Four Healthy Baby Boys – One to Go!

Exciting News…..Congratulations to Leah, Kat, Jade, Jesse and partners with all their newborn baby boys – Jack, Kurt, Elliot & Cohen have recently arrived. Nurse Jacqui is imminent and the last one to go; so we wish her well.

And with maternity leave changes now in full swing, EHVH welcomes Stacey to our nursing team. Stacey recently moved to the Central Coast from Sydney with a young family, having worked at the specialist centre SASH at North Ryde as a surgical nurse. She brings a wealth of experience to our practice.

Tick Season Is Here

We strongly urge ALL dog owning clients to preference one of the three oral brands available from the same drug class for best tick prevention; ie, Simparica, Nexgard or Bravecto.

“Prevention is Better than the Cure” – Talk to our reception staff to discuss which may be most suitable for your dog. We can also discuss the limited options available for cats. 

Tick season on the central coast is July to January. A tick as small as a match head, that is only 4mm, may cause the following symptoms Continue reading “Tick Season Is Here”

What’s with “Grain Free” Diets?

Various human food trends have found their way into the pet food market, especially those believed to centre on pets’ wellness.

Many pet owners believe grain free diets are better for their pets because they assume they are natural, carbohydrate free, and less likely to result in health problems such as allergies; but this is not the case.


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From Our Vets …

Dr Holly has recently been awarded Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (MACVSc) in Small Animal Critical Care and Emergency Medicine by examination. This is a great achievement and a potential stepping stone to specialist qualification in the future. Congratulations and well deserved.

Dr Jacqui attended the four day Australian Veterinary Association Conference in Melbourne, and more recently experienced a workshop in emergency surgery and critical care at Uni Qld campus at Gatton.

Dr Michael also attended the Gatton campus recently for a two day workshop on recent advances in canine orthopaedic forelimb surgery, with preeminent Texan ortho specialist Dr Brian Beale.

Exciting News From EHVH

Have you met our new smiling faces in reception on your last visit? We welcome our new nurses – Caroline, Shannon & Emma to the team – they come with loads of experience & enthusiasm to assist you with your precious family pets.

In the meantime – some of us are wondering – is there something in the water at EHVH? Yes the rumours are true – EHVH is welcoming FIVE new babies to our team in the next few months!

It is with great excitement & anticipation we wish Leah, Jade, Katrina, Jacqui & Dr Jesse’s wife – all the best in the coming months & their adjustment to motherhood. And in due course, we will welcome our wonderful nurses back on deck.

Cycad or Sago ‘Palm’ Toxicity

Three cycad species are popular ornamental plants and grow well in this area, with the Sago most common, though it is not really a palm. Toxic effects are seen in the central nervous system, liver, gut and mutation of cells to cancer formation. As little as two seeds will cause signs, but any part of the plant is toxic including the roots.

Dogs typically present with very non-specific signs like vomiting and lethargy (as with many other diseases). Signs can occur from 15 minutes to 36 hours after eating the plant. Look for vomiting, diarrhoea (sometimes bloody), jaundice, bruising of the skin, and weakness with tremors and seizures if severe.

There is no blood test to detect the toxin, and looking for seeds or plant material in the faeces or vomit will help greatly. Remember these signs are not specific for Sago toxicity and general supportive but intensive treatment for liver failure will cover most other causes; however, the prognosis for recovery from this toxin is poor. Most dogs will succumb despite treatment. Continue reading “Cycad or Sago ‘Palm’ Toxicity”

Turtle Surgery…@ EHVH

We see many local fauna cases with vehicle injuries including turtles with shell cracks, essentially like a broken bone. The pieces need to be adjacent to each other and immobilized for healing to occur. Dr Jesse Hughes is our resident reptile doc, and he recently wired up the fractured shell of this fellow under general anaesthesia. He was induced with an intravenous agent into a neck vein (the long neck helps) and then has a feeding tube placed into his trachea to deliver oxygen and gas anaesthetic. He had his vital blood oxygen level and heart rate monitored as well. He will make a slow recovery under the ongoing care of our local wildlife care organisation, and then be returned to his local habitat as good as new!

Meet Our New Vets


                                                                                                                                                                                                              EHVH introduces Dr Jacqueline Letondeur and Dr Holly Boyden as the new vets on staff.

You may be aware that Dr Natalie Adby has taken up a residency internship and further study at the Animal Referral Hospital at Homebush, and we wish her well in this new phase of her career.

Jacqueline hails from North Queensland gaining a Science degree and working in human radiography before graduating from Sydney University in Veterinary Science. Holly is also a Sydney Uni grad, and has worked in the U.K., and more recently at the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Hospital at Crows Nest, where she practised with specialists in their various disciplines.

Jacqueline and Holly add a new dimension to our hospital and bring an extra skill level in different areas.

New Danger to Pet Rabbits

pic8A new rabbit calicivirus strain (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus RHDV-K5) is set to be released locally and in the Greater Sydney Basin from mid February to late March 2017. Pet domestic rabbits are susceptible and vaccination is advised but with upgraded protocols.

The K5 or Korean strain is spread by insects (flies, fleas), direct contact between rabbits, and via predator faeces (cat, dog, and fox). The virus only affects rabbits, and is not harmful to native animals and domestic pets other than rabbits.

Another calicivirus strain has been detected in wild rabbits in NSW in 2015 named RHDV2. It is not known how the virus entered Australia as it was first reported in France in 2010. This strain can cause death in young kittens and a proportion of vaccinated adults, and unlike the original strain tends to cause death over a more prolonged course of 3-5 days . The signs are more non specific, including lethargy, inappetance, fever, and gut stasis. The current vaccine is not fully protective against RHDV2. The updated vaccine used in Europe for this strain is not currently available in Australia. Continue reading “New Danger to Pet Rabbits”