Proserpine Vet Surgery Newsletter

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Edition 35, PVS Newsletter June 2017


This edition includes:

  • Operation Wanted 2017
  • Caring for your pet after desexing
  • Common questions about desexing
  • Gidgy’s Story
  • Out & About
  • PVS Photo Gallery




Operation Wanted!
20% off Desexing.. 3 months only!

Proserpine Veterinary Surgery is proud to announce that we will be supporting the RSPCA’s ‘Operation Wanted’ throughout June, July and August 2017
We will be offering 20% off desexings for 3 months only!
Commencing on the 1st of June to the 31st of August.


Five reasons to desex your pet
1 – No risk of unwanted litters and troublesome heats
2 – Greatly reduces risk of some cancers (breast and prostate)
3 – Reduces unwanted behaviors e.g. roaming and urine spraying
4 – Cheaper council registration fees
5 – Cheaper to feed as metabolic rate slows significantly

We are highly encouraging everyone with an entire dog or cat to take advantage of this great deal.


  • For every 1 person that is born 45 cats are born
  • Cats and their offspring could have more than 20 kittens per year, that’s in excess of 1000 kittens in 5 years

To keep up with pet over population, a 5 person household would need to own 30 cats

Caring for you pet after desexing

  • Keep your pet restrained and quiet as the effects of anaesthetic can take some time to wear off completely.
  • Keeping them quiet is also essential to allow the wound to heal.
  • Food and water should be limited to small portions only on the night after surgery.
  • Follow any dietary instructions that the vet has provided.
  • Ensure all post-surgical medications (if any) are administered as per the label instructions.
  • Ensure your pet’s rest area is clean to avoid infection.
  • Check the incision at least twice daily for any signs of infection or disruption (eg. bleeding, swelling, redness or discharge). Contact the vet immediately if these symptoms appear. Do not wait to see if they will spontaneously resolve.
  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound. Special cone-shaped collars assist with this problem. A single chew can remove the careful stitching with disastrous effects.
  • Ensure you return to us on time for routine post-operative check-ups and suture removal.

Gorgeous little ‘Clyde” after his castration. 

Commonly asked questions about desexing

“Will desexing affect my pet’s personality?”
Your pet will retain their pre-operation personality, possibly with the added bonus of being calmer and less aggressive.

“Should my female have one litter first?”
No – it is actually better for her not to have any litters before being spayed.Her risk of developing breast cancer increases if she is allowed to go through her first heat.

“Will it cause my pet to become fat?”
Your pet’s metabolism may be slowed due to hormonal changes after desexing,however this is easily managed with adjusting feeding and ensuring adequate exercise. There is no reason a desexed pet cannot be maintained at a normal weight.

“Is desexing painful?”
As with all surgery, there is some tenderness immediately after the procedure, but most pets will recover very quickly. We administer pain relief prior to surgery and after surgery too.Your pet will be discharged with a short course of pain relief medication to take at home for the first few days after the surgery.  In many cases, your pet will likely need some encouragement to take it easy!

“Will my dog lose its “guard dog”instinct?”
No, your dog will be just as protective of their territory as before the surgery.

Gidgy’s Story (Medicating an eye injury in a Horse)

Update on Mr Gidgy and his eye!
Putting medication into a horses eye can be a tricky task, even with the quietest of horses! Sometimes medication is required to be administered every 2 hours and can become a bit too much for the patient making the process of healing the eye almost impossible!

On Saturday, Dr Jason made the decision to temporary stitch Gidgy’s eye closed to help with the healing process. Yesterday he had an ocular lavage placed in his eye and had his stitches removed!

His eye is now open but has a device placed in it which makes medicating a lot easier! An ocular lavage allows medication to be placed in the eye through tubing that is attached to his mane. This is a great stress and pain free way of medicating for the horse and owner!

He is receiving two different medications as well as daily injections to help heal his corneal injury most likely caused by impact to the eye in the paddock with his paddock mates!

The lavage will be in place until the eye is healed and will be easily removed 🐴

Check out the rest of Gidgy’s photos in his very own photo gallery below.

Introducing Royal Canin SATIETY

A new weight management food for your overweight dog or cat.

Why should your pet loose weight??
Excess weight is uncomfortable for your pet.
It can decrease your pet’s quality of life and ultimately reduce their life expectancy.
Pets that are overweight have less enthusiasm for exercise as they find it difficult to partake in physical activity.

Excess weight increases the risk of developing conditions such as:

  • Bone and joint disease (3 times more likely in obese pets)
  • Urinary tract disease
  • Heart disease
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin disease (2 times more likely)
  • Diabetes Mellitus (4 times more likely)

Helping your pet loose weight will give them a new lease on life and help to reverse the health risks associated with obesity.

Royal Canin Satiety is specifically formulated for safe and effective weight loss, and successful long term weight management.
The special fibre blend helps pets FEEL FULL, reducing their consumption of food and begging behaviours. High protein to help maintain muscle mass, essential nutrients to ensure adequate intake.


VetPay is a specifically designed company to help you pay for veterinary expenses without the worry of upfront costs.

VetPay will set up a payment plan and debit your bank account or credit card and pay your vet for the services provided for you.
VetPay have a unique online processing system which means no forms to fill in.
Pre-approvals can be done on the spot or before going to the vet. 

Get the best care for your pet today.
Ask us about VetPay!!!

We are pleased to announce that our travel is now free within 20km of the clinic for all our house and farm calls.
If you live further than 20km we will deduct 40km of travel for the round trip.
Here at Proserpine Vet Surgery we strive to give friendly country service you can rely on and with out outreach clinics to Bowen, Midge Point and Calen becoming more and more popular we find it only fair to offer free travel to our neighbouring suburbs as well.


Please click the link below to read out updated Hendra vaccination policy.

Out and about

Every month we visit Calen, Bowen and Midge point.

We offer house/ farm visits as well as appointments at a designated area at no extra cost than if it was at Proserpine Vet Clinic.

Small animal services available:

  • Heath checks
  • Vaccinations
  • Heartworm Preventatives
  • Intestinal worm Preventatives
  • General consults
  • Nail clipping
  • Flea and tick products
  • Blood testing

Large animal services available:

  • Portable Vet Crush
  • Home visits on travel to and from Midge Point, Calen and Bowen
  • Herd health
  • Dentistry
  • Vaccinations (Hendra, Tetanus)
  • Lameness / pre-purchase examinations
  • Radiology
  • Freeze branding
  • Pregnancy testing

April clinic days;
Calen: 6th June
Bowen: 14th June
Midge Point: 20th June

Sweet little “Lucy” after her desexing

‘Jasper’ getting a Heartworm test

How cute is “Scooby” he is a Chihuahua x Wippet

Two of our day patient doing some morning yoga. P.s they can not see each other!!

We LOVE puppies!!!

Gidgy’s Gallery!!

Dr Jason sedating ‘Gidgy’

Dr Jason suturing ‘Gidgy’s’ eye using tubing to prevent the suture pulling.

Great sucess!!

Next week we will show you photos of ‘Gidgy’ having an Ocular Lavage placed.

See you next month.. From Faye, Jason, Jack, Elicia, Tegan, Jodie, Bree, Jess, Georgia and Dani.

Editor – Jodie


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