Veterinary Behaviour Services
Dr Kathy is a qualified veterinary behaviourist with over 20 years experience. She is available for consultation regarding behavioural issues in any species but works primarily with dogs and cats. Common problems include anxiety, aggression and house soiling. Home visit consultations are strongly preferred in all cases. Behaviour issues are complicated and many people are reluctant to seek assistance because they feel that it is all their fault. That is rarely the case. The best chance of success is when assistance is sought early. Most commonly, rather than getting better with time things get worse unless appropriate, qualified advice is obtained. Successful treatment involves understanding why the behaviour is occurring and developing strategies to make positive changes. This may include medications, lifestyle adjustments, referral to appropriate therapeutic trainers and a variety of other strategies which will vary from case to case. Each treatment plan is highly individualised, working together with the animal and their family. Dr Kathy is able to provide certificates to councils regarding dangerous or menacing dogs, following appropriate assessment.
Lifetime care plans
When you first acquire a new animal, regardless of age, Dr Kathy can answer all your questions about natural dos and don’ts. She will formulate a lifetime care plan which will maximise your animals health and vitality, through healthy diet and lifestyle, minimising the use of processed foods and so called routine preventative treatments. There are no simple answers to many of these questions but through informed discussion and a proper understanding of risks and benefits, she will help you make the decisions that are right for you and your fur family.
Holistic Animal Health
Whatever health condition your animal has, being an experienced vet, Dr Kathy can help. She can help you make sense of the condition and explain your treatment options and what that means. She will also advise what natural medicines are safe and appropriate for the condition. Natural and less invasive methods of treatment are always used whenever they are safe and appropriate to do so. There are times when conventional medicines and surgery will be needed. These form part of an integrated treatment plan for your animal, with the focus on natural treatments whenever possible. This includes the use of diet, supplements, nutraceuticals, TCM, herbal medicine and homeopathy.
Natural and raw feeding
Dr Kathy is a passionate advocate for feeding companion animals real, natural foods: not the usual processed foods recommended by most vets. If you are raw feeding or home preparing she is delighted to help and support you with advice and feeding plans. This applies to healthy animals, as well as animals with specific medical conditions which may require special diets.
Rather than stocking the usual bags of kibble, our shop has a range of minimally processed, natural foods. Over time we will be adding an even bigger range of fresh foods to our shop so that preparing healthy foods for our animals becomes easy for all of us with our busy lives.
Rather than routine revaccination, a simple blood test is available to determine if your dog or cat really does need that booster vaccination. The test is quick and reasonably priced. All testing includes a certificate.
End of life care
Dr Kathy treats many older animals, animals with chronic health conditions and many in the palliative care stage of their lives. This has given her a lot of experience with helping people through the final stages of their animals lives and when the time comes, with assisted euthanasia. Euthanasia can be done at home surrounded by family members, without the stress of hospital visits and no catheters. Sedation is used to ensure animals are as calm and relaxed as possible for the passing. Before and after the passing, end of life counselling and support is available.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that is widely used by people and can also be used very successfully with animals. It can be used to treat a whole range of conditions but is especially effective for treating arthritis and related diseases. I treat many animals regularly using acupuncture as these photos show.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, fine needles through the skin. This is very well tolerated by most animals. If animals are too sore or do not have an easy going disposition then the points can be stimulated using other means such as pressure (acupressure) or laser torch. For conditions like epilepsy, having gold bead implants done under anaesthetic is also an option to provide long term relief.
I have been trained in animal acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and am a member of the AVAG (Australian veterinary Acupuncture special interest group).
Acupuncture has been closely studied to understand how it works, within the framework of the western medical model. Simply put, it has been shown that the acupuncture points are indeed “special”: when examined under the microscope, these areas have special arrangements of nerves and blood vessels. The association with major organs has been confirmed also, using dye studies. Acupuncture has been proven to influence many chemicals in the body, including blood flow, endorphins and serotonin. Acupuncture works for providing pain relief,aiding healing and slowing degenerative processes.
From the Chinese perspective, acupuncture works by balancing the flow of energy in the body. Disease is a manifestation of an imbalance of energy in the body, and acupuncture treatment aims to even out the flow once again. The theory says that energy flows around the body in daily cycles, along pathways called meridians. There are various points along the meridians that can be needled to influence the flow of energy along the channel or meridian, and thus bring about balance. Some of the points are close to the bodies surface and these are the ones we access with an acupuncture treatment.
There are 14 major meridians on the body and over 300 acupuncture points. The location of the meridians and specific points are remarkably consistent between species, and the actions are always the same.
Laser therapy is the non-invasive use of laser energy to generate a photo-chemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue. Put simply this means using light energy to create a positive, physiological effect in the tissues of the body Laser is an acronym for Light Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is an amplifier of light. My therapeutic laser emits monochromatic red light at 980nm (nano metres) wavelength (red). Laser therapy means the application of electromagnetic radiation within the red and infrared.
Lasers amplify light, and in so doing produce a sustained emission of photons or light particles. Laser therapy works by delivering packets of light energy (photons) to the cell membrane and the organelles, especially the photo-receptive mitochondria within the cells. The mitochondria, which produce the energy for the cells, use this light to create more energy (via conversion of ADP to ATP). Increased production of ATP leads to normalisation of cell function, pain relief and healing. There is stimulation of the cells all throughout the target tissues, wherever the beam penetrates. The penetration of the beam is adjusted by using different types of attachments to either administer the light deep into the tissues or superficially. Different types of tissues absorb the light differently depending on things like body size, skin colour and coat length. The unit allows me to adjust the light to suit the characteristics of the treated areas.
Your animal will need to sit still or lie down quietly for 10-20 minutes while the treatment is administered. I need someone to hold the animal during treatment, as I will be operating the laser. Special glasses will be worn during the operation. Most animals find the treatment a pleasant experience
Benefits of Laser Therapies are: increased cellular energy, creates analgesia (pain relief), reduces inflammation, accelerates tissue repair and cell growth the animals own cellular healing processes, improves circulation, is non-invasive/gentle.
The majority of appointments are in clinic, a standard 30 minute consultation is $115. Complex health conditions require 45 mins ($170) or one hour ($225) initial appointments. Treatments or medications are additional cost. Behaviour consultations in clinic are $295 initial one hour. We also offer short 15 minute Telehealth appointments of $65 for a few questions on specific issues.
Home visit consultations are available, depending on your location for initial behaviour appointments, home euthanasia’s and in some circumstances for animals who are old, infirm or difficult to transport. Fees are based on in clinic fees plus a travel fee of $25 to $100 depending on travel time from the Junction. House call area is generally limited to areas within 30 minutes of The Junction.
You will be provided with an estimate for a specific cost for your visit when the appointment is confirmed.
Consultations are available at the Pet Shop Boyz Pet Shop
Unit 1/5 Channel Road Mayfield West NSW 2304
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for Dr Kathy
10 am till 6 weekdays and 10 am till 2 pm Saturdays