Services | Goonoo Goonoo Road Veterinary Clinic
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Goonoo Goonoo Road
Veterinary Clinic


Our hospital is modern, and well equipped. We offer:

  • Desexing - At Goonoo Goonoo Road Vet Hospital, we take pride in providing a vital service that truly cares for your beloved pets in the Tamworth, Manilla, Werris Creek, Quirindi, and surrounding communities. Our compassionate approach to pet desexing ensures the well-being and happiness of your furry companions.
  • Vaccination - Your furry family members hold a special place in your heart, and their health is our utmost priority. We are dedicated to safeguarding their well-being by offering comprehensive vaccination services. Our team works diligently to protect them from prevalent diseases in the Tamworth community, ensuring their safety and longevity.
  • Dental health - We understand that your pets' overall health is closely linked to their dental well-being. Here at Goonoo Goonoo Road Vet Hospital, we provide exceptional care to combat periodontal disease, which can cause pain and impact other vital organs. With our expertise and commitment, we strive to maintain their oral health and prevent associated ailments, such as heart and kidney diseases.
  • Parasite control - We believe that every pet deserves a life free from the discomfort and dangers of parasites. At Goonoo Goonoo Road Vet Hospital, we are dedicated to helping the pets of Tamworth remain parasite-free. Whether it's internal parasites like worms or external parasites like fleas and ticks, our caring professionals are here to provide effective solutions and ensure your pets' well-being.
  • Dermatology - Your dogs and cats deserve to feel comfortable and happy in their own skin. At Goonoo Goonoo Road Vet Hospital, we specialize in dermatological care, addressing common skin conditions and sore ears. Our experienced team has achieved remarkable success in managing ongoing ear problems, and we are committed to restoring your pets' skin health, allowing them to thrive and enjoy life to the fullest.
  • Clinical Pathology - A service offered by our animal hospital, involving laboratory evaluation of blood, bodily fluids, and tissues to identify diseases. With our in-house laboratory, our veterinarians can quickly perform diagnostic tests for accurate and rapid diagnoses, providing same-day results for many tests.


At Goonoo Goonoo Road Vet Hospital, we offer pet desexing services for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, and occasionally pigs and goats. With 30 years of experience in small animal surgery, our veterinarian provides top-class care for your beloved pet, ensuring a pain-free and uncomplicated experience.

Why Desex Your Pet

Desexing your pet helps address the issue of unwanted and neglected pets in Tamworth. By desexing as many pets as possible, we aim to reduce the number of stray animals and associated welfare concerns. Our affordable and high-quality service helps eliminate certain adverse behaviors and prevents common health issues in un-desexed pets. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about desexing your pet.

About Desexing

Desexing, also known as neutering, is a surgical procedure that prevents pets from reproducing. It is commonly referred to as "castration" for males and "spaying" for females. Desexing is a routine surgery performed by our vets, and most pets can go home on the same day. The recommended age for desexing is between 4 and 6 months, but pets can be desexed at any age.

Benefits of Desexing

  • Prevents unwanted litters, reducing the number of stray animals
  • Reduces the risk of testicular cancer, prostate disease (in males), pyometra (infection of the uterus), and mammary tumors (breast cancer) (in females)
  • Stops the "heat" cycle in females
  • Decreases aggression towards humans and other animals, especially in males
  • Reduces wandering tendencies, especially in males
  • Reduces council registration fees

Before and After Surgery

Before Surgery

  • Make a booking for your pet's operation.
  • If your pet is a dog, you can wash them the day before surgery.
  • Feed your pet an evening meal as usual the day prior to surgery, but remove food overnight. Water should be available until 8 am on the surgery day.
  • A blood test may be performed to check vital organ function.
  • A physical examination will be conducted before administering anesthesia.
  • Intravenous fluid therapy is usually required.
  • Pain relief is provided during the procedure, and additional medication may be prescribed for post-operative care.

After Surgery

  • Keep your pet restrained and quiet as the effects of anesthesia wear off.
  • Avoid physical activity to allow the wound to heal.
  • Limit food portions on the night of surgery, following any dietary instructions given by the vet.
  • Administer post-surgical medications as instructed.
  • Keep the rest area clean to prevent infection.
  • Regularly check the surgical wound for signs of infection or disruption and contact the vet if any concerns arise.
  • Prevent your pet from licking or chewing the wound using a cone-shaped collar
  • Ensure you return to us on time for routine post-operative check-ups and removal of stitches.

We prioritize the well-being of your pet and encourage you to regularly check the surgical wound for any signs of infection or disruption, such as bleeding, swelling, redness, or discharge. If you notice any concerns, please contact our veterinary team immediately for guidance and support.

Additionally, it is important to schedule and attend routine post-operative check-ups as recommended by our veterinary professionals. These check-ups allow us to monitor your pet's healing progress and ensure that the stitches are removed at the appropriate time.

We are committed to providing comprehensive care for your pet throughout the desexing process and beyond. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

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Our top priority is ensuring the complete protection of our furry patients against prevalent and potentially fatal diseases in the Tamworth community.

For dogs, we recommend vaccinations against Parvo-virus, distemper, hepatitis, para-influenza (kennel cough), Bordatella (kennel cough), corona-virus (not COVID-19), and leptospirosis.

For cats, we recommend vaccinations against herpes virus (cat flu), calici-virus (cat flu), feline enteritis (similar to parvo in dogs), and feline AIDS.

Parvo is a common disease in dogs in Tamworth, with dozens of cases seen each year. Treatment can be costly, and unfortunately, many affected dogs are euthanized. However, vaccination is highly effective (almost 100%), and in my 30 years of practice, I have never seen a fully vaccinated dog contract parvo. Take care of your new furry friend by giving us a call to discuss their necessary preventative healthcare.

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Dental Care for Pets

Just like humans, our pets can experience dental issues, such as gum disease and tooth problems. Shockingly, around 80% of dogs and 70% of cats develop some form of dental disease by the age of three. Dental disease starts with the buildup of bacteria, food particles, and saliva, forming plaque on the teeth. If not removed, plaque hardens into tartar (calculus), appearing as a yellow-brown substance on the teeth. Over time, the bacterial infection in tartar causes irreversible damage, including gum inflammation, bad breath, loose teeth, and destruction of supporting tissues and bone. This bacterial infection can also spread to other parts of the body, leading to serious illness. Ultimately, dental disease can cause tooth loss, gum infections, pain, and potentially shorten your pet's lifespan.

Dealing with Dental Disease

If your pet has dental disease, it's important to have their teeth regularly examined by a veterinarian and consider a professional dental clean if necessary. The dental examination and cleaning require anesthesia to ensure a thorough and comfortable procedure. During the examination, all teeth are assessed for tartar, gingivitis, and gum pockets. Plaque and tartar are then carefully removed using specialized instruments, followed by polishing the teeth. In severe cases, extractions or gum surgery may be necessary. After a professional dental clean, implementing a plan to minimize tartar buildup is crucial. This may involve regular tooth brushing, special dental chews, or a specific diet. It is recommended to have a follow-up examination six months after the cleaning to assess the effectiveness of the dental care routine.

Preventing Dental Disease

To prevent ongoing dental disease, regular dental home care is essential. Start acclimating your pet to dental care from a young age. Dental home care can include:

Brushing Teeth Daily

Brush your pet's teeth daily using pet toothbrushes and toothpaste. Avoid using human toothpaste, as it can be toxic if swallowed.

Teeth-Friendly Chews and Toys

Provide dental toys, enzymatic chews, or teeth cleaning biscuits to help keep the teeth clean.

Special Dental Diets

Feed your pet special dental diets designed to reduce tartar accumulation.

Preventing dental disease through regular attention to your pet's teeth is the best approach. It can help avoid the need for a professional dental clean under anesthesia and improve your pet's overall health.

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At Goonoo Goonoo Road Vet Hospital, we're here to help keep the pets of Tamworth free from parasites, both internal (worms) and external (fleas and ticks).

Did you know?

Simply using an all-wormer tablet every 3 months doesn't protect against all worms. Many pet owners mistakenly believe that it covers all worms, but they're missing the opportunity to prevent their pets from getting heartworm.

For dogs, we highly recommend the Proheart SR-12 Injection for heartworm prevention. For cats, the Moxiclear spot-on treatment is very popular.

If your pet is struggling with fleas, we offer a range of highly effective products to address the issue.


Flea Control

Fleas are more than just a nuisance for your pet. They can cause skin disease, transmit diseases to pets and humans, and trigger allergic reactions. Fleas are commonly picked up from the environment during walks, playtime, or even in the backyard. Spotting fleas can be challenging as they are small and fast. Adult fleas make up only 5% of the total population, while the remaining 95% (eggs, larvae, and pupae) can be found in carpets and bedding throughout your house. Each female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, leading to infestations. Flea control should be practiced year-round to keep your pet and your home free from fleas.

Tick Control

The most common ticks infesting dogs in Australia are paralysis ticks, brown dog ticks, and bush ticks.

Paralysis ticks are extremely dangerous parasites that can harm your pet. They cause tick paralysis, which affects thousands of dogs and cats each year, often leading to death. The highest risk occurs in spring and summer, but the disease can occur throughout the year. Paralysis ticks are found along the east coast of Australia, from northern Queensland to Victoria.

When a paralysis tick attaches to a host animal and feeds on blood, it secretes a toxin that can cause severe illness or death in dogs and cats of any age. Signs of tick paralysis include loss of coordination in the hind legs, change in bark, retching, coughing or vomiting, loss of appetite, and labored or rapid breathing. If you notice any of these signs, seek immediate veterinary attention.

To reduce the risk of tick paralysis, use effective tick control products year-round in known paralysis tick regions. Perform daily tick searches on your pet, as it only takes one tick to cause paralysis. Minimize exposure to ticks by cleaning up leaf litter and debris and restricting your pet's access to bushy environments. If you find a tick, remove it promptly and seek veterinary attention.

Brown dog ticks and bush ticks

Brown dog ticks and bush ticks do not cause paralysis but can cause skin irritation and transmit diseases like Babesia parasites, which can be fatal. We are available to guide you on thorough tick searches and recommend suitable tick control products for your pet. Please contact us to discuss further.

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Clinical pathology involves evaluating blood, fluids, and tissues in the laboratory to identify diseases. Common tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, clotting times, urinalysis, fecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures, and infectious disease testing.

Our animal hospital has an in-house laboratory, enabling our veterinarians to quickly perform diagnostic tests for accurate and rapid diagnoses. This is crucial for critically ill animals and those needing immediate or emergency treatment. Some specialized tests may be outsourced to an external veterinary laboratory.

Our in-house laboratory delivers same-day results. Specialized testing may take longer, especially if samples are sent externally. Blood results typically take 12-24 hours, while biopsy results may require up to 14 days. Consult your veterinarian for updates on your pet's laboratory results.

Contact us

Contact us for friendly advice and professional pet health care by phone, email or drop in to our clinic. We service Tamworth, East Tamworth, West Tamworth and North Tamworth areas.

Opening hours

Monday 8am-6pm
Tuesday 8am-6pm
Wednesday 8am-6pm
Thursday 8am-6pm
Friday 8am-6pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
Sunday Closed

After hours

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