Windansea provides compassionate, integrative medical care for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, reptiles, amphibians and wildlife. If you have any questions about your pets, always call or visit WindanSea to speak with us.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin sterile needles to stimulate energy and change blood flow at designated points on the body in order to relieve pain, enhance healing and fortify the immune system. It promotes natural healing, is a safe and effective tool to treat a wide variety of medical problems. It is utilized to resolve specific symptoms or enhance overall health and often used in conjunction with herbs and/or western medicines.
WindanSea successfully uses acupuncture to treat:
Immune Mediated Disease
Musculoskeletal Disorders, including Osteoarthritis, Disk Disease*, Muscle Strains and Sprains
Respiratory and Cardiac Disease
(*We often get referrals for patients afflicted with intervertebral disk disease which responds remarkably well to acupuncture. Due to the critical nature of this condition for acute or acute-on-chronic patients we find that the best possible outcome is reliant on us to provide complete medical management (acupuncture, a unique regiment of medications, herbal therapy and physical therapy) for the duration of the acute event and long term management.
We are only able to treat these successfully if complete medical management is comb.
Dental Disease is the most frequently diagnosed disease in companion animals, it affects their comfort and compromises vital organs. With state of the art equipment we offer professional cleanings and extractions to restore their overall health. This prevents cardiac and kidney disease! Through preventive care you can continue to keep their teeth in good shape… We love to teach owners how to brush their pet’s teeth!
Digital Radiology is the fastest XRay method used, meaning fast and accurate results.
WindanSea offers full service after hours medical and surgical services. Ring our main number for the veterinarian on call.
Endoscopy is used to remove small stomach foreign bodies, identify stomach tumors or ulcers and take biopsies for diagnosising underling disease.
Full In House Laboratory Diagnostics
Diagnosing your pet’s problems and providing a comprehensive treatment plan is our main goal. Our in house laboratory allows us to perform tests quickly and efficiently, lessening the time it takes to diagnose a disease. For more advanced laboratory tests we use several different Australian Labs and a couple of American ones too!
We provide scheduled grooming and refer to several local groomers when we cannot accommodate. Please call us to book in!
Pharmaceutical, Herbal Medicine and Nutraceuticals
We offer a wide range of western medicine, herbs, supplements and vitamins.
Feeding an optimal diet will prevent many health problems in your companion and the best way to ensure that they live a long and healthy life. Skin and ear disease as well as more serious conditions such as metabolic diseases, arthritis and obesity can be controlled through proper nutrition. Habitat offers a variety of all natural premium diets, treats and whole food supplements providing the essential ingredients for the optimal health of your companion.
Animals do not know they have cancer. They do not know it is chemo day. They do not suffer from the same degree of nausea that people do from chemotherapy. We offer chemotherapy for the treatable cancers with appropriate staging in conjunction with non-traditional therapies and surgeries. We have many patients who are alive because of multi-modal therapy for cancer including surgery, chemotherapy, herbal therapy, acupuncture and nutritional therapy. We utilize a specialist oncology consultation service when indicated for the best patient outcomes.
Operating Microscope for Micro-surgery and Ophthalmology Procedures
An Operating Microscope allows significant magnification at high resolution in order to perform microsurgeries of eyes, urethras, ureter’s and exotic animals. We cannot practice without it!
We work to secure the best match between client, patient and veterinary specialist. The areas of specialty referral are: internal medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology, behaviour, cardiology, cancer therapy, and advanced orthopaedic and soft-tissue surgery.
Finding a balanced wellness plan for your pet will allow them to live a long and healthy life. We routinely consult clients with senior pets on diet, exercise, behavior changes and quality of life. Using an integrative approach we keep senior animals living longer than ever! When it’s time to make the hard decision to let your pet go we are available to talk you through the process and make sure they are as comfortable as possible in their last days. For this reason we do offer euthanasia as an end of life choice.
For routine procedures or treatment of a disease requiring anesthesia or surgery our staff will provide the best possible care. Patients are monitored continuously by a veterinary nurse and assessed with state of the art equipment allowing us to adjust to any changes that might occur. After surgery a smooth recovery and pain control are our top priorities. Every pet is watched closely to ensure they are comfortable and recovering normally.
Ultrasound enables us to give quick answers in emergency situations and identify underlying diseases.
Windan’Sea uses Ultrasound to identify in emergencies:
Pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart)
Ascities (fluid around the organs in the abdomen)
Pleural effusion (Fluid around the lungs)
Abdominal tumours (spleen, liver, intestines, kidney)
Pregnancy (Fetal heart rates are an indication of distress…same as people!)
Pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas frequently causes vomiting and can be life threatening)
Studies Recommend Core Vaccinations Every Three Years
Vaccinations on the right schedule are crucial to your pet’s overall well-being. They contribute to a long and happy life, minimize the risk of several preventable diseases, and can save an animal from pain and their owners from the cost of expensive treatments.
We hear a common misconception from new clients that every pet must be vaccinated on a strictly annual basis. However, the scientific consensus for the last ten years is that adult cats and dogs be vaccinated with core vaccines triennially (every three years). And reported failures of the parvovirus vaccine – which may be a reason for that misconception – are attributable to premature vaccinations of young animals. Of course, the schedule should change if your pet is exposed to a disease that the vaccine prevents or there are other individual considerations.
Since the early 2000s, scientific studies have reported clinical evidence that triennial core vaccinations:
- have increased effectiveness compared with the older, annual vaccines
- have a much longer Duration of Immunity (DOI)
- reduce the vaccine load on individual animals, which reduces the risk of adverse reactions to these products has not caused an increase in diseases where vaccine protocols have changed
This triennial vaccination schedule has become a key component of veterinary medicine training being taught in Europe, Australia, Canada and America to vet students.
What does this mean for you and your pet?
At Windan’Sea Vet, we practice evidence-based medicine, and follow the current, best practice guidelines when it comes to the well-being of our patients.
Pet owners are encouraged to play an active role in your pet’s medical health. And you are entitled to be well informed about any course of action before it is implemented. As a new client, feel free during your consult to talk in about wellness for the life of your pet–including nutrition, exercise and vaccines.
Here’s our schedule for administering vaccinations:
First, vaccines come in two categories: “Core” and “non-core”. Your pet needs a yearly health examination and, frequently, non-core vaccines, parasite treatment and heartworm prevention.
– Canine Core Vaccines: Distemper Virus, Adenovirus, Parvovirus (DAP or C3)
– Canine Non-core Vaccines: Parainfluenza (Intranasal)*, Bordetella (Intranasal)*, Leptospira
*Intranasal or oral administration strongly recommended over injection (parenteral) because of greater protection (for example, protection for intranasal ~95% versus injection ~73%)
–Feline Core Vaccines: Feline Parvovirus, Calicivirus, Herpesvirus (FV-RCP or F3)
– Feline Non-core Vaccines: Feline Leukaemia (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Chlamydia felis
Vaccinations are recommended to begin at 8-9 weeks, so here are the protocols we adhere to strictly for puppies and kittens for Core vaccines:
-6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks (If your puppy or kitten received the first one at 6 weeks)
– 7, 11, 15, 19 weeks (If your puppy or kitten received the first one at 7 weeks)
– 8, 12, 16 weeks (*preferred schedule for maximum immune stimulation and protection)
– Revaccination (booster) 1 year following the last dose of the initial series of both core and non-core and then, triennially (3-yearly) for core and yearly for non-core vaccines.
We routinely vaccinate for Core and Non-core Vaccines based on the individual’s exposure or risk and medical conditions. Our policy is for puppies and kittens to have a final CORE vaccination at a minimum of 16 weeks of age given the irrefutable scientific evidence that vaccination at this age and closely after has the least risk of “Maternal Antibody Interference,” which is the main reason for vaccine failure. This means that puppies and kittens that had their first vaccine at 6 or 7 weeks will in fact require FOUR vaccinations to ensure adequate protection during this high-risk period.
Frankly, although we discuss these schedules with our clients, we don’t usually publish our clinical protocols. In this case, getting vaccines right is so important; we’d love to see the competition adopt the same, veterinary profession-recommended approach!
A Personal Note about Vaccines:
I had the privilege of working emergency hospitals in San Diego and did rotations at the San Diego and Los Angeles Zoo. Being in the proximity of Mexico, where vaccination practices are not yet up to US standards, I have seen all the diseases in high numbers that we vaccinate for, even including distemper which is rare in Australia and the US. I wholeheartedly endorse triennial vaccination protocols having followed them since 2001 when North America veterinary associations changed their guidelines. Even witnessing the emergence of the new strain of parvovirus in North America before moving to Australia, I have never seen a dog who was appropriately vaccinated following strict adherence to the triennial protocol present with any of these diseases. I have performed hundreds of antibody titre tests for the diseases we vaccinate, and have never had a patient fail following the procedures that we use at Windan’Sea, the ones recommended by our governing bodies.
Want to know more about vaccines?
We encourage clients to be informed about health decisions for their pets. If you’re interested in reading more, consider this expert advice:
Some of the factual scientific data that supports our management of vaccines, specifically the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) guidelines, the Vaccination Guideline Group (VGG) and WSAVA recommendations:
The AVA ratified their 2009 vaccination policy in 2013 to an official position statement:
World Small Animal Veterinary Association(WSAVA) recommended vaccine administration schedule: http://www.wsava. /sites/default/files/WSAVA%20Vaccination%20Guidelines%202015%20Full%20Version.pdf (See pages 17-25 for a chart with the recommended Core and Non-core Schedule)
Australian Consumer Advocate 2014 Choice Magazine Article about vaccinations:
“It does not matter whether medicine is old or new, so long as it brings about a cure.” – Dr. Jen Hsou Lin, DVM, PhD.
By combining both conventional and alternative pet therapies we will address all aspects of a pet’s life, from physical changes, emotional influences, diet and lifestyle to environmental factors. WindanSea proudly offers the following alternative therapies; acupuncture, food therapy and TCVM herbal therapies.