Health Maintenance Services

Health Care for Para Hills PetsPara Hills Veterinary Clinic is a full-service animal hospital staffed by skilled, compassionate and caring individuals. Beyond our comprehensive wellness examinations, we offer a full range of services, including allergy and dermatology treatment, cancer treatment, nutrition counseling and prescription diets, behavior counseling, and more.

Whether your pet is a playful puppy or kitten, active adult dog or cat, or a senior pet entering his or her golden years, we use a personalized approach to high-quality pet care based on your pet's lifestyle and your expectations. At Para Hills Veterinary Clinic your pet receives the highest level of care available in a professional, loving environment. As a part of our commitment to your and your pet, we are here to address any concerns you may have.

Internal Medicine

Despite the very best preventive care, animals can become sick. When this happens, it is stressful for you and your pet, especially because you can't simply ask your companion what's wrong.

While our focus is on disease prevention and wellness care, you can also rely on our skilled and compassionate medical team when your pet is sick. To that end, an important part of our practice is the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases that can affect your pet's internal organs and body systems.

Our experienced veterinarians, supported by Para Hills Veterinary Clinic's advanced diagnostic technology, have expertise in diagnosing and treating complex internal medicine cases such as kidney, heart, brain, respiratory, gastrointestinal, skin, immune-mediated and endocrine diseases.

Allergies and Skin Problems in Dogs and Cats

Allergies are quite common in dogs and cats of all breeds and backgrounds, typically due to fleas, but can also be the result of food or an inhaled irritant like dust or pollen. The most common symptom associated with allergies is itching of the skin, either localized or generalized. Other symptoms include respiratory distress (coughing, sneezing and wheezing) or digestive problems causing vomiting, flatulence or diarrhea.

Adelaide Veterinary DermatologyIt is important to be able to identify the first signs and symptoms of allergies and dermatological conditions. These include:

  • Scratching, licking, chewing or biting the skin, feet and ears
  • Red, raised, scaly areas on the skin
  • Bumps, crusts or pus filled vesicles on the skin
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Thickened skin
  • Loss of hair
  • Salivary staining (brown color)
  • Head shaking

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, please make an appointment to have him or her seen by one of our veterinarians at Para Hills Veterinary Hospital. We will evaluate your pet, determine the most effective method of treatment, and explain how you can prevent future problems. For more complex cases, we may refer you to a specialist. If left untreated, allergic reactions and skin conditions can become serious medical concerns.

Treating Your Pet's Cancer

At Para Hills Veterinary Clinic, our veterinary team considers many factors in advising the most appropriate course of treatment for your pet's particular case. The standard treatment for almost all pet cancers is surgical removal of the mass. Benign cancers in an accessible, well-defined area are almost always permanently cured by surgical removal. Surgery is also the best treatment for the majority of malignant cancers that have not yet spread. Recovery from most surgery is rapid and post-surgical pain is controllable using appropriate medications.

Should it be in the best interest of your pet following surgery, we can also arrange for follow-up radiation and chemotherapy.

Before making the decision on the appropriate course of action for your pet, please discuss all the relevant factors with our medical team so you can make an informed choice. Our understanding of cancer is increasing all the time, leading to better treatment approaches, quality of life and improved outcomes.

Your Pet's Nutrition

Feeding Your Adelaide PetProper nutrition and a balanced diet, along with fresh, clean water, are essential ingredients for your pet's overall good health. As your pet's caregiver, nutrition is the most significant health variable you control.

Feeding your pet the highest-quality food you can afford is one of the best ways you can contribute to his or her health and vitality. Although the differences between premium and budget varieties may not be apparent on their nutrition labels, they are in the quality of the ingredients. Both may contain the same amount of protein but be very different when it comes to digestibility and nutritional value. Making the best nutritional choices for your dog or cat not only effects general health, but will improve the quality and length of your pet's life.

To support your efforts, your veterinarian at the veterinarians at Para Hills Veterinary Clinic perform a thorough body condition evaluation during every physical examination and offers weight loss counseling if needed. We also provide you with important information on proper serving size, nutrient needs, and feeding strategies for your individual pet and help you navigate pet food claims so you can make the most informed choices.

Prescription Diets

Some pets have serious nutritional challenges or chronic conditions that benefit from a special diet. When that is the case, we may recommend a special prescription diet. Making this change can have a significant positive impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.

Prescription diets benefit medical conditions such as liver disease, bladder and kidney disease, digestive problems, renal failure, food allergies, diabetes and more. Para Hills Veterinary Hospital carries Royal Canin and Hills Science Diet prescription foods. We can also order special diets for pets with diabetes, mobility problems, cardiac problems, liver problems and skin problems.

Behaviour Counseling

Even with the right training and lots of attention and love, your dog or cat can develop bad habits or unwanted behaviours. Please don't make the mistake of believing you and your family must live with these problems or worse, consider giving up your pet.

Behaviour in PetsPara Hills Veterinary Clinic offers behaviour counseling for many of your pet's problems, including inappropriate urination or defecation, urine marking, aggression, nipping and biting, separation anxiety, inappropriate chewing and barking, digging, chewing, and introduction of new pets into the household. Our assessment begins with your pet's clinical history and a thorough medical examination. Before beginning behaviour therapy, any medical problems will be treated using conventional and alternative treatments. If our veterinarians and staff members cannot help with your pet's behaviour problem we can refer you to a highly qualified animal behaviourial specialist.


Certain conditions your pet may experience will be most effectively treated by a specialist. For complex orthopaedic surgeries, we refer our patients to Adelaide Specialist and Referral Services. For complex eye cases, we refer to Veterinary Opthalmic Referrals.

If you would like more information about the veterinary health maintenance services that Para Hills Veterinary Clinic offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment, please call (08) 8258 4838.