Our veterinary services include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Dentistry care
  • Diagnostic services on-site (blood samples)
  • Dietary and nutritional advice
  • Elective surgeries and orthopaedics (visiting surgeon available)
  • Examinations, vaccinations, surgery and medicine
  • Geriatric care
  • Medical diagnostics and hospitalised treatment
  • Microchipping
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Puppy socialisation classes
  • Dog behaviour modification and training
  • Radiology (digital imaging)
  • Wellness and preventive medicine programs
  • Dental care with dental radiology

Our vets and veterinary nurses can manage a wide range of conditions, but should your pet require more specialist care, then we can arrange this for you. With Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital on hand, you can always rest assured that your pet will be well looked after.

Puppy and Kitten Health Care

Congratulations! Welcome to the wonderful world of owning a beloved puppy or kitten. Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital has fantastic services to help you understand how to best keep your fur baby happy and healthy. At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we recommend you visit one of our qualified and caring veterinarians in the first few weeks so that your puppy or kitten can have the very best start possible.

Schedule a Visit

At your puppy or kitten consultation, your vet will discuss the following:

  • Kitten and Puppy Vaccinations
  • Worming, Flea and Tick Prevention
  • Desexing
  • Microchipping
  • Nutrition
  • Socialization and Training
  • Exercise and Environmental Stimulation
  • Grooming
  • Pet Insurance

Puppy Training and Socialisation

A new puppy is a wonderful experience, and having a good, positive start is vitally important.

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, our Puppy School sessions are run in two age groups. For puppies aged 8-16 weeks, puppy preschool will run for one night a week for 5 weeks. This course is lead by our enthusiastic nurse Phoebe. The first week is an introduction session with no puppies present, and the following four weeks the puppies learn basic commands and socialisation in a safe, friendly and happy environment. For puppies aged 4-6 months, the sessions run one night a week for 5 weeks, with no puppies present in the first week, and is taken by Certified Professional Dog Trainer and nurse Nicky. In these sessions more emphasis is concentrated on commands and trouble shooting problem behaviour. All puppies must be health-checked and up-to-date with their vaccinations. Our trainers only use positive reinforcement methods to help set your puppy up to succeed.

The aim of puppy school is to help our clients develop a wonderful bond with their puppy through training, and to create excellent doggie citizens for our community.

Our Puppy School

At puppy school, you and your pup will get advice and information on:

  • Basic Commands Like Sit, Come and Stay
  • Essential puppy Health Information
  • Toilet Training
  • Anxiety Prevention
  • Unwanted Behaviour Such as Play Biting, Chewing and Barking

Your puppy will also have a great time meeting others and getting lots of praise and love. Call us on 02 4757 3255 for bookings.

Specific Behaviours

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, Nicky Laws is also available for consultations on specific animal behaviour training. Nicky is one of the owners of Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital and has been a qualified veterinary nurse for 20 years. Nicky has recently completed her Certificate 4 in Companion Animal Studies and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Member of the Delta Institute.

For extra information on puppy training, we recommend a fantastic book called Puppy Coach: Set Them Up To Succeed by extraordinary UK dog trainer, Jo Croft. Jo's website also has some great information

Pet Vaccinations and Microchipping

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we know your pets are precious. There are some highly contagious and serious diseases that can be prevented with vaccinations. Your pet needs to be vaccinated annually to give them the best protection.

Shots Schedule

Puppies and kittens are vaccinated at:

  • 6 - 8 weeks of age
  • 12 weeks of age
  • 16 weeks of age
  • Then annually for the rest of their life

Vaccinations Include

Dogs (C5)

  • Parvovirus
  • Distemper
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Canine Cough — Parainfluenza and Bordetella bacteria

As adults, Parvovirus, Distemper and Infectious Canine Hepatitis (C3) vaccinations are given every three years after one year of age. Adult dogs still require annual vaccinations for Canine Cough. Dogs can also be vaccinated against Leptospirosis which is a serious disease transmitted by rats. Leptospirosis can be transmitted via contaminated water such as puddles and is a disease that can also be transmitted to humans. The initial course is two vaccinations given 2-4 weeks apart and then annually. The vaccine can be given at the annual health check along with other vaccines.

Cats (F3)

  • Cat Flu — Rhinotracheitis and Calicvirus
  • Feline Enteritis

Cats can also be vaccinated against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) with a course of three injections, and also Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV). This may be recommended in cats in multi-cat households and for cats who get into fights.

Rabbits can be vaccinated against Calicivirus every six months as recommended by the AVA.

Ferrets can be vaccinated every year against Distemper

Microchipping and Registration

If your beloved pet goes wandering, it is vitally important that they can be quickly and easily identified so that they can return home as soon as possible. Microchipping is a very simple procedure where a small implant is inserted under the skin. It can either be done during a consultation or under general anaesthesia at desexing.

Microchipped animals are registered on the NSW Companion Animal Register. The scanned number is linked to the information you supply. It is vitally important to keep this information up to date.


The Companion Animals Act 1998 requires that all puppies and kittens are microchipped and registered with the local council. Lifetime registration with Blue Mountains City Council is a one-off payment. Please check this link for details.


Animal Desexing

We generally recommend desexing your puppy or kitten at six months of age. Apart from preventing the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens, there are other diseases and unwanted behavioural issues that can be prevented. If you have any questions about the age of desexing your pet, especially some dog breeds, please discuss with the vet during consultations with your puppy.

What Are the Benefits of Desexing Your Pet?

Male Dogs
Desexing a male dog (castration) reduces the changes of

  • Testosterone-Driven Behaviour (mounting and roaming in search of female dogs)
  • Dominance Aggression
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Anal Cancer

Male Cats
Desexing a male cat may control

  • Spraying Urine
  • Aggressive Behaviour
  • Wandering and Fighting With Other Cats

Female Dogs
Desexing a female dog (spaying) can prevent

  • Unwanted Litters
  • Mammary Cancers
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Pyometra — a deadly bacterial infection of the uterus

Female Cats
Desexing female cats prevents

  • Unwanted Litters
  • Mammary, Uterine and Ovarian Cancers
  • Uterine Infections
  • Vocal and Persistent Calling Behaviour when 'on heat'

Veterinary Surgery

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we care for your pet as part of your family. We believe in offering the best possible care to support your animal if they require a surgical procedure. Our care starts before surgery, continues throughout the procedure and carries through to final recovery.

We have trained and experienced veterinary surgeons to handle a wide range of surgical procedures. If there are more complicated surgeries required, for example, orthopaedic surgery, we have an experienced visiting surgeon available. We also have a number of exceptional specialist surgeons to refer to.

Preparation for General Anaesthetic and Surgery

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we know that understanding all the information you need to prepare for surgery can be a bit daunting. We recommend that you read through the steps and recommendations below prior to surgery day.

  1. Do not feed your animal any food after 8 pm the night before surgery. Take away any remaining food. You may leave the water bowl.
  2. Keep your cat indoors so that you can easily collect them and put them in their travel carry box to get them to us safely.
  3. Always transport your cat in a suitable carry box and have your dog on a lead.
  4. You will be asked to read through and sign a form to give permission for the anaesthetic and surgical procedure. This form includes an estimate of costs and also asks questions about your animal's vaccination status, any medications, etc.
  5. You may be offered extra services such as pre-anaesthetic blood testing and intravenous fluids which will add extra costs to the procedure. These procedures may have been included in the original estimate by the vet.

What Is Pre-Anaesthetic Blood Testing?

A pre-anaesthetic blood test is a blood test done before receiving a general anaesthetic. Our state-of-the-art in-house laboratory facility provides us with fast, reliable results. The test measures the levels of liver and kidney enzymes, blood glucose, blood protein and red blood cell levels. These levels can help the vet to ensure that your pet's organs are functioning properly.

This is important as the liver and kidneys are needed to process and eliminate the anaesthetic. If there are any abnormalities with these levels, the vet will discuss results with you prior to anaesthesia and surgery and discuss if any changes will need to be made.

What Are Intravenous Fluids?

Intravenous fluids may also be recommended during a general anaesthetic for your pet. Supportive fluids are given intravenously via a constant rate of the infusion pump to help support circulation during anaesthesia and thus assist the kidneys and liver to process and eliminate the anaesthetic.

Pet Dentistry

Dental health is just as important for our pets as it is for ourselves. Not only do we aim to keep the teeth and gums healthy and prevent bad breath, but we also want to prevent more serious complications of poor oral health. These include serious infections that can lead to long-term problems of the body’s internal organs like the kidney, heart and liver. Not to mention, there is chronic pain associated with some oral diseases.

How Do I Know If My Pet Has a Dental Problem?

You may notice that your pet shows one or more these signs

  • Bad Breath
  • Tartar Buildup on the Teeth
  • Trouble Chewing or Chewing on One Side
  • Inflamed Gums That May Bleed

Annual Checkups

At every annual checkup, your vet will be able to help assess the status of your pet's oral health and discuss a plan for prevention and treatment. If you are unsure, our nurses offer a free dental health check consultation. Just call 02 4757 3255 for more information.


If dental treatment is required, the work is done under a general anaesthetic so that proper attention is given and the teeth may be cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler and polisher. We also have a specialised dental X-ray to help diagnose problems that can lurk beneath the surface such as root fractures, abscesses and problems with the jaw bone. To prepare for the dental treatment, please check our steps to prepare for a general anaesthetic.

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Laboratory Services

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we understand that time is precious. Our extensive in-house laboratory facility provides us with the capacity to run tests such as

  • Full Blood Count
  • Biochemistry
  • Electrolyte Testing
  • Blood Clotting Factor Testing
  • T4 Analysis
  • Urinalysis
  • Microscopic Services

This enables us to get results more quickly for a faster diagnosis and action plan for treatment. Our vets also liaise with specialist pathologists in discussing results where necessary. If a more specialised test or histopathology are required, these are sent to an external laboratory where results are received within a few days.

Senior Pet Care

Our pets are our family and so it can be a difficult time watching them age. There are many things we can do to make our ageing pets'lives as comfortable as possible.

Things to Watch For

You may notice that your aged pet

  • Has Hearing Loss
  • Has Vision Loss
  • Is Less Active
  • Has Bad Breath and Dental Disease
  • Has Unusual Behaviour

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we can provide a number of services either in the clinic or at home. We can also run some diagnostic tests to ensure that all is going well with the body's internal organs.

How We Can Help

We can also do some other things to make life more comfortable for our ageing babies and to help you deal with the different phase of life for your beloved pet. We can help with:

  • Nutrition of Your Senior Pet
  • Management of Osteoarthritis
  • Management of Any Other Causes of Pain
  • Palliative Treatment of Sick Pets
  • Discussion About End of Life Decisions in a Caring and Compassionate Way

We also have a free nurse's clinic to discuss your senior pet and ways that they can be helped. Call us on 02 4757 3255 to find out more.


Preparation for Export

Are you moving overseas? Are you taking your pet?

There are so many things to do to prepare and at Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, Dr Fiona Gibson can help make the process of exporting your pet a lot smoother. Fiona has provided expert advice and help for people exporting their pets for over 20 years.

Exporting Steps

Some initial steps to take include:

  1. Contact a reputable pet transport company. Call us on 02 4757 3255 and we can offer a few suggestions.
  2. Follow the step-by-step guide provided by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on this link.

Let Us Help

At Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital, we can get your pet export ready with services such as rabies vaccinations, blood testing that may be required for export of your pet, depending on their destination, and final health checks. Contact us to learn more.

Pet Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the placement of very fine needles into specific points on the body which has the ability to alter various body functions. Dr Stephen Gibson is an accredited IVAS practitioner and uses acupuncture to help with a variety of conditions. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with conventional medicine and surgery to achieve better patient outcomes.

How It Helps

Some examples of the use of veterinary acupuncture include:

  • To Help Treat Arthritis
  • Treating Chronic Lameness
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Relieving Muscle Spasms

Contact Us

Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital
1/295-297 Great Western Hwy

(02) 4757 3255

Opening hours

Monday 8:30am-6pm
Tuesday 8:30am-6pm
Wednesday 8:30am-6pm
Thursday 8:30am-6pm
Friday 8:30am-6pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
Sunday Closed (available for emergencies only)

Emergency care available

If your pet needs urgent veterinary assistance, then Wentworth Falls Animal Hospital provides emergency care that operates from 8:00am to 6:00pm seven days a week.

If you contact the veterinary hospital between 6pm and 8am, all calls will be diverted to Nepean Animal Hospital who have a dedicated 24/7 emergency after-hours service, with on-site vets and nurses, covering the Blue Mountains region. Your pet will be cared for at Nepean Animal Hospital overnight and then may be brought back to our hospital the following day for continuing care.

Meanwhile, if your pet requires more specialist care or continuous overnight monitoring, the vet may recommend immediate transfer to a specialist centre.

(02) 4757 3255

We service the following areas:

Blue Mountains, Wentworth Falls, Katoomba, Leura, Bullaburra, Lawson, Hazelbrook, Woodford, Medlow Bath, Blackheath

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