VetHQ Newsletter
News and information for wellcare of our pets

Snap 2013 is almost over!


Spring 2013

Age makes things go faster! Well like my dog SNAP I am just going to stick my head in the mud and try and forget that 2013 is almost over. There is however one good thing about a speedy 2013 and that is early in 2014 the Kiaora Lands car park will be finished and we will have one of the biggest Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Thomas Dux  in the country on our back step with a few car spots – 496 to be exact.

What’s that I hear? Some one saying you can not go the wrong way up a one way street. Well you guessed it, our friends at Kiaora Lands have decided in their wisdom, that traffic will now travel on Kiaora Lane from East to West so entry at the post office and exit on Manning Road. Watch for the signs but our parking will be the same.

Did someone say Christmas! – Saturday 7 December is Champagne Breakfast in the park 8.30am -10.30am. This year don’t worry we have booked the rotunda. A new addition this year will be 2 competitions, the dog dash and the dog swimming race.

Final comments! – Did I hear you say “Geoff your funny”. I completely agree with that, and thank you for appreciating my humour. You know at home I get none of that from my wife– in fact the opposite “Geoff promise me you won’t try and be funny!”  Well to say she will have the last laugh is not appropriate but with the countdown to the arrival of our third child at the end of October I have been given rules that must be followed.

  1. Don’t go there!
  2. Don’t chat to the obstetrician (or the paediatrician) about football (any code) or their fancy new piece of equipment.
  3. Don’t say (at the time!) that you have delivered a foal, calf, kittens, dogs, birds and that you can deliver a human baby too – its all the same.

Updates on the team:

  1. Raph and Tammy got engaged – congratulations to you both
  2. Raph became a Permanent Citizen – double Congratulations
  3. Elle has fitted in to reception brilliantly
  4. Welcome back to our reception team Jenn Dodd
  5. Fie has decided that with her bad back she cant guarantee returning to work. We will miss you and hope you make a speedier recovery over the coming months
  6. Rhian has unfortunately decided to leave us to gain experience in Emergency Nursing.

Vet HQ supporting the race with 'who let the dogs out'

General Info:

Vet HQ performed work to the value of just over $14000 to stray animals, wildlife, our adoption animals and several welfare organisations last year.

Vet HQ raised over $400 for the RSPCA for cupcake day. Congratulations to Nicky who won the in house competition for the best cupcake voted by you. Nicky’s were titled ‘pigs in mud'.

Christmas Party in the park 7 December 8.30am.
Remember to like us on Facebook so you can see what we do on a daily/weekly basis and any important warnings that may affect you. Look last week for the cat that got ticks on it from Vaucluse.

Dr Geoff - The Funny Vet


Bone Safety Tips

Casper has enjoyed a daily bone for a number of years and they have helped keep his teeth sparkling white. Unfortunately he was very unlucky recently when one of his bones became wedged on his teeth.

Giving bones to pets comes with risks. The bones can get stuck, cause constipation, chip teeth or cause trauma if they have sharp edges. At Vet HQ we believe the benefits of giving bones to our dogs and cats outweighs the risks. They are great for keeping teeth clean, a rich source of calcium, entertaining and delicious! This is why we are providing you with our bone safety tips so that your pet can continue to enjoy their tasty treats.

Vet HQ’s bone safety tips:

  1. Only feed RAW bones. Once a bone has been cooked or smoked it breaks apart too easily and can scratch your pet’s mouth and tummy and cause digestion problems such as constipation. This means that you should never feed your pet your left over cooked meat bones.
  2. The size of the bone needs to be appropriate for the size of your pet. The bone should not be small enough for your pet to fit it all into their mouth or swallow it whole. This means once they chew them down to small pieces you need to take them away. For cats, raw chicken necks are perfect.
  3. If you are feeding dogs large marrow bones, allow them to chew off both ends and then take them away so that they do not chew the middle part where the marrow is. This part is more likely to break and cause tooth fractures.
  4. Never cut bones. The cut edges can break apart more easily and can break their teeth.
  5. Some raw meat on the bone is desirable because it’s tasty and helps remove plaque
  6. Do not feed frozen bones. It might seem like a good idea to make them tougher to break but they become so hard that the teeth are more likely to break. Think about biting onto a rock solid ice cube and the force it places on your teeth.
  7. Always supervise your pet when they are eating bones.
  8. Animals become over protective of bones so be careful when approaching.
 Please let us know if you are unsure of which bones are appropriate for your pet. If your dog or cat ever gets a bone stuck in their mouth or throat please contact Vet HQ immediately.

Heart Disease


Heart disease and your pet - what do you need to know?

The heart is a large muscle which basically contracts and relaxes to perform as a pump - moving oxygenated and deoxygenated blood around the body. It works to supply oxgenated blood to vital organs (such as the liver, kidney, pancreas and the spleen) as well as the skin and muscles.

Diagnosing heart disease in its early stages will mean that your pet will have the best prognosis.
Cats and dogs have similar symptoms to look for but there are some key differences:


  1. Open mouth breathing and panting (this could also indicate primary lung disease).
  2. Enlarged abdomen - distended and firm to touch.
  3. Weight loss or poor appetite.


  1. Coughing (especially at night time).
  2. Increased respiratory rate (how many times your pet takes a breath - as a general rule anything less than 30 breaths a minute is normal).
  3. A reluctance to exercise and intolerance to exercise (tires more easily and weakness or fainting episodes associated with exercise).
  4. Enlarged abdomen.
In some cases of mild heart disease (such as mild murmur), no medication or intervention is required but strict monitoring of your pets heart sounds every 3-6 months may be done. As a starting point, we may recommend xrays (to check on the heart size and also the lung fields surrounding it) and also a cardiac ultrasound to check the flow of blood between the 4 chambers of the heart.

If you know that your pet has been diagnosed with heart disease, the single most important indicator you can be assessing at home is his or her sleeping breathing rate. Keep a log of this (from week to week) and alert your veterinarian if it rises above 30 breaths per minute.

If you have any concerns or questions about your pets health - and heart disease, then please contact us at the clinic or send through an email to
September 2013

Vet HQ
389 New South Head Rd
Double Bay
NSW  2028
P: 93271020
F: 93261266
Our Vets:
Dr Geoff Golovsky
Interests: Surgery, Oncology, Talking (as much as you want)
Dr Caryn Wun
Interests: Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging (xray/ultrasound), Behaviour
Dr Tammy Poon
Interests: Surgery, Dermatology, Cardiorespiratory disease
Dr Nicky Goldberg
Interests: Surgery, Dermatology, Dentistry
Dr Ilana Mendels (part time)
Dr Kirsten Hunt (part time)
Our Nurses:
Kate Fahy VN Head Nurse

Jenna JJ Luskey VN
Client Services Nurse

Sonja Marksteiner Senior VN
Louise Hansen VN
Kristina Karlson Trainee VN
Tessa Carroll Trainee VN
Our Animal Attendants:
Ainslee Maher
Marcel Tabuteau
Our Reception Team:
Elle Wright Trainee VN
Jenn Dodd
Danijela Kis
Raphaella Osborne
Our Dog Stylists:
Bianca Bennett Head Stylist
Mariko Shimizu VN and Groomer
Our Vet students:
Jess Steel
Imogen Game
Benji Sofar
Business Manager:
Alyssa Carter
Hospital Hours:
7.30am-7pm Mon-Fri
9am-1pm Sat
10am-1pm Sun
Consultation by appointment
Emergency till 11pm (Mon-Fri)
P: 0434635226
After Hours:
For emergencies after 11pm and on weekends out of hours please contact:
East Side Veterinary Emergency
10 Newcastle Street Rose Bay
P: 1300792802
Or North Shore Vet Specialists
64 Atchison St Crows Nest
P: 94364884
Our Values:
To provide pets with the highest standard of professional and ethical Veterinary care
To offer a complete, balanced and individualised health care service to pets and owners
To provide supportive and clear communication to pet owners
To maintain the highest level of learning and continuous education for staff and clients
Our Purpose:
To provide the highest quality pet care and be an integral link between you and your pet

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