We are a multidisciplinary team of veterinary specialists. You can rely on us to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic veterinary services in a caring and supportive environment.
Anaesthesia services at Animalius are overseen by registered specialist Veterinary Anaesthetist Dr Jen Davis, who provides expert care to our patients undergoing general anaesthesia and sedation for a wide range of procedures, with the experience and facilities to manage complex and high risk patients. Jen employs many strategies to reduce anaesthetic risks, post-operative pain and complications, such as regional nerve blocks and epidural analgesia.
Jen is supported by a team of experienced and competent hospital veterinarians, veterinary nurses and technicians.
Jen is also highly qualified and experienced in analgesia and is available to consult on pain management for patients with long-term, refractory pain
DENTISTRY AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
Dr Kevin Ng is one of very few specialist veterinary dentists in Australia and brings his charm and skills to a wide range of dental, oral and maxillofacial conditions.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
There is a common misconception that veterinary dentists just treat teeth. Kevin also has extensive training in oral and maxillofacial surgery such as repairing jaw fractures, oral tumour removal, cleft palate surgery, salivary gland surgery and other advanced oral and maxillofacial procedures.
The collaboration of our oral surgery service with internal medicine, general surgery and imaging allows us to perform advanced diagnostics such as 3-D surgical planning and CT lymphangiography prior to treatment of advanced maxillofacial surgery cases.
Another benefit of having a veterinary dentist perform maxillofacial procedures is that Kevin can address any dental issues at the same time if necessary. This cuts down on anaesthesia time and streamlines patient care.
The range of procedures performed for advanced dentistry is truly phenomenal. Although extraction of diseased teeth has traditionally been the most common treatment performed in veterinary medicine, these days, discerning clients are well-informed about the health and functional benefits of preserving teeth. Our dentistry team now offers a full range of dental treatment options.
Examples of advanced dentistry procedures that we perform include:
*Advanced periodontal surgery such as periodontal flaps to reduce pocket depth or replace lost gingiva. We can even regenerate lost alveolar bone for important teeth.
*Endodontic treatment such as root canal treatment and vital pulp therapy for fractured teeth or those with necrotic pulps.
*Restorative treatment such as restoratives (fillings) and metal crowns to preserve the shape of a tooth and its function.
*Orthodontic intervention such as acrylic incline planes or buttons and chains appliances (braces) to treat malocclusions such as linguoverted (base narrow) canines and mesioverted (lance) canines.
Kevin is more than happy to assist with cases of challenging or extensive extractions, such as mandibular canine extractions or full-mouth extractions for canine or feline stomatitis. We also have a specialist anaesthetist on staff, allowing us to perform procedures on poor anaesthetic candidates.
The inclusions of a dentistry and oral surgery service to Animalius allows us to take a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnose and treat complex oral medicine cases such as masticatory muscle myositis, feline and canine stomatitis, and immune-mediated mucosal diseases such as pemphigus vulgaris and erythema multiforme.
Kevin also offers a dental teleradiology service. You can submit dental radiographs for his opinion via our Keystone portal. See the instructions in our Resources for Vets tab, or follow the link in the Referral Teleradiology tab above.
Dermatology services at Animalius are provided by Animal Dermatology Clinic
Otoendoscopy, Myringotomy & Computed Tomography
Chronic ear infections can be one of the most challenging conditions to manage, whether it be due to an undiagnosed otitis media in an allergic Labrador or a cholesteatoma in a French Bulldog. These are common reasons for failure of routine therapy. We collaborate with the Animalius Imaging Services team using computed tomography prior to deep middle ear irrigation and myringotomy procedures to evaluate for fluid or masses within the external, middle and inner ear. Our otoendoscope facilitates the magnification and visualisation of the tympanic membrane to permit precision and accuracy in myringotomy procedures, deep middle ear flushing as well as polyp and tumour removal.
Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) Testing
ADC-Perth at Animalius is the only veterinary hospital in Perth equipped to test for and localise the cause of deafness in dogs. BAER testing is an electrodiagnostic test that measures and records the electrical potential in the inner ear and neural pathway.
BAER testing is capable of detecting hearing impairment, determining whether the inner ear and neural pathways are intact and aiding in localising neuroanatomic disease processes causing deafness. It is very useful to screen dogs prior to TECABO surgical intervention to determine whether there is any residual hearing and is routinely included before and after cleaning procedures.
Atopy Management and Immunotherapy Desensitisation
Clinical signs of atopic animals can range from pruritus to recurrent bacterial pyoderma to unilateral ear infections. The management of allergic patients should be unique and tailored to each individual case. At ADC-Perth at Animalius, we combine our experience and knowledge in the latest research to work together with veterinarians and pet owners. We implement optimal treatment plans for each pet taking into consideration logistics, practicality and cost While immunotherapy is the only modality that modifies the immune response to allergens, there are some cases where immunotherapy may not be the answer. Let us help you with sonv different solutions for those chronic pruritus cases. Do not hesitate to us a call. We may just have a different perspective!
Intradermal testing and serology testing
At ADC-Perth at Animalius, we combine intradermal testing and serum allergy testing for reliable and consistent results. Intradermal testing is performed under sedation and 70 allergens are injected intradermally. ADC-Perth at Animalius are the only dermatology service that uses different serology tests for dogs and cats. The panel of allergens used in allergy testing are selected specifically to reflect the environment of Western Australia. By utilising both diagnostic methods, we can formulate a more targeted and accurate immunotherapy to optimise desensitisation results.
Contact scratch-patch testing
Contact irritants are diagnosed with a scratch-patch test, where pet owners bring in specific grasses or plants with which their pet comes into contact, extracts are made by our specially trained technicians and a scratch-patch test is performed. ADC-Perth at Animalius is the only dermatology service that offers this test.
Bee and Wasp Desensitisation
Under the supervision of a specialist anaesthetist, we can diagnose bee or wasp allergies by allergy testing using a controlled dose of bee and wasp venom. Once diagnosed, we begin the pet on venom immunotherapy where increasing concentrations of the venom are injected into the patient to build immunity. This method has yielded very high success rates in dogs whereby rechallenge with natural venom has resulted in no reaction or a localized reaction rather than anaphylaxis.
In immune-mediated skin diseases such as dermatomyositis, unusual or serious dermatosis such as vasulopathy and vesicular dermatitis a skin biopsy with histopathological examination is required for a definitive diagnosis. We can assist with interpretation of histopathology results and management of complex dermatological cases. In diseases that have multi-organ involvement, we are strategically nestled within a team of board-certified experts at Animalius including an internal medicine specialist, veterinary radiologists, specialist surgeon and dentist where we can effectively collaborate and achieve the best outcome for our patients.
Our carbon dioxide laser delivers an intense beam of infrared light, which sterilizes the surgical site and targets the tissue making a precise incision. The benefits of laser include reduced pain as nerve endings are sealed, reduced trauma and a faster recovery time.
- Swift, bloodless, less painful removal of all benign skin tumours
- Treatment of all stages of solar damage including precancerous actinic lesions
- Treatment of viral papilloma in young and old dogs
- Treatment of gingival hyperplasia in Boxers and other breeds
- Superior treatment of interdigital cysts
The diagnostic imaging team at Animalius is the largest in Perth and provides both inpatient and outpatient imaging services, as well as a teleradiology consulting service, 5 days a week. See below for the modalities we provide, the types of patients we can help and procedures that we offer.
While our brand new, 64 slice Siemens CT provides superb images, it is the expertise and experience of the specialist radiologists operating it that make this service so valuable. Key to getting the best for our patients and clients is a detailed understanding of the modality and when it is appropriate. We offer outpatient CT when our radiologists have conferred with the primary care veterinarian to determine this is the best imaging modality to investigate their concerns.
CT is a versatile imaging modality that allows for rapid evaluation of areas of complex anatomy. There are many indications for its use; common ones are included below. If you think you have a patient that might benefit we are always happy to discuss – just give us a call.
- Head and neck – fractures, neoplasia, nasal discharge, otitis, retrobulbar disease, salivary gland disease, draining sinuses, oral cavity masses, nasopharyngeal polyps, pharyngeal stick injuries, thyroid masses, carotid body tumours.
- Spine – intervertebral disk disease, trauma, congenital malformations, discospondylitis, vertebral neoplasia and osteomyelitis, cauda equina syndrome. Myelography can be performed to increase the information yield regarding spinal canal disease. We will help you with patient selection to determine whether this test is appropriate.
- Thorax – pleural cavity disease including lymphangiography for chylothorax, thoracic wall masses, rib lesions, complex lung disease, feline bronchial disease, mediastinal masses, pulmonary masses, metastatic staging, pulmonary vascular disease such as thromboembolism. Our 64 slice CT is so fast it can image the myocardium and pericardium.
- Abdomen – CT is fantastic for acute abdomens, particularly in large dogs (> 25 kg), liver and other masses for staging and surgical planning, insulinoma and adrenal masses, liver abscesses, intestinal perforation, pancreatic necrosis and pseudocysts, portosystemic shunts and other vascular disease, ectopic ureters, abdominal wall trauma, migrating grass seeds.
- Musculoskeletal – elbow dysplasia, shoulder joint disease, complex bone lesions, spinal and pelvic fractures, complex fractures (particularly of juvenile patients or small cuboidal bones), osteochondrosis (particularly of the tarsus, for surgical planning), pelvic lesions and pelvic cavity disease.
- Oncology – staging and surgical planning, lymphangiography for sentinel node identification, triple phase angiography can be used to assist with differentiation of benign from malignant disease in hepatic masses, peripheral nerve sheath tumours.
Ultrasound & Echocardiography
Well established in the veterinary community, the Animalius ultrasound clinic offers a complete range of abdominal, thoracic, musculoskeletal and echocardiographic studies, ultrasound guided aspirates and biopsies in dogs, cats and unusual pets. Our radiologists have a keen interest in cardiology and have highly developed skills in acquisition and interpretation of echocardiography.
This is an invaluable modality for evaluating coughing patients for dynamic airway collapse, and for investigation of oesophageal and pharyngeal disease. It is also utilised in interventional radiology techniques such as the placement of tracheal stents, vascular coils and urinary tract diseases.
For those challenging patients or body regions where you struggle to acquire diagnostic radiographs, or if you simply have other demands on your time, we offer an outpatient radiography service that comes with the bonus of a specialist interpretation. Packages are available for cost effective radiographs when combined with ultrasound examinations.
MRI is currently performed off-site however our new high field MRI facility is coming soon!
SMALL ANIMAL MEDICINE
We are equipped with a wide range of flexible and rigid endoscopes capable of imaging an incredible breadth of patients, from the duodenum of a Great Dane to the urethra of a Maltese or the nasopharynx of a cat. Images are viewed and processed on the latest Olympus Video Endoscopy System with full HD imaging, white light and Narrow Band Imaging capabilities which enhances the visibility and characterisation of abnormal tissue on mucosal surfaces. Some of the indications for endoscopy where we can help are:
Gastroenterology – examination of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, ileum (in most cases), colon and rectum in cats and dogs of all sizes. Mucosal biopsies of those areas can be collected for a range of tests. Endoscopic and fluoroscopic guided balloon dilation of gastrointestinal strictures can be performed, along with placement of feeding tubes.
Nasal disease – often in combination with CT, examination and biopsy of the nasal cavity can be performed with a range endoscopic equipment. Our smallest flexible videoendoscope can be used to examine the caudal nasopharynx with ease.
Airway examination – Biopsies and bronchoalveolar lavages can be performed on a wide range of patients. Pre-endoscopy imaging provides invaluable information that can direct sampling and progress and diagnosis significantly.
Urogenital – with the addition of our very small 32mm videoendoscope, we can now image male dogs with a urethra large enough to accommodate a IOF catheter. For female dogs, we have the standard cystoscope with 11F and 14F examination and procedural sheath. For small dogs, the 2.6mm (8F) rigid scope is very handy, especially given its long working length. We are looking forward to using endoscopy in combination with fluoroscopy to perform stenting procedures in obstructive patients.
Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy Procedures
We are lucky to have a team of collaborative and solution-focused staff at Animalius. This enables us to complete complex multidisciplinary procedures including endotracheal stent placement for the support of dogs with life-threatening tracheal collapse. Stent placement may also be considered appropriate for other body systems (eg urethral obstruction).
In combination with our imaging team, Animalius Medicine is ideally situated to provide excellence in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac conditions. We are highly skilled and interested in this field and have a range of supportive equipment including ECG and Holter monitoring. Onsite fluoroscopy is available to facilitate interventional cardiology procedures such as pulmonic stenosis balloon valvuloplasty in collaboration with veterinary cardiologists.
Stable neurology patients are welcomed. We have an onsite 64 slice CT for examination of spinal and urgent central nervous system patients. Should MRI be indicated, we have off-site options for our patients and can co-ordinate results and organise management plans.
It is common for the cause of a medical problem to be diagnosed as an oncological disease. A combination of medical and surgical therapies may be required to improve patient outcomes. It is important that the needs of the patient and their family are considered when formulating such management plans. Many chemotherapy options are offered at Animalius however should a specific treatment not be available at this time, then other arrangements will be recommended and arranged for the pet.
We have experience in a wide range of canine and feline medicine disorders and look forward to helping you with your challenging patients.
Often previously reserved for clients in remote locations, we will be now offering telemedicine consultations for a range of situations. This may include follow up assessments for patients previously assessed at our hospital that are now back in your care, and for clients that are unable to or do not wish to travel to our hospital.
Our surgical service operates Monday to Thursday, with overnight veterinary care for our recovering patients. We offer fully integrated specialist anaesthesia, imaging, internal medicine and maxillofacial (dental) services to support complex surgical cases.
Dr Taka has an interest in minimally invasive surgeries such as thoracoscopy and laparoscopy, and is working closely with our medicine and imaging teams in developing interventional capacity. He also relishes complex fracture repair and offers a wide range of orthopaedic and neurologic, routine and complex soft tissue procedures.
If you have a patient you would feel would benefit from a surgical consult please get in touch.
- Cranial cruciate ligament disease (TPLO, TWO, extracapsular suture technique)
- Corrective osteotomies (angular limb deformities) and lameness evaluations
- Neurological surgery including hemilaminectomies and ventral slot procedures for disc extrusion/protrusion
- Complex fracture repair, including spinal fractures
- Total ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy (lateral or ventral)
- Reconstructions, including skin, muscle, facial and limb
- Brachycephalic airway surgery
- Thoracotomies for vascular ring anomalies, pulmonary masses
- Urinary surgeries including SUB and artificial urinary sphincter device placement
- Abdominal surgeries: hepatic, splenic, renal, adrenal, urinary, complex GIT surgeries
- Minimally invasive surgeries (arthroscopy, laparoscopic assisted cystotomies,laparoscopic ovariectomy, gastropexy, thorascopic pericardiectomy)
If you would like a specialist interpretation of your radiographs, Animalius radiologists offer a teleradiology service 5 days a week, providing detailed reports and practical advice that is affordable and delivered in a timely manner. Standard reports are provided within one business day and there is an urgent option for 4 hour turn-around. We love talking with vets about their patients and are happy to give advice about improving your radiographic technique.
To submit radiographs simply follow the instructions under Resources For Vets to create your free Keystone account, or head straight to the referral section. DICOM format is preferred but JPEGs are also accepted. If you require URGENT interpretation, please select the STAT option when submitting. This incurs a surcharge fee. You will receive your written report delivered to the email address you provide. A record of all your submitted radiographs and reports is also stored in Keystone for easy web access. Get in touch if you’d like a copy of our fee schedule.
Please note this service is available during our business hours of 8am-6pm Monday – Friday. We are located in Western Australia and are closed on WA public holidays.
For interpretation of your dental radiographs, Dr Ng provides written reports with rapid turn-around times on all studies. We are located in Western Australia and are closed on WA public holidays.
To submit dental radiographs simply follow the instructions under Resources For Vets to create your free Keystone account, or head straight to the referral section. DICOM format is preferred but JPEGs are also accepted.