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Vet Clinic

Redgum Vets is staffed by a fantastic range of Veterinary professionals. Senior Vet and Owner, Dr Roger Absalom, has been a Port Augusta local for over 30 years; he brings a mix of interests within the animal world, and always works with the best interests of the animal at heart. Dr. Absalom is supported by an amazing team of nursing staff – Molly and Nikki are highly skilled, with many years experience; JiaYi (J) brings knowledge and skills from a degree in Animal Science to the Redgum table; Liz is our client guru! She just loves engaging with you, talking about your loved pet, and all the ways we can help! Ellie and Caitlin are always bright and bubbly and ready to help you, too! And Steve is the person you will likely talk to the most – he is Redgum’s amazing receptionist! Together with Donna, Hayley and Dillan, in grooming and kennels, the team are always ready to help and support you!

To ensure the best possible care, support and diagnosis for your pets, Redgum carries an extensive range of diagnostic tools and equipment, and we network with a range of specialist services to ensure those more involved cases and surgeries are offered the best outcomes for recovery. Redgum also engages with a wide range of specialist support services, from specialised medical appointments and advice, to behavioural care.

Redgum carries a wide range of products to support good animal health and care, from nutritional needs, enrichment toys and treats, and skin and coat requirements. Our Vet Nurses are able to support your decision making in ensuring positive animal health.

Home Visits

You might have seen the Redgum van out and about around Port Augusta! Used for Veterinary home visits, picking up and delivery of pets for grooming, and for delivering foods and goods, the Van is a regular on the roads of Port Augusta and Roxby Downs.

We believe the Van is an integral part of our business and it’s here to serve YOU!

If you need your pet picked up for an appointment, or perhaps you need food or an order delivered? No problems, give us a call and one of our fantastic staff will be around in the trusty Van. Please be aware that we do have a specific Van route, so you may need to wait a day or two for your deliveries.

Dr Roger Absalom, Senior Vet, with horse patient

Equine Support (Horses)

Dr Roger comes from a background of station life and has always been around horses. With the building of a horse specific yard area, inclusive of a crush, Dr. Roger is able to offer horse consults at Redgum, including pre-purchase examinations,  blood tests, lameness checks, general surgery and health checks, castrations and dental procedures (excluding reproduction procedures).

Dr. Roger also has a power float to support dental work, and continues to offer dental rasping.

Accell/ Equissage Therapy

Accell Therapy/Equissage Therapy Accell and Equissage are the same systems – one in the form of a mat for animals to lie on, the other a saddle-type mat. Both forms of the therapy have hand-held units which can be used to respond to specific areas on the animal’s body.

The technology was initially developed for human use way back in 1949 and has now evolved for advanced veterinary and equine applications producing results across all disciplines.

Redgum believes in supporting all areas of animal care and well-being. A new addition to our range of care supports is a unique ‘vibration therapy technology’. This system stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic system drainage, improving muscle stimulation, increasing dynamic joint mobility, reducing musculoskeletal dysfunction and hypersensitivity, treating acute muscle spasms, tension and soft tissue related trauma. Ideal for increasing circulation and assisting in healing, this therapy travels through bone and tissue at a cellular level, increasing nerve-muscle communication. We use the therapy mat at Redgum for almost every animal post-surgery as a tool to speed recovery from the anaesthetic, creating a faster transition of drugs through the system.

We also offer this therapy for horses. Termed Equissage, the therapy uses a saddle-type mat, or a handheld unit on the horse, to support healing, relaxation and to promote recovery.

Your horse is an athlete and therefore requires good circulation to achieve peak performance and optimised muscle tone. Additionally, circulation enhances recovery from work or injury, oxygenates the blood, reduces swelling and joint discomfort prevents lactic acid build-up and the accumulation of toxins. Equissage is a therapy which is repeatable and reliable, with clinically proven results every time.

What is Hydrobathing?

Hydrobathing is way of washing your pet, most commonly your dog. It works by spraying warm water over the pet from a conventional shower head (usually handheld to allow for easier access to all areas of your pet).

The shower head actually gets right through the dog’s coat to the skin, and it is this that gives the hydrobath its therapeutic benefits – both because it massages the dog and it allows the shampoos and other solutions used to penetrate right to the skin.

Dog grooming


Dog grooming

About Our Grooming Service

Is your dog or cat looking a bit ragged or tired and you want to spruce it up a bit? Is the smell of your best friend interrupting your cuddle times?

You are not the only one who wants to look good all year round, so get your four-legged friend groomed at Redgum today.

Donna and Hayley can wash and groom your dog or cat to perfection, and are happy to fulfill any request to make your furry friend look and smell absolutely beautiful.

Both Donna and Hayley can discuss shampoos, or perhaps you need advice on the right type of brush to use. Donna also specialises in grooming long haired cats. Our Vet will discuss sedation options with you, if it is required.

We also have a fantastic reward system for regular clients. Make sure you talk to Donna or Hayley, or reception staff about this!

Nail Polish

The Groomers use Pet Esthe Nail Polishes. Quick drying and offering vivid colours with just one coat, these polishes are completely safe for pet claws. Made from aloe seaweed and green tea extracts, this polish prevents drying of the nail. Pet Esthe also has natural vitamin E, which assists claw growth by protecting claw cells.

Dog grooming hair dying

Hair Dyeing

Colouring your dog’s fur is lots of fun, but can it harm your pet? If you use people hair colour then yes!  The process of dying a dogs coat is harmless.

Dying pet hair has developed into an artistic creativity, as these images show!

Cat Grooming

Even though cats spend a lot of time licking and cleaning themselves, they still need regular brushing and combing to remove loose hair, prevent matting and keep the skin free of diseases and parasites, such as fleas.

Regular grooming consisting of a bath and blow dry will significantly reduce any maintenance you may find yourself needing to do on your cats. Certain coat types need more frequent bathing to be able to thoroughly prevent the development of knots, mats or hairballs. Regular grooming visits at Hair OFF the Dog will allow you to enjoy your cats and take away the worry of shedding, litter stuck in paws, long, sharp claws, dreadlocks, build up on the rear end and a dirty, unfresh coat.

Cat grooming

Pet Boarding

We offer a variety of quality food choices, however, if your pet has specific dietary requirements you may choose to provide their own food. In this way, any changes to diet are minimised. At Redgum Vet & Pet Boarding, we promote the highest standards of health and safety for your pet, within the daily cleaning, feeding, and exercising regimes.

We aim to let your dogs have as much time outside as possible, weather permitting. We have a number of generous exercise areas for dogs to play with carers or to run around on their own. If you nominate, your dog can be socialised with other dogs of the same size or sex. Our fences and grounds are safe and secure, with several check stations between the kennels and the front of the premises.

Cats are housed in generous indoor areas with full access to an outdoor run. Your cat will be secure in air-conditioned comfort with a variety of play options. Cats are not socialised, except within the same family.

Our point of difference is that we allow dogs to act like dogs. We encourage play and socialisation. For example, during the warmer months, we use many wading pools, which the dogs love to play in. Of course, this means they may get dirty as they run and play, however, we believe exercise and play are important to the general well-being and health of all dogs. If you would prefer your pet not be included in these activities, we will respect your wishes.

Dogs entering the kennels need:

Current C5 vaccinations with vaccination certificate proving so

Current Flea and tick treatment applied (This can be done when the animal arrives)

Cats entering the cattering need:

Current F3 vaccinations with vaccination certificate proving so

Current flea treatment applied (This can be done when the animal arrives)

We want to care for your pet in the best possible way. In order to do this, we need specific information from you. When you bring your pet for the first time, there will be paperwork to complete. This should only take about 10 minutes but will support our staff to make sure they know all the details necessary when working with your pet. From time to time, the staff will ask you to update this information. This will ensure any changes to your pets routine or daily life are recorded and passed on to the kennel staff.

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