Summer 2013/2014

Skin disorders in dogs

Dog skin problems, conditions and disorders are a common health issue addressed by our veterinarians.

Your dog's skin is their body's largest organ and is reflective of your dog's overall health, both mental and physical, and can be affected by inside as well as outside sources.

Skin disorders in dogs have many causes, and vary from acute, self-limiting problems to chronic or long-lasting problems requiring life-time treatment. They also need to be differentiated on the basis of being primary or secondary (due to scratching) in nature, making diagnosis complicated.

Skin disorders may be grouped into categories according to the causes:

  • Immune-mediated skin disorders
  • Physical and environmental skin diseases
  • Infectious skin diseases
  • Flea allergy dermatitis
  • Hereditary and developmental skin disease
  • Cutaneous manifestations of internal diseases


A Kidney failure Success Story

When Maxi came into the hospital a few years ago her life was in the balance. For the previous few weeks she had been losing weight, had less interest in food and was drinking a lot. These are very common signals that an older cat may have kidney disease. Sure enough, after some diagnostic tests, this is exactly what Maxi was found to be suffering from. This has never been a good disease for older cats to deal with, but with some newer treatments and good management, kidney disease does nott mean an immediate end for our feline elders.


Maxi was 17 at the time of diagnosis and, like many older cats, was starting to lose body tone and muscle mass. With her kidneys now failing, she was left feeling thirsty and needing to drink a lot. She occasionally became constipated because of her frailty and dehydration. Blood tests confirmed elevated levels of urea, creatinine and phosphate in her blood. She also had reduced levels of potatssium and was hypertensive. Read more...


Helen - Vet Nurse

Helen has been working as a nurse at Collaroy Vets since 2010. Helen was on holiday from the UK when she first came to the clinic seeking casual work. Helen quickly became an integral member of the team and after a 3 month break to travel around Australia, she came back to work for us full time. Helen gained her qualifications, a Higher National Diploma in Animal Science, from Newton Rigg College, Cumbria, UK in 2003. Read more...


In House Laboratory

Common laboratory tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests and biopsy examination.

Clinical pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, bodily fluids or tissue in order to identify existing disease, monitor treatment protocols or disease progression and to check organs that cannot be checked on a general physical examination.

Some of the conditions that may be diagnosed with in house testing are kidney and liver disease, pancreatitis, diabetes, hormonal problems, infections, parasitism, anaemia and certain cancers determinable by biopsy.

Our clinic is equipped with the latest in-house laboratory that allows our veterinarians to quickly perform many of these diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatments. Read more...


Pricing and estimates

We aim to keep our pricing as competitive as possible. We pride ourselves on setting a pricing structure that enables us to give your pets the best treatment we can in consultation with you. Having pet insurance is highly recommended to keep pricing as low as possible for you as an owner. Read more...

Did you know?


  • Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only make 10
  • Dogs' eyes contain a special membrane called the tapetum lucidum, which allows them to see in the dark
  • If your cat is thrashing it's tail, it's in a bad mood - time for you to keep your distance!


Community Update

At Collaroy Vets we have recently been fortunate to recieve the voluntary services of Sarah, who is participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The award is a voluntary program for young people to participate in a number of activities centered around their interests and passions.
With a desire to do some work with our local wildlife and a willingness to help us with our support of WIRES, Sarah has completed the hours required for her award and is still a frequent volunteer helping us with wildlife that is brought to the clinic by the public and by wires.
It is volunteers like Sarah who enable us to give free support to wires and other animal charities. Her help, and that of all our volunteer supporters, is very much appreciated.

Dog Campaign

Dog Campaign (formally Pet Campaign) is back!!

Now located at Collaroy Vet, Dog Campaign is open 4 days per week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call direct on 9982 2002 and visit for details of grooming and day care services.

Full boarding facilities for dogs are also available at the clinic.