Winter 2012

Cancer in our pets

Our pets suffer from some of the same diseases as humans, and sadly cancer is one of them. A diagnosis of cancer can be a worrying time, but constant advances in the field of Oncology (the study of cancer and its treatments) mean we can do a lot to help. The first rule of oncology - check every lump - is the best life saver of all.
What is cancer? Normal body cells live and die to a pattern and these cells grow and divide in a controlled way. Tumour cells have lost their natural pattern of ageing and dying, and no longer respond to the state of their neighbours in the control of their growth and division. When these changes are relatively minor, a benign tumour, composed of relatively normal cells which keep together in a lump, will develop, pushing normal cells away but not pushing between them or invading blood and lymphatic vessels. Malignant cells have not only lost the control on life span and division rates but, to a degree which varies between tumours, also grow between surrounding cells to spread amongst normal tissue and to invade blood and lymphatic vessels. Tumours which invade blood and lymphatic vessels can escape the area of the primary tumour, and travel to the next narrow vessels (usually the lungs or liver, if via the blood, or the local lymph gland if via lymph). Here they can grow into new secondary (or metastatic) tumours.

Diagnosing and treating cancer
  • Examination - visual examination of a lump, along with feel, can yield clues as to its nature. A full examination of the patient for other lumps and/or complications which may be associated with certain tumours is a first step in the diagnostic process.
  • Fine needle biopsy and cytology - insertion of a fine needle into a lump can allow cells to be removed and place on a slide for more...

Daisy's Bone Graft

Daisy is a gorgeous 5 year old toy poodle who captured the heart of Marie as she lay homeless in a pound. Marie took Daisy home and it was not long before she realised there was something wrong with one of Daisy's front legs, she could not put any weight on it. Marie brought Daisy in to see us and it was quickly ascertained that she had an old fracture of her radius and ulna halfway between her elbow and wrist. Radiographs showed this fracture was a very old one, possibly 6 months old, but most importantly it was what is called a 'non union'. Non unions are fractures that have simply not healed. They can occur even when every attempt to fix them has occurred but, given Daisy's predicament in the pound, it is likely that she suffered with this fracture and nobody had done anything about it. Read more...


Dr Marianne Gould

Marianne graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992 and practiced in a number of rural and urban practices before joining the Collaroy Veterinary Services team in 2009.
In addition to her veterinary science and business degrees, Marianne has studied with, and is certified by, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society as a veterinary acupuncturist. She gains great satisfaction from seeing the results that this complementary therapy, in addition to conventional medicine, can provide for many pets. Read more...


Ultrasound is a wonderful technology and an incredible advance in veterinary medicine that has saved the lives of many animals. The ability to use ultrasound to look inside the abdomen or chest of an animal means that we can often quickly and non-invasively investigate a host of different health conditions. Abdominal ultrasound can be used to examine the liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, overies, adrenal glands, stomach, and intestines. Read more...

Did you know?

  • Cats and humans have similar regions in their brains dedicated to emotions.
  • The only sweat glands a dog has are between the paw pads.
  • Rabbits do not vommit.


Community Update

At Collaroy Vets we are proud to be supporters of Monika's Doggie Rescue, a registered charity that saves, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs from pounds that otherwise face an uncertain future. For many years Monika Biernacki and a group of volunteers have been rescuing dogs and successfully re-homing them with permanent and loving owners. Dogs resued from the pound are microchipped, heartworm tested and vaccinated, and given a basic health check. Read more...

Dogs Big Day Out

Collaroy Vets will be at Warringah's 2012 annual Dogs Big Day Out on Sunday 26 August at Frenchs Forest Showground. It will be a fun day for the whole family with activites ranging from animal demonstrations, agility trials, best trick, cutest puppy, dog and owner look-alike and best rescue dog competitions. Drop by our stall and say hello!

Pet Dental Health Month

August is 'Pet Dental Health Month', sponsored by Hill's, and gives us a great opportunity to spread the word about the importance of dental care in our pets. Throughout the month we will be offering special deals to encourage owners to have their pets teeth checked. Be on our facebook page for details.