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3 DAY EKKA SHOW SPECIAL: 25% off Vaccinations
7 August, 2014


We are offering 25% off Cat and Dog Vaccinations on August 7th, 8th and 9th.*
Valid only for the days listed, but open to both new and existing patients!

All pets are given a full checkup with the lovely Dr Kirsty or Dr Tegan prior to their vaccinations, and should your pet need anything else done while at the clinic, just let us know!

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*Does not include worming (ie Heartworming, Intestinal worming), additional testing (ie blood screening, cytology etc), prescription or over-the-counter medications. We can certainly discuss options with you should your pet require follow-on or additional testing/workup, and find the best plan to suit both you and your pet.
*Strictly by appointment only, so please phone the clinic to make a time.
Dr Kirsty: Going the distance for animals with cancer
28 July, 2014

Did you know that the incidence of cancer among our pets is as common as in humans and that there are many similarities between certain cancers in humans and our companion animals?

The Brisbane Marathon is being held on August 3rd, 2014, and our very own Dr Kirsty is putting on her running shoes and going the distance for animals with cancer. With the aim to not only shine a light on a fantastic foundation,The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation (AACF), but to also raise much needed and worthy funds to enable them to continue doing the amazing work they do.

Treatment of animal cancers is continuously advancing, and for everything we learn about treating cancers in companion animals, the veterinary world can also contribute knowledge toward the advancement of human cancer therapies. Research into canine and feline non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, canine osteosarcoma, melanoma and squamous cell carcinomas in veterinary patients have provided models for anti-metastatic therapies and radiation therapy studies that also help humans.

The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation, established by prominent veterinary oncologist (and we think all-round great guy!), Dr Rod Straw, undertakes vital research into these and other animal cancers, and is also responsible for providing the only linear accelerator offering radiation therapy to veterinary patients in the southern hemisphere. The radiation therapy unit and the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation are based at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC) in Brisbane. 
The ability to provide these services and to offer advanced cancer treatments to companion animals while also compiling research, is not without an immense financial cost. Our own Dr Kirsty and Dr Tegan have had several of their patients treated at BVSC and understand how fortunate we all - Veterinarians, pet owners and animal lovers alike - are to have these services available for our much-loved dogs and cats. Dr Kirsty is also a strong supporter of translational cancer research projects, where we can use our knowledge of cancer treatments in animals to advance our knowledge of human cancer therapies and a dedicated supporter of furthering advancements in veterinary medicine.
Any donation is worthy, and more than appreciated. By donating and helping out this great foundation, you direcly enable them to continue carrying out the specialised, and seemingly miracle work they do. Every tiny bit counts, and you never know; by helping out the furry members of families, you may just help save a life - furry or human.
If you would like to make a donation, please follow the following links, and ensure that you type a minimum of "Kirsty Marathon" in the comments sections so we can see just how much was raised from Kirsty's - and your - efforts!
To make a donation online, go to the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation's website:
Check out our very own Mithy (Missy) on YouTube showing just how easy it is to make a donation online!
*Please share the video on Facebook to help get the word out and about*
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Any donation of $25.00 or more, if proof of donation is made (via email, Facebook or in person), will go into the draw to win either:
Vaccination Prize Pack
Goodie Bag of Goodies 
Kirsty is pictured above with Jach, a 14 year old Labrador who himself is a cancer survivor from 2008. Without having received the specialised treatment and care from the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC), there is zero doubt that he would still be here today, enjoying his retirement in the entirety that he does today. (He's a bit of a cuter older man, too, wouldn't you agree?)
We will keep everyone updated as to Kirsty's progress with the Marathon and the fundraising, and thank you in advance to anyone and everyone who has helped spread the word, and donated to this cause. Thank you from not only Kirsty, and the rest of us here at the clinic, BVSC and AACF, but all of the little furry friends that you will help in the weeks, months and years to come.
7 April, 2014

Nearly one year ago, we opened our doors with big dreams and big hopes. All we can say, is that we have not been disappointed.

Over the past twelve months, we have been blown away by the support and belief that our newly found clients have shown in us, and the clinic as a whole. We can't begin to explain the immense happiness that we feel, reaching this point, and doing so in a way that we could be proud of. We think we have achieved this, and can honestly say we value each and every one of you, absolutely adore our little patients and feel so priveleged to be able to care for them. The trust that you each have put in us, does not go unnoticed, or unappreciated. 

In order to say thanks, and to celebrate (we are so incredibly excited!) we are having a First Birthday Party this coming Saturday, between 5pm and 6pm at the clinic. We'll have some bubbly on hand and encourage each and every one of you to pop by and hi. We want to be able to say thank you to you. Every. Single. One of you. Whether you're an existing client, you've popped in to just say hi, to give Normie a pat, or simply live in the area. We're invested in the community in which we carry out our work, and want Toowong Family Vet to be not only your family vet, but to feel like family. Community is family and we will always do the best for this amazing community that has taken us under their wing, and opened their hearts - and families - to us.

Pets are more than welcome to attend. If it weren't for them, we wouldn't have anyone to look after, and it's only fitting that they make their appearance, too! We need to give them a big cuddle and kiss, and maybe a sneaky treat!

Again, thank you so much to everyone for everything since our very first day - April 12, 2013. We hope this is the first of many, many more birthdays to come, and with your continued support and our continued promise to do the very, very best for both your pet and yourself, we have no doubt that this is certainly the start of something beautiful.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Now lets Party!

All of our love,

The Toowong Family Vet Team
Dr Kirsty, Dr Tegan, Nurse Tahlia, Nurse Marie, Norman & Missy

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22 December, 2013

Kirsty and the kitties do right by the koalas

A few weeks ago, our very own Dr Kirsty went out to meet and greet the baby koalas that are currently being lovingly looked after by Sam, a Wildcare carer and all-round superstar. Sam, at present, is caring around the clock for these juvenile koalas, all of which have lost their mothers to injury.

Being young koalas, tube and/or bottle feeding is necessary, and with this, complications can arise. Many koalas aspirate with feeding. Put simply, they breathe in their liquid meal and developing aspiration pneumonia is a  very real outcome. Sadly, many lose the battle, despite the lengths carers go to, to monitor and care for them. That’s where Kirsty, our Cat Boarding donations and the little paediatric stethoscope come into the picture. By having this single piece of equipment on hand, Sam can closely monitor their little koala’y chests, and start any subsequent - and often life-saving - treatment as soon as possible.

So thanks must go to all of our kitty cat holiday stayers, as by supporting our cat boarding, we are able to do our part to help these little guys. However, as Dr Kirsty says, this is a community job. If you find injured wildlife, take them to your nearest Vet. Check pouches for babies, and extremely important - if they are attached to mum’s teat, do not pull them off. While yes, it sounds a bit full-on, if bub is on the teat, the teat goes too. Donations can be made to Wildcare if you want to help out in other ways, but for now? Join us in the warm glowy feeling of knowing that there's a few little guardian angels looking out for these little joeys. That one day, they may one day grow to be strong and healthy, and return to the wild to sleep, eat and be cute!

Check out the Facebook feed to see our very own Dr Kirsty doing her part to help the baby, orphaned koalas.

To learn more about Wildcare, and the wonderful work they do!

OR perhaps you would like to make a donation?

22 December, 2013
Christmas Dangers - Keep your pet safe this festive season!

Who doesn’t love Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations? There is lots of good food and spending time with all your loved ones (especially the furry ones)! However with all the fun and happenings at this time of the year there are a few extra dangers that might confront your pet. 

  • Grapes, Raisins and Sultanas
    Did you know that grapes, raisins and sultanas can be toxic to your pet? They can cause renal failure, which can show up as vomiting, increased thirst and urination. So make sure you keep your fruitcake, pudding and mince pies out of your dog’s reach.
  • Chocolate
    Chocolate is a big no no for pets, especially dark chocolate. Caffeine, as well as a compound called Theobromine, can cause tummy upsets and neurological and heart problems. So it’s essential that all chocolates are safely stored away. Also be cautious of boxes of chocolates as gifts as they can be placed under trees where dogs may find them!
  • Human foods and Bones
    Don’t feed your pet human foods especially the fat off roasts or bones as they can lead to pancreatitis (a very painful tummy upset) or obstructions from the bone shards.  Other human foods that can be toxic to pets include avocado, macadamia nuts, onion, garlic and dairy products. Ensure any guests or children know not to feed your pets any tidbits!
  • Alcohol
    All alcoholic drinks are very toxic to dogs and cats, so ensure all beverages are kept on a high table and packed away at the end of the evening. Signs you may see include vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of coordination, disorientation and stupor. In the worst cases it can lead to coma, seizures and death.  
  • Decorations
    Christmas decorations such as tinsel, baubles and ribbon are such fun to play with pets (kitty cats particularly think so), but create a high risk for choking or being swallowed and causing intestinal obstruction. Ensure that your pet is supervised when playing around the Christmas tree and don’t put tinsel on your pet without strict supervision. Ensure that the cords for lights on your Christmas tree are out of your dog’s reach. Puppies in particular are always looking for something to chew and can be electrocuted if they chew through a cable. Christmas trees can also be dangerous as cats can climb and may fall or knock glass decorations down. Boisterous dogs have also been known to knock trees over, so ensure your tree is secure. If you have a live tree ensure your pet doesn’t drink any of the water in the pot as chemical additives and tree saps can be toxic.
  • Presents
    Any presents left under the tree can be interesting for an inquisitive dog or cat so it’s important to keep them out of their reach! Don’t put ANY food presents under trees and be aware that many things can be chewed up before you even realise.
  • Hot weather 
    Heat stress and stroke are much more likely as the temperature rises. Give your pet access to multiple water bowls (weigh them down with a brick if they like to paddle in them). Only exercise your pet in the early morning and late afternoon/evening; if it’s too hot for you to go for a run, it’s too hot for your dog. This is particularly important for brachycephalic breeds (i.e. pugs, bulldogs etc.). You can even consider getting a paddling pool for your pooch to sit in and cool off. Or you can make doggie ice-blocks by mixing some dog treats or food in water and freezing in an ice cream container. Never leave your dog in a car unsupervised even with the windows down as temperatures rise rapidly.
  • Lily toxicity
    Cat owners be careful if giving or receiving flowers, as lilies are toxic to cats and can lead to acute renal failure even after nibbling on a tiny piece of leaf. It is essential that cats never have access to these plants. If you suspect that your cat may have eaten any part of a lily then early treatment is essential to prevent permanent damage or death.
  • Fireworks
    Fireworks can be particularly frightening for dogs, if you are leaving your dog home alone over New Year’s Eve there are a few things that can help ease their stress. Give them lots of exercise prior to leaving so they are worn out and sleepy. Leave them with a chew treat or stuffed Kong to distract them. Ensure they are well confined in a safe familiar space – preferably indoors. And make sure that their microchip and collar tag details are up to date (so if they do escape you can be contacted).
  • Guests
    Christmas and the holiday period can cause a lot of upheaval to pets. New people, boisterous children and lots of family members visiting can lead to anxiety in some animals. Try and keep their normal routine as much as possible, especially in regards to exercise and walks.  Give your pets a place to escape away from everyone if they are feeling overwhelmed. Supervise children very closely when playing with pets. Some children are unfamiliar with how to act – teach them to pat gently and calmly, never go near a dog who is eating or has a toy, teach them the signals that a dog is uncomfortable (backing away, whites of eyes showing, yawning, lip licking, growling) and finally ensure they let the dog be if they move away and don’t chase or follow the dog.