Our Veterinary Clinic at Wellington SPCA is located in a historical purpose-built hospital, nestled in the peaceful surroundings of Wellington’s town belt.
Our facilities and team offer a wide variety of services ranging from annual health checks and vaccinations to ensure your pet is protected against preventable illnesses, to diagnostic tools such as digital radiography, ultrasound and in-house laboratory for full blood biochemistry.
We are staffed by a welcoming team of vet nurses and vets, experienced in a wide range of medical and surgical procedures including fracture repair and other orthopaedic procedures.
When you bring your pet to Wellington SPCA’s Veterinary Clinic you are not only choosing to obtain high-level veterinary care, you are also choosing to support the charitable work we do. Any profits earned go straight back into helping vulnerable animals in your community and the Wellington region.
You can also purchase food and medicines for your pet from our Newtown Centre, so make Wellington SPCA your vet of choice.
At Wellington SPCA we recommend that you get your pet’s health checked at least once a year.
At an annual health check one of our vets will perform a thorough clinical examination, offer advice on your pet’s general health, as well as answer any questions you may have on diet, behaviour and regular flea and worm treatment. We will also talk you through what vaccinations your pet may require, depending on its age and previous vaccination record.
Wellington SPCA’s facilities at the Fever Hospital include a fully equipped operating theatre where we de-sex thousands of animals every year.
Our team of veterinary nurses are qualified and highly experienced in providing excellent veterinary care to all our patients during this stressful time. We also have a team of confident vets with up to 25 years of surgical experience able to perform advanced soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures.
As our beloved pets begin to age, it’s easy to just assume they are slowing down and that their small struggles with everyday life is all part of the aging process. Don’t be fooled! In most cases there is something we can do to make their lives comfortable until the very end.
Weight management, dental health, basic blood screening, urinalysis or X-rays to check for arthritis are just a few examples of how our vets can help take a proactive approach on keeping your pets healthy and comfortable as they get older.
Up to 80% of cats, dogs and rabbits suffer from dental disease, and more often than not it goes unnoticed by carers and owners.
Signs of dental disease include excessive salivation, dark staining to the teeth, swollen and reddened gums or smelly breath.
If your pet resists you taking a look at its mouth or gets easily upset when you touch its face, that can also be a sign.
At Wellington SPCA we strongly recommend bringing your fury friend in for a check-up if you are concerned about dental health before the problem makes them unwell or unhappy. This is especially important in rabbits, who are experts at hiding signs of illness or discomfort.
Alongside our operating theatre we have a non-sterile surgical area equipped to perform dental procedures.
Every day animals go missing. Sadly many are never reunited with their owners, simply because of a lack of identification. Collars and tags alone are not effective at identifying your pet because these are easily removed or lost by your pet. A microchip gives your pet the best chance of being reunited with you if they become lost or stolen.
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At Wellington SPCA we are strong advocates of de-sexing all pets. We believe that a de-sexed pet lives a happier and healthier life.
For males: de-sexing is a simple procedure by which testicles are removed under general anaesthetic, reducing the chances of testicular tumours, prostate disease and other genital health issues. It can also reduce the chances of males roaming, aggression and territorial marking if performed at an early age.
For females: we perform an ovariohysterectomy, which removes the ovaries and the uterus, and will stop bitches coming on heat every 6 months and any chance of accidental breeding. Although this is a slightly more invasive procedure than it is for males, we perform thousands of speys every year and the risk to healthy young females during surgery is very low. By de-sexing your female pet early on it eliminates the chances of pyometra (a potentially life-threatening infection of the uterus), mammary tumours, cysts and other genital tumours.
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Wellington SPCA’s facilities includes a radiology area with digital X-rays and ultrasound, essential tools to help with the diagnosis of countless illnesses and injuries.
Despite what most people believe, X-rays are not only useful in assessing damage to bone structures – they also provide invaluable information on soft tissues within the abdomen and chest. Having access to X-rays can be life-saving in many emergency situations.
It is not uncommon in the veterinary world to come across cases which require a higher degree of expertise that what our already experienced and knowledgeable vets can offer. If we feel that your pet’s case needs some extra advice, we can arrange a stress-free referral to the specialist of your choice, whether locally or at the Massey University veterinary facility in Palmerston North.
Please be advised that a referral fee may apply.
You can contact us in an emergency on the following numbers:
During the day: (04) 389 8044
After hours: (04) 473 7545
If your call is about an sick or injured animal that you have found, you can also phone us on 0800 INSPECTOR.
If your pet is displaying any of the symptoms below, it is important that you bring them in to see a vet straight away:
Choking, persistent coughing or difficulty breathing
Seizures, collapsing or unconsciousness
Fractured bones or severe acute lameness
Inability to pass urine or faeces
Injury to the eye
Suspicion of poisoning
Severe vomiting and/or diarrhoea
Refusal to eat or drink for more than 24 hours
Swollen and painful abdomen
Bleeding that is severe or doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
If your pet is in distress or you are concerned about their wellbeing, we recommend you get in touch as soon as possible.
In case of a medical emergency:
During the day, call our Newtown Centre Veterinary Clinic to let us know you need to be seen or that you are on your way on (04) 389 8044. After hours phone (04) 473 7545
Make sure your pet is transported safely
Let our team know as soon as you have arrived
All medical emergencies are treated with priority and you do not need to have an appointment. Our emergency vets will quickly assess your pet’s condition and take the necessary steps to stablise them. We will then work out a treatment plan to help your pet get back on its feet as soon as possible.
Our SPCA veterinary team are highly qualified, and will treat you and your pet with the utmost care.
Caring for a pet that needs regular medication is stressful enough, so at Wellington SPCA we like to make the process of ordering a repeat prescription as easy as possible for you. By giving us a call or sending the vet team an email you can request more medication for your pets with as little as 48 hours' notice in most cases.
Please be advised that for most medications, repeat prescriptions will require a veterinary consultation every 6 months.
Wellington SPCA has a selection of preventative treatments which can be purchased over the counter to help you keep on top of your pet's general health between health checks.
We have a variety of flea and worm treatments for your pet and their environment, dental care accessories, shampoos, ear cleaners and pheromone diffusers, amongst others.
Wellington SPCA works closely with Masterpet to supply diets we believe offer your pets the nutrition they need at every stage of their life. It is important that you choose the right diet option for your pet based on its age, size or any additional requirements it may have. We have trained staff on-site 7 days a week who can offer assistance in choosing the right diet for your furry friend. We also have loyalty cards which will see you benefit from purchasing your food from us regularly.
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Wellington SPCA has a large range of accessories for your pet, from leads and collars to scratching poles and warm winter beds. Take a leisurely look around when you next visit, and keep your pet up to date with the most recent trends.
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