Balmain Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer a range of services to you and your pet!
We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to you and your pets. Delivered by a team of caring, dedicated and professional staff, our wide range of services ensures that all your surgical, medical, preventative and merchandise needs will be met.
We are a modern, well equipped Veterinary Hospital with a family of dedicated staff consisting of veterinarians, nurses, receptionists, animal attendants and managers. With a strong emphasis on providing exceptional customer service, we are committed to providing both pets and owners with the highest level of care possible.
The practice is also committed to ensuring a high level of employment satisfaction for staff. Further development both professionally and personally is actively encouraged. There is a strong emphasis placed on the nurturing of healthy relationships between staff members and many social events are enjoyed throughout the year by the team at Balmain Veterinary Hospital!
- Annual Health Check and Wellness Screen
- Surgical Procedures
- Advanced Anaesthesia
- Pet Export
- In-house Pathology
Annual Health Check and Wellness ScreenRoutine wellness exams provide a solid foundation for a lifetime of good health for your pet. With regular visits to our hospital, it will help us identify any potential underlying medical concerns and address them immediately.
Cats and dogs are masters at hiding illness’ and age much more quickly than we do. As a result, your pet’s health status can change in a short period of time too. We recommend healthy adults visit us at least once a year. As they become older, we recommend more frequent visits to the vet.
Surgical ProceduresYour pet has been recommended a surgical procedure by one of our Veterinary Surgeons. Naturally, this can cause some anxiety for you, as your pet’s primary carer. At Balmain Veterinary Hospital, we take looking after your companion very seriously and you can rest assured we take every measure to ensure your pet has a safe, comfortable and successful procedure every time. Please take the time to read through this very important information and complete all necessary forms prior to the day of your pet’s operation.
Advanced AnaesthesiaAt Balmain Veterinary Hospital we use modern anaesthetic machines and the latest anaesthetic agents. Combining these first rate components with physical examination, blood tests and the routine use of the latest monitoring equipment such as Doppler and ECG, a general anaesthetic becomes a much safer experience for your pet.
We are committed to combatting pain through proactive monitoring and the use of pain relief drugs following surgical procedures.
DentistryMany pet owners are unaware of the need for ongoing oral care for their animals. Certain foods, treats and toys can be useful in helping to maintain a healthy dental status, however, existing problems may require surgical and/or medical treatment. Some of the more common signs of existing dental problems can include excess salivating, difficulty when eating and of course, bad breath.
Our hospital is fully equipped with dental equipment, including state of the art ultrasonic scalers for specialised cleaning, high-speed drills, polishing units and a dental x-ray machine. If you think your pet’s teeth are in need of attention, please contact us to make an appointment for dental assessment.
Pet ExportWe have Government accredited Veterinary Surgeons who work together with Pet Export companies in order to prepare your cat or dog for overseas export. Some of the services we can provide include:
- General export advice
- Rabies Vaccinations
- Rabies blood tests
- Export preparation for UK, European Union, USA, New Zealand and Canada amongst other countries.
- Contact details of professional pet transport companies
Please note that we DO NOT assist in the export of species other than cats or dogs, including rabbits/reptiles/birds/horses etc. We also DO NOT assist in the export of pets by people who are attempting to perform the export themselves. Exporting pets can be a complicated process and there is a great deal of room for error. We strongly recommend you engage a pet transport company for all your export needs. We work in conjunction with pet transport companies who are experienced in what is required and what time frames need to be met in order to perform a successful export.
RadiologyBalmain Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer the latest in digital x-ray technology to our clients. This technology enables us to produce high quality, reliable images to aid in the accurate diagnoses and subsequent treatment for your pet. These images can be saved onto a CD to be sent on to specialists when referral is advised or even for clients to keep at home for their own records.
UltrasoundTo further aid our diagnostic imaging department we also have available an ultrasound service. Ultrasound scanning is very useful for determining the nature of heart murmurs, enlarged hearts, masses/tumours, enlarged abdominal organs, pancreatitis, pregnancy, bladder problems and as a guide for needle biopsies.
Our ultrasound machine is capable of colour flow Doppler echocardiography and produces very high and detailed scans suited for our little furry friends. Dr Emma Holmes-Walker, our in-house sonographer performs all major scans.
EndoscopyWe are proud to now be able to offer endoscopy as an additional diagnostic service. Endoscopy is a non-invasive medical procedure that involves the passing of a long, usually flexible tube (with a fibre optic camera attached) through the gastrointestinal tract. This is especially useful for diagnosing basic conditions associated with the gastrointestinal tract, focusing on the oesophagus, stomach and upper intestines. Occasionally it also allows for the diagnosis of foreign bodies.
In some individual medical cases, it can provide a less-invasive alternative for removal of foreign bodies, where surgery would otherwise be required. Endoscopy is performed under a light general anaesthetic and allow for samples to be collected for biopsies if necessary.
In-house PathologyOur in-house pathology department can provide results within 30 minutes of taking blood samples. The tests performed can assist us in making more rapid and definitive diagnoses. At our hospital, all animals receive a full physical examination prior to anaesthetic delivery, however there are certain health issues which cannot be determined from physical examination alone. Therefore, one of the more common tests done at our hospital is one called a Pre-Anaesthetic Screen and this is offered to all patients undergoing a procedure requiring a general anaesthetic.
This test provides vets and nurses with a ‘window’ to your pets inner-workings and can help us to ensure a safer anaesthetic experience for your pet.
Drop Off Service
Too busy to wait for a veterinary appointment? Is your animal sick but you need to be at a prior appointment? Feel free to utilise our drop off service. You can drop your pet off with a note detailing your concerns and a veterinarian can examine your pet whilst you are elsewhere. We will then call you to discuss your pet's condition and formulate a plan going forward. You can then pick your pet up any time before 7:30pm (Monday-Friday) or before 5pm on weekends.
Over the years, Balmain Veterinary Hospital has developed close relationships with several of the veterinary specialist centres in Sydney. This enables us to confidently refer your pet for specialist handling of complex problems and access to specialist testing. Post-visit communication between specialists and our vets ensures a complete and continuing line of treatment for your pet. Our aim is to provide you and your pet with the best available treatment options.
Cat Adoption Program
It is a sad reality that many cats and kittens require new homes. Sometimes they have been abandoned, they might be the result of an unwanted pregnancy or they may come from a loving home where the owner's situation has changed. At Balmain Veterinary Hospital, we are committed to helping out the community by helping out not-for profit organisations such as Inner City Strays, who place many stray cats and kittens in loving forever homes. Through this affiliation, we are attempting to find as many homes as possible for those little ones that are currently fending for themselves.
If you are interested in a new feline friend, or if you know of someone who is able to provide a safe and happy home for one, please visit Inner City Strays to find your future companion.
Balmain Veterinary Hospital works closely with WIRES and SMWS to ensure the safe treatment of native Australian animals. From possums to birds and reptiles, we see many beautiful species every year which have been injured or are just simply unwell. The wonderful people at WIRES and SMWS who provide care to these animals know that they can bring them to us at anytime and we will do the best we can to get them healthy and back into their own environment.
Products & Supplies
We stock an extensive range of merchandise, of both the practical and pampering kind. Our wide range of collars, leads, harnesses and pet toys gives you many options to choose from, to keep your pet safe and looking stylish. We also stock litter, a variety of tasty food treats, carry cages and toys to further enrich your pet's life.
Fleas, worms and ticks are an unpleasant part of an animal's life, but with the right advice and products they don't have to be a problem. We stock a wide range of flea, tick and worming preventatives and our staff are happy to help you to work out what is the best option for you and your family to keep parasites at bay.
Just like us, a well-balanced diet is the platform to a healthy, happy life – that's why we only recommend the best quality of food for your pet. With choices including maintenance and prescription foods such as Royal Canin, and Science Diet our range provides for cats and dogs at all stages of life. Our staff will be happy to assist you in determining what the best diet for your pet is. If we don't have what you need in stock, we will do our best to track it down and order it in for you.