques.

Behaviour

Animal behavioural problems are increasingly occurring in the pets of the Mornington Peninsula. All of the vets and nurses at Bentons Road Vet Clinic are well trained in animal behaviour and we use a gentle approach for all of our patients. We encourage pets to approach the vets and clinic without fear and give them time to get used to the surroundings before trying to restrain or examine them.

For pets with a behaviour problem, we work closely with a number of veterinary behaviourists (specialists and special interest practitioners) as well as very experienced animal trainers. All of our behaviour team aim to help you understand your pet’s problem and learn ways to manage it. Behaviour problems can really test the relationship so call us today if your dog or cat’s behaviour is worrying you.