Autumn 2013

Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in cats


Chronic renal failure, sometimes referred to as kidney disease, is one of the most common conditions affecting older cats. In most cases, chronic renal failure is progressive over time so that there is a gradual advancement and worsening of the disease. The rate of progression of the disease varies considerably between individuals. Appropriate support and treatment can both increase the quality of life of affected cats and prolong life by slowing down the progression of the disease.


What causes chronic renal failure?

Chronic renal failure occurs where there is long-standing, irreversible damage to the kidneys that impairs their ability to filter and remove waste products from the blood. In most cases where chronic renal failure is diagnosed, the exact cause of the disease is unknown. Samples taken from the affected kidney (biopsies) often show considerable amounts of fibrous tissue replacing the normal kidney tissue, often with some inflammation. These changes are common to a number of diseases. There are, however, some well-recognised causes of chronic renal failure... read more


Rosie's skin graft

The importance and versatility of skin is often overlooked. It is taken for granted that when a skin lump is removed, the skin edges will just be sutured back together with ease. Sometimes this is not the case and imaginative ways need to be employed to bring the skin back together with no tension. Wounds under tension are destined to break down.

Rosie presented to us with a large tennis ball sized tumour on her elbow. In order to remove the tumour in its entirety, and additionally get clear margins, a large amount of skin had to be removed from the area. Technically, the excision of the tumour and overlying skin is straight forward. The challenge begins when trying to close the wound. Read more...


Dr Christopher Hong BSc B.Comm BVSc

We welcome Chris to the team in 2013 following his graduation from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Chris has worked in small animal and equine clinics on Sydney's North Shore and Eastern Suburbs for several years combining study, animal nursing and veterinarian work placements... read more



Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a form of diagnostic scan produced by a machine that uses powerful magnetic and radio waves to create detailed pictures of structures within the body. We can use MRI images to examine an animal's internal structures - particularly the spine, brain, skull, abdomen and musculoskeletal system. An MRI scan can enable the diagnosis of conditions that would otherwise be impossible to confirm without invasive surgery. MRI imaging is also ideal for cancer patients because of its utility in pre-surgical planning, treatment response with follow-up MRI scans and prognosis based on extent of disease. MRI is considered an extremely safe imaging modality... read more


Puppy School

We have recently welcomed Fiona Jones of Dogtech to our clinic to conduct Puppy School. Fiona is a Behavioural Training Instructor and holds Puppy training classes at the clinic on Tuesday evenings. For more information contact Fiona on:

M: 0435 462 432

Did you know?

  • A dogs's sense of smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human's.


  • All dogs are identical in anatomy - 321 bones and 42 permanent teeth.


  • A cat can't climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat's paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.


Community Update

The saying goes 'never work with children or animals', but as the father of three young children, Dr Pete has little choice but to do both! The youngsters love a visit from their local vet to the classroom for talks and demonstrations and nothing is more exciting than introducing a few cute and cuddly pets to the children. The serious intent behind the visits is to instil a sense of 'responsible pet ownership' from an early age. By talking about what different pets needs are, what animals make suitable pets and what are appropriate pet care duties for children, we hope to offer fun but informative information to our children.


New Live Website

We have given our website a face-lift and, in response to your feedback, have made it reflect the reality of daily life in our hospital. Read more about our vets and support staff, see pictures of us at work and view the clinic in operation. We hope you gain an insight into the comings and goings on the other side of the swing door!