Spring Newsletter 2017

Welcome to the Ironmines clinic Spring newsletter!

Phil and Tony bring new skills to the clinic

The Ironmines Veterinary Clinic team believes in investing in continuing education so that our vets can provide the best care for all animals, large and small, in the Southern Highlands. Tony attended the Australian Veterinary Association conference in Melbourne in June, and Phil attended the Federation of Asian Small Animal Veterinary Associations Congress on the Gold Coast this August. Both conferences include lectures from specialist veterinarians in a range of topics and enable the vets who attend the conference to pass on the information to the rest of the team once they return home. This year Tony attended many lectures about treating small animal behavior disorders such as separation anxiety and dog aggression. Phil has always had a passion for cat and dog dentistry and attended lectures on periodontal disease through to post extraction pain relief techniques.

The infinite sire

Karl has been performing frozen surgical inseminations in dogs for breeders based in the Southern Highlands and further abroad and has recently used frozen dog semen, collected 26 years ago, to successfully sire a litter of puppies. Although the male dog was alive a quarter of a century ago, once his semen is frozen in liquid nitrogen, it can last almost indefinitely. The Ironmines Veterinary Clinic has the ability to collect both dog and equine semen, freeze it and store it in liquid nitrogen. It is a great way for owners to store the genetic potential of a particularly valuable animal into the future.

Is your dog difficult to give ear drops to?

Ear infections are common in dogs due to a range of reasons, from underlying allergies through to ear shape. Not every dog tolerates having ear drops instilled into their sore infected ear morning and night, so the clinic now stocks a new product. This medication is a long acting medicated ear drop to control ear infections. The ear drop gets into the wax of the ear canal and is slowly released over 7 days. Most ear infections will need two doses, 7 days apart, to clear up nasty and sore ear infections. Give us a call if you want to know more about this new medication.

Happy horse’s birthday

The 1st of August is the horse’s birthday in the Southern Hemisphere. Although your horse may not have actually been born on the 1st of August, this date is traditionally used in the Thoroughbred breed. The breeding season allows mares to be covered or bred from the 1st of September. This means that foals conceived at the start of September should be born around the start of August. If your horse had been born in the Northern Hemisphere, then its birthday would actually be the 1st of January.

With the horse breeding season starting in the Southern Highlands for 2017, Karim and Lloyd will be out scanning mares, collecting semen and performing chilled or frozen artificial inseminations. If you have questions about breeding your horse, then do not hesitate to contact the Ironmines clinic.

Bob’s advice corner on farm life

As every farmer knows, information is the key to success. Bob, our local cattle guru, can assist with any ruminant livestock questions such as vaccination protocols, drenching and faecal egg counts as well as stocking rates in the local area.

Another key area of farm life is future planning, so if you have cattle on your property and you would like to have pregnancy diagnosis performed or your bulls tested to make sure that they are match fit at the start of the joining period, please give us a call at the clinic.

Looking forward to Summer

As we move towards the end of the year, we are pleased to announce that Joey will be back at the clinic after completing her Masters degree through Melbourne University. She is looking forward to returning to the Southern Highlands and taking up an active role at the clinic once again.

Have a laugh

What is a cat’s favourite movie?

The sound of Mew-sic!

Why did the lamb cross the road?

To get to the baaaaarber shop!


It’s all about skin

Our nurses have recently had a skin care training day so that they are up to date on the latest skin care products, particularly shampoos and conditioners that are available for the various skin problems that cause our animals distress. If you have any questions, then please drop in and have a chat to our friendly nursing team!