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Specialist Medicine and Treatments

Our expert team of veterinary doctors, surgeons and nurses are highly-qualified in treating a wide range of conditions and diseases in our state-of-the-art clinic.

Pancreatitis

This is a disease where the pancreas becomes inflamed, making its job of carrying out digestive and hormonal functions extremely difficult. Warning signs of a pancreatic disorder include nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Successful treatment hinges on early diagnosis and professional therapy. In cases of mild pancreatitis, most animals recover with no long-term effects.

Heart Disease

There are two main types of heart disease in pets, both of which can be serious. The first is chronic valvular disease where a heart valve begins to leak and reduces the amount of blood being pumped around the body. The second form of heart disease is myocardial disease where the heart pumps less efficiently, often due to a weakening or thickening of the main heart muscles. There is no single cause for heart disease but common risk factors include obesity, hypertension, dental disease and early aging.

Lung Disease

Respiratory diseases are fairly common in dogs and cats, especially for elderly animals with weaker immune systems, making them increasingly vulnerable to airborne pathogens, pollutants and allergens. Frequent signs of lung disease include coughing, wheezing and breathing difficulties. Once the disease is diagnosed, treatment can involve medication, special diets and regular exercise.

Liver Disease

The liver serves many functions in your pet’s body, including aiding with digestion, producing certain hormones and removing toxins from the blood. Due to this variety of vital functions, liver disease presents itself in varying ways and the warning signs can often be vague.

Liver disease can be caused by damage to a related organ, such as the intestines or pancreas, due to bacterial infection, parasites or toxins. Treatment of the disease depends on determining its initial cause. In most cases, part of the treatment will be a diet that has been specially designed to aid liver function as well as supportive medications.

Hormonal Conditions

Hormones are chemical messengers, serving many functions in the body, and numerous glands and organs are involved in their production and distribution. Endocrine (hormonal) diseases can manifest as either an under- or over-production of the hormone in question. For example, diabetes results from a lack of insulin production (or insulin resistance) whereas hypothyroidism is caused by an underactive thyroid gland.

Endocrine diseases resulting from an overproduction of a hormone may be treated with surgery, radiotherapy or medication, whilst hormone replacement treatment is used for syndromes of hormone deficiency.

Cancer

Successful treatment of animal cancer relies on early detection. At Eastside Vets, our team utilise a range of hi-tech, diagnostic imaging techniques to identify cancers and our experts then perform surgery to remove a tumour on-site, as soon as possible. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and medications can also be used in combination to treat the condition.

If you believe your pet may have fallen sick with an illness that requires specialised attention, do not hesitate to contact Eastside Vets on 02 9371 6959 and we’ll help you get them on the road to recovery.