Even if happy and healthy, your pet should have yearly check-ups to ensure they stay that way! During a routine health check, we will conduct a weight check, oral exam and auscultation of the heart and chest. Following the physical examination, we will recommend or administer preventative care as required-vaccination, flea control, heartworm and intestinal worm prevention.
We understand your concern when your beloved pet is admitted for surgery and we will do everything to ensure you are well informed and at ease while we perform the procedure. Surgery is conducted from Monday to Friday, and while day procedures are most common, your pet may be required to stay with us overnight following more complex procedures.
We will ask you to drop off your pet in the morning on the day of the surgery to allow your pet to settle in and our nurses to administer a pre-anaesthetic sedative. We recommend an in-house pre-anaesthetic blood test for patients with existing medical conditions and those over 8 years of age.
Surgery is performed under sterile conditions by an experienced veterinarian and at least one nurse assisting the surgery and monitoring anaesthesia.
Following surgery, your pet’s recovery is closely monitored until your pet is awake and ready to go home. We will advise you of post-operative care and give you specific instructions to ensure there are no complications at home following the surgery. The following day, we will contact you to check on your pet’s progress and answer any questions you may have.
We are prepared to take all the time necessary to ensure you have full understanding and confidence before, during and after the surgery.DSCN1756 
X-rays can give us a valuable insight into your pet’s health. We can diagnose and monitor many health problems, from arthritis and broken bones to heart disease. We will soon be making the switch to Computed Radiography, which will allow us to view digital X-rays of your pet within a minute or two of taking them! By upgrading our X-ray equipment, we hope to increase our diagnostic capabilities and improve the level of veterinary care we deliver.

The endoscope is an optical instruments that allows us visual examination of a hollow body organ. At some stage, as a pet owner, you may need us to look at one of your pets’ orifices. The use of an endoscope can potentially shorten the length of procedure, increase diagnostic capabilities and is less invasive than previous techniques.
Unfortunately, many people overlook their pet’s dental health. It is important that a vet checks your pet’s teeth at least once per year to prevent tooth and gum disease. Tooth and gum disease not only causes bad breath, but can be extremely painful.
We offer preventative care such as dental scaling to remove all plaque, tartar and calculus, followed by a polish to ensure your pet’s teeth stay cleaner for longer.We have a dental system similar to the one you may see at your dental clinic.

We are also able to perform more complicated dental procedures such as extractions and treat tooth root abscesses. 
It is not always easy to get your pet to the vet. In some cases we may be able to come to you, please speak to our staff if you would like to make arrangements.
Puppies develop social skills and life-long behaviours at a very young age. A dog's brain is growing and developing rapidly during those puppy months, and there are some key skills that need to be learned during that growth phase. Most importantly for urban and suburban dogs are the social skills. Dogs are most receptive to learning social skills from about 6 weeks to about 16 weeks of age. After 16 weeks of age some experts consider that it is "too late" for young dogs to properly learn how to interact with other dogs and with people.

The ages from 6 to 16 weeks of age also just happen to be the time that your young puppy's immune system is developing, and those puppy vaccines are being given. And until the last of those puppy vaccines you can't be sure that your puppy is protected against some of those very nasty viral diseases. To guard against disease you should keep your puppy away from other dogs, and places where other dogs go, until after the last vaccination at 16 weeks of age. But to encourage good social skills and to get your puppy off to a good start in life he or she should have the opportunity to meet as many dogs and people as possible during those vital, formative months.

In other words you should keep your puppy isolated from the world, and immerse him in it, at the same time! The solution to this riddle is Puppy Classes. A puppy class, properly run, gives your pup the opportunity to meet other pups around the same age, in a safe and disease free environment. The instructor should help you learn how to train your pup to do the basics, and your pup should start to develop some confidence outside of the family.

There are some excellent puppy classes being run on a regular basis in the Bentleigh area, and we are happy to refer you to one of these.

PUPPY CLASSES are quite properly conducted in veterinary clinics throughout Australia. The protocol for running puppy socialisation classes has been developed by leading veterinary behavioural specialists. Puppy socialisation is widely regarded as a key foundation for the development of good canine behaviour, and therefore an important part of responsible pet ownership. Because young puppies are immunologically immature, puppy socialisation should be conducted indoors, in appropriately cleaned and sterile environments.

So it is with some surprise that the City of Glen Eira has recently notified us that we do not have planning permission to conduct Puppy Socialisation on the premises, since our planning permission allows us to operate as a Veterinary Clinic.

PLEASE contact us for information on puppy classes - our staff will be happy to refer you to an appropriate local puppy class.

A large bath specifically designed for washing your pooch is available at all times. We will provide you with towels, dog shampoo and conditioner and one of our friendly staff will show you how to use the bath.
Alternatively, you may wish to leave your dog with us for an hour and return to a clean, great-smelling pooch.
Please make an appointment for a dog wash.
As a client of John the Vet you are welcome to use the hydrobath during normal working hours, and all we ask is a gold coin donation which we forward to an animal related charity every quarter.

Every year since 2002 we have paid a fee to the City of Glen Eira to maintain registration of our cat boarding business. Every year since 2002 the City of Glen Eira has sent out a council officer to audit our cattery - and every year we have complied with their audit requirements.
Despite this, The City of Glen Eira has recently told us that we do not have their permission to board cats on the premises.
So, it is with great sadness that we close down what has been a very useful service to our cat-owning clients.


Unfortunately we are not able to board dogs, because we don't have sufficient space for dog runs, nor enough space to satisfy local law requirements. Dog boarding kennels need to be separated from residsential areas by a wide buffer zone, because unfortunately some dogs tend to bark a bit. Luckily for your dog there is a huge number of options for you to choose from when it comes to having your precious pooch taken care of whilst you're away sunning yourself on a tropical island, or attending your great-aunt's wedding in The Old Country, or whatever it is you do that takes you away from home. There are services that will mind your dog in your own home, services that can foster your dog out to someone else's home, and there are boarding kennels. One of our favourites is Hanrob Pet Hotels.

John The Vet is now a pick up & drop off location for Hanrob Pet Hotels. The FREE pet shuttle service operates to & from our clinic Monday to Friday. To find out more about Hanrob Pet Hotels, visit

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